This admissions test is taken for some Oxford courses.
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The MLAT must be taken by any student applying to study a Modern Languages degree, or joint schools degree with Modern Languages at Oxford. If you are pursuing a joint schools application you will also need to sit an exam for your other subject, which is a separate paper for all subjects except Philosophy, which is included in the MLAT paper.
Here are some general resources related to the Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT). Use this page as a hub to branch off and use other resources!
Any student applying for European and Middle Eastern Languages, Classics and Modern Languages, English and Modern Languages, History and Modern Languages, Modern Languages, Modern Languages and Linguistics, or Philosophy and Modern Languages at Oxford needs to take the MLAT.
The registration deadline is the 29th of September 2023, and the test date is the 20th of October 2023. Registration must either be done with your school or through a registered test centre. This is done separately to UCAS. Please check the details and dates here 🔗 on the 'How do I register?' tab.
The MLAT is computer-based and consists of ten 30-minute sections and a 60-minute philosophy section:
If you are applying to two languages, you will sit two sections, one for each language. If you are applying to two languages but one ab initio, you must sit one from the first section and the LAT. If you intend to study Russian solely, you will have to take the LAT in addition to the Russian section.
This section will be split into two sections: grammar and translation.
This section of the exam is unique. You will be required to answer questions about a made-up language. Don’t be too scared of this, though.
You will be presented with a preamble that describes the features of the created language including definitiveness (of a language differentiates between ‘a thing’ or ‘the thing’), progressive tenses (of the language differentiates between ‘going’ and ‘is going’), whether there is a fixed word order, and the role of accented letters.
Questions: there will be three sections which include a made up list of sentences in the created language and their English translations. These will be your guide to answer the questions.
You will be asked to translate from the created sentences into English and vice versa. Sections A, B and C build on each other, so it makes the most sense to complete them in chronological order, using the earlier examples to help in the later stages.
The best preparation for the LAT is going to be using past papers, available here 🔗 🌟, under 'How do I prepare?'. These will help you become more comfortable with working with unknown languages, and help you to understand the structure of the test. You’ll also learn what strategies work best for you.
You might also wish to develop your understanding of how grammar works more generally. Get comfortable with the grammatical elements that form sentences - subjects, direct and indirect objects, verbs, etc.
Try to look for and note down a few key things like:
The Philosophy section is similar to the main Philosophy Test except the content may be different in Part A. Advice for this section is best sought in the InsideUni Philosophy Test guide 🔗 and the Oxford Philosophy Test information 🔗.