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Philosophy Test Course

The Philosophy 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 Philosophy Test, including bespoke Philosophy Test preparation courses, Philosophy Test 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 Philosophy Test.


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


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What is the Philosophy Test?

The Philosophy test is an admissions test used by Oxford University as part of the rigorous admission process for their undergraduate Philosophy and Theology Test. The test is designed to test a candidate’s philosophical reasoning skills without requiring any previous formal study of philosophy and its theories.

The Test is a 60-minute computer-based test. The test is normally split into two sections: part A is designed to test the applicant’s comprehension skills, and part B is designed to test essay-writing skills.

What courses require the Philosophy Test?

The Philosophy Test is mandatory for applicants to the Philosophy and Theology degree at Oxford University. Note that applicants for Philosophy, Psychology and Linguistics (PPL) or Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) are required to sit the TSA instead, whilst applicants for Philosophy and Modern Languages are required to sit the MLAT (which, if relevant, includes a philosophy test).

How is the Philosophy Test used?

Oxford University uses the Philosophy Test as a standardised format for assessing and benchmarking their applicants. The exam is not designed for students with any pre-existing knowledge or formal study of philosophy, but rather measures aptitude to study philosophical concepts, alongside assessing skills such as critical thinking and essay-writing.

Oxford uses students’ marks in the Philosophy Test 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 Philosophy Test 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 Philosophy Test

Expert Tuition

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

Sit a Full Mock

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

Up-to-date mock papers

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

Track record

The course is run by experienced Philosophy 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 Philosophy test papers

Individual Tuition

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


Philosophy Test 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

Philosophy Test 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.

Philosophy Test 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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