Mathematics Admissions Test

Problem Solving MATters -Developing the problem solving skills necessary for the Mathematics Admission Test

A new course for students from state-funded schools, academies and colleges who are interested in applying for places at Oxford University or Imperial College to study Mathematics.

Students applying for places to study Mathematics or Computer Science courses (including joint honours) at Oxford University or any Mathematics undergraduate course at Imperial College, London will be required to sit the Mathematics Admission Test (MAT) as part of the admissions process.

This course is designed to prepare students for the way they will have to think to achieve success in the MAT by developing their mathematical thinking and problem solving skills.

The course consists of:

Three face to face study days.


Oxford University

Imperial College, London

Day 1

Saturday 2nd July, 9:30 - 16:15

Saturday 25th June, 9:30 - 16:15

Day 2

Saturday 16th July, 9:30 - 16:15

Saturday 16th July, 9:30 - 16:15

Day 3

Saturday 24th September, 9:30 - 16:15

Saturday 24th September, 9:30 - 16:15


The study days will focus on specific problem solving skills that students will need to develop, featuring workshops where students will be supported by mentors from Oxford University and Imperial College. The final study day will include a short practice examination that will be marked by a mentor and feedback will be provided. The course is identical at both venues and applicants will be allocated to either Oxford or Imperial College based on distance and availability of places.

Three summer assignments. These will consist of small investigations to develop thinking skills and short exercises to develop technique. The assignments will be marked by a student’s mentor and feedback provided.

Course fees

The cost of the course is £50.

Students will be expected to make their own travel arrangements to get to Oxford University or Imperial College.

Funding is available for those unable to meet the cost of the course or the transport costs. Applicants wishing to apply for funding should indicate this in the appropriate place on the application form.

Registration

Registration for 2016 is now closed and will re-open next year.

This programme of support has been made possible by the generous support of Dr Tony Hill, Oxford University Alumnus.




Online preparation course for students applying for Oxford degree courses in Mathematics, Mathematics & Statistics or Mathematics & Philosophy or to Imperial College London for any of its undergraduate Mathematics courses.


Students applying for any of the above courses will need to answer the first five questions of the Oxford Maths Entrance Test. MEI provides an online course designed to equip students, with at least an AS Level in Mathematics or equivalent, to develop their mathematical thinking and so gain confidence in tackling these questions. The course is not intended for students applying for Oxford degree courses in Computer Science or Mathematics & Computer Science, but will cover some of the topics required for the entrance paper those course.

Overview of course and applications

The course consists of seven one-hour online sessions taking place in September and October

Online sessions:

Integers, Sequences and Series

Polynomials and Logarithms

Coordinate Geometry and Trigonometry

Curve Sketching and Integration

Algorithms and Counting

Review of misc. multiple choice test questions and exam technique

Review of misc. longer questions and exam technique

Live online sessions will include discussion of key points and examples from past papers. Course participants will be given access to recordings of the sessions should they not be able to attend a live session. Participants will also be given access to additional online resources for MAT including extra notes, exercise sheets and solutions.

All that is needed to participate in the sessions is a computer with a broadband internet connection. No further equipment is needed - communication with the course tutor during the live sessions is via the instant chat feature of the virtual classroom in which the sessions take place.

Application will open later this year. If you have any queries about applying for the course then please contact Sam Allwood