University admission tests

We accept requests from UK universities, institutes and candidates to administer their university admission tests at specified times of the year. We also provide invigilation services for Skype interview for universities.

Below is a list of admission tests we currently administer on behalf of UK universities:

BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test)

BMAT is a two-hour subject-specific admissions test taken by applicants of certain medicine and veterinary medicine-related courses at selected institutions in the UK. 

BMAT consists of three sections:

Section 1: Aptitude and Skills (60 minutes)
Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications (30 minutes)
Section 3: Writing Task (30 minutes) 

  • Information for candidates 2014 (BMAT) – available in July 2014
  • Registration form 2014 (BMAT) – available in September 2014

CAT (Classics Admissions Test)

CAT is a subject-specific admissions test for applicants of all University of Oxford’s Classics and joint schools undergraduate degree courses.

CAT is divided into three papers: Latin Translation Test, Greek Translation Test and Classics Language Aptitude Test (CLAT). Applicants are required to take one or two papers, depending upon the course applied for. Each paper lasts one hour.

  • Information for candidates 2014 (CAT) – available in July 2014
  • Registration form 2014 (CAT) – available in September 2014

ELAT (English Literature Admissions Test)

ELAT is a pre-interview admissions test for applicants of English undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford. It is one of the elements admissions tutors use to decide whether to invite a candidate for interview.

The 90-minute ELAT is designed to enable applicants to show their ability in the key skill of close reading. Candidates write one essay comparing two or three passages set for comment, focusing on elements such as language, imagery, allusion, syntax, form and structure.

  • Information for candidates 2014 (ELAT) – available in July 2014
  • Registration form 2014 (ELAT) – available in September 2014

HAT (History Aptitude Test)

HAT is a two-hour, subject-specific admissions test for applicants of the University of Oxford’s undergraduate degree courses in History and its joint schools.

  • Information for candidates 2014 (HAT) – available in July 2014
  • Registration form 2014 (HAT) – available in September 2014

MAT (Mathematics Admissions Test)

MAT is a two-hour and 30-minute, subject-specific admissions test for applicants of the University of Oxford’s undergraduate degree courses in Mathematics, Computer Science and their joint degrees.

As of 2013, Imperial College London started using MAT for all of its undergraduate Mathematics course applicants. 

  • Information for candidates 2014 (MAT) – available in July 2014
  • Registration form 2014 (MAT) – available in September 2014

MLAT (Modern Languages Admissions Tests)

MLAT are for applicants of certain undergraduate degrees in Modern Languages, Linguistics and their joint schools at the University of Oxford.

MLAT consists of 10 parts for different language and linguistics courses. Candidates will need to take a maximum of two papers. Each paper lasts 30 minutes.

  • Information for candidates 2014 (MLAT) – available in July 2014
  • Registration form 2014 (MLAT) – available in September 2014

OLAT (Oriental Languages Aptitude Test)

OLAT is a 30-minute admissions test for applicants of certain undergraduate degrees in Oriental Studies and its joint schools at the University of Oxford. The test is designed to assess a candidate’s ability to analyse how languages work, in a way which does not depend on their knowledge of any particular language.

  • Information for candidates 2014 (OLAT) – available in July 2014
  • Registration form 2014 (OLAT) – available in September 2014 

PAT (Physics Aptitude Test)

PAT is a two-hour, subject-specific admissions test for applicants of all University of Oxford’s Engineering, Materials Science and Physics undergraduate degree courses.

  • Information for candidates 2014 (PAT) – available in July 2014
  • Registration form 2014 (PAT) – available in September 2014

STEP (Sixth Term Exam Paper)

STEP Mathematics is a well-established mathematics exam designed for candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics. STEP is used by the University of Cambridge as the basis for conditional offers. Other universities sometimes ask candidates to take STEP as part of their offer – in such cases, the university can advise on which papers to take.

The exam consists of up to three three-hour paper-based exam: STEP I, STEP II and STEP III. Candidates are usually required to sit either one or two of the exams, depending on the requirements of the universities they have applied to.

TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment) Oxford

TSA Oxford is a two-hour pre-interview exam for applicants of undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford. The TSA Oxford is a pen-and-paper test. 

TSA Oxford consists of two sections:

Section 1: Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA)
Section 2: Writing Task

  • Information for candidates 2014 (TSA Oxford) – available in July 2014
  • Registration form 2014 (TSA Oxford) – available in September 2014

Special arrangements

In most cases you will need to contact your examining board or university directly for a special need request. The examining board will contact the British Council about the arrangements and will inform you about the approval of your request. 

You can contact us for a special need request if you have registered with us for your exam. You will need to provide a medical certificate issued within the last two years at the time of registration.