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Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing
Administering our tests
Our admissions tests are designed to assess applicants’ potential to succeed in demanding academic study. Our rigorous test development and review process ensures that our tests provide accurate and relevant information and that the tests are fair to all groups of candidates.
To ensure our tests are appropriate for the intended purpose, they are designed in close consultation with stakeholders. We examine the requirements and context of university admissions processes, test-takers, teachers and other related groups.
Test items (questions) are written by trained item writers according to detailed test specifications. All item writers are required to have a background in teaching and learning.
Items are reviewed and edited to ensure that they conform to the specifications, are clear and unambiguous, and meet our quality standards.
Where appropriate, the test items are pretested with a sample group of students with similar characteristics to the population to be tested. This ensures that items perform as expected and are of an appropriate level of difficulty.
Tests are constructed from the pool of approved test items. Each version of the test is constructed to ensure an appropriate level of difficulty and the correct coverage of each subject area or skill being assessed.
Our tests are administered in secure, standardised conditions at test centres around the world. This ensures that all test-takers have the same testing experience and that security of test material is maintained.
Post-test statistical analysis
We run routine statistical analyses to confirm the quality of our test items and to ensure that the items have been fair to all groups of candidates. For examiner-marked papers, we also run analyses of marker performance. Find more information in our Research section.
Information from statistical analyses and feedback from stakeholder groups feeds into ongoing review of test format and content to ensure our tests remain fit for purpose.