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What test(s) do I have to take?

Look up your course in the list below to find out which admissions test(s) you are required to take as part of your application. 

Remember that for Oxford admissions tests, registration must be complete by 15 October and you should make arrangements well in advance of this date. Full details are on the test pages shown below.

Applicants for Law should read about their separate registration deadline on the LNAT page.

See an overview of all Oxford admissions tests.

Archaeology and Anthropology

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Biochemistry

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Biology

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Biomedical Sciences

All applicants must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

Chemistry

All applicants must take the Thinking Skills Assessment: Section 1 (TSA S1)  as part of their application. 

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Classics

All applicants must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT). 

Classics and English

Classics and Modern Languages

Classics and Oriental Studies (Classics with Oriental Studies - Q8T9)

All applicants must take the Classics Admissions Test (CAT). 

Classics and Oriental Studies (Oriental Studies with Classics - T9Q8)

Applicants intending to study Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, or Persian must take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT). 

Computer Science

All applicants must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT). 

Computer Science and Philosophy

All applicants must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT). 

Earth Sciences (Geology)

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Economics and Management (E&M)

All applicants must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). 

Engineering Science

All applicants for all Engineering courses must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).

English and Modern Languages

English Language and Literature

All applicants must take the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT). 

European and Middle Eastern Languages (EMEL)

All applicants will need to take both the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT) AND the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT).

Fine Art

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview, which will include a practical test. 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.

Geography

Applicants applying in 2018, either for entry in 2019 or for deferred entry in 2020, will not have to take an admissions test.  

History

All applicants must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT).

History (Ancient and Modern)

All applicants must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT).

History and Economics (HECO)

History and English

All applicants must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT).

Please note that candidates for History and English are NOT required to take the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT).

History and Modern Languages

History and Politics

All applicants must take the History Aptitude Test (HAT).

History of Art

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.

Human Sciences

All applicants must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). 

Law (Jurisprudence) and Law with Law Studies in Europe

All applicants must take the National Admissions Test for Law (LNAT).

Materials Science

All applicants must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).

Mathematics

All applicants must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

Mathematics and Computer Science

All applicants must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT). 

Mathematics and Philosophy

All applicants must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT).

Mathematics and Statistics

All applicants must take the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT). 

Medicine (A100 and A101)

All applicants for A100 and A101 Medicine must take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).

Modern Languages

All applicants must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). 

Modern Languages and Linguistics

All applicants must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). 

Music

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview in December and will be asked to take a practical test. You can find out more on the Music Test page. 

Oriental Studies

Candidates for course combinations including Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, Jewish Studies and Persian will need to take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT). 

Philosophy and Modern Languages

All applicants must take the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). 

Philosophy and Theology

All applicants must take the Philosophy Test.

Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

All applicants must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). 

Physics

All applicants must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).

Physics and Philosophy

All applicants must take the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT).

Psychology (Experimental)

All candidates must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). 

Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics

All applicants must take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA). 

Candidates for courses including Linguistics (Psychology and Linguistics, Philosophy and Linguistics) must also take the Linguistics Test. This is part of the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). 

Religion and Oriental Studies

Candidates applying to the Judaism and Islam strands, intending to study Hebrew, Arabic, Persian or Turkish, are required to take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT).

Candidates for the Buddhism, Hinduism and Eastern Christianity strands do NOT have to sit a written test.

Theology and Religion

You do not need to take a written test when you apply for this course.