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ELAT Course


The ELAT (English Literature Admissions Test) is an admissions exam designed to rank the applicants to English Literature courses at the University of Oxford to help admissions tutors separate excellent candidates from one another as part of the admissions test. We here at Oxbridge Applications are specialists in all-things Admissions Test, and offer a range of options to help you prepare for the ELAT, including bespoke ELAT preparation courses, ELAT mock tests, and various free e-resources and guides to help promising applicants showcase the best of their abilities when it comes to sitting the real ELAT test.


Our packages, aimed at helping students prepare for the Oxford ELAT include one-to-one admissions test tuition sessions with a test specialist using our own, bespoke mock test papers as supplementary resources. Sessions are arranged according to your schedule and are completely flexible to fit in with your school, work, or other commitments. Our team of ELAT test tutors, all of whom have studied English at Oxford, have an intimate understanding of the ELAT and what it takes to prepare well for what is, to many, a daunting admissions test.



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What is the ELAT?

The Oxford ELAT is a 90-minute written exam in which you will be asked to complete one essay response to a question on unseen passages. The exam will contain six passages, all of which share a common theme and are a mix of different forms, such as prose, poetry, and drama (although not all of the forms will necessarily come up in every year’s exam). The paper will ask you the question: select two of the passages (a) to (f) and compare and contrast them in any ways that seem interesting to you, paying particular attention to distinctive features of structure, language, and style. This question is designed to test your ability to respond to unseen passages, demonstrate close reading and textual analysis skills, construct a cohesive argument, and write fluently.

What courses require the ELAT?

The ELAT is set by Oxford University as a mandatory requirement for students applying for English Language and Literature, Classics and English, English and Modern Languages, and History and English.

How is the ELAT used?

Oxford University uses the ELAT as a standardised format for assessing and benchmarking their applicants. The exam rewards source analysis and essay structuring over knowledge of a specific work, author, or literary period, so that students taking different qualifications at school can access the syllabus. Oxford University uses students’ marks in the ELAT to make decisions about which applicants they should invite to interview. The vast majority of applicants to Oxford’s highly competitive English courses will have similarly excellent grades, so an applicant’s ELAT test score heavily influences this decision.

Full preparation for the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)

Expert Tuition

ELAT tuition is conducted by Oxbridge-graduate tutors who specialise exclusively in the ELAT

Sit a Full Mock

Full-length exam-conditions ELAT mock test sat to mimic intensity of the real exam

Up-to-date mock papers

Original ELAT mock papers updated regularly to reflect changes in content and difficulty

Track record

The course is run by experienced ELAT tutors who have a consistent record of helping students to score higher in their test

Content and Timing

Skills development and analysis technique session to improve content & time-management strategy covered

Detailed Answers

Detailed feedback showing the best approaches in your mock ELAT papers

Individual Tuition

ELAT course packages are held on a 1:1 basis for highly interactive and personal experience


ELAT workbook included for time-management techniques, tackling conceptual knowledge, analysis and extra practice


Papers marked and returned to you in time to improve areas of weakness

ELAT Admission Private Tuition x4

Available all year-round and includes 4 private admissions test tuition sessions and four test papers, which are marked by expert Oxbridge-graduate tutors.

ELAT Admission Private Tuition x6

Available all year-round and includes 6 private admissions test tuition sessions and four test papers, which are marked by expert Oxbridge-graduate tutors.

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Our Oxbridge-graduate consultants are available between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday, with additional evening availability when requested.

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