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University Admission Tests

Are any of your students applying to study maths at a top university?

Several more selective universities in England require applicants for their maths-related degree courses to take admission tests, in addition to achieving the required results in their A levels (or equivalents).

The tests universities may require are:

  • STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) Mathematics – STEP 2 and/or STEP 3 (STEP 1 is no longer offered)
  • MAT (Mathematics Admission Test)
  • TMUA (Test of Mathematics for University Admission) or CTMUA (Cambridge Test of Mathematics for University Admission; for Computer Science applicants)

In addition, some universities require applicants to take admission tests for other types of degree courses, and some of these have quite demanding mathematical content. There are many different types, but some examples are:

  • ENGAA (Engineering Admissions Assessment)
  • TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment)

Details of admissions requirements for specific courses are detailed on individual university websites. You can also find information about pre-interview assessments for courses at Cambridge University on the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing Service website.