Submitting written work & admissions assessments

Find out here if you need to complete an Admissions Assessment before or on the day of your interview (and whether you need to register for it in advance), if you need to submit written work to support your application, and if you will be be asked to read a text or article before going into your interview.

Do I need to complete (and register for) a 'pre-interview' Admissions Assessment?

There are pre-interview assessments in most science, and a few arts and humanities subjects - you need to register for these in advance. These assessments take place at an exam centre (usually UK applicants' schools) between mid-October or early November. They are the same across all Cambridge colleges, and full details can be found under each subject entry in this webpage. Please ensure your exam centre/school registers you by the deadline - 29th September in 2023 except Law which has a deadline of 15th September 2023.

For Law (LNAT) and Medicine (BMAT) you must register separately - again, see this page for more details

Subjects with pre-interview assessments:

Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Computer Science Economics
Engineering Law (LNAT) Medicine (BMAT)
Natural Sciences Veterinary Medicine  


Will I need to complete an 'at-interview' Admissions Assessment?

There are at-interview assessments in some arts and humanities subjects. You do not need to register for these, and will be sent full details about them if you are called for interview. There is more information about the format of these tests at this link.


Classics (3 years)
Classics (4 years)
History and Modern Languages
History and Politics
Modern and Medieval Languages

Will I need to read something before the interview?

In some subjects you may be given some pre-interview reading to discuss in the interview. If invited for an interview, you will be given full details of how and when this reading will be sent to you - we will make sure you have enough time to study it!

Subjects in which there may be pre-interview reading:

History & Modern Languages (Language component)
Modern & Medieval Languages
Theology and Religious Studies

Do I need to submit written school work?

To support applications in some subjects, we require you to send us some of your written work. These enable us to assess the quality of your academic writing in the subject you wish to study, and they may be discussed at your interview. If your subject is not listed below, you do not need to send us any written work.

You will be sent full details of what to send us, but in general:

  • The essays you submit should be copies of accredited essays (not coursework), with your teachers' comments if possible.
  • The essays should not normally be longer than 2500 words.
  • If your school subject combination means that you cannot send us exactly what is listed below (e.g. a modern linguist with no additional 'essay subject'), do not worry - just contact the Admissions Office and we will work out an alternative.
  • You do not need to type your essays.

The deadline for submission of this material in 2023 will be in early November

Requirements for submission of written work:

Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic

Two pieces of written work.

Asian & Middle-Eastern Studies

One essay in English on a substantive topic. If you are applying to study a European language as part of the AMES course, please also send an essay in that language.


Two pieces of written work from essay-based subjects that you are already studying (eg. History, English, Languages, Classical Civilisation).


One essay from your English course.


 One essay from your History course.

History and Modern Languages

One essay from your History course and one essay in the foreign language for which you are applying.  If you are applying for a language ab initio, please send an essay in English in an essay-based subject.

History and Politics

One essay from your History course.

Human, Social and Political Science Two pieces of written work.

Modern and Medieval Languages

All applicants should send in three pieces of written work. If you are applying to continue two A-level (or equivalent) languages, please send one piece of work in each of these languages. The third piece should be an essay in English from another essay-based subject. If you are applying to continue one A-level language, and to start another language from scratch, please send one piece of work in the language you are studying and intend to continue; the other two pieces of work should be from an essay-based subject.


Two to three pieces of school work, which can be from the fields of music history, analysis and composition (harmony and/or counterpoint exercises).

Theology and Religious Studies

Two pieces of written work


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