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Which university admissions tests do you need toake?

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ByPaul Ellett(Senior Digital Content Producer, Which? University)31 August 202110 min read

ByPaul Ellett(Senior Digital Content Producer, Which? University)31 August 202110 min read

Lnat, Bmat, Ucat… depending on where and what youre applying to, you might need to take a particular university admissions test. But which one(s)?

Admissions tests (also referred to as entry tests) are another way to help universities distinguish the top applicants, particularly for competitive courses. How you do in these will be taken into consideration, along with other things like your personal statement.

Get to know exactly which university admissions test (or tests) youll be required to take, so you dont miss the deadline. Some admissions tests are only available to take once a year  miss them and youll have to wait a whole year to sit them (and apply to university).

Lets help you figure out which university admissions exams you might need to take and what they involve:

Learn more aboutuniversity entry requirements, orsearch for a courseor subject to see what universities are looking for.

Some universities will require you to take theLaw National Aptitude Test (Lnat).

Applying to a Cambridge law course? Youll have to take theCambridge Law Test.

Applying to an Oxford mathematics course?

Youll have to take theMathematics Admissions Test (Mat).

Some other universities (including Cambridge) will require you to take theSixth Term Examination Paper (Step).

Applying to a medical courseThe admissions test youll need to take will depend on the university youre applying to and what their medical or dental school asks for. The options are theBiomedical Admissions Test (Bmat), theGraduate Medical School Admissions Test (Gamsat)andUniversity Clinical Aptitude Test(Ucat, formerly known as the Ukcat or UK Clinical Aptitude Test).

If youre applying to a medical course at Oxford and Cambridge, you will be required to take theBmat.Applying to Oxford

Applying to a medical course? Youll have to take theBmat.

Applying to a law course? Youllhave to take theLnat.

Applying to a mathematics course? Youllhave to take theMat(some also takeStep).

Applying to a classics course? Youllhave to take theClassics Admissions Test (Cat).

Applying to an English course? Youllhave to take theEnglish Literature Admissions Test (Elat).

Applying to a modern languages course? Youllhave to take theModern Languages Admissions Test (Mlat).

Applying to an engineering, materials science or physics course? Youll have to take thePhysics Admissions Test (Pat).

Applying to a mathematics course? Youllhave to take theStep.

Applying to a medical course? Youll have to take theBmat.

Applying to a law course? Youll have totake theCambridge Law Test.

Is your university asking for a specific admissions test?

Check Ucas websitefor more details about what admissions exam your university is asking for. Make a note of the course code for the course youre interested in and see whether it is listed here.

University admissions tests  in detail

The Biomedical Admissions Test is a university admissions exam youll have to take if youre applying to either amedicineveterinary medicine, biomedical science ordentistry courseat some universities.

The Bmat tests a lot of natural skills such as problem-solving and applying scientific knowledge, and doesnt require much in the way of extra study.

Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Imperial College London, Lancaster University, University of Cambridge, University of Keele, University of Leeds, University College London and University of Oxford.

1 October 2021  standard entry closing date; 15 October  late date for Bmat entries; 3 November  Bmat tests take place; 27 November  Bmat results published.

Learn more about the Bmat on the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website.

The Graduate Medical School Admissions test, originally developed in Australia, is used by some medical schools in the UK (as well as around the world). Its used as part of the admissions process for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Its split into three sections: reasoning in humanities, written communication and reasoning in biological and physical sciences.

University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, University of Liverpool, Cardiff University, Keele University, St. Georges University of London, Swansea University, University of Nottingham, Universities of St Andrews and Dundee (in partnership with the University of the Highlands and Islands), and Ulster (new for 2021).

The Gamsat is taken twice a year, in March (registration from early November to early February) and September (registration from mid May to late July).

Its made up of 4.45 hours of test time (though the whole day is at least six hours long).

Learn more about Gamsat on its websiteand on our sister siteThe Student Room.

The University Clinical Aptitude Test is a university admissions exam used by a number of university medical and dental schools to distinguish you from other applicants to these competitive courses. It tests verbal, quantitative and abstract reasoning, as well as decision analysis and situational judgement all inherent skills which students should possess should they get on to those courses.

University of Aberdeen, Anglia Ruskin University, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Bristol, Cardiff University, University of Dundee, Edge Hill University, University of East Anglia, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Glasgow, Hull York Medical School, Keele University, Kent and Medway Medical School, Kings College London, University of Leicester, University of Liverpool, University of Manchester, Newcastle University, University of Nottingham, Plymouth University, Queen Mary University of London, Queens University Belfast, St Georges University of London, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton, University of St Andrews, University of Sunderland, and University of Warwick.

2 June 2021-22 September 2021 at noon  registration period; 26 July  testing begins; 28 September at noon  final booking deadline; 29 September  deadline to take test.

120 mins approximately (including reading time).

The Law National Aptitude test is a university admissions test used by several universities to assess your aptitude for the skills required tostudy law, such as your ability to understand and interpret information.

The test is made up of a 42-question, multiple choice exam and an essay on a related subject. You do not need to possess any legal knowledge for the test.

University of Bristol, Durham University, University of Glasgow, Kings College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Nottingham, University of Oxford, SOAS and University College London.

August 1 2021: Lnat registration opens; September 1 2021: Lnat testing begins.

Deadlines for Oxford applicants in 2021/22:

15 September 2021  deadline to register and book your LNAT; 20 October  deadline to take the Lnat.

Deadlines for all other applicants in 2021/22:

15 January 2022  deadline to register and book your LNAT; 20 January 2022  deadline to sit the Lnat.

Visit the Lnat website to learn more.

If youre applying to a law course at Cambridge, your specific college may require you to sit this admissions test when you attend your interview. Its paper-based and youll be required to answer a single question at length.

Learn more about the Cambridge Law Test on the University of Cambridge website.

If youre applying to a maths course at certain universities, youll have to take the Sixth Term Examination Paper. This admissions exam tests your ability to answer similar questions to those you should expect on a degree course.

There are two Step examinations: Step 2 and Step 3. There used to be a Step 1 exam as well, but this was scrapped from 2021. Students take either one or two examinations; the university will decide which ones applicants take.

University of Cambridge, University of Warwick and Imperial College London, though other universities may ask applicants to take it as part of their offer.

15 March 2021  Step entries open; 7 May at 4pm  standard entry closing date for centres to register your test but centres may set their own deadlines before this date; 14 June  Step paper 2 takes place; 17 June  Step paper 3 takes place; 10 August  Step results published.

Each Step exam is three hours long. Candidates answer six questions in each.

Learn more about Step on its website.

Youll have to take the Mathematics Admissions Test if youre applying to one of a handful of computer science and mathematics courses at Oxford. Its a paper-based admissions exam.

University of Oxford, Imperial College London and the University of Warwick.

15 October 2021  registration deadline; 3 November  Mat test takes place.

No fee (though some test centres charge a small admin fee).

Learn more about the Mat on its website here.

The Classics Admissions Test is a paper-based university admissions exam youll have to take if youre applying to one of Oxfordsclassics courses.

You must take either one or two of three possible papers: a Latin Translation Test, a Greek Translation Test and a Classics Language Aptitude Test.

October 15  deadline for Cat entries; 2 and 3 November  Cat testing takes place.

No fee (though some test centres charge a small admin fee).

Learn more about the Cat on the University of Oxfords website.

The English Literature Admissions Test is a paper-based university admissions test youll have to take if applying to anEnglish courseat Cambridge or Oxford.

The exam is taken prior to your interview and tests your close reading skills. Youll be required to write one essay comparing two passages, focusing on elements such as language, imagery and structure.

Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

September 2021  entries open; 15 October  deadline for Elat entries; 4 November  Elat testing takes place; 11 January 2022  Elat results published.

No fee (though some test centres charge a small admin fee).

Learn more about the Elat on its website.

Youll have to take the Modern Languages Admissions Test when applying to a modern languages course at Oxford.

It is a paper-based admissions test involving a booklet containing several papers (youll take no more than two papers).

1 September 2021  entries open; 15 October  deadline for Mlat entries; 3 November  Mlat testing takes place.

o fee (though some test centres charge a small admin fee).

Learn more about the Mlat on the University of Oxford website here.

The Physics Aptitude Test is a university admissions test youll take if youre applying to one of a handful of engineering, materials science and physics courses at Oxford.

1 September 2021 entries open; 15 October  deadline for Pat entries; 4 November  Pat testing takes place.

o fee (though some test centres charge a small admin fee).

Learn more about the Pat on the University of Oxfords website here.

The TSA is a test used by Cambridge, Oxford and UCL to identify whether you have the critical thinking skills to study with them and succeed. Each have their own version of the TSA.

A two-hour test youll take before your admissions interviews when applying to the following courses:

Key dates (for 2021):1 September 2021  entries open; 15 October  deadline for entries; 4 November  TSA Oxford testing takes place; 11 January 2022  TSA results published.

Learn more about the Thinking Skills Assessment Oxford.

A one-and-a-half hour multiple choice admissions test youll have to take when applying to study Land Economy at Cambridge. The test consists of 50 questions (some problem-solving, somecritical thinking).

How much does it cost?Its free, although some centres may charge a small admin fee.

Key dates (for 2021):1 September 2021  entries open; 15 October  deadline for entries; 4 November  TSA Cambridge testing takes place; 11 January 2022  TSA results published.

Learn more about the Thinking Skills Assessment Cambridge.

The TSA UCL is a 90-minute multiple-choice test for appplicants to R990 European Social and Political Studies (ESPS) and LV01 International Social and Political Studies (ISPS).

Candidates take the test online, on either Saturday 30 January 2021 or Saturday 13 March 2021. There is no cost to sit the TSA at UCL.

Applicants must take a subject-specific test either before or at their interview.

No preparation is needed as these tests assess appropriate subject knowledge, providing valuable additional evidence of our applicants academic abilities, knowledge base and potential to succeed, according to Cambridge admissions tutor Dr Sam Lucy.

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