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Using Thinking Skills Assessment in University admissions

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Emery, Joanne 
Bell, John 


At the time of writing, most University of Cambridge colleges use the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) developed by Cambridge Assessment during the admissions process. The range of subjects for which it is used varies from college to college. The test provides "supplementary information" for use in helping to make admissions decisions. Obviously, to be meaningful, any such selection tool must be able to predict future performance. This issue of predictive validity is the focus of this article, which reports on the 2003 TSA scores and the subsequent 1st year (Part 1A) examination results of Computer Science students (taken in Summer 2005).



Evaluation of assessment, Impact of assessment, Skills, Higher/Further Education

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Research Matters

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Research Division, Cambridge University Press & Assessment

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