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    I'm taking the NSAA this year for natural sciences and am wondering which papers to do in preparation??

    Are the GCSE and AS/ A level Cambridge international exams (UCLES) of the same standard?

    What are the UCLES exams? Who does them and what are they for?

    UCLES is a department of the University of Cambridge who develop a large range of exams. They are more commonly known by the brand name 'Cambridge Assessment'. They operate various different exam boards, including OCR (which I'm sure you've heard of before) and CIE (who provide international GCSEs and AS/A-levels). The Admissions Testing Service is another subsidiary of UCLES who develop various admissions tests including the new Cambridge pre-interview assessments. Because UCLES/CIE is so large and provides so many different qualifications, there's no guarantee that any of their past papers would be helpful in terms of admissions test preparation.

    I shall refer you to my reply the other month regarding preparation materials; I'm not sure how much more you could want... !

    Forecast's link to his reply to you in another thread has a range of key resources. Deffo go over specimen and 2016 papers with a fine toothcomb if you haven't yet, as with (hard) PAT papers.

    If knowledge gaps are a worry, AQA/OCR papers from the linear spec are worth a go. 'Not meant to prepare for' is a big myth, can't believe it's still peddled today.

    No wonder so few people from average comps get into Oxbridge, esp maths and science. People pay (tens of) thousands for prep

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