Tests for students applying to study Modern Languages or Linguistics | University of Oxford

Tests for students applying to study Modern Languages or Linguistics

Students who apply for any course including a Modern Language or Linguistics are required to take the Modern Languages Admissions Tests (MLAT).  The MLAT is a booklet containing several separate tests in different languages and subjects: the tables below show which specific test or tests from the booklet are required for your course.

For further information, please see www.mlatoxford.org.uk. Specimen papers are available to download.

If you are applying for a joint course, please remember that a test may also be required in your other subject. See our tests page for details.

Test codes:
A  Language Aptitude test
C  Czech
F  French
G  German
M  Modern Greek
I  Italian
L  Linguistics test
Ph Philosophy test
Pt  Portuguese
R  Russian
S  Spanish

e.g. French and Spanish: F S. Candidates must take both the French test and the Spanish test from the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT).

Single language courses

 FrenchGermanModern
Greek
ItalianPortugueseRussianSpanish
Test(s)
FGM LI LPt LR LS L

Students for single language courses (except French and German) are required to take the test in Linguistics as each single language course (except French and German) includes the study of Linguistics in the first year.

Other single language courses are also available in Oriental Studies.

Courses combining two modern languages

 CzechFrenchGermanMod.
Greek
ItalianPort.RussianSpanish
Czech FCG CM CI CPt CR CS C
FrenchF C F GF MF IF PtF RF S
GermanG CF G G MG IG PtG RG S
Modern GreekC MF MG M M IM PtR MS M
ItalianC IF IG IM I I PtR IS I
PortugueseC PtF PtG PtM PtI Pt R PtS Pt
RussianR CF RG RR MR IR Pt R S
SpanishS CF SG SS MS IS PtR S 

Courses combining two modern languages, including one beginners' language


Beginners' CzechBeginners' GermanBeginners' Modern GreekBeginners' ItalianPolish*Beginners' PortugueseBeginners' Russian
Czech C AC AC A C ACA
FrenchF AF AF AF AF AF AF A
GermanG A G A G AG AG AG A
Modern GreekM AM A M AM LM AM A
ItalianI AI AI A I LI AI A  
PortuguesePt APt APt APt APt L  Pt A
RussianR AR AR AR AR LR A 
SpanishS AS AS AS AS LS AS A

* We generally expect students applying for Polish to be beginners, though those with experience are also very welcome to apply.

Students who take a language with Polish will take up Polish from the second year. The first year of study will follow the same pattern as the single language course. Therefore, each course with Polish (except French with Polish and German with Polish) includes the study of Linguistics in the first year, and requires the test in Linguistics. French with Polish and German with Polish each require the Language Aptitude Test.

For courses with Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish, see European and Middle Eastern Languages below.

Modern Languages and Linguistics

Linguistics with:FrenchGermanModern
Greek
ItalianPortugueseRussianSpanish
Test(s)F LG LM LI LPt LR LS L

 

Linguistics with:Beginners' Modern
Greek
Beginners'
Italian
Beginners' Portuguese
Test(s)A LA LA L

 

Classics and Modern Languages

 CzechFrenchGermanModern
Greek
ItalianPortugueseRussianSpanish
Classics ICFGMIPtRS
Classics IICFGMIPtR

S

 

 Beginners' CzechBeginners' Modern
Greek
Beginners'
Italian
Beginners' Portuguese
Classics IAAAA

All candidates are also required to take the Classics Admissions Test.

 

English and Modern Languages

English
and:
CzechFrenchGermanModern
Greek
ItalianPortugueseRussianSpanish
Test(s)CFGMIPtR

S

 

English
and:
Beginners' CzechBeginners' Modern GreekBeginners' ItalianBeginners' Portuguese
Test(s)AAAA

All candidates are also required to take the English Literature Admissions Test.

 

European and Middle Eastern Languages

 ArabicHebrewPersianTurkish
CzechCCCC
FrenchFFFF
GermanGGGG
Modern GreekMMMM
ItalianIIII
PortuguesePtPtPtPt
RussianRRRR
SpanishSSSS

All candidates are also required to take the Oriental Languages Aptitude Test (OLAT).

 

History and Modern Languages

History
and:
CzechFrenchGermanModern
Greek
ItalianPortugueseRussianSpanish
Test(s)CFGMIPtR

S

 

History
and:
Beginners' CzechBeginners' Modern GreekBeginners' ItalianBeginners' Portuguese
Test(s)AAAA

All candidates are also required to take the History Aptitude Test.

 

Philosophy and Modern Languages

Philosophy
and:
CzechFrenchGermanModern
Greek
ItalianPortugueseRussianSpanish
Test(s)Ph CPh FPh GPh MPh IPh PtPh R

Ph S

 

Philosophy
and:
Beginners' CzechBeginners' Modern GreekBeginners' ItalianBeginners' Portuguese
Test(s)Ph APh APh APh A

 

Psychology and Linguistics | Philosophy and Linguistics

Test: L

All candidates are also required to take the Thinking Skills Assessment.