STEP Maths Presents our:
‘Cambridge NSAA’ Preparation Courses

The Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment. A new, rapid-fire, time-intensive multiple choice test, relying on quick recall and precise application of Maths, Physics, Biology and Chemistry concepts.

Any shortcuts you can learn to save you time will be invaluable.

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Download FREE Sample Materials and specification for the NSAA Natural Sciences test to find out:

Cambridge University introduced some pre-interview assessment tests, needed for 2018 entry. The tests take place at the beginning of November (register via the Admissions Testing Service).

The NSAA is the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment for Cambridge University, a Pre-Interview Assessment. As an exam that has only existed for one year, there are only a small number of resources available! Here, you can download specimen NSAA Papers and the specification to help focus your revision.

  • What is NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment)?
  • Which Cambridge courses require NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment)?
  • Why does Cambridge ask for NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment)?
  • How difficult are the NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment) papers?
  • What is the format of the NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment) papers?
  • How should I start preparing for NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment)?
  • What are the NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment) exam conditions?

Timeline of NSAA Preparation Courses offered throughout the year

STEP Maths offers a number of Maths and Physics courses which combine to prepare you comprehensively for the NSAA as a Physical Natural Sciences applicant.

What makes our NSAA Courses special?

We know where our strengths lie: with Maths and Physics. So, if you are applying for Natural Sciences via the Physical Natural Sciences route then our course is ideal for you. Spread over four intensive and immersive days, it will present you with all of the Physics topics that could appear in your exam, some of which you may not yet have seen at school.

There will also be a day dedicated to giving you practice in mathematical problem solving suitable for the hardest NSAA Maths questions.

Currently Bookable Courses for Students Taking NSAA (Physical)

Currently Bookable Courses if you’re sitting NSAA

NSAA Course Part 2: Physics Problem Solving

Sun 22nd October 2017

Marylebone, London*
10am – 4:00pm

Pricing: £149 before 5th October. £169 thereafter.

You will learn to:

  • Effortlessly manipulate and apply unfamiliar formulae
  • Draw together knowledge from the whole of the syllabus and apply it to very challenging problems
  • Employ geometry and graph sketching in Physics
  • Rehearse explaining your assumptions and evaluating your results
  • Dive deeper into the background and significance of familiar material

Please note, this course assumes knowledge of everything covered in our NSAA Part 1: Physics Summer Course. If you did not attend, we recommend working through the online course before attending.

Further Information
University applicants for Physics or Engineering are expected to have outstanding problem-solving skills.

In particular, if you are planning to sit the Physics section of the NSAA, you will be directly tested on your ability to understand problems, pick out all important information, choose a method of evaluation or analysis, and determine an answer, all without direction as to what route to take. This is particularly true of Paper 2 of the NSAA.

Our Physics Problem-Solving Course will take you through a series of carefully crafted original questions to help you build up the skills you already have and develop new ones. Among the topics we will cover are radioactivity, capacitors, circular motion, intensity, optics, and scaling laws.

You will be able to practise evaluating questions similar in topic and intent to NSAA long questions in the form of a collaborative group problem-solving session.

In this way, you will be able to absorb ideas from others and practise succinctly presenting your own ideas, but you will also have continual support from our tutors to guide you and expand on your own thinking where necessary.

Multibuy Discounts Available. See below.

NSAA Course Part 3: Maths and Physics Time-Saving  Tricks

Mon 23rd October 2017

Marylebone, London*
10am – 4:00pm

Pricing: £149 before 5th October. £169 thereafter.

You will learn to:

  • Breeze through calculations by spotting factors, approximations, and hidden Pythagorean triples & special triangles
  • Quickly apply the geometry of circles and triangles to forces, optics, and other questions
  • Master all the rules of logs and indices for use in simplifying or comparing sizes of terms
  • Rapidly analyse functions for their roots, stationary values, and limiting behaviour
  • Sidestep long passages of working using proportionality and dimensional analysis
Further Information
If you are taking the NSAA this autumn, you will be tested on a number of skills you are unlikely to practice much at school.

In particular, you will have to work without a calculator, you will have to quickly analyse and eliminate options in multiple choice questions, and you will have to decide (with no guidance from the question) which rule or formula to use for the quickest result.

Our Time-Saving-Tricks course will lead you through a series of short questions to practise these skills and others in a structured way.

Our focus will be on simplification, avoid mistakes, and spotting the most efficient technique to apply in each question.

You will have the chance to attempt problems yourself, discuss them with others, and see a solution or solutions presented by an expert tutor so that you can see and absorb every useful strategy and be able to apply it come the exam.

Multibuy Discounts Available. See below.

Physics Interview Preparation Course

Sun 26th November 2017

Marylebone, London*
10am – 5:00pm

Pricing: £199 before 5th October. £259 thereafter.

  • Get a 30 min Mock Physics Interview, receiving questions you might find in a Cambridge Natural Sciences Interview, Oxford Physics Interview or Oxbridge Engineering Interview.
  • You will get 1 interview, but be privy to the interviews of your fellow students, getting many times the benefit!
  • Get access to a whole host of questions, many of which will be new to you and will expand your thinking
  • Become accustomed to a high pressure interview environment, making the real interview that much easier
  • Get feedback and encouragement so that you can perform at your best in the real thing!

Strictly Limited Spaces.

Please note, the Physics Interview Day is non-refundable.

Further Information
We will begin the day with an interview skills session, through which you will have the opportunity to get your personal statement scrutinised and the chance to practise answering questions about it. In addition you will gain confidence with Oxbridge Physics Interview Questions and Answers, learning how to frame your responses and present yourself to demonstrate you potential and passion for Physics or Engineering.

You will then get a 30 min dedicated Physics interview, under pressure. But instead of receiving just one practice interview, you will get the opportunity to sit in on and observe every other student being interviewed to and get 10x the benefit, as each student will receive completely different questions to you.

As most Physics questions cannot simply be answered verbally, we will provide writing equipment. Most beneficially for our students, our setup is such that all students will be able to see what the interviewee is writing (as well as what is being said) without the interviewee feeling unecessarily intimidated.

You will be able to analyse how you would have answered and compare it to how others answer. While the interviews are taking place, you’ll be able to attempt the questions yourself too, and you will be given access to a whole host of new, unique interview questions. As you’ll all have shared the same experience, you’ll be able to discuss questions together afterwards too.

You’ll also benefit from getting personalised feedback that you can act upon before the real thing.

Multibuy Discounts Available. See below.

Take advantage of our Multibuy Discounts

NSAA Bundle

(NSAA Parts 2 & 3)

£229 before October 5th

£299 thereafter

Physical NSAA Online Subscription Area
A sizeable bank of original online Maths and Physics questions created by our talented tutors to mirror the style and difficulty of the NSAA. Plus lots of explained videos from the MAT and PAT too.

Free Trial

– Free 24-hour trial so you can check out the materials and explanations to ensure you find them helpful

Comprehensive Resource

– Our tutors have put in a lot of energy to ensure that we cover as many styles of question and topics from the Maths and Physics NSAA syllabus as possible.

Topic Tutorials

– Watch video tutorials to ensure you’re fully happy with the topics that frequently occur in the Maths and Physics Parts of the NSAA

Over 300 Original Maths & Physics Questions

– For those planning to take the Maths and Physics sections of the NSAA, we’ve created four mocks in a similar style, which can be attempted as multiple choice exams and come with full video solutions.

Full Video Solutions

– Each of our original questions is accompanied by a full, explained video solution, showing you any qutick tricks hat you can reapply

Carefully crafted explanations

– All solutions planned to simplify the most complicated and intricate parts, so you REALLY understand each question


– Work at your own pace, doing as many questions as you like at a time, and focusing on those you find hardest

Early Bird Discounts

– Get access for as long as you want, and start as early as you want – our early bird pricing rewards students who start preparing early, maximising their chances of success

Early Bird Option Pricing for Online NSAA Subscription:

Start your subscription before 7th August 

for £50/month (inc. 24hr FREE TRIAL!)

Start your subscription before 7th September 

for £55/month (inc. 24hr FREE TRIAL!)

Start your subscription before 23rd September 

for £60/month (inc. 24hr FREE TRIAL!)

Platinum NSAA Online Bundle

Includes everything from subscription plus online versions of all of our in-person NSAA Courses (inc. 24hr FREE TRIAL!)

Total value £598

Yours today from only £299

NSAA In-Person Courses (for Physical NatSci Applicants)

In July, we hold a 3-day Physics Summer School covering material on the NSAA syllabus.

We also hold a 1-day Maths for NSAA Course in July, in which we cover how to answer short questions from the Maths section of the paper quickly and efficiently.

Check out our online NSAA subscription to find hundreds of extra original Maths and Physics questions, MAT and PAT questions, all accompanied by video solutions. (Biology and Chemistry Resources coming soon.)

Happy students! Testimonials:
Read what our students have said about our MAT preparation courses and resources
Some of the techniques mentioned were really helpful in that they would be applicable to other similar questions. Most of the questions had detailed solutions so I was able to understand where I went wrong. Tharusha A

This course was incredibly useful and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is considering studying physics at university. The pace is slow enough for you to follow and fast enough that a lot of content is covered. The card system is a great way for the tutors to see if you are struggling and need some extra help which they are more than happy to give.
Tivi N

This course was very helpful in teaching me how to approach the questions. The teamwork was a good learning tool since it showed me different ways of doing the same question. I like the fact that the teachers come around to help whilst you are working on a question.
Mia L

Just some of the schools our students have come from:

King Edward VI Grammar School

James Allen's Girls School

Haberdashers Aske's Girls' School

Godolphin and Latymer

Birkenhead School

Queen Elizabeth's School (QE Boys)

QEH Bristol

Parmiter's School

Northwood College

Mill Hill County High School

King Edward's School

The Holt School

Taunton School

St. Paul's Girls' School

St. Mary's Ascot

St. Helen's Northwood

St. Bartholomew's School

Withington Girls' School

Varndean College

Uxbridge College

Uppingham School

Tiffin Boys' School

In-Person Courses in London*
Our intensive Preparation Courses cement key Maths & Physics theory needed for the NSAA.
*Special Discounts may be available for Physical NatSci Members
Original ENGAA Mock & Questions*
A big group of additional questions, carefully structured and explained in video format
*part of Online NatSci Membership Area
Relevant MAT & PAT Solutions
Full video solutions to MAT (Maths) and PAT (Maths + Physics) questions related to Physical NSAA questions
Mock Paper

A full, timed and marked mock paper in exam conditions, alongside full video solutions

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