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All applicants who wish to study Experimental Psychology or Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Oxford are required to sit the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)

Information on the TSA including test dates can be found here.

The TSA helps College Tutors to assess whether applicants have the appropriate skills and aptitudes for the course. The admissions test is just one part of our admissions process.

Test preparation

TSA: for those applying to Experimental Psychology or Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL)

The Thinking Skills Assessment is a paper-based multiple-choice Thinking Skills Assessment (Section 1), and a 30-minute writing task (Section 2).  Candidates for Experimental Psychology or Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics are only required to take Section 1. 

Section 1 is made up of 50 multiple-choice questions and aims to assess the following: problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning; critical thinking skills, including the ability to understand an argument; and the ability to reason using everyday language.