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university entrance exams for engineering

I'm looking to apply to universities like Cambridge, Imperial, King's College, and Bath for 2025 entry, however, I'm a bit uncertain about which exams I should be taking, and my internet searches haven't provided a clear answer.
Reply 1
Original post by n4y4
I'm looking to apply to universities like Cambridge, Imperial, King's College, and Bath for 2025 entry, however, I'm a bit uncertain about which exams I should be taking, and my internet searches haven't provided a clear answer.
Different courses have different tests and it varies for different universities, I know for the university of Cambridge there are 4 or 5 tests.
For engineering and natural sciences it's ESAT and there are different tests for medicine and law and other courses that you must register for in advance.
Engineering for Imperial and Cambridge is the ESAT - you may be getting confused by the old ENGAA being mentioned in places. However, the information is clear on the course website and that's where you should be looking for the most updated information
Just be aware that applying to all top Unis for something as competitive as Engineering is not a great idea.

Even if you meet or exceed the grade requirements, you you could still not get any offers - and every year there are thousands (yes, thousands) of applicants who do this and end up with no offers at all. Its the same for other mega-competitive subjects like Economics, Computer Science and Law.

I would recommend that if you apply to Cambridge for Mech, then pick just one of Imperial, KCL, Bath or Bristol.
Your other three choices could be totally sensible Unis like Southampton, Newcastle, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, Aston, Swansea etc etc. That way you would at least get some offers.
Reply 4
Original post by Parisan
Different courses have different tests and it varies for different universities, I know for the university of Cambridge there are 4 or 5 tests.
For engineering and natural sciences it's ESAT and there are different tests for medicine and law and other courses that you must register for in advance.

Thank you for your help! Do you happen to know if we need to register independently, or is this something we do through the sixth form?
Reply 5
Original post by AmIReallyHere
Engineering for Imperial and Cambridge is the ESAT - you may be getting confused by the old ENGAA being mentioned in places. However, the information is clear on the course website and that's where you should be looking for the most updated information
Thank you very much! Yeah, I was just getting a bit confused with some old ones and some being discontinued
Reply 6
Original post by McGinger
Just be aware that applying to all top Unis for something as competitive as Engineering is not a great idea.
Even if you meet or exceed the grade requirements, you you could still not get any offers - and every year there are thousands (yes, thousands) of applicants who do this and end up with no offers at all. Its the same for other mega-competitive subjects like Economics, Computer Science and Law.
I would recommend that if you apply to Cambridge for Mech, then pick just one of Imperial, KCL, Bath or Bristol.
Your other three choices could be totally sensible Unis like Southampton, Newcastle, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham, Aston, Swansea etc etc. That way you would at least get some offers.

Thank you so much for the heads up! I'll reconsider my options and focus on a balanced mix of top-tier and practical universities

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