Maths Admissions Test
About the test
Why is there a test?
We can't interview all our applicants in the time available, so we shortlist around three applicants for every place to interview. To help us decide who to shortlist, we set the Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT) which all applicants for Maths, Computer Science, or joint honours courses must take. There is no "pass" mark for the MAT; we use the information from the test, together with all the details of your UCAS application and information about school background to decide who to shortlist.
What does the MAT test?
The MAT aims to test the depth of mathematical understanding of a student in the fourth term of their Alevels (or equivalent) rather than a breadth of knowledge. It is set with the aim of being approachable by all students, including those without Further Mathematics Alevel, and those from other educational systems (e.g. Baccalaureate and Scottish Highers).
The MAT syllabus is based on the first year of A level Maths, and a few topics from the fourth term of A level Maths which we think students will have covered by the time of the test.
How do I register?
Please check back to this page later in the year for registration details.
Can I take the TMUA instead?
No. The Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA) is used by several universities, but is not used by Oxford. We recommend that you check the course pages of the other universities you plan to apply to.
Can I take STEP/ BMO/ IMO instead?
No.
Please note
 No calculators, formula sheets or dictionaries are permitted during the test.
 Further credit cannot be gained by attempting questions other than those appropriate to the degree applied for.
Test Information
Candidates should attempt five of the seven questions, depending on the degree for which they are applying.
 Mathematics / Mathematics & Statistics, Mathematics & Philosophy applicants should attempt questions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
 Mathematics & Computer Science applicants should attempt questions 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6
 Computer Science, Computer Science & Philosophy applicants should attempt questions 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7
Question 1 is multiple choice, and contains 10 parts each worth 4 marks. Marks are given solely for the correct answers. Questions 27 are longer questions, each worth 15 marks, and candidates will need to show their working. Part marks are available for the longer questions.
Marking FAQs
How is the test marked?
The MAT is marked by University of Oxford graduate students. For the multiplechoice questions, there are no marks available for working out. For the long questions, our markers will look carefully at what you've written and give you an appropriate number of marks following an agreed mark scheme.
Do I get marks for working out?
Yes, on questions 27 there are marks for working out.
Do I have to use the method in the solutions document (or in the solutions video)?
No if you follow the instructions in the question and you do correct mathematics, then you should get the marks. Provided you've followed the instructions in the question and it's clear what you're doing, you should get the marks.
Key dates
29 September 2023: MAT registration deadline
19 October 2023: Test date
November 2023: Oxford shortlisting decisions sent to applicants.
January 2024: Final Oxford decisions sent to applicants. MAT scores sent to Oxford applicants automatically.
How to prepare for the MAT
The video contains advice about the MAT.
The MAT syllabus contains the mathematics that we expect you to know by the time of the test.
For practice resources, see the Oxford MAT Livestream.
You might also like the following resources to practice problemsolving;
The AMSP organises Problem Solving Matters, hosted at universities around the UK. This problemsolving course aims to help students prepare for university mathematics.
MAT past papers
The table below contains past papers and solutions, as well as general feedback on the admissions round for each year from 2010 onwards. Three averages are given for each year; $\mu_1$ is the average score of all Oxford applicants for Maths, Maths & Stats, and Maths & Philosophy, $\mu_2$ is the average score of those applicants who were shortlisted for interview, and $\mu_3$ is the average score of those applicants who were made offers. Similar statistics for Maths & Computer Science, Computer Science, and Computer Science & Philosophy applicants are available on the Computer Science departmental website.
Please note that the syllabus for the MAT was updated for the 2018 test; the current syllabus is available here.
The Notes for the past papers are intended for candidates using the past papers to prepare for MAT 2021. They mostly refer to syllabus changes. Note that there are 18 papers listed below, which is far more than we would expect any applicant to attempt.
Test paper  Solutions  ($\mu_1$, $\mu_2$, $\mu_3$)  Feedback  Notes 
Solutions 2022  (48.3, 65.2, 71.5)  
MAT 2021  (51.1, 69.5, 73.5)  Feedback 2021  
(57.9, 75.2, 81.7) 

(44.9, 63.6, 69.3) 


(50.8, 67.1, 72.9) 


(51.3, 68.7, 73.6) 

(50.3, 66.7, 73.1) 

(43.7, 56.3, 62.7) 

(48.4, 63.1, 71.5) 

(44.8, 54.2, 60.6) 

(52.1, 63.0, 68.2) 

(50.3, 63.3, 71.0) 

(49.0, 61.4, 69.3) 

(51.3, 61.2, 70.5) 


(58.7, 68.0, 77.0) 


(56.9, 63.0, 75.2) 







Syllabus changes in 2018
Due to Alevel reform in the UK, and specifically syllabus reform of Alevel Mathematics, the MAT syllabus was updated in 2018. In order to reflect the new syllabus of ASlevel Mathematics, we removed the remainder theorem, radians, and the trapezium rule from the syllabus. We added combinations and binomial probabilities, derivative of $e^{kx}$, differentiation from first principles, graphs of $\log_{a}(x)$.
Note for teachers: We will continue to include sequences and series on the MAT syllabus, including: arithmetic and geometric progressions and their sums, convergence condition for infinite geometric progressions. As such, if there is flexibility in when a teacher is covering sequences and series, we would recommend that students are taught this material either at the end of year 12 or at the beginning of year 13 (prior to October halfterm).
Videos of MAT solutions
MAT 2017
MAT 2016
MAT 2022 in 10 minutes or less
A quick look at the solutions for MAT 2022.
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Our admissions tutors use MAT scores together with information from the UCAS application to decide who to shortlist for interview.