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The Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) UCL is a 90-minute, multiple-choice test, which is used for applicants to R990 European and International Social and Political Studies (EISPS) and LV01 International Social and Political Studies (ISPS).

How to register for TSA UCL

There is a two-stage selection process for R990 European Social and Political Studies (ESPS) and LV01 International Social and Political Studies (ISPS).

The first stage is based on the UCAS form, which is used to select candidates for the second stage, which involves taking the online Thinking Skills Assessment Test (TSA) for UCL. A limited number of exceptional candidates may be given an offer on the basis of their UCAS form alone, during the first stage of selection.

TSA for UCL is taken online and you will receive an email from EISPS with details about how to register for the test.

Test format

TSA UCL is a paper-based test. It consists of 50 multiple-choice questions, testing problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

SectionWhat does it test?QuestionsTiming
Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)Problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning. Critical thinking skills, including understanding argument and reasoning using everyday language.50 multiple- choice questions90 minutes


TSA is a multiple-choice test giving 1 mark per question.

Scores are calculated on the TSA scale to one decimal place (running approximately 0–100). The scale is an estimate of the candidate’s ability, which makes scores comparable by factoring in question and overall test difficulty, using the Rasch statistical technique.


Candidates take TSA as a paper-based test, on an EISPS assessment day. Candidates will be informed when they need to take TSA by the university.

TSA UCL key dates

Candidates will take the TSA on an EISPS assessment day. The dates below apply to both the BA ESPS and the BA ISPS.

In 2021, these take place on:

  • Saturday 30 January 2021
  • Saturday 13 March 2021

TSA UCL costs

There is no cost to sit TSA at UCL.


Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing does not release TSA results directly to candidates. Results will be passed to UCL.