The TSA is a multiple-choice test giving 1 mark per question.
Scores are calculated on the TSA scale to one decimal place (running approximately 0–100). The scale is an estimate of the candidate’s ability, which makes scores comparable by factoring in question and overall test difficulty, using the Rasch statistical technique.
The average TSA score of an applicant to the University of Cambridge is in the high 50s, with only around 10% of applicants scoring over 70.
Marking of this section is automated. The Admissions Testing Service does not accept requests for re-marks.
Candidates take the test at interview. Most applicants taking the TSA will take it at the College they have applied to. Candidates will be informed by the College where and when they need to take the TSA.
The Admissions Testing Service does not release TSA results directly to candidates. Results will be passed to the Cambridge College you applied to. How the results are used varies – to find out more, contact the College you applied to.