Applying to the University of Oxford for Modern Languages – the MLAT is something that you will need to do.
Anyone who is applying to study a course at the University of Oxford that includes a modern language is required to sit an MLAT. The test comes in three parts and the papers you are required to sit will depend on the languages you are currently studying and the course you have applied for.
The MLAT is designed to separate candidates not only on their knowledge of a foreign language, but also on their potential to understand a new language structure and to learn a new language quickly.
The MLAT is required for a wide variety of courses that include language or linguistics in their syllabus. To find out which courses require the test, and which papers you might be asked to sit, check out the information on the University of Oxford’s languages test page
The MLAT consists of three 30minute exam papers, although you will only be asked to sit a maximum of two of the papers. The three papers are:
All admissions tests for the University of Oxford take place on the same day. For 2013, this will be November 6th. You will need to ask your school examinations officer to enter you for the exams that apply to the course you have chosen, as you cannot enter directly. Entries open on September 1st and you must be completed by 5pm on October 15th.
As with all entrance exams for the University of Oxford, there is no fee payable for taking the test at school or college. However, if you take the tests at an open centre you may be asked to contribute to the running costs of the centre.
The best way to prepare for the MLAT tests is to download the specimen paper. This will show you the kind of questions you can expect and guide your revision for the test. Generally speaking it is important to revise grammar and structure more than vocabulary for the Modern Languages test, while the aptitude tests are harder to do specific preparation for.