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British Council

We accept requests from UK universities, institutes and candidates to administer their university admission tests at specified times of the year.

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 2016 (BMAT) – available in July 2016
  • Registration form 2016 (BMAT) – available in September 2016

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 2016 (CAT) – available in July 2016
  • Registration form 2016 (CAT) – available in September 2016

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 2016 (ELAT) – available in July 2016
  • Registration form 2016 (ELAT) – available in September 2016

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 2016 (HAT) – available in July 2016
  • Registration form 2016 (HAT) – available in September 2016

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 2016 (MAT) – available in July 2016
  • Registration form 2016 (MAT) – available in September 2016

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 2016 (MLAT) – available in July 2016
  • Registration form 2016 (MLAT) – available in September 2016

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 2016 (OLAT) – available in July 2016
  • Registration form 2016 (OLAT) – available in September 2016

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 2016 (PAT) – available in July 2016
  • Registration form 2016 (PAT) – available in September 2016

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.