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    Hey,
    I heard that nearly after 30 years of not having a test, Cambridge have decided to reintroduce a hard test which would select the brightest students for consideration of applying.
    Any thoughts or ideas??
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    (Original post by lunafizzwizzbee)
    Hey,
    I heard that nearly after 30 years of not having a test, Cambridge have decided to reintroduce a hard test which would select the brightest students for consideration of applying.
    Any thoughts or ideas??
    It's not quite that...

    They have had STEP for many years for Maths and some other courses at particular colleges.

    Also they use BMAT for Medicine

    And they have had the Cambridge Law Test for a number of years

    Lastly they introduced the CSAT last year for CompSci

    In addition many colleges have had tests at interview for various courses.

    The change is the more consistent introduction of Admissions Assessments for most courses, to be administered centrally. Some are taken pre-interview (like Oxford) and for some courses they are at-interview.

    And it's partially in response to the loss of UMS information associated with the A-level reforms.

    Also it's not necessarily "hard". They don't expect any knowledge beyond A-level. And the full specifications for each test are given in the entry requirements for each course.

    There's no "pass" mark in the tests. They use the results to add extra information to your application, which is then assessed holistically. A "poor" mark may still be offset by strengths elsewhere. Likewise a "good" mark on its own with a lot of weaknesses in the rest of the application will still cause concerns about the overall application.

    http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.a...on-assessments

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    It's not necessarily aimed to identify the brightest (although it will helpus do this along with the other parts of the application), and is aimed more to help identify particulary strengths and weaknesses and to identify candidates lacking core competencies and who would therefore be uncompetitive.

    Remember that everything is considered holistically using all available information - we won't just look at the results in isolation and what we would consider a strong performance will differ from candidate to candidate. The exact same score on the same questions could be very disappointing from one candidate but a very positive sign from another.
 
 
 
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