What is the HAT?

The History Aptitude test is a 2-hour paper that applicants for History, History (Ancient & Modern), History & Economics, History & English, History & Politics, and History & Modern Languages.


Find mini-mock papers and more on the HAT in our online resources

HAT Mock Tests & Answer Packs

We have four HAT practice papers. Written by our expert consultants, our practice papers replicate the style, format and timing of the real examinations, giving you the chance to practise your approach to the test as well as the skills required. Each practice paper includes a set of model answers with detailed commentary on how to crack individual questions.

Our practice papers are different from those provided at our one-day Admissions Test Seminars, giving you further opportunities to prepare in your own home and well in advance of the real examinations.

Please note that if you have attended one of our in-school courses, then you may have already have sat mock test I. If you are unsure whether you have already sat one of our tests at an in-school course, give us a ring on +44 (0)207 499 2394. 

Purchasing Your Mock Tests

Two papers can be purchased online here.

The other two papers are used on our Admissions Test Seminar courses, where both will be marked by a test expert. 

If you cannot attend an Admissions Test Seminar but would like to buy all four papers, simply give us a call: 

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What Does The HAT Involve?

The paper is split into two questions. You will be given a different source for each question, usually on a period and region of History you will not have covered at school. You will be asked a few questions as part of the first question, concluding with a question that requires you to apply your own historical knowledge, such as the example below. The second question requires more in-depth source analysis.

Using a historical example with which you are familiar, write an essay of 1.5 to 3 sides about the ways in which the ideas of elites influenced, or failed to influence, the lives of ordinary people.


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