Oriental Languages Aptitude Test
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.
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 an OLAT 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: https://www.admissionstesting.org/administering-our-tests/. You must be registered by the 15th October. You can find your nearest test centre via Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing at https://www.admissionstesting.org/find-a-centre/ . 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
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.
How Mayfair Consultants can assist you:
Official Oxford OLAT website: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford/guide/admissions-tests/olat
Guide to the OLAT: https://www.keystonetutors.com/news/olat-guide
OLAT information via that Faculty of Oriental Studies: https://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/article/oriental-languages-aptitude-test?filter-946-courses-595141=11016
Oxford Admissions Tests information: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford/guide/admissions-tests
Classics and Oriental Studies: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/course-listing/classics-and-oriental-studies
Oriental Studies: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/course-listing/oriental-studies
European and Middle Eastern Languages: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/course-listing/european-and-middle-eastern-languages?wssl=1
Religion and Oriental Studies: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses/course-listing/religion-and-oriental-studies