The History Aptitude Test (HAT)
*The HAT is changing - From this autumn the History Aptitude Test will consist of one question based on an extract from a primary source, to be answered in one hour.*
The Colleges of Oxford University use a History Aptitude Test (HAT) 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 previous 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 Monday 15th October 2018 via CAAT's secure Entries Extranet. Further information will be available on CAAT 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 2019 students must be registered to take the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) Section 1 and be registered for it by 6pm BST on Monday 15th October 2018 via CAAT's secure Entries Extranet. Further information will be available on CAAT 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 changing: From 2018 the History Aptitude Test will consist of one question based on an extract from a primary source, to be answered in one hour.
Candidates will be asked to offer thoughtful interpetations of the source 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.
The single question will follow the format and marking scheme of Question 3 of past HAT papers. A sample paper will be available soon, but in the meantime candidates are encouraged to refer to Question 3 in the past papers below