How to apply - MAT

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Step 4: Sit the MAT

In early November you will need to sit the Maths Aptitude Test, or MAT, usually at your school or college if it is a registered test centre.


The MAT lasts 2½ hours. The mathematical knowledge and techniques required to do the questions are taken from a syllabus roughly corresponding to the C1 and C2 modules from A-level maths, though the questions are set more variously than A-level questions. A syllabus (PDF format) for the test has been published. Some specimen papers and recent past papers are available on the Mathematical Institute website.

•    No calculators, formula sheets or dictionaries are permitted during the test.
•    Only answers written in the booklet will be marked. There are spare blank pages at the end of the test paper.
•    Further credit cannot be gained by attempting questions other than those appropriate to the degree applied for.

The MAT is set with the aim of being approachable by all students, including those without Further Mathematics A-level, and those from other educational systems (e.g. Baccalaureate and Scottish Highers). It aims to test the depth of mathematical understanding of a student in the fourth term of their A-levels (or equivalent) rather than a breadth of knowledge. Applicants are encouraged to attempt some of the specimen/past tests so that they might have a sense of the format and style of the test, but no further preparation or practice, beyond work for A-levels, is intended.

You can find specimen tests to help you prepare on the Mathematical Institute website.