Some universities require you to sit an admissions test as part of the application process – discover the different types of assessment here.

If you apply for a course that requires an admissions test, you’ll need to check the registration deadline for the test, when you will sit it, and what it includes, as well as the deadline for your UCAS application.

Most admissions tests happen between August and November the year before you're due to start your studies – some even earlier, before you’ve sent your UCAS application.

Many courses that require you to sit a test have a 15 October UCAS application deadline, but your course may be different, so it’s important you check key dates and deadlines. To see if your course requires you to sit an admissions test, check the course description in the search tool.

Course-related admissions tests


Medical courses

University admissions tests

University of Cambridge

If you're considering a course at the University of Cambridge, you will need to check whether you need to sit an admissions test.

It may be that you have to sit an assessment before your interview, or at the interview stage of the application process. To do this, you'll need to register separately to your UCAS application – the deadlines for these vary, so make sure you check the university’s website.

In addition to your UCAS application, you will also need to complete a Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ).

Full details of the tests you will need to sit as part of your application can be found in the course description in our search tool.

University of Oxford

If you’re thinking of applying to the University of Oxford, there’s a very high chance you will need to sit an admissions test. The majority of courses require them, but check the course description in our search tool to be sure.

Other course providers' admissions tests

Click the providers below to find out which of their courses have an associated admissions test.