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Covid-19: important information for candidates
To ensure we can run our November admissions tests safely, this test will not take place on 4 November as previously scheduled. The new test date will be 5 November 2020.
Candidates should register with their centre in the usual way.
For a summary of all the changes to the Oxford admissions tests dates, please visit our Covid-19 page.
In partnership with the University of Oxford
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 including the use of calculators
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. Candidates are responsible for ensuring their calculators meet the PAT specification.
Read the PAT calculator specification guidelines 2020
For further information 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.
Test results are not published automatically, but candidates may request their test score as part of the usual University of Oxford feedback process.