Mathematics Admissions Test

Problem Solving Matters 2017 - Developing the problem solving skills necessary for the Mathematics Admission Test and the Test of Mathematics for University Admission


This course is for year 12 students from state-funded schools, academies and colleges who are interested in applying for places at Oxford University, Imperial College, Durham University and Warwick University to study Mathematics.

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

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

The course consists of three face to face study days (at one of the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, Durham University and Warwick University), three summer assignments, and five online follow-up sessions.

Three face to face study days.

Oxford University

Imperial College, London

Warwick University

Durham University

Day 1

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

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

Saturday 17th June,
9:30 - 16:15


Day 2

Saturday 8th July,
9:30 - 16:15

Saturday 8th July,
9:30 - 16:15

Saturday 8th July,
9:30 - 16:15


Day 3

Saturday 8th October,
9:30 - 16:15

Saturday 23rd September,
9:30 - 16:15

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


We are currently in negotiation with Durham University and will confirm dates when we are sure they are able to host the study days. Students who indicate an interest in Durham as their preferred venue may be offered a place at one of the other venues if Durham are unable to host.

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 the hosting university. The course is identical at all venues and applicants are asked to select the most appropriate venue for them. Applicants may be offered a place at an alternative venue if their first choice of venue reaches capacity.

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 £60.

Students will be expected to make their own travel arrangements to get to the venue.

If you will have trouble meeting the cost of the course, please indicate this in the appropriate place on your application form. We regret that this year we will be unable to provide transport costs.



To register for a place, applicants should complete Problem Solving Matters registration form 2017.

The application process will close on Wednesday 31st May 2017. We regret that we will be unable to process any applications received after this time.

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.

Applications are now closed for this year. If you have any queries about the course then please contact Sam Allwood