PAT Past Paper Collection (2006 - 2023)

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Modern PAT Past Papers (2017 - 2023)

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Original PAT Past Papers (2006 - 2016)

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PAT Sample Solutions

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PAT Examiner Reports (2006 - 2021)

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Why use Past Papers?

Past papers are inherently the most realistic materials available for PAT preparation, as they are real papers from the exam! Past papers are the best way of taking mock exams, as they will provide you with actual PAT questions and a realistic format.

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. Oxford, unfortunately, do not make the mark schemes for these papers available publicly, although they have released a selection of worked solutions which we highly recommend you view. 

However, you will be able to see the answers for each paper when using PAT.Ninja, as we have every past paper available to take and make for free. Plus, you can go a step further and view worked solutions for every paper to get a better understanding of how each question is solved. You can access these when you upgrade your account!

History of the PAT

The PAT dates back as far as 2006 and is used by the University of Oxford for a number of physics-based courses. Since the first exam, the format of the PAT has changed a great deal, meaning that older past papers will look very different from the version of the PAT you’ll be sitting this year. In the initial 2006 past paper, we can see the following format for the PAT:

  • The PAT was originally split into two papers, titled “Physics” and “Mathematics for Physics”. Each paper would last 1 hour.
  • The first paper was split into three sections: multiple-choice questions (10 questions for 10 marks), written answers (3 questions for 20 marks) and long question (1 question split into 6 parts for 20 marks) 
  • Paper 2 consisted of 12 written maths questions totalling to 50 marks spread unevenly across the questions. 
  • Any type of calculator was allowed for the first paper, while no calculators were allowed for the second.

So essentially, this version of the test was a lot more structured than modern PAT papers. Calculators were banned and the order of the sections was swapped in 2008, but no major changes to the format were made until 2017:

  • The two-section format of the PAT was scrapped in favour of one large section with 23 questions worth 100 marks. 
  • The exam begins with multiple choice 12 multiple-choice questions, each worth 2 marks.
  • The remaining questions are individual written questions worth a varying amount of marks. 
  • In subsequent exams, the number of questions on the paper was not consistent, ranging between 23 and 27.
  • In 2018, calculators were once again introduced but were required to be basic calculators that meet the PAT standards.

It’s worth noting that the PAT Syllabus has not been updated since 2018, meaning no new content knowledge has been added to the exam. We recommend reading the Examiner Reports from each year to gain a better insight of how applicants fared. 

PAT Past Paper Tips

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