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 19 October. 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.
A link to a demo test will be sent to candidate's registered email address by 26th October.
A link to the live test will be sent to candidate's registered email address by 3rd November. The link will not be activated until the test day.
If you have not received the links by this date, please check your spam folder and ensure you are checking the mailbox of the email address you were registered with for the test by your centre. If you are still unable to find the email, please contact us.
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; a link to a demo test will be sent to candidate's registered email address by 26th October 2020.
Can I change the email address I am registered with for the test?
If you need to change the email address you are registered with please contact your exam centre who can request for your registration to be updated.
What email address will the demo and live test links be sent from?
The links for both the demo test and the live tests will be send from: email@example.com. Please ensure you allow emails from this address to be received into your Inbox.
What equipment is required for the computer-based tests?
You will need:
- a laptop or desktop computer fulfilling the required technical specifications
- an integrated webcam or USB webcam
- an integrated microphone
The webcam and microphone are a requirement for the AI monitoring function of the Mercer Mettl platform.
You will not need headphones (candidates will not be given audio instructions for the test via the platform).
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?
Mercer Mettl will provide technical support for the demo test and on the actual test dates.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
United Kingdom: +44 20 3287 6780
International (India): +91-82878-03040
International (USA): +1-650-924-9221
What if I can't attend my test at my centre due to Covid-19?
Under certain circumstances we may be able to approve remote proctoring for the computer delivered admissions tests. Please see this article for more information.
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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