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Course Entrance exam Second entrance exam
Archaeology and Anthropology No written test required  
Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular No written test required  
Biological Sciences No written test required  
Biomedical Sciences Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)  
Chemistry No written test required  
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History No written test required  
Classics Classics Language Test/Classics Linguistic Aptitude Test  
Classics and English Classics Language Test/Classics Linguistic Aptitude Test English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)
Classics and Modern Languages Classics Language Test/Classics Linguistic Aptitude Test Language Tests
Classics and Oriental Studies Classics Language Test/Classics Linguistic Aptitude Test Language Tests
Computer Science Mathematics Aptitude Test (MAT)  
Computer Science and Philosophy  Mathematics Aptitude Test (MAT)  
Earth Sciences No written test required  
Economics and Management Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)  
Engineering Science No written test required  
Engineering, Economics and Management No written test required  
English Language and Literature English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)  
English and Modern Languages English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) Language Tests
European and Middle Eastern Languages English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) Language Tests
Experimental Psychology Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)  
Fine Art Practical Tests (Fine Art)  
Geography No written test required  
History History Aptitude Test (HAT)  
History (Ancient and Modern) History Aptitude Test (HAT)  
History and Economics History Aptitude Test (HAT) Economics Test
History and English History Aptitude Test (HAT)  
History and Modern Languages History Aptitude Test (HAT) Language Tests
History and Politics History Aptitude Test (HAT)  
History of Art No written test required  
Human Sciences No written test required  
Law (Jurisprudence) National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)  
Law with Law Studies in Europe National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT) Language Tests
Materials Science No written test required  
Materials, Economics and Management No written test required  
Mathematics Mathematics Aptitude Test (MAT)  
Mathematics and Computer Science Mathematics Aptitude Test (MAT)  
Mathematics and Philosophy Mathematics Aptitude Test (MAT)  
Mathematics and Statistics Mathematics Aptitude Test (MAT)  
Medicine Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT)  
Medicine (Fast-track, Graduate Entry only) UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)  
Modern Languages Language Tests  
Modern Languages and Linguistics Language Tests  
Music Practical Tests (Music)  
Oriental Studies Language Tests  
Philosophy and Modern Languages Language Tests Philosophy Test
Philosophy, Politics and Economics Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)  
Philosophy and Theology Philosophy Test  
Physics Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)  
Physics and Philosophy Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)  
Psychology and Philosophy Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)  
Theology No written test required  
Theology and Oriental Studies Language Tests  

Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT):

The BMAT is a subject-specific admissions test taken by applicants for Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Oxford. Other universities, including Cambridge, UCL, Imperial, and Bristol, require the BMAT for Medicine and some other subjects.

The test consists of the following three sections:

·         Section 1: Aptitude and Skills

o   Tests problem solving skills, understanding argument and data analysis and inference.

·         Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Application

o   Tests ability to apply scientific knowledge normally encountered in non-specialist school science and maths courses, up to and including National Curriculum Key Stage 4.

o   BMAT Section 2 is based around the relevant version of the National Curriculum taken by the majority of the cohort.

·         Section 3: Writing Task

o   Tests ability to select, develop and organise ideas and communicate them in a concise and effective way

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Classics Language Test/Classics Linguistic Aptitude Test:

Applicants for Classics as either a single honours or as part of a joint honours subject will be given one or more written tests, lasting in total no more than two hours during the interview period. These are to assess linguistic ability. If you are studying for a Latin A2-level (or equivalent), you are given a piece of Latin to translate unseen; the same applies if you are studying Greek.

If you are applying for Course II, a Language Aptitude Test is sat in advance of the interview period.

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Economics Test:

Applicants for joint honours History and Economics should think about how the two disciplines relate to each other. How does the study of history differ from the study of economics? How does a knowledge of each side of your chosen joint school enrich, or affect, the study of the other side? Students applying will be required to sit a one-hour Economics written test. This is designed to test candidates’ answers and theories concerning the above questions, and more generally their comprehension, writing and problem-solving skills.

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English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT):

The ELAT is a 90 minute pre-interview admissions test for applicants to all undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford involving the study of English. The test requires the answering of one essay question using two or three passages of text and is designed to enable applicants to show their ability in the key skill of close reading, paying attention to such elements as the language, imagery, allusion, syntax, form and structure of the passages set for comment.

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History Aptitude Test (HAT):

The HAT examines the skills and potentialities required for the study of History at university, and is used in the selection of candidates for all degree courses involving History. The test gives an objective basis for comparing candidates from different backgrounds, including mature applicants and those from different countries. It is designed to be challenging, in order to differentiate effectively between the most able applicants for university courses.

The HAT is a two-hour test, which requires candidates to read two extracts and answer four questions about them. One of the extracts will be from a work of History; candidates will be asked questions to test their comprehension of the arguments and ideas in it, their capacity to apply those ideas to historical situations they know about, and their ability to think and make judgements about the extract as a piece of historical writing. The other extract will be from a primary source, and candidates will be asked to offer thoughtful interpretations of its content without knowing anything about its context.

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Language Tests:

Students who apply for any course including a Modern Language are required to take a written test or tests. If you already have knowledge of the language(s) you will usually be expected to take the Modern Languages Test (or Tests): for example if you speak this language at home or school, or if you are studying it to A-level or equivalent.

Several languages also require the sitting of a Linguistic Aptitude Test: these include single honours Modern Greek, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, and joint honours degrees including either Beginners’ Italian and Beginners’ Russian. Any single honours Oriental Studies degree, or joint honours incorporating an Oriental language requires the Language Aptitude test for Oriental Studies to be sat.

Applicants for Law with Law Studies in Europe who are applying for the French, German, Italian or Spanish law options may be given an oral test in the relevant European language at the time of interview.

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National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT)

The LNAT helps tutors make fair comparisons between the very large number of excellent applications they receive each year. All applicants for any of the Oxford undergraduate law degrees are required to sit the LNAT, including EU and overseas applicants.

The LNAT tests candidates’ aptitude for the type of skills necessary on a law degree: a set of multiple choice questions tests reasoning and analytical ability, and a short essay tests written communication skills. All essays are marked by Oxford tutors.

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Mathematics Aptitude Test (MAT):

All candidates for any degree involving Mathematics and/or Computer Science must sit the MAT. The amount of core mathematical knowledge needed in the test is relatively low and no aids, calculators, dictionaries or formulae booklets are allowed. The test is two and a half hours long. Applicants are shortlisted for interview on the basis of the test score and UCAS application.

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Physics Aptitude Test (PAT):

Everyone who applies to study Physics or Physics and Philosophy at Oxford must sit the PAT.  The PAT is a two hour paper with half the marks allocated to physics questions, and half for mathematics questions. Candidates who have studied physics and mathematics at GCSE and AS level should already be familiar with the great majority of the syllabus. No calculators or formula sheets may be used when taking the test; pen and paper is all that is required, but a pencil may also be used for sketching if desired.

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Philosophy Test:

Philosophy and Theology and all Philosophy and Modern Languages applicants must sit the one-hour written Philosophy test in Oxford. An entrance test offers a standardized piece of work which offers some comparative measure of performance across the whole field of excellent applicants. This paper tests an applicant’s ability to reason analytically and to use language accurately thus helping to determine the potential of candidates for philosophical study.

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Practical Tests

Music: Applicants for music should prepare a piece that lasts no longer than five minutes. Applicants should provide a copy of the sheet music with any pertinent instructions should they require an accompanist; all accompanists are provided by the Faculty. For the test applicants should bring another copy of the music for the interviewers to follow. On the day of the test applicants will have a short time with their accompanist to discuss the performance but will not have time for a run-through.

If applicants have not reached the standard of Grade 5 (Associated Board) on a keyboard instrument they may be asked to take a short piano sight-reading test of the standard of a Grade 5 set piece. There are no formal harmony or aural tests, although the work that has been done in these areas, together with aspects of submitted work, may well be discussed during your interviews.

Fine Art: The interview will include a practical test where candidates will be asked to complete two pieces in a variety of media from a number of possible subjects.  Candidates themselves do not need to make any special arrangements for the test, as this will be organised for them by their college.

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Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA):

The TSA is a pre-interview admissions test for applicants to Oxford undergraduate courses in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), Economics and Management (E&M), Experimental Psychology (EP), and Psychology and Philosophy. Admission decisions with regards to these subjects are more complex than others because candidates come from a wide variety of subject backgrounds; the TSA helps tutors to determine which applicants have the range of skills and aptitudes required. The TSA as two parts: this first is a 90 minute multiple choice test consisting of 50 questions to measure an applicant's problem solving skills (including numerical and spatial reasoning) and critical thinking skills (including understanding arguments and reasoning using everyday language); the second part is a writing task testing a candidate's ability to organise their ideas in a clear and concise manner, and to communicate them effectively. Applicants to Cambridge are also often required to sit the TSA.

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UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT):

The UKCAT assesses a range of mental abilities identified by university Medical and Dental Schools as important. Applicants for Medicine (Fast-track, Graduate Entry only) to Oxford are required to sit the paper. The UKCAT consists of:

·         Verbal reasoning: assesses candidates' ability to think logically about written information and to arrive at a reasoned conclusion.

·         Quantitative reasoning: assesses candidates' ability to solve numerical problems.

·         Abstract reasoning: assesses candidates' ability to infer relationships from information by convergent and divergent thinking.

·         Decision analysis: assesses candidates' ability to deal with various forms of information, to infer relationships, to make informed judgements, and to decide on an appropriate response, in situations of complexity and ambiguity.

In 2011, unlike in previous testing years, the UKCAT will not include a test of behavioural traits.

There is no curriculum content as the test examines innate skills. The standard test is delivered in just over one and a half hours. Each subtest is in a multiple-choice format and is separately timed.

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