Cambridge University and Imperial College London to introduce new science, engineering and mathematics admissions tests

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The University of Cambridge and Imperial College London will introduce new admissions tests for science, engineering and mathematics based degree courses as part of a joint venture between the two education establishments.

The tests, which will be delivered by Pearson VUE, are designed to both improve student experience and help universities fairly assess the skills of the brightest applicants for highly competitive undergraduate courses.

Cambridge and Imperial will provide two sets of tests: The Engineering and Science Admissions Test (ESAT) and the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA).

The ESAT will be used for Engineering, Natural Sciences, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology degree programmes, as well as Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge, and Physics and most Engineering degrees at Imperial.

The TMUA will be used for degree programmes in Economics and Computer Science at Cambridge, and both the Economics, Finance and Data Science and Computing degrees at Imperial.

A number of other UK universities will also use the TMUA for assessing applications for mathematics based courses.

Mike Nicholson, Director of Recruitment, Admissions and Participation at Cambridge said “We are delighted to be able to provide computer based admissions tests from 2024, and in locations that take the burden off teachers and schools to act as test centres.”

Lizzie Burrows, Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions at Imperial said “The applicant experience is at the heart of our ambitions. With the number of applications expected to continue to rise over coming years, universities need to find ways to fairly select the best candidates while minimising the burden on our applicants.”

Matthew Poyiadgi, Vice President EMEA and Asia at Pearson VUE, commented “As academic settings and admissions programmes continue to evolve in an increasingly digital world, computer-based assessments drive greater efficiencies. We look forward to collaborating with Imperial and Cambridge on this transition and supporting applicants to these world-leading universities in proving their potential.’’

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