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Admissions Test Courses take place in Central London and include all of our unique practice papers with two tests marked.
Dates: Sunday 14th October
Location: Central London
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Full preparation for the English Literature Aptitude Test (ELAT)
ELAT tuition conducted by Oxbridge-graduate tutors who specialise exclusively in the ELAT
The course is run by experienced ELAT tutors who have a consistent record of helping students to score higher in their test
ELAT classes kept small (between 5 and 25 students to a tutor) for highly interactive experience akin to an English tutorial
Sit a full mock
Full-length exam-conditions ELAT mock test sat on the day to mimic intensity of the real exam.
Content & Timing
Learn time-management for the reading section, and techniques for comparative essay writing and Practical Criticism.
ELAT workbook included for tackling literature comparison questions and extra practice
Up-to-date mock papers
Original ELAT mock papers updated regularly to reflect changes in content and difficulty
Answer packs give full and detailed answers on how to approach the ELAT essay
2 papers marked and returned to you in time to improve areas of weakness
Registration opens at 10.30am and the day finishes at 5.30pm. All four of our unique ELAT mock papers and answer packs are included in the price of the course.
ELAT Course Structure
As an introduction to the day, you will learn how your test is used in the admissions process, what the examiners are looking for and what skills you need to demonstrate in order to achieve the maximum marks. The ELAT is an unusual test given the scope that you are given to analyse texts in any way that you find interesting. The introduction will guide you in the way that you need to start thinking in order to maximise your chances of success in the test.
Included in the cost of the day are all four of our unique mock ELAT papers, written by our test experts. Two will be marked and returned to you.
You will analyse a model ELAT answer to identify successful ways of approaching different texts, as well as evaluating why the essay is a strong example. You will learn how to use different techniques to compare and contrast texts and will cover the skills and content required to tackle critical analysis successfully.
You are guided in how to choose which texts to write about, how to structure an essay comparing and contrasting selected texts and how to back up your arguments with strong examples and quotations from the texts available.
We will help you develop your own test strategy; a plan as to how you can structure your essay and organise your time in order to gain maximum marks in the ELAT. You’ll cover technical areas, such as constructing literary arguments and using specialised vocab to be precise.
Our ELAT consultant will help you build a clear and persuasive argument using you literary analysis, making sure your ELAT essay is planned so your critical analysis forms an argument, rather than just being vehicle for you to identify different points in the text.
In the ELAT you’ll have to manage reading time, plan your essay to ensure your argument is coherent and leave sufficient writing time to deliver your points articulately.
The course will give you a chance to practice this and to use the techniques you’ve learnt. You will receive one of our unique ELAT mock tests before the day to complete in your own time and bring to the seminar, and you will sit another mock ELAT under timed conditions on the day. We’ll return both to you, marked, within 10 days of the Seminar.
Do I need to sit the ELAT?
If you are applying to Oxford for a course that involves English, you will have to sit the English Literature Aptitude Test, or ‘ELAT’. This 90-minute test requires you to respond intelligently and interestingly to unseen texts.
We have designed a day-long course alongside our ELAT experts who also help to write our original mock papers, to help you prepare. The seminar is designed to build up your confidence and improve your technique, by helping you to think critically and analytically about literature, opening your eyes to close-reading techniques that can help you identify fascinating nuances in texts, as well as strategies to help you to express your ideas coherently.
Fantastic – thank you so much. I learnt a lot and am now actually looking forward to the exam! You have de-mystified the ELAT for me.
Emma, ELAT Admissions Test Seminar attendee, 2013
Elat Resources – Begin Your Preparation
- ELAT overview If you’re applying for English, or its joint schools, you... Read more >
- English Language and Literature Reading List If you're applying for English, have a look at our... Read more >
- Download an English Personal Statement “My background as a student at a European School, including... Read more >
- ELAT mini mock paper If you’re applying to read English at Oxford, you will... Read more >