You can take an admissions test in the years before applying to university but there are a few things to check beforehand.
Check if you can receive/share the test result
For candidates applying to university in the same admissions cycle as the test, we issue the result to the relevant university/course on their behalf.
If you take an admissions test before applying to university, you will be responsible for providing the result to any institutions later on, as we will be unable to do this on your behalf.
However, please note that not all admissions tests have results released to candidates, in which case you would not have results to pass on in future years. Results are released for BMAT, STEP, IMAT, TSA and TSA S1, ELAT and TMUA only.
Check if your intended universities would accept a result from a past year
Most candidates who take the tests are university applicants for that year's admissions cycle. Generally, we would not encourage students to take the test in the years before it is needed without checking with their intended university choices.
This is because the universities may not take a previous year's result into consideration - although this is at their discretion. You'd need to contact your potential university choices and check, first.