TSA Coaching

TSA is an assessment of critical thinking and problem-solving skills, skills that are widely identified as the most important skills for study and employment. The test is designed to help you select students with the potential to succeed in higher education.
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TSA Coaching Program Snapshot

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Instructors’ Contact Hours

  • 20 hours (10 sessions of 2 hours each) of coaching with instructors to learn concepts, strategies, and applications
  • 4 hours of one-on-one doubt-solving with instructor
  • 5 hours of mock tests analysis with instructors before the actual test
  • Specialized instructors for the given subject
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Exhaustive Study Material

  • 1 concepts and practice book on the subject
  • 10 full-length mocks to simulate the real test experience
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Student-centric Approach

  • Diagnostic Test
  • Personalized study plan
  • Individual student progress record


  • Program orientation
  • Mentor support- a single point of contact between the student/parent/s and instructors
  • Assistance in the test registration

About TSA

The Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Oxford is a 2-hour pre-interview test for applicants to undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford. It is designed to help tutors assess whether candidates have the skills and aptitudes needed to study the following courses:

  • Experimental Psychology (C830)
  • Geography (L700)
  • Human Sciences (BCL0)
  • Philosophy and Linguistics (VQ51)
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) (L0V0)
  • Psychology and Linguistics (CQ81)
  • Psychology and Philosophy (CV85)

Test format

TSA Oxford consists of two sections:

  • Section 1: Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)
  • Section 2: Writing Task.

Calculators cannot be used.

TSA Oxford will be a paper-based test in 2023.

Section 1: Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)

Section What does it test? Questions Timing

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)

Problem-solving skills, including numerical reasoning. Critical thinking skills, including understanding argument and reasoning using everyday language. 50 multiple- choice questions

90 minutes

Section 2: Writing Task

Section What does it test? Questions Timing

Writing Task

The ability to organise ideas in a clear and concise manner, and communicate them effectively in writing. Questions are not subject-specific. Candidates must answer one essay question from a choice of four

30 minutes

Please note, applicants for History and Economics and Economics and Management are not required to do the writing task.

How is TSA Oxford scored?

Section 1 scores 1 mark per question.

Scores are calculated on the TSA scale to one decimal place (running approximately 0–100). The scale is an estimate of the candidate’s ability, which makes scoring comparable by factoring in the question and overall test difficulty, using the Rasch statistical technique.

Marking of this section is automated. Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing does not accept requests for re-marks.

Section 2 is reviewed by the admissions tutor(s) of the Oxford College the candidate has applied to.


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