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English Language Admissions Test - ELAT

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University of Oxford

The ELAT (English Language Admissions Test) is the pre-requisite test for entrance into the University of Oxford for undergraduate courses in English.  The test is a timed test that is 90 minutes in duration, consisting of one essay question utilizing two or three passages in a compare and contrast format using the provided text. This is a pen and paper test, no other materials will be admitted or allowed into the testing area. Students that are in their last year of pre-university or have passed their secondary or higher secondary exams are eligible to sit for the exams.

Tests separate areas of knowledge

Reading(63156)

This test requires the applicants to show their abilities in close and meticulous reading, using the elements of language, imagery, allusion, syntax, form and structure of the passages listed for comment.  Notations of pathos, ethos, and logic are anticipated, as well as metaphor and symbolism, tone and plot, and rhythmic devices.  Understanding the meaning of the passages, interpretation of the meanings, and argument development are all proficiencies required for the passing mark on this test.

Requirements for testing

ELAT

The ELAT is normally taken at your school or college.  There is no fee for testing from Cambridge Assessment however some colleges charge an admission or organization fee for the monitoring proctor.  Special circumstances can be managed if they are arranged in advance, such as documented dyslexia, dysgraphia, or poor motor skills.  If so, with pre-approved acceptance, the use of a laptop will be allowed in Section 3 of the exam.

Extra Aids in the Examination Room

Pen(63158)

There are no allowances for extra aids such as a dictionary, thesaurus, or English to foreign language (bi-lingual) dictionary in the testing area.  There is no extra time given to students of English as a Second Language.  The only writing implement admissible is a black ink pen.

How long will my score be good?

An ELAT score is only acceptable by the University of Oxford in the year in which the candidate applies to the university.  If the candidate applies for Fall Semester, 2012, then the exam must be taken 12 months prior to the entrance date.  Normally, the ELAT is administered in November of each year, with the results posted in January of the following year.  For example, if you wish to admit to the University of Oxford in the fall of 2012, you will take the exam in November, 2011, and receive your results in January, 2012.  There are no re-markings or contesting of your scores.

What documents are required for registration for the ELAT?

  • A physical copy of your registration form
  • Three colored passport photos
  • A clear and legible photocopy of a valid ID document (such as CNIC or Passport) and
  • A stamped bank deposit slip.

The ELAT (English Language Admissions Test) is the pre-requisite test for entrance into the University of Oxford for undergraduate courses in English.  The test is a timed test that is 90 minutes in duration, consisting of one essay question utilizing two or three passages in a compare and contrast format using the provided text. This is a pen and paper test, no other materials will be admitted or allowed into the testing area. Students that are in their last year of pre-university or have passed their secondary or higher secondary exams are eligible to sit for the exams.

Summary

Admission

At present, University of Oxford is the only school requiring the ELAT for admission.  The University of Oxford finds that this test clearly indicates which students will be successful in their course of study.  Students only have one opportunity per year to sit for the exam; it is necessary that the candidate write a structured and well organized essay with proper notation of English literature forms and correct grammar, spelling and syntax.

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