MAT Past Paper Collection (1996 - 2023)

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MAT Results and Feedback (2010 - 2023)

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MAT Past Papers (1996 - 2005)

Unfortunately, some of the original MAT papers from this time period are currently unavailable. 

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MAT Syllabus (2018)

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Why use MAT Past Papers?

Past papers are the most realistic materials available for MAT preparation, as they are real papers from the exam! Past papers are the most effective way of taking mock exams, as they provide you with actual MAT questions in a realistic format. Plus, there are loads to choose from so you likely won’t run out!

Once you’ve been preparing for a while, you’re more than likely going to want to give the exam a go, which is exactly why past papers are so helpful. With the detailed worked solutions for each paper available, you’ll be able to properly mark your work and monitor your progress.

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History of the MAT

The MAT is one of the oldest admissions tests currently used by universities in the UK, with the oldest recorded paper being sat in 1996. It originated as an admissions test exclusive to the University of Oxford for Mathematics. The format used during this time was somewhat familiar but with differences that would affect how you sit the exam: 

  • The original MAT featured only five questions on the paper. All applicants were required to answer all five questions. 
  • The time limit was still 2 1/2 hours.
  • Question 1 still consisted of ten multiple-choice questions, but applicants only had four options to pick from rather than five. 

In 2007, the MAT was changed into the version we are familiar with today, with seven questions that are required by different courses and universities. However, the test was still exclusive to Oxford until 2013, which was the first year in which the MAT was used by Imperial College London. The University of Warwick was later added in 2017. 

The only other documented change was in 2018, where various elements of the MAT’s syllabus were altered to match current A-Level standards. It is important to keep this in mind when taking past papers, as some questions in older papers may not be relevant to the current syllabus. 

MAT Past Paper Tips

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