If you are applying for one of these degrees, you will need to sit the Classics Admissions Test (CAT).
- Classics & English
- Classics & Modern Languages
- Classics & Oriental Studies
The Classics Admissions Test consists of 3 sections.
You may be required to take one, two or three of these sections, depending on your experience.
Latin Unseen Translation (1 hour)
You should take this test if you are studying Latin to A-level or equivalent.
Greek Unseen Translation (1 hour)
You should take this test if you are studying Ancient Greek to A-level or equivalent.
Classics Language Aptitude Test (1 hour)
You should take this test if you are studying neither Latin nor Ancient Greek to A-level or equivalent (i.e. if you are applying for Course II).
All applicants for Classics & Oriental Studies who are intending to study Arabic, Turkish, Hebrew, or Persian should also take this test, even if they are required to take the Latin and/or Greek Unseen Translation test(s) in addition.
How do I register?
- Testing is administered by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing.
- Your UCAS application won't automatically regsiter you for the test.
- You need to register through an authorised test centre which is usually your school or college.
- Ask your school or college if they are already an authorised test centre. If not, they need to register before 30th September.
- Schools can find out about applying to be a test centre on the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website here.
- Registration for candidates usually opens on 1st September and closes at 6pm (UK time) on 15 October.
- Most people take the test at their own school or college.
How can I prepare?
- Watch the videos!
- The CAT and CLAT are designed to assess linguistic ability.
- You are not allowed to take dictionaries, grammar books or notes into the test.
- If you are not used to translating without aids, then you should practise, and try to learn vocabulary, before sitting the test.
You can find some specimen tests with answers here.
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Other Admissions Tests
You may need to take other admissions tests as well, depending on which course you are applying for.
Check the History, English, Modern Languages and Oriental Languages pages to find out more about these tests.
And remember, the results of the test are contextualised by the admitting tutors, and not simply taken as a raw datum.