The Colleges of Oxford University have introduced a History Aptitude Test (HAT) for use in the selection of candidates for all degree courses involving History. This test, which aims to examine the skills and potentialities required for the study of History at university, gives us an objective basis for comparing candidates from different backgrounds, including mature applicants and those from different countries. It is designed to be challenging, in order to differentiate effectively between the most able applicants for university courses, including those who may have achieved or can be expected to achieve the highest possible grades in their examinations.
The Faculty of History is working in partnership with Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT) (formerly Admissions Testing Service) to administer the History Aptitude Test. As in the previous 3 years, in addition to their application to the University, candidates will need to be registered for the History Aptitude Test (HAT) by 6pm BST on Sunday 15th October 2017 via CAAT's secure Entries Extranet. Further information will be available on Admissions Testing Service's admissions tests website-www.hatoxford.org.uk.
Please see the PDF documents below and our HAT video for details of how and when to register candidates.
Please also note that for entry into History and Economics in 2018 students must be registered to take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Section 1 and be registered for it by 6pm BST on Sunday 15th October 2017 via CAAT's secure Entries Extranet. Further information will be available on Admissions Testing Service's admissions tests website- http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/thinking-skills-assessment/tsa-oxford/about-tsa-oxford/.
What is the nature of the test?
The HAT is a two-hour test, which requires candidates to read two extracts and answer a total of four questions about them. One of the extracts will be from a work of History; candidates will be asked questions to test their comprehension of the arguments and ideas in it, their capacity to apply those ideas to historical situations they know about, and their ability to think and make judgments about the extract as a piece of historical writing. The other extract will be from a primary source, and candidates will be asked to offer thoughtful interpretations of its content without knowing anything about its context.
The HAT is a test of skills, not substantive historical knowledge. It is designed so that candidates should find it equally challenging, regardless of what period(s) they have studied or what school examinations they are taking.