To ensure we can run our November admissions tests safely across the world, adhering to local social distancing guidelines, we have moved some of our tests to a different date and some tests will be taken on computer instead of paper-based. We understand both candidates and centres will have lots of questions about this.
We are working hard to finalise the details and this article will be updated on a regular basis to give you the latest information as it is being confirmed.
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The information in this article has been updated on 17 September. We aim to release further updates on a regular basis.
The following admissions test will be delivered on computer:
On 4th November:
- BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
On 5th November:
Cambridge Test of Mathematics for University Admission (CTMUA)
Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA)
Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) for Oxford
Thinking Skills Assessment Section 1 (TSA S1) for Cambridge
The tests will be delivered using Mercer Mettl's platform, which is a browser based system. There is no need to download specific software to access the tests. You can find details about technical specification requirements in the article here.
The format of these tests will not change. You can find out more information about the test format on the test specific pages on our website.
The tests will be delivered on a computer at the test centre where you have registered and will be invigilated by a trained staff member. In addition, the test will be monitored using Mercer Mettl's internal systems to ensure the security and integrity of the test.
You will be able to familiarise yourself with the test platform in advance, but as the test format itself remains the same, we will not publish any additional practice tests.
Frequently asked questions
Is it possible to run a practice test on the Mercer Mettl platform before the actual test day?
Yes; more information will be available in due course.
Who will provide the computer/webcam for the computer-based test?
The equipment can be provided by the test centre or by the candidate sitting the test. Please ensure that it fulfills the technical specifications as detailed in the article here.
Do I need to install software on the computer to run the test?
The test platform is browser based and therefore there is no need to install software on the computer before the test or uninstall anything after the test.
Who can I contact for technical support on the test day?
Mercer Mettl will provide technical support for centres and candidates on the test day.
Questions about the exam format
Are there any changes to the format of BMAT, TSA, TMUA, CTMUA or TSA Section 1?
No, there are no changes to the format for those tests. All sections, including the writing sections, will be completed on the computer. You can find information about the format of the tests here.
What is the word limit for TSA, Section 2?
The word limit for TSA, Section 2 is 750 words.
What is the word limit for BMAT, Section 3?
The word limit for BMAT, Section 3 is 550.
Are candidates allowed to use pen and paper for for workings?
Yes. The centre will provide the paper and students can bring their own writing tools. Rough paper will be collected and securely destroyed after the test, so please ensure that all your answers are entered on the system.
Will there be changes to the exam duration for each test?
No, the exam duration will stay the same.
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