We provide tuition in person and/or online for students preparing the NSAA (Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment) entrance exam. Step Into My Shoes also runs an annual preparation course for students seeking expert guidance on the Natural Science Admissions Assessment exam. Each Sunday there are two and a half hours of work on a particular area of the test. Since students are taking different A-levels, you may choose which days you want to attend. Students need to take a minimum of 2 days and up to 4 days. Candidates are obliged to attend Maths. Section 1 Mathematics is the only compulsory part of the NSAA examination.

Students attending this course will also be asked to fill out a booking form with additional specifics which includes detailing which days they will be attending.

Dates & Units:

  • 29th September 2019 - Biology

  • 6th October 2019 - Chemistry

  • 13th October 2019 - Physics

  • 20th October 2019 - Maths (compulsory)

Time: 15:00-17:30

  • £ 480 (plus booking fee) for a 10 hours course (across 4 days)

  • £ 440 (plus booking fee) for a 7 1/2 hours course (across 3 days)

  • £ 350 (plus booking fee) for a 5 hours course (across 2 days)

Location:  Grange Strathmore Hotel, 41 Queens Gate Gardens, SW7 5N

Need more information on the course, feel free to contact us.

Each student will get a copy of our subject guide/booklet designed and written by a small team of expert tutors to help students prepare effectively for the NSAA. Each subject will include:

  1. Topics at a glance

  2. Class material will include a detailed analysis of each subject and the relevant exam questions

  3. Tips for preparation including resources

  4. Technique and strategy for achieving a top score in Section 1 and 2

What is the NSAA?

The Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment (NSAA) is a pre-interview test administered by Cambridge University for candidates applying for undergraduate Natural Sciences. The NSAA is for candidates planning to study Natural Sciences at Cambridge (BCF0) http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/natural-sciences , Veterinary Science D100 http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/veterinary-medicine , Chemical Engineering (via Natural Sciences) H813 http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/courses/chemical-engineering .

As the admissions process is dynamic, we recommend students always enquire whether their course requires them to sit the NSAA.

The NSAA is broken up into two sections. The exam structure is detailed below.

Section 1 contains 5 parts:

  1. Part A - Mathematics;

  2. Part B - Physics;

  3. Part C - Chemistry;

  4. Part D - Biology;

  5. Part E - Advanced Mathematics and Advanced Physics.

Each part contains 18 multiple-choice questions on the given subject area. All candidates must answer Part A (Mathematics). They then must answer two other parts of their choice.

The time for Section 1 is 80 minutes. Calculators are not allowed.

Section 2 contains 6 multi-part questions, 2 from each science (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology). Candidates answer any 2 questions out of the 6 given.

The time for Section 2 is 40 minutes. Calculators are allowed for Section 2.

The syllabus for the NSAA can be seen in the syllabus document [link: https://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/files/publications/nsaa_specification.pdf]. The syllabi for Section 1 and Section 2 are different.

Section 1 Parts A-D mostly rely on the GCSE syllabi. Part E has material from AS Mathematics and AS Physics.

Section 2's syllabus is approximately that of the AS syllabi for the three sciences.

Please see Cambridge website for past papers and solutions:


The purpose of the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment is to determine a candidate’s potential to achieve in an academically demanding undergraduate degree course. Questions draw upon a candidate’s ability to use and apply their scientific and mathematical knowledge. The assessment is designed to be challenging in order to differentiate effectively between able applicants, including those who may have achieved the highest possible grades in school examinations.
— Cambridge University

What's Included:

  • 2 1/2 hour weekly sessions for 4 weeks taught by an expert instructor

  • Instruction on test strategy, technique and content

  • Course material

Lead Instructors:

Our lead instructors are top percentile scorers themselves with several years of teaching experience and track records of continual success. Our instructors tutor & teach specific subjects full time and are experts in admissions test preparation. They are in the unique position to understand the common ground across all school curriculums and various exam boards to identify the additional competencies necessary to achieve a high score in the relevant entrance exams. We recruit teachers who have been trained at highly selective and academic universities. The majority of our teachers attended Oxbridge and Imperial for their university studies.

Why Choose Step Into My Shoes?

  • To the best of our knowledge, we are the only private providers of admissions test preparation courses in the UK across several weeks. We believe that spreading classes across multiple weeks rather than cramming material into a weekend session or day, is the best and most effective way of preparing students for the test. All the science behind revision suggests we are right.

  • Our course preparation includes a focus on test strategy and technique.

  • We believe in homework and that students learn best by doing. Our curated handouts are designed to help students digest and master the concepts learned in the classroom through further practice at home.

  • We believe in the benefits of group study. It allows for differing approaches and knowledge to be shared broadening one’s understanding of a subject and enhancing thinking skills. This is also particularly useful for students sitting subject interviews at a later date.

Student Testimonial:

“Your services were really excellent - thank you and your colleagues! I would like to tell people about your company and the NSAA course. Is there a place one can submit reviews - perhaps a professional community? I was sincerely impressed and grateful.” Sonia

"Every week I learnt new methods for solving questions, I feel more confident about how to approach solving more complicated questions that need a creative approach. I am more confident in my ability, I liked doing the questions at home and in class. I would recommend because I enjoyed and benefitted from the class." Rose

"Different graphs and the same method to tackle all of them.Now I can use the same steps that I've learnt tackling these questions to help me think about the answers to other questions. It has given me the confidence to think out loud and not be afraid to make mistakes." Nikita

"Great sessions which gave a lot of questions to practice with for work at home. The teacher was great and really knew his stuff. Maths and Physics concepts were explained in unique ways which made harder problems seem simpler. The course is great as it not only helps with the entrance test but is also a great way of preparing for your interview." Ahad

"I think this course really improved my problem-solving skills in lots of different areas of the syllabus. The diversity of topics covered and relating exercises to examples we understand kept the lessons lively, enjoyable and fun! I am now more capable of solving tricky questions thanks to useful tricks and would therefore recommend it to anyone wanting to take the ENGAA exam or any other related assessments. I found this course great!" Clement

"The course was very helpful in developing my thinking skills & logic, and I learnt lots of new mathematical methods that I can apply to MAT questions." Carys