English Literature Admission Tests in UK


The English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT), developed by the Admission Testing Service, is a pre-interview admissions test for applicants wanting to study English undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford. 
The ELAT is a 90 minute paper-based test wherein applicants have to write one essay and focus on elements such as language, imagery, allusion, syntax, pattern and structure.

Students applying for the following courses at the University of Oxford are required to take the ELAT: English Language and Literature (Q300), Classics and English (QQ38 and QQH8), English and Celtic (QQ35), English and Czech (with Slovak) (QR37), English and French (QR31), English and German (QR32), English and Italian (QR33), English and Modern Greek (QQ37), English and Portuguese (QR35), English and Russian (QRH7), English and Spanish (QR34), English and Beginners Modern Greek (QR39), English and Beginners Portuguese (QR3M), English and Beginners Czech (with Slovak) (QR3S) and English and Beginners Italian (RQ33).


Writing Task

The ELAT comprises of six poems or passages from drama or prose-fiction or non-fiction. Applicants are required to compare and contrast them, with major emphasis of distinctive features of structure, language and style. This task assesses the applicants reading and written communication skills.
  • No. of question: One essay question based on 2–3 passages of text. 
  • Duration: 90 minutes


All registrations are made by the relevant test centres. You can sit for the Test at your school or college. If you don’t go to a school or college, you can still appear for the tests at an open centre. To find a centre, visit FIND A CENTRE


The fee varies from year to year. Check the official website for fee and payment details. Some centres charge an additional administration fee – check with your respective centre.

Scoring and Results

The maximum mark for the test is 60. Each script is marked by two examiners and each examiner gives a mark out of 30. The final score is obtained by combining the overall mark out of 60. 
The results fall into four bands:
  • Band 1 (top): Applicants most likely to be called for interview
  • Band 2: Applicants who should probably be invited to interview
  • Band 3: Applicants who may not be called to interview 
  • Band 4: Applicants who are less likely to be invited to interview 
A Statement of Results is issued to each applicant. Candidates can download their results online from Results Online – Candidates Also, results are passed directly to the Oxford College where the applicant has applied.

Access Arrangements

Access arrangements are available for applicants with certain conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia, or working memory deficit. You must tell you chosen test centre about any access arrangements required. Also, you need to make the request for access arrangements by filling a Special Consideration form. Send it along with a covering letter on the centre’s headed notepaper and clinical evidence in support of the request within seven days of the test day either by scanned email or by post to the email/postal address mentioned on the consideration form.
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