Maths Admissions Test
MAT 2023 technical disruption
UPDATED 27 OCT 2023
The delivery of this year’s Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT) has caused widespread distress and difficulties, most especially for the candidates themselves. The Oxford Mathematical Institute would like to apologise for this distress, and assure everyone that our priority is to ensure that no one is disadvantaged during the admissions process. We would also like to thank everyone who has provided feedback so far, whether via the special consideration forms or via email and social media.
We have decided on the following steps:
The Mathematical Institute will offer an additional test to candidates who submit a special consideration form after experiencing disruption when taking the MAT on 19 October, whether they applied to Oxford, Imperial or Warwick Universities.
The additional test will be optional; candidates are not required to take it if they are happy with how the MAT went for them on 19 October. For candidates who suffered disruption and wish to take the additional test, that test will supplement the information we already have.
On the 3 November, we will send out invitations for the additional test to all candidates who submitted a special consideration form, or who are identified as having experienced disruption, as well as to test centres where that disruption took place. We recognise that some candidates may not have access to information via schools or centres  we are doing all we can to identify them.
The invitation will ask candidates to complete a simple form to register (by noon on Friday 10 November) for the optional additional test which will take place on Tuesday 14 November at 09:00 GMT. (Candidates in the USA for whom 09:00 will not work will be identified and contacted separately).
The additional test will comprise ten multiplechoice questions in the style of (and with the syllabus of) MAT Q1, and candidates will have one hour to complete the test.
Where possible, we would like the additional test to be hosted by schools or colleges; where necessary, remote invigilation will be arranged at home. The additional test will be made available to test centres (or candidates taking the test at home) for printing just before the start of the test on 14 November. The additional test will be administered entirely by the University.
The Mathematical Institute is marking the MAT test as normal. The majority of candidates experienced no disruption – we do not want to disadvantage those candidates. College tutors (who are responsible for shortlisting) will have access to a candidate’s UCAS form, the results of the MAT test taken on 19 October, and the results of the additional test, if taken, as well special consideration forms. Tutors will take all this information into consideration when deciding whether to shortlist a candidate. Oxford Mathematics will liaise closely with colleges to manage the situation.
Once again, we apologise for all the disruption. We are doing all we can to make sure all candidates have an opportunity to display their full potential, and no one is disadvantaged.
^James
Dr James Munro
Admissions and Outreach Coordinator
Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford
New for 2023
For MAT 2023, the admin of the test will be delivered by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). New information for schools, colleges, and test centres will be available on the central University website. The registration deadline is 29 September 2023, and the test date is 19 October 2023.
Applicants for Computer Science or for Computer Science and Philosophy will attempt questions 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 for MAT 2023. There will no longer be a question 7.
Schools and colleges can now register to be a test centre via the central University website. This includes schools and colleges who have applicants for Imperial and/or Warwick, not Oxford, whose course choice means they need to take the MAT. Registered test centres can then register candidates ahead of the 29 September deadline.
Candidates can find a list of open test centres with this search tool.
The way that candidates access the questions is changing for October 2023. Candidates will see the questions on a computer screen. Candidates will write their responses in a paper answer booklet, which will be scanned by their test centre.
The mathematical content of the MAT, in terms of the syllabus and the format of the test, is unchanged for 2023.
Starting in 2023, the question will say how many marks are available for each part. This information can be found for past paper questions in the Solutions documents below, but from 2023 it will now also be included in the question.
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?
You need to take the test at a registered test centre. Test centres (e.g. schools or colleges) can register here.
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 six 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, Computer Science, Computer Science & Philosophy applicants should attempt questions 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6
Question 1 is multiple choice, and contains 10 parts each worth 4 marks. Marks are given solely for the correct answers. Questions 26 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 26 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.
Applying to Imperial and/or Warwick?
If you're applying to particular courses at the University of Warwick and/or Imperial College London, then you may be eligible to take the MAT. Here is some advice.
 Instructions for Oxford take priority  if you're applying to an Oxford course and also to an Imperial or Warwick course, then you do the MAT questions for your Oxford course. If you're not applying to Oxford, you'll attempt questions 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.
 At registration, select the UCAS code for the Oxford course you're applying to, or select G100 if you're not applying to Oxford.
 Make sure to tick the box/boxes to indicate that you're applying to Imperial and/or Warwick.
 Imperial and/or Warwick will receive your MAT score automatically and securely. You don't need to do anything.
For more information from Imperial, see this page.
For more information from Warwick, see this page.
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 
(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) 







Additional MultipleChoice Questions
In 2020, 2021, and 2022, the department organised a multiplechoice test in the style of Q1 on the MAT. This was arranged for a small number of candidates in each year who had been shortlisted without a MAT score, and the test was administered just before interviews. The test papers and solutions are available in the table below for those who wish to see more multiplechoice questions in the style of Q1 on the MAT.
Test paper  Solutions 
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.
Next:
Our admissions tutors use MAT scores together with information from the UCAS application to decide who to shortlist for interview.