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Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing
Administering our tests
Typically, you sit the MAT at your school or college. If you don’t attend a school or college, you will need to find an open centre where you can take the test.
If you cannot find a centre, please contact the Support Team.
No. Calculators, formula sheets or dictionaries are not allowed for the MAT.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute website.
Which questions you will need to answer depend on which university and which course you are applying for. You can see examples of this in the sample/past papers. Please be aware these instructions may change, so always read the rubric on the front of the paper carefully before you start.
If you are applying for a Maths or Computer Science course at Oxford University, you need to take the MAT. The University of Oxford welcomes students who take STEP, but STEP is not an alternative to the MAT. If you do not take the MAT (other than in exceptional circumstances), your application will not be considered.
If you make an application for a Mathematics undergraduate programme at Imperial College through UCAS before the MAT registration deadline and you are an A-level or IB candidate, then you must register for and take the MAT in the year of your application. If you make an application after the MAT registration deadline, then any conditional offer made will involve STEP II or III.
No, you only need to take the MAT once.
No. The MAT is administered by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing. We make sure that a university that you have applied to will not know whether or not you have applied to the other one. This is in line with the UCAS position that no institution should be aware of which other institutions you have applied to. The institutions only find out much later, when you have decided which offers to accept or if you have no live choices, for example you are unsuccessful at all choices, or you decline the offers you have.
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.
If you would like to know your test results, please ask the relevant Oxford college as part of Oxford’s usual feedback process.
If you would like to know your test results, please ask the Maths department as part of Imperial’s usual feedback process.