Classics Admissions Test


As you may know, tests form one part of Oxford's admissions process and are used alongside a range of information to help us assess candidates’ academic potential and suitability for many of our courses. We have been very grateful for your patience while we have been putting in place our arrangements for our admissions tests for 2024 and are delighted to let you know that Oxford has appointed global assessment leader Pearson VUE to manage the delivery of these tests.

All tests will be online and delivered via Pearson VUE’s established network of test centres. It remains the case that in 2024 there will be no charge for candidates to register for Oxford's own tests.

If you are applying for one of the following courses you will be required to sit the CAT: ClassicsClassics and EnglishClassics and Modern Languages and Classics and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

The Classics Admissions Test consists of three separate computer-based tests:

  • the Latin Translation Test
  • the Greek Translation Test 
  • and the Classics Language Aptitude Test (CLAT).

Each paper lasts 1 hour.

Full details as well as links to practice materials can be found on the following page:

In the page linked to above, you will often read: “If you are studying Latin or Greek to A-level or equivalent, you must take the Translation Test(s) in whichever of those languages you are studying”. Just to avoid any confusion, what this means is:

  • If you are studying Latin to A-level or equivalent, you should take the Latin test
  • If you are studying Greek to A-level or equivalent, you should take the Greek test
  • If you are studying Latin AND Greek to A-level or equivalent, you should take the Latin test AND the Greek test

More information about what counts as an “equivalent school-leaving qualification” to A-level can be found here:

Candidates can register for their test between Thursday 15 August and Friday 4 October 2024. The test will take place on October 22 October 2024.

Click here for Test preparation and practice materials