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We ask that you do not contact our Helpdesk during this time as they have no further information at present.
For information about where you can take the test, visit the How to register page.
No. Calculators, formula sheets or dictionaries are not allowed for the MAT.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute website.
Which questions you will need to answer depend on which university and which course you are applying for. You can see examples of this in the sample/past papers. Please be aware these instructions may change, so always read the rubric on the front of the paper carefully before you start.
If you are applying for a Maths, Computer Science or related course at Oxford University, you need to take the MAT. The University of Oxford welcomes students who take STEP, but STEP is not an alternative to the MAT. If you do not take the MAT (other than in exceptional circumstances), your application will not be considered.
The MAT is required for application to Imperial College London for all BSc and MSci Mathematics courses if applications are made before the MAT registration deadline, and if applicants are taking A levels or IB. For applications made after that, conditional offers for A level or IB candidates will involve STEP.
If you are applying to the University of Warwick for the Mathematics BSc (G100) degree or Master of Mathematics (G103) degree, you are encouraged to take the MAT, STEP or the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA). Which test you sit is up to you and your school.
No, you only need to take the MAT once.
Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing will not tell any of the universities where else you have applied. This is in line with the UCAS position that no institution should be aware of which other institutions you have applied to at this stage. The institutions only find out much later, when you have decided which offers to accept.
No. Extra time is not allowed for candidates without English as their first language.
Access Arrangements are available if you have a disability or special requirement, and are entitled to support for other exams.
You need to inform your centre of any special requirements when they register you for the test.
Your centre will:
For more information about Access Arrangements, please visit our Useful documents section.
Requests for special consideration are used to indicate to institutions that a candidate suffered temporary illness, injury or indisposition at the time of the assessment. They may also be used to indicate that there were problems with an aspect of the administration of the test, such as a fire alarm during the test session.
For more information, and to fill in an online form, please visit our Useful documents section.
If you would like to know your test results, please ask the relevant Oxford college as part of Oxford’s usual feedback process.
If you would like to know your test results, please ask the Maths department as part of Imperial’s usual feedback process (see the Undergraduate admissions policy under Admissions).
If you would like to know your test results, please ask the Mathematics Institute as part of Warwick’s feedback process.