A 1-day STEP Maths Preparation Course for students sitting PAT or similar exams for entry to Oxford or other universities. Takes place in July, at the start of the summer holidays.
If you have your sights set on a physics degree at a top university, you are likely to have to take an entrance exam such as PAT, which has a substantial pure maths component and also tests your mathematical knowledge and ability in its physics questions. Hence, practice with short maths questions in the style of PAT is essential to preparation for the test.
In this course, we will guide you through a selection of novel maths questions and past questions from older admissions tests, intended to be useful even for those who have seen all readily available past questions. You will have a chance to work through specially-selected questions in cooperation with some of your fellow applicants. A solution to each question will be presented succinctly and with full explanation by an expert tutor in order to demonstrate the quickest or surest technique and why it was chosen.
The skills and topics we will cover include:
- Justifying and qualifying inferences
- Iterating and composing functions
- Using inequalities and estimates
- Managing higher order polynomials
- Sketching unfamiliar graphs