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OLAT Tutors - Oriental Languages Aptitude Test Oxford


OLAT Tutors – Oriental Languages Aptitude Test Oxford

You will be required to take the OLAT if you are applying to study Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish or Persian in one of the following courses at Oxford:

  • Oriental Studies
  • Classics and Oriental Studies (Oriental Studies with Classics)
  • European and Middle Eastern Languages
  • Religion and Oriental Studies


The OLAT is a paper-based test looking to test your ability to analyse how languages work and ability to learn a new language rapidly. You will be given questions in a made-up language with new structure rules that you will not have encountered before. The test is divided into three to four sections, with each section building on the last. Overall the test is 30 minutes long. Questions require brief answers, such as writing translations of sentences in the imaginary language, or giving the meaning of certain imaginary words based on the rules of the language you have deduced. The mark scheme is based on the number of marks offered by each question. Our OLAT Tutors can help you prepare thoroughly for the OLAT Entrance Exam.


Additional Information:

You do not need to achieve a specific mark for your application to be shortlisted for interviews, as your results will be compared to those of the other candidates applying that year. For practice materials, please use the link to the official Oxford OLAT website provided in our resources section. Here you can find a workshop video, past papers, and test solutions.


Registration for the OLAT:

You will need to register yourself for the OLAT through an authorised test centre. This could be your school/college or an open test centre. It is worth inquiring into whether your school/college is registered as a test centre. If it is not, members of staff could arrange to register it any time before the 30th September. Some advice for how to do so is here: You must be registered by the 15th October. You can find your nearest test centre via Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing at . You will take the OLAT in this test centre in November, and a shortlist for interviews will be announced later in November. Results for the OLAT are not automatically published but can be requested as part of the feedback process.


When you register, you will be asked to provide:

  • Your name, date of birth, and gender
  • Your UCAS number
  • The name of the university, course, and course code you are applying to
  • Details of any access arrangements


Further Information:

There is no specific mark you need to achieve to guarantee shortlisting of your application, since your test score will be considered alongside the scores of other candidates. This means that the OLAT is your opportunity to demonstrate your skills and have fun pushing yourself. Your application will be considered holistically, so your entire application does not depend on this assessment only.


The following courses require the OLAT:

University  Course 
University of Oxford (O33) All candidates that wish to read a Middle Eastern Language (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish) in the following courses:

Oriental Studies European and Middle Eastern Languages

T9Q8 Oriental Studies with Classics

VT69 Theology and Oriental StudiesApplicants for any other Oriental language will not have to take the OLAT.


How Mayfair Consultants can assist you:

OLAT Courses and OLAT Tuition are delivered 1-1 for the OLAT with past paper practice an expert advice from past Oriental Languages Degree Graduates from Oxford and Cambridge Colleges. Many of our OLAT tutors hold PhDs and other postgraduate qualifications in teaching Oriental Languages both as teachers and tutors, indicative both of their passion for, and expertise in, the subject.

If you’d like arrange private lessons or have any questions about our OLAT tuition services in London, Oxford and Cambridge please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.


Resources for OLAT Tutors & Students


Official Oxford OLAT website:


Oriental Languages Admissions Test  information via that Faculty of Oriental Studies:


Oxford Admissions Tests information:


Classics and Oriental Studies:


Oriental Studies:


European and Middle Eastern Languages:


Religion and Oriental Studies:

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