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The Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) is a paper-based test. It is a 2-hour, subject-specific admissions test for applicants to all University of Oxford Engineering, Materials Science and Physics undergraduate degree courses.
Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing is working in partnership with the University of Oxford to administer the PAT.
The University of Oxford’s Department of Physics is responsible for the setting and development of the PAT, including the test format and scoring. For general information about the test, see the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics website.
Updates to the PAT
The test consists of maths and physics questions, which are mixed in sequence (there are not separate maths or physics sections).
Formula sheets, tables and data books are not permitted. Calculators have been permitted since 2018. Guidelines about the use of calculators along with details of the syllabus and links to supporting materials, which candidates are encouraged to look at for preparation, are available on the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics website.
For details of the PAT test syllabus and past papers, see the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics website.
The PAT takes place on Wednesday 30 October 2019, usually at 09.00 GMT. The scheduled start times for international centres will vary, depending upon where they are in the world. For exact timings, please check with your school or centre.
Most candidates will sit the PAT at their own school or college. Other candidates need to find an open centre.
Find out more about registration and Access Arrangements.
Test results are not published automatically, but candidates may request their test score as part of the usual University of Oxford feedback process.
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