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History Aptitude Test Packages (HAT)

The History Aptitude Test is taken by applicants to Oxford applying to History and its joint courses. This course uses the HAT to deselect applicants from interview, so strong preparation is critical.

The HAT tests a student’s ability to analyse and interpret a primary historical source, and shape a well-written argument in response.

Improve your chances of performing well in the HAT by practicing these skills.

Tutor marking and feedback:

The student will complete a past paper and we will provide three hours marking and feedback from a specialist Oxford or Cambridge tutor.

£650.00

Online + Tutor support:

The student will complete multiple past papers and we will provide 5 lessons which includes teaching, marking and feedback.

£1,500.00

Online + Extended Tutor Support:

The student will complete multiple past papers and we will provide 5 lessons which includes teaching, marking, feedback and teaching in areas identified as requiring additional support.

Minimum £1,800.00 (teaching charged at £150 per hour).

Other resources you might find helpful are:

  • Our short Guide to the HAT introduces the format and requirements of the test to give you an idea of what you will be asked to do.
  • Oxford UNIQ have filmed a YouTube video showing first year students discussing Question 3 of the HAT, and suggests some of the different ways you can approach an unfamiliar piece of text.
  • A YouTube Q&A with a History student at Oxford can be found here. It is a long video, but between 12 and 25 minutes the student discusses their preparation for and experience of the HAT test. It’s worth watching and taking notes!