We ask many of our applicants to sit one of these papers:
- Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)
- Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA)
- Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP 2 and STEP 3, STEP 1 is no longer available)
These are administered by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT). The MAT paper is set by Oxford. The TMUA and STEP are set by CAAT.
IMPORTANT: Note that from summer 2021, STEP 1 will no longer exist and only STEP 2 and STEP 3 will go ahead, see https://www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/step/about-step/
Why does Warwick recommend them?
These tests help you develop problem solving skills needed for a Warwick Mathematics degree and, at the same time, deepen your understanding of the A-Level material. They are not as scary as you might think! Try a past paper from one of the links below, and have fun.
Which paper do I need to sit?
We leave this up to you and your school. Students who take MAT or TMUA in November and do well are likely to receive a lower offer from us. Other students are likely to receive our standard offer which will ask that they sit STEP in June. There are online help sessions for those who take STEP.
Where and when?
MAT and TMUA are in early November, and STEP is usually in late June. Please consult the above links for the precise dates and details of how to register, and also speak to your school. Applicants from outside the UK (or their schools) may also be able to get this advice from their local office of the British Council (click on 'Contact', then 'Find office' after selecting your country).
What grade are we looking for in the MAT?
The MAT does not have a grading system and the average mark fluctuates from year to year. This prevents us from specifying before-hand what we expect in terms of performance in the MAT. If you are worried about that please consider sitting the TMUA instead. Students doing well in the MAT are likely to receive our reduced offer (A* Maths, A* Further Maths, A). Students doing less well have the chance to take STEP in June.
Feedback on the MAT
If you are a Warwick applicant sitting the MAT and you would like to know your mark you can obtain this by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org after the 31 March (please do not contact us before this date as we will be still busy processing offers). To help us find your mark please let us know in your email your full name, date of birth and UCAS number.
What grade are we looking for in the TMUA?
For the October 2022 entry we expect to make a reduced offer (A* Maths, A* Futher Maths, A) to most applicants who have a grade of 6.5 (out of 9.0) or higher. Applicants who score lower will get the chance to take STEP in June.
Which STEP papers do we accept?
As above, there are now only two STEP papers, STEP 2 and STEP 3. If STEP is part of the offer you receive from us then we are happy to accept either of these two STEP papers and you may attempt whichever you like.
Specifications and past papers
- The MAT syllabus, past papers and solutions from Oxford.
- The TMUA specification and specimen papers from Cambridge Assessment.
- The STEP specification and past papers from Cambridge Assessment.
How should I prepare?
Don't worry if your school does not provide help with preparation for these tests. There are plenty of resources to help you prepare:
- Problem Solving Matters: a course for Year 12 students running at Bristol, Durham, Imperial, Oxford and Warwick.
- The online STEP Support Programme run by Cambridge.
- Online tuition offered by MEI for STEP, MAT and TMUA.
- Problem solving events run by the Advanced Maths Support Programme to help with preparation for MAT/TMUA/STEP.
STEP Course for Warwick Offer Holders
The Advanced Maths Centre at Warwick provides a set of targeted online resources to students and a series of live online sessions to help students prepare for STEP. Students who have applied to study mathematics at Warwick for whom STEP forms a part of their offer of a university place should complete a form in order to be able to access these online resources or the live online sessions. Details of how to access to the form will be sent directly to students with their offer. These preparation sessions will start in February 2022.