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For information about where you can take the test, visit the How to register page.
Section 1: Use a soft pencil. It is a good idea to have a pencil eraser, too.
Section 2: Use a black ink pen. Use of correction fluid is not permitted.
Dictionaries – including bilingual dictionaries – and calculators cannot be used.
No. Extra time is not allowed for candidates without English as their first language.
Access Arrangements are available if you have a disability or special requirement, and are entitled to support for other exams.
You need to inform your centre of any special requirements when they register you for the test.
Your centre will:
For more information about Access Arrangements, please visit our Useful documents section.
A candidate who requires a laptop must be accommodated in a way that does not disturb other candidates, and the laptop screen must not be visible to them.
If this is done by separating the candidate using the laptop, they must have an additional separate invigilator.
Candidates using a laptop should format their work in Arial font, size 11, single-spaced. The word limit for each writing task is 1,200 words for the TSA. Automatic spell checkers and grammar checkers must be disabled.
At the end of the test, the candidate using the laptop must be present when their script is printed off, to confirm that the work is theirs. The candidate’s name, candidate number, candidate initials and centre number should be clearly written on the printout.
Requests for special consideration are used to indicate to institutions that a candidate suffered temporary illness, injury or indisposition at the time of the assessment. They may also be used to indicate that there were problems with an aspect of the administration of the test, such as a fire alarm during the test session.
For more information, and to fill in an online form, please visit our Useful documents section.
Sorry, no. For security reasons we cannot reissue candidate PINs. If you have lost your PIN, you will need to ask the Exams Officer at your centre to download a Statement of Results for you.
TSA Oxford results will be released on Monday 15 January 2018, via our Results Online System.
Results Online – Candidates
Results Online – Centres
Results Online user guide – candidates Results Online user guide – centres
Results will only be released to candidates who have applied to one of the courses requiring TSA at the University of Oxford.
No. You must take TSA Oxford in the year you are applying to university. If you take the test again, your score from one year will not affect your chances if re-applying in later years, as each application is considered afresh.
You may request feedback on your test results from the relevant Oxford college as part of Oxford’s usual feedback process.