The History Aptitude Test , known at the HAT is used for the selection of candidates for all degree courses involving History at Oxford. The HAT tests the skills and potential of the student for the study of History at university, and provides an objective basis for comparing candidates from different backgrounds, including mature applicants and those from different countries.
There are three parts to the History Aptitude Test at Oxford: first, a series of questions based on historical writing. Second a short essay and finally a single question, based on a primary source. The test lasts two hours, and candidates are advised to spend at least half an hour reading the texts, thinking and planning answers. Detailed information can be found here about the test. HAT past papers from 2005 can be practiced here.