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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.
For information about where you can take the test, visit the How to register page.
Calculators have been permitted since 2018. Formula sheets, tables and data books are not permitted.
Candidates are responsible for making sure their calculators meet the PAT specification. Please ensure you read the latest PAT calculator specification guidelines:
Read the PAT calculator specification guidelines 2020
For further information about the test, please visit the University of Oxford's Department of Physics website.
Yes. The University of Oxford’s Department of Physics advises candidates to show all their working, so that partial marks can be awarded even if the final answer is incorrect.
You need a black or blue pen for writing. You can also use a pencil for sketching too, if you choose.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the Physics Aptitude Test pages of the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics website.
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.
The test is marked by the University of Oxford. If you would like to know your test results, please ask the relevant Oxford college as part of Oxford’s usual feedback process.