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Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), What is All The Fuss About?

Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), what is all the fuss about? - JobTestPrep's BlogA short explanation of myths and detrimental beliefs about the TSA for Cambridge, Oxford and UCL.


Applying false logic

Look online for the TSA, you’re bombarded with questions from nervous students worried about getting into their highly sought after university. But does anyone help? No.
I've come across about ninety Yahoo! question with answers like “You can’t practice it”, “It’s something you’re born with” and other pointless musings of people who are just docile and willing to not put any effort in.

Ok so perhaps you've just finished a weekend of cutting shapes to an eclectic blend of cher and daft punk but don’t let your hung over, feeble state get the better of you. Don’t believe the hype, just think for a moment... If we apply the theory that practice doesn't make perfect to education as a whole. No, to life as a whole, then absolutely nothing in the world would be the way it is. Disease would be rife, no technology would have been created, in fact we would still be cavemen. We are surrounded by constant proof that trial and error and revising old habits WORKS!

So why?

Well it makes sense doesn't it, think. The original university to start it (Cambridge) has been a longtime rival of Oxford, as such the implementation of a more stringent recruitment process is beneficial not only for the students it will filter through but also for the perception of appearing to be the more prestigious of the two universities. A very smart marketing technique. Of course Oxford would take this to keep up and add another section just to spit a little in the face of cambridgians.

So let’s say the universities now have this lovely test, they don’t want people to perceive this as something you can practice and succeed and they make sure to let people know. Because they want to prove themselves as the elite of the elite, the genetically more superior brains of our world and considering the teaching and astounding level of education offered they've become a stamp of authority when added to your CV. But that isn't genetic, that’s because they teach so well. If it was genetic the very basic ideas of education would be obsolete (practicing theories, revising, learning way to solve problems or prove ideas).

How do I get in then?

Well how else? Learn. Dissect the TSA like it’s a frog and practice each section. All of these above skills and be honed and accessed faster and more efficiently when the time comes and you will not understand everything thrown against you so why not throw it against you sooner? We are the only place that offers in-house developed, online mock tests for TSA. We have explanations and solving tips and offer REAL time limits on the practice tests followed by scores. Find more tips and view our practice packs HERE and step foot into a university of your choosing.

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~ JobTestPrep Team ~