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UG Admissions Assessment (UGAA)

The purpose of the UG Admissions Assessment (UGAA)

The UG Admissions Assessment (formerly known as the Entrance Exam) is used in order to fairly assess those applicants from non-traditional educational backgrounds, such as those following Access or Foundation courses, or those whose qualifications are not as rigorous or well known as others.

The UG Admissions Assessment (UGAA) test gives the Admissions Tutor the opportunity to see a sample of the applicant's original work, produced under examination conditions, and seeks to assess applicants from a variety of backgrounds in a fair and equitable manner.

What is the UG Admissions Assessment (UGAA) test?

The UGAA test is a three-hour paper comprising of English comprehension exercises, essay questions and mathematical problems. No specific preparation is required, although those asked to sit the test may view a copy of previous year's papers below. It is held in March each year and may be taken either at LSE, or at any approved examination centre in the UK or abroad, for example at your nearest British Council.

If an Admissions Tutor wants an applicant to sit the test, the Undergraduate Admissions Office will contact the applicant directly between early-mid February 2014. Please note that applicants cannot request to sit this test.

Criteria for assessment

The criteria below are those that Admissions Tutors are looking for from candidates, and these elements will be considered in combination with the overall marks achieved by each candidate. These criteria are seen to reflect the qualities we look for in potential students.

Précis

  • Clarity and precision
  • Able to identify key points
  • Competent use of vocabulary and good use of English (to demonstrate understanding of context)
  • Word limit NOT exceeded
  • 'Spirit' of text to remain unchanged (i.e. no re-interpretation, additional comment or editorialising)
  • Majority (minimum of 75%) of prose to be in students' own words

Essay

We are looking for an original essay, which has an interesting 'opening', is interesting to read and not formulaic

  • Appropriate use of English including clarity, accurate syntax, spelling and punctuation
  • Evidence of a sophisticated vocabulary
  • A logical structure, i.e. in paragraphs with each paragraph raising a different point and with an introduction and clear conclusion
  • Relevance, i.e. only answering the question that has been set
  • A well developed and reasoned argument
  • Ability to present alternative views and assess them
  • Relevant examples
  • Ability to provide evidence from a range of sources to support argument (multi-disciplinary approach)

Mathematics (for all candidates)

  • Range of 'techniques' can be applied (depends upon the question)
  • Ability to manipulate, interpret and analyse data
  • Evidence of logical application (processes)
  • Accuracy
  • Numerical and graphical competence
  • Ability in calculus

Section D (Maths section for degrees requiring Maths: F9L1, FK84, G0N0, G1L1, GL11, G3N3, L101, L140, L1V3, L7L1, LL12, LLK1, LV15, N200, N321, V3L1 and VL31)

  • Knowledge of the key techniques of differential and integral calculus of a single variable
  • An understanding of the meanings of the key concepts in calculus (in particular, the derivative and integral)
  • An ability to apply these to solve problems requiring an element of mathematical modelling proficiency in algebra and algebraic manipulation
  • Competence in using algebra and calculus to solve unfamiliar problems (rather than routine problems)
Applicants invited to sit the UG Admissions Assessment (UGAA) test

The Undergraduate Admissions Office will begin to send invitations to sit the UG Admissions Assessment test between mid-December 2013 and early February 2014. Reply slips must be received by Friday 14 February 2014. This year's UG Admissions Assessment test will be held on Tuesday 4 March 2014.

You can either sit the test here at the LSE, elsewhere in the UK or in an approved overseas exam centre. Overseas students may, in certain countries, make these arrangements through their nearest British Embassy, Consulate or office of a representative of the British Council. Students in the United States of America may get in touch with their nearest Educational Testing Service Office. Alternatively, educational institutions (e.g. a school or University) may be able to arrange invigilation for you.

The response form attached to the UGAA test invitation email should be returned to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Applicants taking the examination at a centre other than the LSE should note that the reply form must carry the signature of the contact and the official stamp of the invigilating centre. Failure to do this could mean that the School is unable to proceed with arrangements for the examination.

Sample Papers

Cover sheet and sections A-C

All UGAA test applicants must complete Section A and either Section B1 or Section B2, depending on the course applied for.

Please read the instructions on the cover sheet carefully. Candidates who complete the wrong sections cannot be compensated.

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Sections A-C 2010|
Sections A-C 2011|
Sections A-B 2012
|Section C 2012|
Sections A-B 2013|
Section C 2013|


Section D

This paper should only be answered by applicants who are taking one of the courses listed on the cover-sheet.

Section D 2010|
Section D 2011
|Section D 2012|
Section D 2013|


Marking Scheme

The UGAA test has a notional pass mark of 60%. However, the Admissions Tutor's decision as to whether to make an offer is based not only on test performance, but also on a holistic assessment of the overall application, including the full range of information on the UCAS form (i.e. predicted/achieved grades, personal statement and reference). The document below aims to give applicants an idea of what is required by the examiners from the essay section of the test.

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Frequently Asked Questions on the UGAA test:

(please click the relevant questions below for answers) 

Can I sit the UGAA test somewhere other than LSE?

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What if I can’t sit the test? Will I automatically be rejected?|

What is on the UGAA test? How do I revise?|

I’m due to take the UGAA test but I’m not sure which sections I’m supposed to complete?|

Will I be eligible for any additional time if I suffer from a disability?|

How many people take the UGAA test? What is the likelihood of being made an offer?|

Will my application be judged solely on the UGAA test?|

Applicants taking the test outside of LSE – Will the test paper be sent by courier/ registered delivery or by regular post?|

I’m out of the country/ Travelling / Don’t know where my British Council is / have been told I have to wait a few days for a response – I don’t think I can send my certified form before the deadline. Can you extend the date of response?|

I haven’t been invited to sit the test, does this mean my application is automatically unsuccessful?|

I’m taking my test abroad and we’re a few hours ahead/ behind. Do I still have to take the test at 10am UK time?|

What is the pass grade for the UGAA test?|

Can I take a calculator into the test?|

When can I find out the results of my test?|

Can I sit the UG Admissions Assessment test somewhere other than LSE?|

-Yes, you may sit the UGAA test either in the UK or abroad at an academic institution, British Council / Embassy / Consulate or other official establishment.


 What if I can’t sit the test? Will I automatically be rejected?

- No, although we will then assess your application based solely upon the information provided on your UCAS application form. It is school policy to invite applicants who are studying or have completed any of the qualifications previously mentioned, to the UGAA test, as these qualifications on their own are not sufficient for an offer to be made.

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What is on the UGAA test? How do I revise?

- The UGAA test for 2014 is used in order to fairly assess those applicants from non-traditional educational backgrounds, such as those following Access or Foundation courses, or those whose qualifications are not as rigorous or well known as others.

- The test is 3 hours long and will consist of 3 sections (the 3rd section to complete will depend on which course you have applied for) designed to test your written and numerical skills.

- Past UGAA tests (formerly known as the Entrance Exam) are available on this webpage for further information.

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I’m due to take the UGAA test but I’m not sure which sections I’m supposed to complete?- 

-You can find a list of the courses and the corresponding test sections which will need to be completed on this webpage.

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Will I be eligible for any additional time if I suffer from a disability?

-We will need to be made aware of any disability you feel may effect your performance in the test in order to make suitable arrangements. Please provide a note from your doctor/ school or for students suffering from dyslexia as an example, any previous testing you may have undergone. This information will need to be assessed by our disabilities office before any arrangements can be made. This information will need to be provided as soon as possible, in writing.

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How many people take the UGAA test? What is the likelihood of being made an offer?

- Close to 100 students were invited to sit our UGAA test last year, approximately 15% of which were made offers of a place at LSE. 

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Will my application be judged solely on the UGAA test?

- Once an applicant has completed the UG Admissions Assessment, it will be included with their application to be assessed in its entirety.

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Applicants taking the test outside of LSE – Will the test paper be sent by courier/ registered delivery or by regular post?

- The UGAA test paper will be sent to the examining institution by DHL (courier) and will need to be returned as soon as possible following the exam by the same method.

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I’m out of the country/ Travelling / Don’t know where my British Council is / have been told I have to wait a few days for a response – I don’t think I can send my certified form before the deadline. Can you extend the date of response?

- Applicants are expected to respond to the UGAA invite no later than Friday 14th February 2014.

- We are able to accept scanned copies of certification.

- If you are unable to make arrangement for the test, we will have to assess your application on the information already provided on your UCAS form.

- We CANNOT change the date of the exam.

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I haven’t been invited to sit the exam, does this mean my application is automatically unsuccessful?

- Invites to the UGAA test are being continuously sent and the final date will be Friday 7th February 2014.

- This may mean the admissions specialist felt the information on your UCAS form was sufficient for reaching a decision on your application.

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I’m taking my exam abroad and we’re a few hours ahead/ behind. Do I still have to take the exam at 10am UK time?

- Your test should be taken as close to 10am UK time as possible, however if this is an issue, then it is sufficient to take the exam on 4th March 2014 at a suitable local time.

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What is the pass grade for the UGAA test?

- As a general rule we would look for applicants to achieve around 60% overall – with the average mark taken from the 3 sections of the exam.

- However if you have applied for a more maths based subject, such as Economics, the maths section of the exam may carry more weighting when being considered by the admissions specialist.

- The aim of the exam is to fairly assess those applicants from non-traditional educational backgrounds, such as those following Access or Foundation courses, or those whose qualifications are not as rigorous or well known as others.

- Your results will not be assessed alone but along with your UCAS application.

-Please note that passing the UGAA test does not guarantee an offer will be made.

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Can I take a calculator into the test?

-    You are permitted to bring a compact, hand-held calculator, which is quiet in operation and has its own power supply.

-    It is very important to note that this must be a simple scientific calculator. Graphing or programming functions will NOT be allowed for use on the test. Nor will calculators with access to the internet.

-    Calculators that do not comply with these regulations may be confiscated, and a note will be recorded on your test.

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When can I find out the results of my test?

-    As your test will be assessed along side your application form you will receive an overall decision on your application via your UCAS track.

 
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