History Aptitude Test (HAT)

The History Aptitude Test (HAT) is a standardized test used as part of the admissions process to Oxford University in the UK for undergraduates applying to study History or a joint honours degree involving History. The HAT is currently only employed by Oxford University, though other universities are considering adopting a similar examination as part of admissions.

The HAT aims to provide an objective basis for comparing candidates from different backgrounds, including mature applicants and those from different countries who wish to study History at degree level.

This two-hour test requires candidates to read two extracts and answer a total of four questions about them.

The HAT has been running since 2004 and it is possible to view past papers and marking schemes.

http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/prosundergrad/applying/2004_HAT_paper.htmhttp://www.history.ox.ac.uk/prosundergrad/applying/hat_marking_schedule_2004.htm http://www.history.ox.ac.uk/prosundergrad/applying/hat_paper_2005.htm

You can also print off a list of hints and tips as a .pdf file - Seehttp://www.history.ox.ac.uk/prosundergrad/applying/documents/HAT-dosanddonts.pdf

Most candidates in full-time education will be able to take the test at their own schools or colleges. Mature candidates may take the test in Oxford or at a regional test centre. The tests will be marked anonymously in Oxford and successful candidates will receive invitations to interview within three to four weeks.

You may also be interested in reading background information on psychometric tests and aptitude tests.