Explaining some of the words used at Cambridge
Some of the words used during the admissions process may be unfamiliar to you. Here is a list of the most commonly used terms. If you come across any others with which you are not familiar, please do ask email@example.com.
https://www.cam.ac.uk/about-the-university/how-the-university-and-colleges-work/glossary-of-cambridge-terminology explains more of the terms you will come across when you are looking at the Cambridge University and College websites.
ASNCAA - Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Admissions Assessment https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/pre-interview
AMESAA - Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Admissions Assessment https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/pre-interview
BMAT - BioMedical Admissions Test https://www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/bmat/
COPA - Cambridge Overseas Preliminary Application https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/copa
CTMUA - Cambridge Test of Mathematics for University Admissions https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/pre-interview
DoS - Director of Studies. All undergraduates have a DoS who's an expert in their subject and who is responsible for their academic welfare.
ECAA - Economics Admissions Assessment https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/admissions-assessments/pre-interview
ECF - Extenuating Circumstances Form https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/decisions/extenuating-circumstances-form
ELAT - English Literature Admissions Test https://www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/elat/about-elat/
Intercollegiate Pool (Winter Pool, Summer Pool) - if your College is impressed by your application but does not have a place for you, they may pool your application for other Colleges to consider. https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/decisions
Paper – an individual module, unit or topic on an undergraduate course; students usually take a number of papers each year (some are compulsory and some can be chosen from several options).
Pools - see Intercollegiate Pool
STEP - Sixth Term Examination Papers https://www.maths.cam.ac.uk/undergrad/admissions/step