Admissions tests

Important notice:

Oxford has appointed global assessment leader Pearson VUE to manage the delivery of the University's undergraduate admissions tests. Oxford has used Pearson VUE’s LNAT (National Admissions Tests for Law) for a number of years.

Tests form one part of Oxford's admissions process and are used alongside a range of information to help assess candidate’s academic potential and suitability for many of our courses.

All admissions tests will be online, delivered in partnership with Pearson VUE via its established network of test centres. In 2024 there will be no charge for candidates to register for Oxford's own tests. This year’s tests will take place between 21-31 October and are as follows:

  • Ancient History and Classical Archaeology Admissions Test (AHCAAT) - NEW for 2024
  • Biomedical Sciences Admissions Test (BMSAT) – NEW for 2024
  • Classics Admissions Test (CAT)
  • History Admissions Test (HAT)
  • Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)
  • Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT)
  • Philosophy Test (PhilAT)
  • Physics Admissions test for Physics, Engineering and Materials Science (PAT)
  • Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)

Candidates for all of the above Oxford tests will be able to register themselves free of charge with Pearson VUE between 15 August and 4 October. When registering, candidates will be able to request the access arrangements which are normally available to them for public examinations taken in their schools and colleges.

In place of the BMAT, in 2024, Oxford will use the Pearson VUE UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) for Medicine and Graduate Entry Medicine with arrangements and charges as advertised by Pearson VUE.

As in other years, candidates for Law will take the Pearson VUE LNAT, with arrangements and charges as advertised by Pearson VUE.

Detailed guidance on test preparation will be available shortly and there will be practice materials and a full sample test provided in most cases, with the exception of tests that are new for this year where a shorter sample test may be provided. In the meantime, for existing Oxford tests, you may find the existing practice materials on the individual test pages useful.

In 2024, there will be no English Literature test for candidates for English Language and Literature, English and History, English and Modern Languages or Classics and English. Check the relevant course page for details on applying for any of these courses. Candidates for joint schools will still need to take the relevant test for their other subject, if applicable.

In 2024, there will be no test for Geography candidates.