What? There are Admission Tests for UK Universities?
For some of UK universities you’ll have to go through another entry requirement stage – admission test. If you’re applying for Oxford and Cambridge, or any other Top 5 university, or for some of the courses in the field of law, medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, finance, arts and design, social work, or education, it is very likely that you’ll have to sit tight for the exam. When you find your course on UCAS website, check the necessary requirements (here is the list of courses that require entry exam). Some of the tests are to be attended pre-interview, while others you will do when and if you get invited for an interview. Tests differ among each other, some are in the form of test, and some have essay questions (or both), but here are few general tips for beating the battle successfully.
- Web is your friend
Check out student forums, for example Student Room, and find previous versions of the test you’re taking, or ask older students for advice. You’ll be more prepared, and you’ll know what to expect.
- Don’t sweat it
There won’t be too much for you to study at that point. You’re actually not supposed to know everything, your ability to think and current level of your knowledge is what is being analysed, but only together with everything else you’re submitting with your application. This is not the test you can pass or fail, it’s just additional tool for the tutors to get a grasp of your level.
- Think in advance
Some of the tests are required to be done as early as October, so be sure to apply on time. It makes sense, since those courses that have a deadline until the 15th of October are usually the ones that require the test as well.