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TSA Course

The Oxford TSA (Oxford Thinking Skills Assessment) is an admissions exam designed to rank the applicants to various courses at the University of Oxford to help admissions tutors separate excellent candidates from one another as part of the admissions test. We here at Oxbridge Applications are specialists in all-things Admissions Test, and offer a range of options to help you prepare for the TSA, including bespoke TSA preparation course, TSA mock papers, and various free e-resources and guides to help promising applicants showcase the best of their abilities when it comes to sitting the real thing.

Our TSA training course packages, aimed at helping students prepare for Oxford TSA, include one-to-one admissions test tuition sessions with a test specialist using our own, bespoke mock test papers as supplementary resources. Sessions are arranged according to your schedule and are completely flexible to fit in with your school, work, or other commitments; our tutors can teach the TSA course online or in our offices as suits your needs. Our team of Oxford TSA tutors, all of whom have studied a TSA-related subject at Oxford, have an intimate understanding of the TSA and what it takes to prepare well for what is, to many, a daunting admissions test.

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Our Private Consultations provide in-depth evaluation, strategy and next steps to achieve results. Suitable for those aged 14 upwards.

What is the TSA?

The TSA is not subject-specific, which makes sense given that it is used on a number of courses at Oxford so you will not be required to demonstrate any specific knowledge as such. Instead, the test is designed to measure, as the name suggests, your thinking abilities and reasoning skills. The TSA is made up of two sections. The test is 90-minutes long and is made up of 50 multiple choice questions in total. 25 of these are focused on problem solving, including spatial reasoning, numerical skills, and logical thinking, whilst the other 25 are critical thinking questions, including understanding an argument, reasoning and deduction, and use of language. The second section lasts 30 minutes and candidates are asked to answer one essay question from a choice of four non-subject specific questions. This section tests the student’s ability to organise their ideas in a clear and concise manner, and their ability to put this down clearly in writing.

What courses require the TSA?

The Oxford TSA is set by Oxford University for students applying to a variety of subjects: Experimental Psychology, Geography, Human Sciences, Philosophy and Linguistics, PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics), Psychology and Linguistics, and Psychology and Philosophy.

How is the TSA used?

Oxford University uses the TSA as a standardised format for assessing and benchmarking their applicants. The exam rewards problem solving over specific subject knowledge, so that students taking different qualifications at school and applying for different courses at university can access the syllabus. Oxford University uses students’ marks in the TSA to make decisions about which applicants they should invite to interview. The vast majority of applicants to Oxford’s highly competitive undergraduate courses will have similarly excellent grades, so an applicant’s TSA test score heavily influences this decision.

Full preparation for the Oxford Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)

Expert Tuition

TSA tuition is conducted by Oxbridge-graduate tutors who specialise exclusively in the TSA

Sit a Full Mock

Full-length exam-conditions TSA mock test sat to mimic intensity of the real exam

Up-to-date mock papers

Original TSA mock papers updated regularly to reflect changes in content and difficulty

Track record

The course is run by experienced TSA tutors who have a consistent record of helping students to score higher in their test

Content and Timing

Skills development and analysis technique session to improve content & time-management strategy covered

Detailed Answers

Detailed feedback showing the best approaches in your mock TSA papers

Individual Tuition

TSA course packages are held on a 1:1 basis for highly interactive and personal experience


TSA workbook included for time-management techniques, tackling conceptual knowledge, analysis and extra practice


Papers marked and returned to you in time to improve areas of weakness

TSA Admission Private Tuition x4

Available all year-round and includes 4 private admissions test tuition sessions and four test papers, which are marked by expert Oxbridge-graduate tutors.

TSA Admission Private Tuition x6

Available all year-round and includes 6 private admissions test tuition sessions and four test papers, which are marked by expert Oxbridge-graduate tutors.

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Our Oxbridge-graduate consultants are available between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday, with additional evening availability when requested.

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