Message about the Oxford ELAT 2023
On Friday 19 October we announced that – due to the technical problems and rubric confusion candidates experienced in sitting the Oxford ELAT – we would not be using ELAT scores in our formal shortlisting calculation this year.
Since issuing that statement, the very considerable disparity of candidates’ test experiences has become clearer to us. The Oxford ELAT is designed as a standard test; it allows our admitting tutors to assess how all candidates respond to the same exercise. This year, however, problems with the test meant that candidates did not access or take it in the same conditions and circumstances.
The Faculty of English has therefore taken the decision not to mark ELAT scripts. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we believe it is the only way to ensure that our admissions process is fair, equitable, and robust.
We apologize once more for the problems candidates experienced. We recognize that candidates took great time and care in preparing for and sitting the test and we are very sorry that this work cannot be taken into account this year. Please be assured that candidates will have the opportunity to show us the same range of skills in argument and textual analysis in their written work (to be submitted by 10 November).
With sincere apologies,
Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Faculty of English, University of Oxford