Preparing for TSA

Develop key skills to get the best possible TSA score.

Course Director: Paul Bird

Economics Teacher and House Master, Eton College
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Course overview

Our Preparing for TSA Course will help you familiarise yourself with all aspects of the assessment, as well as develop 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


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

This is a flexible option which students can fit around school and other extracurricular commitments.

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  • 7–10 hours of learning materials
  • Timed practice tests
  • Progress dashboard
  • Certificate of completion

Course Pack

This course is also available as part of our 'Get into University' Course Pack

Important information


As part of our rigorous safeguarding procedures, all EtonX tutors and staff have passed an enhanced DBS check and child safeguarding course.

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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.

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

Free access for state schools

If you’re a state school student in the UK aged 13 or over, you get free access to all of our courses. No catch. Start building your skills today!

Not in the State Sector?

Don't worry - you can still purchase a 12 month subscription! Individual and bulk school licence purchases are available.

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