School Essays and Admissions Assessments
For some of our courses, we require written work to be submitted during the application process. We will normally ask for two essays written as part of your school work, to be submitted by a certain date. You do not have to send this work before applying – we will write to you after you have applied and let you know exactly what you need to send and when.
Sometimes an interviewer might want to ask questions about the work you have sent in. It is therefore a good idea to keep a copy of what you send so that you can read it again before the interview to refresh your memory.
Most applicants are required to take a written admission assessment, either 'pre-interview' (usually at your school) or 'at interview' (in Cambridge). The course-specific written assessments are designed to supplement the information in your application and to gauge your abilities – to assess skills (such as comprehension and thinking skills) and, where appropriate, levels of current knowledge and understanding relevant to the course for which you have applied. Performance in any required written assessment won’t be considered in isolation, but taken into account alongside the other elements of your application.
To find out what kind of assessment is used in the subject you are applying for, have a look at our Courses section.