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    I'm going to be applying for a single language, so will have to take the Linguistics Test.

    What would be the best way to prepare for this, since I have no experience in the area at all?

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    Hey,

    You don't have to have any specific knowledge in order to do well in the Linguistics Test. They only want to find out about your natural aptitude and whether you can think 'in a logical way' about language.
    I think the best you can do is familiarise yourself with the type of exercises you'll have to do in the test - it will gradually become easier, even if it first seems a bit daunting. You can do this by doing past papers. I think Oxford only publish the previous year's MLAT, but I remember being able to find more by some googling.

    If you're really keen, you can also try these: http://lingclub.mycpanel.princeton.e...ge/puzzles.php
    Or even some Linguistics Olympiad questions. Those are very similar structurally, but are much, much more difficult, so don't worry if you can't solve them, they were designed to be solved in several hours, not 30 minutes. http://www.ioling.org/

    Oh, and if you're doing MLAT past papers, don't forget to also do the Language Aptitude test, not just the Linguistics Test, as they can very nicely complement each other and test very similar skills.

    Good luck!
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    Hey,

    You don't have to have any specific knowledge in order to do well in the Linguistics Test. They only want to find out about your natural aptitude and whether you can think 'in a logical way' about language.
    I think the best you can do is familiarise yourself with the type of exercises you'll have to do in the test - it will gradually become easier, even if it first seems a bit daunting. You can do this by doing past papers. I think Oxford only publish the previous year's MLAT, but I remember being able to find more by some googling.

    If you're really keen, you can also try these: http://lingclub.mycpanel.princeton.e...ge/puzzles.php
    Or even some Linguistics Olympiad questions. Those are very similar structurally, but are much, much more difficult, so don't worry if you can't solve them, they were designed to be solved in several hours, not 30 minutes. http://www.ioling.org/

    Oh, and if you're doing MLAT past papers, don't forget to also do the Language Aptitude test, not just the Linguistics Test, as they can very nicely complement each other and test very similar skills.

    Good luck!
    Thanks for your help!
 
 
 
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