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Typically, you sit the PAT 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, tables, formula sheets and data books cannot be used in the test.
For the most up-to-date information, visit the Physics Aptitude Test pages of 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 just need a pen. You can also use a pencil for sketching too, if you choose.
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.