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Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing is monitoring the situation with the spread of Novel Coronavirus very closely. Our top priority is to help to protect the health and safety of our candidates and their families, and of the staff in our centres.
We will do everything we can to minimise disruption for candidates, centres and the institutions using our tests, while complying fully with international best practice and the advice of national and local healthcare authorities.
As the information about COVID-19 is changing rapidly, we will provide regular updates on this webpage as the situation unfolds. We understand you will have concerns around whether or not our tests are taking place, therefore we have provided detailed information about our test sessions below:
Following the UK government announcement on 18 March that public examinations will not take place, we have been reviewing ways in which candidates can take STEP Mathematics safely, both within and outside the UK. See the latest updates to each individual STEP paper below.
STEP 1 will not go ahead. As a candidate who has already registered for this test paper, you should speak to their Exams Officer about arranging a refund. Centres have been contacted to ensure they do not accept any more registrations for STEP 1 and have been given further information about refund arrangements.
As candidate who is required to take STEP 1 as part of your university offer, you are NOT expected to take either STEP 2 or STEP 3. If you are in any doubt, please contact your university directly for guidance.
STEP 2 and STEP 3
To ensure the safety of our candidates and centre staff, STEP will not be run at schools, colleges or test centres.
STEP 2 and STEP 3 will be run by remote proctoring via Mercer Mettl, a leading Online Assessment Platform. A candidate is monitored online during the test duration typically with the help of a webcam, microphone and access to the candidate's screen.
You can take the test at any location, provided it is a suitable environment for you to concentrate and it adheres to local lockdown rules. It must also have equipment that meets the minimum technical requirements needed, including internet speed.
Once you have registered for the test, you will receive full instructions from Mercer Mettl about how the test will work and the chance to trial the remote proctoring system before the live test day.
Only candidates who are contacted directly by the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London and the University of Warwick will be eligible to register. We will not accept registrations from any other candidates.
If you are uncertain about whether you need to take STEP 2, STEP 3 or both as part of your offer, please contact the university you have applied to directly.
If you have already registered for the paper-based version of STEP 2 and/or STEP 3, you should speak to your Exams Officer about arranging a refund. Centres have been contacted to ensure they do not accept any more registrations for STEP 2 and STEP 3 and have been given further information about refund arrangements. Please note, you will not be able to transfer the registration or the fee to Mercer Mettl.
The test format will remain the same, except that you will see the test questions on your computer screen. You will write your answers on paper and upload them at the end of the test. You will be given additional time to do this.
Please refer to the About STEP page for an overview of each STEP paper.
Dates and costs
There is no change to the test dates for STEP 2 or STEP 3. They will go ahead as scheduled:
STEP 2: Monday 15 June 2020, 09.00 (BST)
STEP 3: Friday 19 June 2020, 09.00 (BST)
The cost per paper will be £99.00. Details of payment methods will be provided by Mercer Mettl when you register for the test.
How to register
There are two parts to the registration process.
1 May – 11 May 2020
Over the next few days, eligible candidates will receive an email from the university/universities they have applied to, asking them to complete a registration form.
Deadline to complete the form: 11 May 2020, 17.00 (BST)
We will not accept any late registrations.
By completing the form and submitting your details* it enables us to collect all the information we need to administer STEP remotely.
Please note: if you are applying to more than one of the universities stated above, you only need to complete the form once.
22 May – 29 May 2020
On 22 May 2020, you will receive a confirmation email to your registered email address. It will provide details about how to complete your registration, including how to make payment for the test via our online booking system Metritests.
Deadline to complete your registration: 29 May 2020, 12.00 PM (BST)
We will not accept any late registrations.
*Your data will be processed in compliance with Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing’s data protection policy.
Scoring and results
For details about how STEP is scored, please refer to the STEP scoring and results page.
Results will be released as scheduled on 13 August 2020, 00.01 (BST). You will be able to view your results by logging in to the Metritests account you created to complete part 2 of the registration process. Results will be passed to institutions through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) for use in their admissions processes.
There will be no Results Enquires or Appeals processes this year.
How should I prepare for STEP?
We advise candidates to prepare for the test in the normal way, using the free preparation materials and past papers provided on our STEP preparation page.
Candidates will need access to a laptop or a desktop computer with a built in camera or webcam. For more details, please visit Mercer Mettl’s support site.
We understand you may have questions. Please refer to our STEP FAQs for 2020 on our Support Site.
Currently we do not expect the COVID-19 outbreak to affect the BMAT – September test session. We will continue to keep you updated if the situation changes.
Currently we do not expect the COVID-19 outbreak to affect the International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT), which is due to take place on 10 September 2020. For more details please visit the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR)’s website.
BMAT – November, TMUA, all University of Oxford admissions tests (including MAT, TSA and ELAT), all University of Cambridge pre-interview assessments (including CTMUA, TSA and ELAT).
We do not expect the COVID-19 outbreak to disrupt the running of these tests. We will continue to keep you updated if the situation changes.
We ask that you do not contact our Helpdesk during this time as they have no further information at present. We will publish any news as soon as it becomes available.
We will also share our latest updates on our social channels. Please follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.