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Interested in maths or computer science at Oxford or Imperial College? – You’ll need to take the MAT

The MAT (Mathematics Admissions Test) is 2.5 hour examination sat at the beginning of November by applicants for Maths, Computer Science, and joint degrees, at Oxford and Imperial. It helps determine whether you are considered for interview at Oxford, and whether you receive an offer from either university.

Conquering MAT means mastering its unique style

One of the trickiest aspects of MAT is that, since you are only tested on C1 and C2 material, the questions are asked in a very distinct and unusual manner to distance them from A-level questions. However, by seeing enough expert solutions talked through, you will be exposed to commonalities across MAT questions, and pick up generalisable techniques to exploit them. This is where the STEP Maths video solutions for MAT really come into their own. Since every solution is worked through by hand by an expert tutor, expressing their thought processes out loud at each step, you’re getting to hear exactly how you should think about a problem. You will grow to notice common threads which come up year after year and inhabit the mindset of the examiner in your own answers.

You’ll need to learn how to express your arguments

Another challenging aspect differentiating MAT from A-level Maths is having to expand on your reasoning and explain why you came up with a specific answer in longer questions. Perhaps you are not used to having to write your mathematical thoughts out at length, in which case our video solutions are produced with the aim of giving you confidence for this part of the exam. We make a point of bringing clarity to extended explanations, making the steps of the solution of so clear in your mind,  that writing down your reasoning feels effortless.

Question 5 is a major hurdle

The notorious question 5 on each MAT paper tends to test algorithmic processes and highly abstract reasoning unlike anything you would have studied at school. This is often the question that students find the hardest. The official written solutions for these can be quite sparse in places and omit steps in the logic, so you’ll be pleased to know that our video solutions cover these questions in more depth.

Computer Scientists need additional preparation

We haven’t forgotten you computer scientists! Questions 6 and 7, very much grounded in logic and abstract computation, can be initially quite tricky to get your head around, but again we take no shortcuts and take you through each part of the question step by step.

Don’t be stymied by Question 1

Lastly, question 1, the multiple choice section of the paper, accounts for 40% of the marks, so you want to make sure you maximise your performance here. Our videos show you how to go about answering these questions in the most efficient and time-saving manner, helping you maximize your performance.


Benefits of this course to you:

Hear and watch the problem solving

You get to be privy to the exact thought processes of an expert tutor as they walk through the problems – simply not possible with written solutions

Learn how to justify your answers

Sometimes in Maths, the hardest think is to explain your reasoning in words, especially when the method seems ‘obvious’. We should you the best way to justify written responses

All questions tackled

Learn how to tacke each type of question in the most efficient and effective manner. Multiple choice, abstract reasoning, logic and computer science questions are treated appropriately differently.

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