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The dates of our admissions tests are designed to fit in with universities’ application processes.
Visit the admissions tests pages to find details of entry fees (where applicable) and key dates, as these vary for each test.
Please note, some test centres set their own (earlier) deadlines for test registration. Please check if this is the case with your chosen centre well in advance, to ensure that they register you for your test(s).
Information about scheduled start times for the October/November test session will be available on our Support site later this year.
UK students in financial need can take the October admissions tests for free, either at their school/college or at one of the British Council authorised test centres in the UK. This applies to BMAT, TMUA, University of Cambridge pre-registration assessments and the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Oxford.
If you are taking BMAT or TMUA in your school or college, and you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for a reimbursement of your registration fee. Please speak to your Exams Officer, who can apply for a reimbursement on your behalf. The deadline for your school/college to apply for a reimbursement of your registration fee is 29 September 2023.
Please note that we are unable to reimburse any administration fees added to the registration fee.
UK students in financial need can take the October admissions tests for free at one of the British Council authorised test centres in the UK. This applies to BMAT, TMUA, University of Cambridge pre-registration assessments and the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Oxford.
You need to apply to us for a test voucher code that you can use instead of payment in your online booking with the British Council. The test voucher codes cover both the registration fees (where applicable) and administration fees.
You must apply for your test voucher code before registering with the British Council.
Follow these steps:
To be eligible to apply for a test voucher code or reimbursement of the registration fee, you or a parent/guardian need to meet one of the following criteria and provide ONE relevant supporting document as part of your application.
Only UK candidates are eligible to apply.
If you are no longer in full-time education, evidence must be in your name.
Please note that we DO NOT accept as evidence: P60 (end of year certificate); annual accounts; council tax/housing/child benefit letters.
We also reserve the right to request additional evidence if, in our view, the initial supporting documentation is not sufficient to verify your eligibility.
Free school meals
Learner Support (FE 19+) or equivalent FE funding for Scotland, Wales or NI
16 to 19 Bursary (England)
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) (Scotland, Wales or NI)
Your official award letter for the current academic year.
We do not accept evidence that relates to scholarships/bursaries at independent or fee-paying schools.
Student Finance England Maintenance Grant or Maintenance Loan* (full-rate)
Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) Young Students’/Independent Students’ Bursary (full-rate)
Student Finance Wales or Northern Ireland Maintenance Grant (full-rate)
Your award letter for the current academic year.
Awards are for undergraduate study only. Please check on www.gov.uk/student-finance/new-fulltime-students what qualifies as a full-rate maintenance award if you are unsure.
Please note that Postgraduate loans are not accepted as they are not means-tested.
Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
(If you or a parent/guardian you live with are in receipt of one of these benefits)
An award letter (all pages) from the UK Jobcentre Plus, dated 2023.
Please send ALL PAGES of your or your parent/guardian's award letter from the UK Jobcentre Plus, dated 2023.
If it is your parent/guardian in receipt of JSA or ESA then it must be the income-based benefit (e.g. means-tested) and not contribution-based. This is specified on the final page of the award letter.
(If you or a parent/guardian you live with are in receipt of Universal Credit)
Please send the first page of your or your parent/guardian's Universal Credit statement, dated within the last 3 months. Please ensure the name of the claimant and their address, the date, and the award amount is clearly visible.
Working Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit
(If you or a family member you live with are in receipt of Tax Credits)
Please send the first page of your or your parent/guardian's award letter, dated for the financial year 2022/2023 or 2023/2024. Please ensure the name of the claimant and their address, the date, and the award amount is clearly visible.
(If you or a parent/guardian you live with are in receipt of this support)
Please send your or your parent/guardian's official award letter, dated in the last 12 months.