The Oxford TSA (Oxford Thinking Skills Assessment) is an admissions exam designed to rank the applicants to various courses at the University of Oxford
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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.
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.
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.
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