Become a test centre

To become an authorised centre for Oxford admissions tests, you will need to meet our minimum operating and security requirements. ​Before applying to become a test centre, please read all the information on this page, including the list of eligibility criteria below. If you are confident that you are likely to be able to meet these requirements, please apply for test centre authorisation by clicking on the Apply now button at the bottom of this page.

Please note even if you have previously run Oxford admissions tests you will still need to go through our authorisation process with our new provider, TCS.

Eligibility criteria

Centre infrastructure

Testing facilities

Room environment:

  • Ensure that the room temperature is comfortable and conducive to test-taking.
  • Ensure proper ventilation to maintain good air quality in the room throughout the test.
  • Provide adequate lighting to prevent eye strain and ensure clear reading and writing for applicants.
  • Take measures to minimize external noise that may distract applicants during the test.

Desks and computers:

  • Ensure that each applicant has a computer or laptop. For applicants taking the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT) and Physics Admissions Test (PAT), provide a spacious desk or table to hold answer sheets.
  • Position applicants at least 1.25 meters apart in all directions to prevent cheating.

Invigilator Space:

  • Ensure that there is enough space for the invigilator to carry out their duties in the test room.
  • The invigilator should remain in the room throughout the test session and should not leave applicants unsupervised.

Belongings:

  • Designate a specific area, either inside or outside the test room, where applicants can safely store their belongings during the test.
  • If storing belongings inside the test room, ensure that they are placed out of reach of the applicants.

Special needs:

  • Ensure that applicants with special needs have access to the test room and receive necessary accommodations.
Computer-based tests

The following Oxford admissions tests will be conducted fully digital in 2023 and beyond:

  • Classics Admissions Test (CAT)
  • English Literature Admissions Test (ELAT)
  • History Admissions Test (HAT)
  • Geography Admissions Test (GAT)
  • Modern Languages Admissions Test (MLAT)
  • Philosophy Test

The following Oxford admissions tests will be delivered in a hybrid format, which means the test questions will be displayed onscreen and students will be provided with answer booklets to write their answers.

  • Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)
  • Physics Admissions Test (PAT)

For MAT and PAT, test centres will receive paper-based answer booklets by post. After the test, centres must scan and return the completed answer booklets to Oxford University for marking. Full instructions on how to conduct scanning and returning scripts will be provided to centres during the authorisation process.

Digital compatibility

Centres must provide students with computers that meet the minimum technical specifications outlined below. Alternatively, students may bring their own devices, as long as they meet the following criteria:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 and above (licenced only).
  • Screen resolution: 1366*768 (Recommended)
  • Screen size: 14.2" x 8" (36.1 cm x 20.3 cm)
  • Screen ratio: 16:9
  • RAM (Random Access Memory) 4 GB and above
  • CPU (Central Processing Unit): 2.33Ghz or faster processor
  • Supported browsers: Google Chrome 76 and above (1st Preference), (Mozilla) Firefox 72 and above
  • English language keyboard

If your centre does not meet one or more of these technical requirements, please email oxford.testcentresupport@tcs.com to discuss alternative arrangements.

Centres administering MAT and/or PAT must provide a printer and scanner that meet the following technical criteria.

  • Printing: A4, portrait, double-sided, black and white (please note that printed answer booklets for MAT and PAT will be distributed to test centres prior to the test date; this requirement is for contingency purposes only).
  • Scanning: Grey scale /black and white
  • Scanned file format: PDF
  • Image in DPI: 150
  • Scanned file size limit (in MB): 5 MB
  • Compression required: No

Full instructions on how to conduct scanning will be provided to centres during the authorisation process.

Centre administration

Registration of applicants

Applicants must provide valid photographic identification, such as a passport or photographic driving license, to verify their identity for the test(s) registration. Only applicants who are taking the test(s) are allowed in the examination room during the assessment. No unauthorized individuals should be present.

Invigilation staff
  • It is the responsibility of the head of the centre to ensure that invigilators are appropriately trained for their duties.
  • Invigilators are responsible for conducting examinations in the presence of applicants and upholding the integrity of the external examination/assessment process.
  • Invigilators should not engage in non-examination related tasks during the examination room.
  • Invigilators should remain vigilant, monitor incidents or emerging situations, and document any incidents or malpractice in an incident log.
  • Invigilators should be informed about applicants with approved access arrangements and ensure that these are adhered to.
Start times and time zones

Start times for the examination will vary based on the time zone of each country. Please refer to the provided timetable for specific details.

Applicants are only allowed to take tests on the published admissions test dates and not on any other dates.

Reporting malpractice
  • "Centre supervision" means that a member of centre staff or an invigilator should always be present in the same room as the applicants.
  • Applicants should not bring any revision material, electronic communication/storage devices, or have internet access during the test.
  • The head of the centre must immediately report any suspected or actual malpractice by applicants, invigilators, or centre staff to TCS (the testing authority).
  • In case of disruptive behaviour by an applicant, the invigilator must issue a warning, inform the applicant that TCS will be notified, and record the incident.
  • Any deviation from the provided instructions should be reported to TCS.
  • Where applicants commit malpractice, TCS may decide to penalise them, which could include disqualification
Cost
  • Please note that there is no cost to becoming a test centre.

Access arrangements

Access requirements
  • Access arrangements must be approved in advance for public examinations in order to minimise barriers for applicants with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries/illnesses.
  • Access arrangements follow recommendations from a doctor or an educational psychologist, and are based on evidence of the applicant’s need for the requested arrangement.

Open centres

We particularly welcome applications to become an ‘open centre’. If you are interested in administering our admissions tests to applicants who are not enrolled with your school or centre, then please read the additional information below about becoming an ‘open’ centre.

Additional information for open centres
  • Your centre must have the ability to handle contact from multiple applicants during the registration period. All entries MUST be made before the entry deadline closes.
  • Your centre must be easily contactable via the email/phone provided to TCS during the centre registration process.
  • External applicants should be sent clear information and instructions prior to the test date(s).
  • If your centre reaches maximum capacity then you must refer any additional applicants who you cannot accommodate to the Find a centre page.
Centre fees

TCS does not pay centres to run Oxford admissions tests. You may charge applicants a reasonable administration fee to cover operational costs.

If you feel you can meet all the above eligibility criteria and requirements, Apply now.

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