STEP / PAT Preparation



The test consists of up to three 3-hour paper-based examinations: STEP 1, STEP 2 and STEP 3. Candidates are usually required to sit either one or two of the examinations, depending on the requirements of the universities they have applied to.

In order to succeed at this level you will need to be able to demonstrate your outstanding
abilities in Mathematics. You cannot simply rely on the usual methods you have learned at
A-Level; you will need to be able to think creatively, spot complex patterns, exercise your
formidable powers of deduction and be especially adept at modelling. It sounds challenging – and it is! But with our expert tutors to hand we can lead you every step of the way.


The Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) must be taken by everyone who applies to study Physics or Physics and Philosophy at Oxford. There are no recommended texts for the PAT. But you can prepare for it. We will familiarise you with the format of the exam which consists of short answer questions and also with the contents of the syllabus. This is a tough admissions test but, with the right kind of preparation and the right kind of expert guidance and support, you will be able to rise to the challenge.

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