The NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment) is an admissions exam designed to rank the applicants to Natural Sciences courses at the University of Cambridge
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The NSAA Test lasts two hours and is split into two sections. In the first section, you have to answer Part A, which covers mathematics, as well as picking one from Part B, C, or D, which cover Physics, Chemistry, and Biology respectively. Each of these parts consist of twenty multiple choice questions, meaning the first section of the test requires you to answer 40 questions in total. The second section is split into three parts, only one of which you are required to answer, and each of which involves twenty multiple choice questions. These parts are Part X (Physics), Y (Chemistry), and Z (Biology).
The NSAA is set by Cambridge University for applicants to Natural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine courses.
Cambridge University uses the NSAA test as a standardised format for assessing and benchmarking their applicants. The exam rewards problem solving alongside maths and science knowledge, so that students taking different qualifications at school can access the syllabus. Through the NSAA, Cambridge university is able to differentiate between applicants who are otherwise very similarly qualified with equally excellent predicted grades.
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