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 admissions@dow.cam.ac.uk.

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