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MLAT Course


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

Our packages, aimed at helping students prepare for the Oxford MLAT 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 MLAT test tutors, all of whom have studied Modern Languages at Oxford, have an intimate understanding of the MLAT and what it takes to prepare well for what is, to many, a daunting admissions test.


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What is the MLAT?

The Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT) is a test used by Oxford University as part of their selection process for students to their Modern Languages courses (as well as joint honours courses involving Modern Languages). The test is computer-based and is designed to measure an applicant’s ability in a language they already study and wish to study at university, and/or their aptitude for new languages if applying to study something ab-initio.

There are eight individual sections for each of the following languages (to be taken by students who already have knowledge of the language in question):

  • Czech
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Modern Greek
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

The other two sections are the Language Aptitude Test (LAT, for those applying for new languages as beginners or for Russian on its own) and the Philosophy test (for those applying to Philosophy and Modern Languages).

Every section of the paper lasts 30 minutes aside from the Philosophy test, which lasts 60 minutes.

What courses require the MLAT?

The MLAT is mandatory for Oxford University applicants on the following courses: European and Middle Eastern Languages, Classics and Modern Languages, English and Modern Languages, History and Modern Languages, Modern Languages, Modern Languages and Linguistics, and Philosophy and Modern Languages.

How is the MLAT used?


Oxford University uses the MLAT as a standardised format for assessing and benchmarking their applicants. The exam rewards either the ability to accurately read, use, and analyse texts in your target language or study, or the ability to adapt to new languages and learn quickly as part of their potential degree course.

Oxford uses students’ marks in the MLAT to make decisions about which applicants they should invite to interview, giving them a further indicator in addition to predicted and achieved grades. Whilst the MLAT is important in their selection processes, it is always used as part of a matrix and considered alongside other factors submitted with the application, such as predicted grades and personal statement.

Full preparation for the MLAT

Expert Tuition

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

Sit a Full Mock

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

Up-to-date mock papers

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

Track record

The course is run by experienced MLAT 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 MLAT test papers

Individual Tuition

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


MLAT 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

MLAT 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.

MLAT 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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