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Is the TSA the same at Oxford, Cambridge and UCL?

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The short answer is no – the TSA will differ depending on the course that you are applying to, and the university. However, it will differ only in that it might consist of two sections 1&2, or only section 1. At UCL, it is labelled differently.

The TSA consists of two papers: Section 1 and Section 2. Section 1 is a multiple-choice test that is made up of 50 questions in 90 minutes. It evaluates a candidate’s problem-solving, critical thinking, and numerical reasoning skills. The problem-solving questions test the ability to understand a situation and provide a solution. The critical thinking questions assess the ability to evaluate an argument and draw logical conclusions, overlapping with the numerical reasoning questions, that require a student to interpret numerical data and solve mathematical problems. Section 2 is an essay paper consisting of one question that the candidate has to answer in 30 minutes.

What is the TSA test at Oxford?

The TSA test is used by the University of Oxford for admission to certain courses, and is one of multiple assessments used by the university to evaluate applicants’ academic potential.

Oxford courses that require both Sections 1 and 2 of the TSA include, Experimental Psychology, Human Sciences, Philosophy and Linguistics, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics.

 The joint-honours course in History and Economics and Economics and Management both require section 1 but not the essay section.

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What is the TSA test at Cambridge?

The TSA is used by several Cambridge courses to evaluate a candidate’s problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The courses that use the TSA are:

Land Economy: Candidates applying for the Land Economy course at Cambridge are required to take both Section 1 and Section 2 of the TSA test.

Economics: Candidates applying for the Economics course at Cambridge are required to take both Section 1 and Section 2 of the TSA test. The Economics course at Cambridge is a highly competitive program, and the TSA test is used as a measure of a candidate’s potential in problem-solving and critical thinking.

HSPS (Human, Social and Political Sciences): Candidates applying for the HSPS course at Cambridge are required to take both Section 1 and Section 2 of the TSA test. The HSPS course at Cambridge is an interdisciplinary program that combines elements of sociology, anthropology, politics, and international relations, and the TSA test is used to evaluate a candidate’s potential in these areas.

PBS (Psychological and Behavioural Sciences): Candidates applying for the PBS course at Cambridge are required to take Section 1 of the TSA test. The PBS course at Cambridge is an interdisciplinary program that combines elements of psychology, neuroscience, and anthropology.

Remember that these requirements at Cambridge can differ from college to college, and that you must check the university site for the most up-to-date information.

What is the TST test at UCL?

The TST test used at UCL is in reality just the TSA section 1, rebranded under a different name. It is the exact same test as the TSA. Thus, as with the TSA, Section 1 is a multiple-choice test that assesses problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The test consists of 50 questions, which are based on short passages of text or data, and candidates have 90 minutes to complete the Section 1 test. Tasks include selecting information, finding procedures, drawing conclusions and identifying assumptions.

The test is only for those applying to programs from the School of European and International Social and Political Studies. Students must take on the EISPS Admissions Day, where you will be required to sit the TST. The TST can be online or offline. That said, a very limited number of exceptional candidates can be given an offer through their UCAS form alone. The TSA at UCL will be sat in January and in March, and if you are not given an automatic place in the first stage of selection then you will be invited to one of these test days.

Is the TSA the same at Oxford, Cambridge and UCL?

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