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Cambridge Economics Admission Series- ECAA

Applicants for Cambridge Economics are required to take the ECAA (Economics Admissions Assessment), the pre-interview assessment for the admission to undergraduate economics study. It assesses candidates’ ability to use and apply their reasoning and mathematical knowledge, in the contexts that they may not be familiar with.

It is a rather challenging test as it is designed to effectively distinguish amongst applicants who have already achieved highest scores at school and their potential to thrive in a competitive environment like the University of Cambridge and the world of economics. Results of the assessment will be considered together with other application requirements by colleges e.g. personal statement, reference letter, SAQ/COPA, etc. Typical offers and requirements are A*A*A for A Level and 40-42 points with 776 at Higher Level for IB. In 2020, Cambridge had received 8 applications per place and admitted 165 candidates.

𝑨𝒔𝒔𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒎𝒆𝒏𝒕 𝑭𝒐𝒓𝒎𝒂𝒕 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑺𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝑺𝒚𝒔𝒕𝒆𝒎 The ECAA is a 2-hour paper test consisting of two sections with details shown in the graph. In Section 1, each question is worth 1 mark. Scores of Part A and Part B will be reported separately.

In Section 2, the essay is assessed on the quality of candidates’ reasoning, and their ability to write a reasoned, insightful and logically consistent argument with clarity and precision. In addition to the ECAA, applicants to Gonville & Caius college are required to take a written assessment at interview.


As colleges put different weighing on the result of the assessments, candidates are strongly suggested to contact each college for admission specifications and requirements.

𝑹𝒆𝒈𝒊𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑻𝒆𝒔𝒕 𝑫𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒔 For 2022 entry, applicants should submit their UCAS application and register for the ECAA by 15 October 2021, and take ECAA in November 2021 at an authorised centre local to them. Candidates can refer to the webpages of Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing for the latest announcement on test dates and centers.

𝐼𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑝𝑎𝑟𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡, 𝑓𝑒𝑒𝑙 𝑓𝑟𝑒𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑁𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑜𝑛 𝐻𝑜𝑢𝑠𝑒!

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