Modern Languages Admissions Tests

This bank of past papers is designed to help you prepare for sitting the Modern Languages Admissions Tests (MLAT) in November.

There may be variations in the language tests from year to year, but their objectives remain the same.

The papers in specific languages (when applying for a language already experienced to A-level or equivalent) are always designed to test knowledge of basic structures of the foreign language; they are not primarily a test of vocabulary.

The Language Aptitude Test (when applying for certain languages from scratch) is designed to assess your ability to analyse how languages work, in a way which doesn't depend on your knowledge of any particular language, in order to gauge your aptitude for learning a new language rapidly.

The Linguistics Test (when applying for a joint course with Linguistics or a single language where the first-year course includes the compulsory study of Linguistics) is designed to assess how you approach various kinds of unfamiliar linguistic data and set about analysing them. While there are 'right' and 'wrong' answers, how you go about finding the solution is as important to us as producing one which is completely correct. For questions carrying more marks, where more space is provided for your answer, try to make as many relevant points as you can think of.

Having sampled the relevant tests for your language(s), the best preparation would be for you to revisit the grammatical points you have covered thus far – e.g. by working through a grammar book – to revise all the basic structures.

Further information about the tests, including which ones are required for your course, can be found here.

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2011

2012

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2014

2015

2016 (answer keys)

2017 (answer keys)

2018 (answer keys)

2019 (answer keys)

2020 (answer keys)