We provide a comprehensive service for the Mathematic Admissions Test (MAT), including one-on-one tutoring services, delivered from the comfort of your home (see bottom of page for further information). We can also assist with the MAT application procedure as well as test preparation and interview advice, supporting you in your educational endeavours.
What is the MAT?
The Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT) is used for the selection of candidates for all degree courses involving Mathematics at Oxford and Imperial College London. Administered by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT), the MAT tests the skills and academic level required for the study of Mathematics at university, provides an objective basis for comparing candidates from different backgrounds, including mature applicants and those from different countries. The MAT is designed for candidates applying for courses in the Mathematical and Science subjects, including Computer Science, Computer Science and Philosophy, Mathematics, Mathematic, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy and Mathematics and Statistics. Created to test candidate’s mathematical understanding as opposed to breadth and depth of knowledge, the MAT is built on an AS-level mathematics syllabus, accessible to those who do not necessarily have additional maths qualifications such as an A Level in Further Mathematics.
What does the MAT assess?
Last 2.5 hours, the MAT is an admission test, based on subject-specific content, spanning the computer sciences, mathematical and science sectors. Sat under timed conditions, the test is compiled of 7 questions. Candidates will be assigned to 5 questions, dependent on the degree they are perusing, with every candidate required to answer question 1. Question 1 consists of 10, 4-mark multiple choice questions. The remaining questions are longer and often interlinked, worth 15 marks each. It is important to note that though it is encouraged to show workings, marks are only allocated for correct answers to questions.
+ Students taking Mathematics, Mathematics and Philosophy and Mathematics and + Statistics will be required to answer questions 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
+ Students taking Mathematics and Computer Science will be required to answer questions 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.
+ Students taking Computer Science and Computer Science and Philosophy will be required to answer questions 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7.
It is important to note that calculators, dictionaries and formula sheets are not permitted in the test. Blank spare pages are attached at the end of the test for additional workings space and must be securely and clearly linked to the questions in the booklet. Students will receive no extra marks for answering additional questions that are not relevant to their chosen degree application.
What score should I be aiming to achieve?
Scores for the MAT range on a scale of 200 to 600, with a MAT score of 400 considered as average. Any score above 400 is above average and any scores between the 500 to 600 considered extremely advantageous. It is important to gain an above average score on the MAT as most candidates for Oxford University will have an extensive list of supporting documents, including personal statements, references/ recommendations and above average past and predicted grades. A competitive, global market means that candidates will be coming in from across the globe, making revising and preparing for your MAT an extremely beneficial practice.
Why is it useful to pursue the MAT?
Successful MAT candidates are able to pursue degree courses across Mathematical and Science subjects, including Computer Science, Computer Science and Philosophy, Mathematics, Mathematic, Mathematics and Computer Science, Mathematics and Philosophy and Mathematics and Statistics.
With a degree in Mathematics, graduates can explore their options across a wide range of careers, including:
- Operational Researcher
- Management Consultant
- Data Analyst
- Computer Scientist
- Commodity Trading Advisor
How do I prepare for the MAT?
Taking online practice tests and past papers can be beneficial for many reasons. Being able to effectively manage your time keeping whilst also adjusting to the wording of questions and the varying levels of difficulty will enable you to feel more confident on taking your MAT. Self-assessment of your general areas where you could develop your knowledge further will enable you to be self-aware in your studies, supplementing what you need to practice more and strengthening your pre-existing strengths. Reviewing specific content headings for the questions relevant to your degree pathway will enable you to prevent wasting time revising for content that will not arise in the test. Reviewing CAAT’s resources and content windows will enable you to narrow down your revision to a refined and purposeful selection of materials. Taking the time to practice your problem-solving skills will enable you to answer a vast amount of the questions with accuracy, demonstrating the value in practicing past questions and problems across a range of sources. Ultimately, the more time you spend practicing, the more confident and prepared you are likely to feel when taking your MAT, a feeling which should be reflected in your score outcome. Online and in-person tutoring can enable you to receive one on one, specially tailored support, enabling you to feel supported in your endeavours and to receive individualised resources and sessions that can develop your knowledge and expand your strengths.
MAT Tutors and Tuition
Courses are delivered 1-1 for the MAT with past paper practice and expert advice from past Mathematics Degree Graduates from Oxford Colleges and Imperial College. Many of our tutors hold PhDs and other postgraduate qualifications in Maths, indicative both of their passion for, and expertise in, the subject. If you would like to arrange private lessons or have any questions about our MAT tuition services in London and Oxford please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.