TSA Oxbridge

If you are headed to the UK for further studies and your dream destination is either Oxford or Cambridge then TSA Oxbridge is the exam you need to take.

We at True North are happy to help you train for this exam.

So what is this test all about?

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Oxbridge is a preliminary requirement you need to clear before being eligible for admissions to University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London or Leiden University for their Under Graduate programmes.

Duration of Test - 2 Hours

Structure of Test - 2 Sections

Section 1 - 50 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) to be answered in 90 minutes

  • Skills tested:
  • Problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning.
  • Critical thinking skills, including understanding argument and reasoning

Section 2 - Write an Essay in 30 minutes

4 essay options will be given and the candidate must choose any 1 topic.
The topics are based on current affairs and general knowledge.

  • Skills tested:
  • Constructing a clear, concise argument.
  • Effective written communication skills.


Section 1 - 1 mark per question. The total is then converted using the TSA Scale ranging from 0-100 wherein 60+ is considered a very competitive score and 70+ is excellent.

Section 2 - The essay is not scored, but is sent to the respective school's admission tutor(s), so the candidate's communication style may be assessed.

Test Date

Typically, the test is held in early November in International test centres as a preliminary to the interview process. However, for the University of Cambridge, the test is administered at Cambridge when the candidates appear for the interview in December.

All the results are declared around mid-January of the same academic year.

This year the test is to be on 5 November 2014 and the results will be available online on 15 January 2015.


Open from 1 September to 15 October.

For further information please visit http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/thinking-skills-assessment

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