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You can prepare for ELAT using the sample paper and past papers available for download below.
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.
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 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.
Please note, prior to the 2018 test, candidates could compare two or three passages for ELAT. From this year's test onwards, they must compare two passages.
ELAT Sample Paper
ELAT Sample Answer Booklet
ELAT Marking Criteria
ELAT Past Paper 2017
ELAT Past Paper 2016
ELAT Past Paper 2015
ELAT Past Paper 2014
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
Candidate 1 with examiner comments
Candidate 2 with examiner comments
Candidate 3 with examiner comments
Candidate 4 with examiner comments
Notes for candidates – Oxford
Notes for teachers – Oxford
Notes for candidates – Cambridge
Notes for teachers – Cambridge