Preparing for TSA

Develop key skills to get the best possible TSA score.

Course Director: Paul Bird

Economics Teacher and House Master, Eton College

Course overview

Our Preparing for the TSA course will help you familiarise yourself with all aspects of the assessment, as well as developing your ability to think through problems and arguments critically and logically. You’ll also have the chance to complete a timed full-length test to identify the areas you need to work on ahead of the assessment.



Critical Thinking

  • Identifying and drawing conclusions
  • Assumptions and additional evidence
  • Completing a Critical Thinking Mini Timed Test


Critical Thinking 2

  • Reasoning errors and logical fallacies
  • Identifying principles and matching arguments
  • Completing a Critical Thinking Mini Timed Test


Problem solving

  • Relevant data
  • Procedure
  • Calculations
  • Visual and spatial reasoning
  • Completing a Problem Solving Mini Timed Test


Mock test

  • Completing final TSA Section 1 Timed Test
  • About the TSA Section 2 essay

Preparing for TSA – learning outcomes


By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify key aspects of the TSA
  • Know how to recognise the different question types included in the TSA
  • Develop key strategies for tackling specific question types, as well as more general advice
  • Understand how to think critically and logically
  • Know how to deal with time pressure and maintain concentration

Study options

Students can choose from two study modes to best suit their schedule and learning needs.



Self-paced, independent learning which students complete at their own pace.

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  • 7-10 hours of learning materials
  • Timed practice test
  • Progress dashboard
  • Certificate of completion
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Important information


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Entry requirements

The minimum level of English required to participate in our courses is Upper Intermediate or B2 on the CEFR.

My favourite part of the Preparing for TSA course were the group sessions and interacting with the tutor. I did a practice paper before taking the course, which I got 28/50 on and after the course I got 42/50.

- Harshvardhan, Preparing for TSA, UK