NSAA Past Paper Collection (2016 - 2023)

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NSAA Section 1 Past Papers (2016 - 2023)

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NSAA Section 2 Past Papers (2016 - 2021)

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NSAA Specimen Papers

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NSAA Specifications

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Why use Past Papers?

Past papers are inherently the most realistic materials available for NSAA preparation, as they are real papers from the exam! Past papers are the best way of taking mock exams, as they will provide you with actual NSAA questions and a realistic format.

Once you’ve been preparing for a while, you’re more than likely going to want to give the exam a go, which is exactly why past papers are so helpful. Not only are you taking a perfectly accurate mock exam, but you’ll also have access to the answer to every question to make marking easy for you. 

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History of the NSAA

The first NSAA was sat in 2016 for the admissions process of Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Since this date, several major changes have been made to the NSAA that affected its format and content specification. From 2016 – 2019, the NSAA had a very different format from the test you will sit this year:

  • Section 1 of the NSAA was made up of 5 Parts listed Part A – Part E. These parts covered the following: Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Physics. 
  • Each of these parts contained 18 questions, which all needed to be answered. This means that Section 1 contained a total of 54 questions to answer. 
  • The time limit for Section 1 was 80 minutes in total.
  • Section 2 was made up of just six questions, with two from each core science. These questions were not multiple-choice but were longer form written questions split up into multiple parts (usually around 6 parts per question). 
  • Only two of them needed to be answered in the exam, although applicants could pick any two to answer. 
  • The time limit for Section 2 was 40 minutes in total.

This format was changed in the 2020 exam into the format that applicants now sit today. In 2022, a major change was made to the NSAA specification:

  • Up until 2021, the specification for Section 2 featured content knowledge for advanced physics and advanced chemistry only. In 2022, content knowledge for advanced biology was added, meaning questions for Part Z Biology will now contain exclusive content knowledge requirements relating to Advanced Biology. 

However, as of 2024, the NSAA has been discontinued and replaced with the Engineering & Science Admissions Test, which follows a very similar format and specification. The main difference is that the ESAT does not cover any of the Advanced topics covered in Section 2, so you will not need to use these parts of the papers during your ESAT prep. 

NSAA Past Paper Tips

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