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Our computer-based admissions tests are used by top universities to help fairly select the best candidates for entry onto science, engineering, and mathematics-based degree courses.

The Engineering and Science Admissions Test (ESAT) is used for entry to a range of degrees from Chemical Engineering to Veterinary Medicine.

About the ESAT

The Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA) is used for entry to a range of degrees that require mathematical reasoning skills, from Mathematics and Statistics to Computer Science and Economics.

About the TMUA

UAT-UK offers two computer-based admissions tests, which are delivered in partnership with Pearson VUE through their global network of professional test centres. The ESAT and the TMUA are used by a variety of universities, streamlining the admissions process, and providing a fair and robust way of selecting the candidates most likely to succeed on their chosen course.

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How it works

Ensure your test goes smoothly by familiarising yourself with all key deadlines, how to register for your test and what to do on the test day.


Before the test

Scheduling a test is a straight-forward two-step process. First, you must create a UAT-UK account with Pearson VUE. Test booking will open 10 weeks ahead of each sitting. Make sure you know which test and/or parts are needed for the courses you are applying to. You will then need to log on and book the TMUA and/or the ESAT. Free practice materials are available to help you prepare for your test.


On the day

You will sit your test at a Pearson VUE test centre of your choosing. Make sure you are familiar with our test day information.


After the test

You will be notified when your test results are available to you via your UAT-UK account. This will be approximately six weeks after your test sitting. Results will automatically be sent to any TMUA or ESAT institutions included in your UCAS application.

Choose whether you sit the test in October or January

If you are intending on applying to Cambridge, you must sit your test in October.

For other candidates, there is no advantage to sitting the test in the first or second sitting. However, we strongly encourage you to register for test sitting 1, where possible, to have access to the widest choice of time slots in your chosen location.

View key deadlines

Test Sitting 1

ESAT: 15 and 16 October 2024
TMUA: 16 and 17 October 2024

Test Sitting 2

Not applicable to Cambridge applicants

ESAT: 7 and 8 January 2025
TMUA: 8 and 9 January 2025

Candidate Support

UAT-UK is committed to removing barriers to entry. Bursaries are available to UK candidates in financial need, and we can work with you to ensure you have the appropriate access arrangements for your test.

Bursary Scheme

Our bursaries are available to UK candidates. To be eligible you, or your parent/guardian, must meet certain criteria and be able to provide the required documentation. Bursaries, where granted, will cover the full cost of your test. Make sure you apply for this before you book your test. We will not be able to reimburse you after you have paid for a test.

Access Arrangements

You should let us know if you require any access arrangements for your test and provide appropriate documentary evidence. Make sure you apply for this before you book your test. We will not be able to make adjustments to the test when you arrive at the test centre.

Preparation Materials

Our tests are based on the science and mathematics that you will have already learned in your school studies, and we provide free preparation materials so that all candidates can familiarise themselves with the style of questions and identify topics where revision might be needed.

Your Questions Answered

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Please refer to our Key Dates and Deadlines to know when test booking opens for each test sitting. You are only permitted to register once for a test in either October or January. If you are applying to Cambridge, you must sit in October.

Please refer to our information on access arrangements. Make sure you are aware of the relevant deadlines. It can take up to ten working days for a request for standard access arrangements to be confirmed. You should apply for access arrangements in advance of the registration deadline to ensure you still have time to book your test.

Each test costs £75 for candidates in the UK and Republic of Ireland and £130 for candidates elsewhere.

We have a Bursary scheme for UK candidates in financial hardship. A bursary will cover the full test fee. Please refer to our bursary information for eligibility criteria.

Preparatory materials can be found on our prepare page.

The TUMA overview page lists the universities signed up to use the TMUA and the ESAT page lists those using the ESAT. For specific course requirements, please refer to the course pages on the websites of the institutions to which you are applying and ensure you understand which test you need to sit, if any, and which parts you need to register for if you need to sit the ESAT. If you have any questions about admission requirements, you should contact the institution directly.