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Everything you need to prepare for the ELAT can either be found on this site, or linked to from here. You can practise for the test with the specimen paper and past papers available for download.
The ELAT does not require a lot of extra study. It is not a test of wide reading, nor is it based on the assumption that there are certain texts that all candidates should have read by this stage in their education. This means that there are no recommended textbooks for further reading.
NEW – An introduction to the English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)
The presentation below outlines why students need to take ELAT and provides information about the test and how to prepare for it.
There will be a single task or question designed to assess a candidate’s responsiveness to unfamiliar literary material and skills in close reading. Candidates’ essays will be based on a comparative analysis of two or three items of unseen poetry or prose contained in the question paper.
Candidates may choose any of the items, and will be expected to explain in their introduction why they have chosen them and what they hope to discover or illustrate by comparing them.
ELAT Sample Paper
ELAT Marking Criteria
ELAT Past Paper 2013
ELAT Past Paper 2012
ELAT Past Paper 2011
ELAT Past Paper 2010
ELAT Past Paper 2009
ELAT Past Paper 2008
ELAT Past Paper 2007