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Most subjects which previously used TSA Cambridge as an admissions test will now be using either pre-interview assessments, or other at-interview assessments in 2016. Please visit the University of Cambridge undergraduate admissions website for more information.
TSA does not require a lot of extra study as it is a test of skills and aptitudes that students already possess. You can get familiar with the test format by doing practice papers, available for download below.
Anyone offering a paid service to help you prepare for TSA will have no more knowledge than someone who has read the information on this website and done practice tests. So while a test-taker’s performance at any test will improve with some familiarisation or practice, we would not advise anyone to pay for such help.
TSA Specimen Test
TSA Specimen Answer Sheet
TSA Specimen Answer Key
TSA Specimen Explained Answers
For more practice papers, go to our TSA Oxford preparation page and click in the area marked Section 1 practice papers – Thinking Skills Assessment. These are past papers that were produced for TSA Oxford, but are equivalent in format and level to TSA Cambridge.
TSA test specification
Thinking Skills by Butterworth, John and Thwaites, Geoff
Critical Reasoning: A Practical Introduction by Thomson, Anne
Thinking from A to Z (2nd Edition) by Warburton, Nigel
Critical Thinking: An Introduction by Fisher, Alec
An introduction to the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)
In the presentation below we explain why TSA is used by universities for admissions, and provide information about the test and how to prepare for it.
For a general introduction to thinking skills, watch A short film about thinking.