We administer university admission tests for you

We accept requests from UK universities and institutes and candidates to administer their university admission tests at any time of the year. 

Below is a list of admission tests we currently administer on behalf of universities:

PLEASE NOTE: the following examinations will be computer-based while the test structure remains the same.

  • BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)
  • Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA)
  • Cambridge Test of Mathematics for University Admission (CTMUA)
  • Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)
  • Thinking Skills Assessment Section 1 (TSA S1) 

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a subject-specific admissions test taken by applicants to certain medicine, veterinary medicine and related courses. The BMAT is owned and administered by Cambridge Assessment, the new identity for UCLES, one of the world’s largest assessment agencies.

Test format

The BMAT is divided into three sections:

  • Aptitude and Skills.
  • Scientific Knowledge and Applications.
  • Writing Task.

Exam dates: examinations are held in November each year. Please visit this page in August to find out about the exact upcoming exam dates for the current year.
BMAT – November will still be taken at your chosen centre on 4 November but you will take it on a computer rather than with pen and paper. The test format will remain the same. 

Registration: will take place from first week in September to end September.

Exam fees and venue details will be published on this page closer to the exam date.

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) tests the skills that are essential for success in higher education such as critical thinking and problem solving which school-based exams don’t cover specifically.

Students don’t need to be familiar with specific texts or theoretical frameworks – they’re simply being tested on their ability to think through problems and arguments, critically and logically

Who uses TSA? 
TSA is used by a number of leading universities, including the University of Oxford, University College London (UCL) and the University of Cambridge.

What’s in TSA? 
TSA is a pen and paper test consisting of two sections. Section two is optional. 

Section 1: Multiple-choice questions testing problem-solving and critical thinking skills. 
Section 2: Writing task.

Exam dates: examinations are held in November each year. Please visit this page in August to find out about the exact exam dates for the current year.
Registration: will take place from first week in September to the end of September.

Exam fees and venue details will be published on this page, closer to the exam date.

Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)

The Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) is a two-hour paper test. It covers subject-specific admission tests for applicants to all University of Oxford Engineering, Materials Science and Physics undergraduate degree courses.

The Admissions Testing Service works in partnership with the University of Oxford to administer the PAT.

The University of Oxford’s Department of Physics is responsible for the setting and development of the PAT, including the test format and scoring. For general information about the test, see University of Oxford’s Department of Physics website.

Exam dates: examinations are held in November each year. Please visit this page in August to find out about the exact exam dates for the current year.

Registration: will take place from first week in September to the end of September.

Exam fees and venue details will be published on this page, closer to the exam date.

History Aptitude Test (HAT)

The HAT is a two-hour paper test. I covers subject-specific admission test for applicants to the University of Oxford’s undergraduate degree courses in history and its joint schools.

The Admissions Testing Service works with the University of Oxford to assist in the administration of its History Aptitude Test (HAT).

For general information about the test, including the test format and preparation, see University of Oxford’s Faculty of History website.

Exam dates: examinations are held in November each year. Please visit this page in August to find out about the exact exam dates for the current year.

Registration: will take place from first week in September to end September.

Exam fees and venue details will be published on this page, closer to the exam date.

English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)

The English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) is a pre-interview admissions test for applicants to English undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford. It is one of the elements admissions tutors use to decide whether to invite a candidate for interview.

The ELAT is a 90 minute paper test designed to enable applicants to show their ability in the key skill of close reading. Candidates write one essay comparing two or three passages set for comment, focusing on elements such as language, imagery, allusion, syntax, form and structure. 

For more information on this test and to register, please contact us.

2020 University Admissions tests information

Registration commences on 1 September 2020. 

Name of Exam

Local Fee (LKR)

Local Deadline

UK Deadline

Date of Exam

University of Oxford admissions tests (updated for 2020)

Computer based

BMAT

32,100.00

29 Sep 2020

1 Oct 2020

4 Nov 2020

BMAT Late

40,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

4 Nov 2020

TMUA

24,000.00

29 Sep 2020

1 Oct 2020

5 Nov 2020

TMUA Late

29,300.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

5 Nov 2020

CTMUA

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

5 Nov 2020

TSA

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

5 Nov 2020

TSA S1

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

5 Nov 2020

Paper based

ELAT

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

4 Nov 2020

OLAT

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

4 Nov 2020

MAT

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

4 Nov 2020

MLAT

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

4 Nov 2020

PHIL

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

4 Nov 2020

CAT

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

4 Nov 2020

PAT

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

5 Nov 2020

HAT

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

5 Nov 2020

Cambridge pre-interview assessments

ECAA

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

5 Nov 2020

ENGAA

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

5 Nov 2020

NSAA

12,500.00

13 Oct 2020

15 Oct 2020

5 Nov 2020

Note: Download and fill the registration forms below and return them to British Council along with the local administration fee.

How to register

  1. Download the application form from the ‘Downloads’ section on this page.  
  2. Visit British Council – Colombo office to make the payment. Please book an appointment online prior to your visit.
  3. Bring the following documents along with you when you visit the office:
  • Completed application form
  • Copy of ID (National Identity Card or Passport)
  • Credit/debit card for payment – we accept only card payments due to health concerns.
  1. Once you have completed registration and payment, you will receive your index number five days prior to the test.

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