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The English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT) is a Pre-interview Admission Test for applicants to English undergraduate courses at the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Universities and Colleges Admissions Service application (UCAS) is required for candidates wishing to apply to University of Cambridge and University of Oxford for 2017 entry.
  • Candidates must submit UCAS application prior to registering for English Literature Admissions Test, as the UCAS Personal ID is used in matching candidates to their University application.

About ELAT

Candidates are given six poems or passages from drama and/or prose (fiction or non-fiction), and are asked to carry out this single task:

Select two or three of the passages (a) to (f) and compare and contrast them in any ways that seem interesting to you, paying particular attention to distinctive features of structure, language and style. In your introduction, indicate briefly what you intend to explore or illustrate through close reading of your chosen passages.

There will be some sort of link between the six passages, which will be explained in the introduction. Answer sheets will be provided to candidates. No texts, dictionaries or sources of reference may be brought into the examination.

Section

What does it test?

Question

Timing

1

Candidates’ close reading skills, and their ability to shape and articulate an informed response to unfamiliar literary material

One essay comparing two or three passages from six passages or poems 

90 minutes


Preparing for ELAT

You can practise for the test with the specimen paper and past papers available for download here.

The ELAT does not require a lot of extra study. It is not a test of wide reading, nor is it based on the assumption that there are certain texts that all candidates should have read by this stage in their education. This means that there are no recommended textbooks for further reading.

The Philosophy Test for the joint course of Philosophy and Theology (PHIL)

Candidates intending to apply for entry to the joint course of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Oxford are required to take the Philosophy Test.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Universities and Colleges Admissions Service application (UCAS) is required for candidates wishing to apply to University of Oxford for 2017 entry.
  • Candidates must submit UCAS application prior to registering for the Philosophy Test, as the UCAS Personal ID is used in matching candidates to their University application.

About PHIL

The Philosophy Test is a 60-minute paper-based test.

Section

What does it test?

Question

Timing

1

A test of philosophical reasoning skills

Part A: One writing task (compulsory)

Part B: One writing task from a choice of three questions

60 minutes


Preparing for PHIL

You are strongly advised to make sure you are familiar with the test format by downloading the specimen paper from www.ox.ac.uk/tests.

 

Thinking Skills Assessment: Chemistry (TSAC)

The Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Chemistry helps universities to identify whether you have the critical thinking and problem-solving skills which are essential for success in higher education. It is a Pre-interview Admission Test for applicants to study undergraduate Chemistry course at the University of Oxford.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • Universities and Colleges Admissions Service application (UCAS) is required for candidates wishing to apply to University of Oxford for 2017 entry.
  • Candidates must submit UCAS application prior to registering for the Thinking Skills Assessment: Chemistry, as the UCAS Personal ID is used in matching candidates to their University application.

About TSAC

TSA Chemistry is a 2-hour pen-and-paper test. Dictionaries – including bilingual dictionaries – and calculators cannot be used. 

Section

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

1

Problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning. Critical thinking skills, including understanding argument and reasoning using everyday language.

50 multiple choice questions

90 minutes


Preparing for the TSAC Test
 

TSA Chemistry does not require a lot of extra study as it is a test of skills and aptitudes that students already possess. You can get familiar with the test format by doing practice papers, available for download.

  

Documents to bring to the Test Venue

Candidates are required to bring the following documents on ELAT/PHIL/TSAC test day:

  1. Statement of Entry
  2. Letter of Notification from RELC EB
  3. NRIC/Foreign Identification Document

Permitted Writing Instruments / Items

  1. Only soft pencil (e.g.: 2B) is allowed (Mechanical pencil is discouraged. Do bring along a pencil eraser.) This is applicable to TSAC only.
  2. Only black-ink pen
  3. Clear pencil cases
  4. Clear water bottles without any labels

Non-Permitted Items

  1. Dictionaries of any kind
  2. Formulae booklets
  3. Calculators
  4. Correction fluid/tape
  5. Mobile phones and all other electronic devices