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The Application Process

There are four stages to the application process:

STAGE ONE: Apply through UCAS by the 15th of October.

STAGE TWO: Submit a piece of written work. Criteria vary, so check requirements on annual basis. Deadline for submission of written work is usually 11th of November.

STAGE THREE: Sit the Classics Admissions Test ( CAT - on 6 November). All candidates for Classics I and II will be required to sit written tests. These are designed to test linguistic competence by translation from the ancient language into English. For Classics II (students with no background in Greek or Latin) you will need to sit a Language Aptitude Test. Translation into the ancient language is not expected. Each written test will normally last one hour. The use of dictionaries will not be permitted.

Classics IA (Greek and Latin background): you will be required to sit A Level standard test in Greek and A Level standard test in Latin.

Classics IB (Latin only): A Level standard test in Latin

Classics IC (Greek only): A Level standard test in Greek

For Classics and English all candidates need to sit the Classics Admissions Test (as above) and the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT).

Preparing for the interview

You may find some helpful tips below:

1. Think about the obvious questions that are often asked at the beginning of an interview to help you settle down, and think how you might answer them. Think specifically about why you want to study at Oxford and why you have chosen this particular subject.

2. Read widely around your chosen subject, including newspaper articles, websites, journals, magazines and other publications that relate to your subject.

3. Take a critical view of ideas and arguments that you encounter at school or college, or in the media - think about all sides of any debate.

4. Be prepared to show some background knowledge of the subject.

5. Re-read any written work that you have submitted, and think about how you might expand on what you wrote.

6. Re-read your personal statement and remind yourself of the selection criteria for your chosen subject.

7. Organise a practice interview for yourself. This could be with a teacher or someone else who is familiar with your subject, but preferably not someone you know very well. This will help you to get some more experience of talking about yourself and your work in an unfamiliar environment.

For more information please visit the University of Oxford's applying home page and see the Admissions section of this website.

Classics at Oxford Handbook

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