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Test arrangements for international students

International applicants apply in exactly the same way as other applicants: if a test is required as part of an application for your course, then you must register to take that test. Apart from the LNAT, the tests take place just once a year, usually on the first Wednesday of November. You do not need to travel to Oxford to take the test, as you can take it in your own country.

The tests are in addition to meeting our entry requirements and a high score in the test will not be considered as an alternative to the specified grades listed on our international qualifications page. The results of the tests will be used as an additional factor (alongside the information in your UCAS application) in deciding whether to interview you and whether to offer you a place. 

Please note that it is now too late to apply for entry in 2016.

All applicants for Law

All candidates applying to study Law at Oxford must sit the Law National Admissions Test (LNAT) between 1 September and 20 October at the time of application; usually the year before entry. A number of other universities also require candidates to sit this test.

The expectation is that you will sit the test on-screen in a test centre near your home. It will be a test of your aptitudes rather than your knowledge. Test centres are located internationally. For further details, a specimen paper and information on how to register, please see www.lnat.ac.uk. To be confident of getting a slot to take the test by 20 October, we advise you to register before 5 October.

Candidates 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 and are not required to sit the Modern Languages Admissions Test.

Applicants for other subjects which require tests

Other tests are administered on behalf of Oxford University by the Admissions Testing Service (ATS). You must register for the relevant test(s) by 15 October. 

Candidates currently attending a school or college

Please ask your Exams Officer if your school or college can administer the test for you. The Exams Officer needs to take two simple steps: firstly they will need to register as a test centre with ATS, and then register you as a candidate. Further information for Exams Officers.

Candidates not attending a school or college

If you still live near your old school or college, you could ask them if they will administer the test for you. Alternatively, you could register to take the test at an open centre. There are open centres in countries around the world. Find an open centre.

For further information

For further information please see the relevant test website for your course. There are links on the right-hand side of this page, and on our tests page.