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We recommend watching the video below for an overview of the format of the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) and top tips to get you feeling prepared.
TSA is not subject-specific, so there is no curriculum content to learn. It assesses the generic thinking skills you already have, and practising for the test will help you develop these skills.
A good place to start your preparation is by reading the TSA question guide, which explains and works through a sample of the different types of Critical Thinking and Problem Solving questions in the test.
Try to answer some questions from the specimen paper, going at your own pace. Look carefully at the explained answers provided for this paper; they will help you understand how the different TSA questions work and how to approach them.
Then move on to working through some practice papers under test conditions – timed and without using a calculator (you can write down your working out).
There is no need to pay for a preparation course, we provide everything you need for free!
TSA Specimen Test
TSA Specimen Answer Sheet
TSA Specimen Answer Key
TSA Specimen Explained Answers
For more practice papers, go to our TSA Oxford preparation page and click in the area marked Section 1 practice papers – Thinking Skills Assessment. These are past papers that were produced for TSA Oxford, but are equivalent in format and level to TSA UCL.
We provide all the free resources you’ll need to prepare for TSA. However, if you’re interested in learning more about thinking skills, here are some suggestions for further reading:
Thinking Skills by Butterworth, John and Thwaites, Geoff
Critical Reasoning: A Practical Introduction by Thomson, Anne
Thinking from A to Z (2nd Edition) by Warburton, Nigel
Critical Thinking: An Introduction by Fisher, Alec
For a general introduction to thinking skills, watch A short film about thinking.