When is the TSA Test for Oxford?

Advice & Insight From TSA Specialists


– September 1, 2023: Registration opens for test centres to register candidates.
– September 15, 2023: Deadline for requesting modified papers (e.g., enlarged print).
– September 29, 2023, at 18:00 (BST): Registration closes. This is also the deadline for applying for Access Arrangements (e.g., extra time) and test voucher codes.
– October 18, 2023: Test date. Do note that this test date could change.

Caveats and extra considerations regarding the schedule include:

If the registration deadline falls on a public or national holiday, there is no extension. Ensure your test centre registers you in a timely manner.
The September 29 deadline is the final date for test centres to register candidates. Register with a test centre well before this date. Test centres may set their own deadlines for accepting registrations, so contact them as early as possible.
Test voucher codes are available for UK students in financial need, allowing them to take the test for free at authorised British Council test centres in the UK.
International test centres may have varying start times depending on their location.

TSA Oxford 2023 Costs

Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing does not charge registered candidates for the test. However, some centres may charge an administration fee for the TSA Oxford, covering invigilation and room hire costs essential for administering the test. Contact your centre for details.

How long should I prepare for the TSA Test for Oxford?

The TSA is a test designed to evaluate candidates’ problem-solving and critical thinking skills. As with any exam, preparation is essential for success. We recommend a three month schedule to help you structure your revision effectively.

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Month 1: Foundation Building

Weeks 1-2 should involve familiarising yourself with the test format. Begin by understanding the structure and format of the TSA. Knowing what to expect will help you tailor your preparation accordingly. Additionally, develop an understanding of the skills assessed. The TSA focuses on problem-solving, critical thinking, and essay writing. Research these skills and ensure you understand what they entail. Review the basics of numerical reasoning: Refresh your knowledge of basic mathematical concepts and operations, including percentages, ratios, and fractions.

Weeks 3-4 should focus on beginning practising problem-solving and critical thinking questions. Start working through sample questions to get a feel for the types of tasks you’ll encounter in the TSA. Identify any areas where you need improvement. Begin to work on your essay-writing skills – as Section 2 of the TSA requires a well-structured essay, practice writing on various topics and seek feedback from teachers, tutors, or peers.

Month 2: Intensive Practice

Weeks 5-6 should involve practice using official TSA past papers. Work through past papers to become familiar with the types of questions you can expect. Use answer keys and explanations to understand the correct approach to each question. You should also use additional resources, like those offered here at BlackStone Tutors, as well as BMAT and IMAT resources, to supplement your preparation. You should also begin to focus on time management – develop strategies to help you work through questions efficiently. Weeks 7-8 should be where you start to track your progress – assess your performance in practice tests to identify areas where you still need improvement. Adjust your study plan accordingly. Continue practising essay writing, and focus on developing clear and logical arguments, improving your writing skills, and effectively communicating your ideas. Make sure to stay informed on current events, as the TSA essay often includes questions related to contemporary issues and debates.

Month 3: Final Preparation and Fine-Tuning

Weeks 9-10 are where you review and consolidate. Go over the material and skills you’ve covered during your preparation. Focus on areas where you still need improvement and consolidate your understanding of key concepts. Take full-length practice tests: Simulate the actual test conditions by taking full-length practice tests. This will help you become more comfortable with the time constraints and structure of the TSA. In weeks 11-12, refine your test-taking strategies. Based on your practice test performances, refine your strategies for tackling questions and managing time effectively.

Throughout, maintain a healthy balance. Ensure you maintain a balance between studying and relaxation to avoid burnout. Take breaks, exercise, and ensure you get enough sleep.

When is the TSA Test for Oxford?

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