STEP is used by the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick and Imperial College London. Other universities sometimes ask candidates to take STEP.
Some of the reasons why universities ask students to take admission tests:
Some students take STEP papers just for the challenge
The test consists of up to two 3-hour paper-based examinations: STEP 2 and STEP 3. Candidates are usually required to sit either one or two of the examinations, depending on the requirements of the universities they have applied to.
For more detailed information about the format of STEP, see the 2023 STEP guidelines.