The University of Cambridge re-introduces the written entrance test for admissions from the academic year 2017. Students who are willing to join the premier British institution will have to take the admission test along with the interview.
The entrance exams at the Cambridge University was discontinued during the 1980's. The reintroduction of the entrance test for admission process will make the Cambridge University in line with the Oxford University.
The university's director of admissions, Dr. Sam Lucy, informed all major schools and colleges of the UK of the change in the admission process through a letter. "The colleges of the University of Cambridge are introducing a system of common format written assessments for applicants, specifically tailored to each subject. This will provide admission tutors with valuable additional evidence of our applicants' academic abilities, knowledge base and potential to succeed in the Cambridge course for which they have applied," she wrote.
"This move is a result of responding to teacher and student feedback, a desire to harmonise and simplify our existing use of written assessments and a need to develop new ways to maintain the effectiveness and fairness of our admissions system during ongoing qualification reform," she added.
The written entrance tests will begin from November this year, students will have to take up a pre-interview test or a test at the interview depending upon the course they apply for.
The pre-interview tests will be held at individual schools and colleges on the same day as the University of Oxford's pre-interview tests, to facilitate their administration by all schools and colleges. The at-interview tests will be conducted during the December interview period on the university premises, usually on the same day as the interviews.
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The university says no advance preparation will be needed, "other than revision of relevant recent subject knowledge where appropriate". Most at-interview assessments will be an hour long and most pre-interview assessments will be no longer than two hours.
Courses that have pre-interview written tests include medicine, economics, engineering, English, history and natural sciences. Courses with at-interview written tests include computer science, architecture, archeology, law and philosophy, among others.