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Engineering Admissions Assessment

All applicants, except those applying to one of our mature Colleges, are required to take pre-interview written assessment for Engineering at an authorised centre local to them (for a lot of applicants, this will be their school/college). Details of how to register for assessment are available from Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing.

Mature students (those who would be aged 21 or over at the start of their course) applying to one of the mature Colleges are required to take an at-interview written assessment for Engineering held on the day of interview at the Department of Engineering, the date for which will be communicated to those applicants selected to attend interview.

Further details, in addition to past and specimen papers, are available on the University Admissions website.

At-interview Written Assessment for Engineering (for Mature College Applicants) Format

The Mature College at-interview assessment consists of two sections:

  • Section 1: A structured multiple-choice question format consisting of approximately 20 questions. The time allowed for Section 1 is 40 minutes. Calculators may be used.
  • Section 2: A single extended engineering essay, selected from a choice of approximately five questions. The time allowed for Section 2 is 20 minutes.

The purpose of the Mature Colleges at-interview Engineering Admissions Assessment is to determine a candidate's potential to achieve in an academically demanding undergraduate degree course. Questions in Section 1 draw upon a candidate's ability to use and apply their scientific and mathematical knowledge. The assessment is designed to be challenging in order to differentiate effectively between able applicants, including those who may have achieved the highest possible grades in school examinations.

The extended essay is designed to draw on the candidate's wider engineering awareness, reading and experiences. The assessment is designed to be open-ended. Section 2 probes the candidate's ability to communicate clearly and accurately in a scientific fashion with fluid and cohesive arguments.

Please note that applicant performance in the at-interview assessment will not be considered in isolation, but will be taken into account alongside all other elements of your application.