New Format! MAT and TMUA for Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, LSE University Applications
In 2024, major changes are coming to the MAT and TMUA tests for mathematics-based undergraduate courses in the UK. These will now be held at Pearson VUE centres around the world, with questions and answers on a screen.
Pearson VUE Centres
Pearson VUE centres around the world will now host the MAT and TMUA, both for home applicants and international applicants. This means you will need to register at a centre to take the test.
Driving Theory Tests in the UK are held at Pearson VUE Centres, and you can expect the environment to be similar. You'll read and answer the questions on a computer screen.
Bear in mind:
- There are limited places at Pearson VUE centres which may sell out.
Therefore, I recommend registering as early as possible, to avoid an extra travel or timing requirement.
MAT
MAT is typically required for the following courses in 2024 (for 2025 entry):
- University of Oxford, BSc Mathematics
- University of Oxford, BSc Mathematics and Statistics
- University of Oxford, BSc Mathematics and Philosophy
- University of Oxford, BSc Mathematics and Computer Science
- University of Oxford, BSc Computer Science
- University of Oxford, BSc Computer Science and Philosophy
Other Universities have (in the past) considered the MAT as evidence to support your application, or for a reduced offer. Following changes in testing, I do not have any knowledge of this being the case in 2024.
MAT Key Dates
- Registration is scheduled to open on Thursday 15 August 2024 (until Friday 4 October).
- The MAT is scheduled to take place on Thursday 31 October 2024.
MAT Key Information and Links
Oxford has multiple pages about the MAT test:
- University of Oxford Maths Department pages - Best information about the format
- University of Oxford Admissions pages - Best information about registration
The syllabus of the MAT appears to be unchanged, but some changes have been made to the format. This appears to be to make it more manageable to administer the test digitally:
- There are now 25 Multiple Choice Questions, each worth 2-4 marks (labelled), totalling 70 marks.
- There are now 2 Long Questions, each worth 15 marks, totalling 30 marks.
TMUA
TMUA is typically required for the following courses in 2024 (for 2025 entry):
- University of Cambridge, Computer Science (first sitting required)
- University of Cambridge, Economics (first sitting required)
- Imperial College London, BEng Computing
- Imperial College London, MEng Computing
- Imperial College London, BEng Joint Mathematics and Computer Science
- Imperial College London, MEng Joint Mathematics and Computer Science
- Imperial College London, BSc Mathematics
- Imperial College London, BSc Mathematics (Pure Mathematics)
- Imperial College London, BSc Mathematics with Applied Mathematics/Mathematical Physics
- Imperial College London, BSc Mathematics with Mathematical Computation
- Imperial College London, BSc Mathematics with Statistics
- Imperial College London, BSc Mathematics with Statistics for Finance
- Imperial College London, MSci Mathematics
- Imperial College London, MSci Mathematics with a Year Abroad
- Imperial College, BSc Economics, Finance and Data Science
- LSE, BSc Economics
- LSE, BSc Econometrics and Mathematical Economics
- University of Warwick, BSc Computer Science
- University of Warwick, MEng Computer Science
- University of Warwick, BSc Computer Science with Business Studies
- University of Warwick, BSc Discrete Mathematics
- University of Warwick, MEng Discrete Mathematics
- University of Warwick, BSc Economics
- University of Warwick, BSc Economics, Politics and International Studies
- University of Warwick, BSc Economics and Management
- University of Warwick, BSc Mathematics
- University of Warwick, MMath Mathematics
In addition, TMUA could be considered strongly recommended for the following courses in 2024 (for 2025 entry):
- LSE, BSc Mathematics and Economics
- LSE, BSc Mathematics with Economics
- LSE, BSc Financial Mathematics and Statistics
- LSE, BSc Mathematics with Data Science
- LSE, BSc Mathematics, Statistics, and Business
- LSE, BSc Data Science
- LSE, BSc Actuarial Science
- University of Warwick, BSc Mathematics and Statistics
- University of Warwick, BSc MMathStat Mathematics and Statistics
- University of Warwick, BSc Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics
- University of Warwick, BSc MMorse Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics
- University of Warwick, BSc Data Science
- University of Warwick, MSci Data Science
- Durham University, BSc Mathematics
- Durham University, MMath Mathematics
Other Universities have (in the past) considered the TMUA as evidence to support your application, or for a reduced offer. Following changes in testing, I do not have any knowledge of this being the case in 2024, although some universities have not yet made this clear.
TMUA Key Dates
- Registration is scheduled to open on Thursday 1 August (until Monday 16 September 2024).
- The TMUA is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 16 October and Thursday 17 October 2024.
There is a second sitting available, although most universities prefer you to take the TMUA in the first sitting - and there are likely to be more places available. In particular, Cambridge requires you to take the TMUA in the first sitting.
- Warning: Second sitting is not recommended if it's possible for you to take the first sitting, above.
- Registration is scheduled to open Thursday 24 October 2024 (until Monday 9 December 2024)
- TMUA second sitting takes place Wednesday 8 January and Thursday 9 January 2025.
If you miss registration for the second sitting, some universities have alternative arrangements in place. For example, it may be possible to get an offer including a STEP paper instead. However, this should not be relied upon.
TMUA Key Information and Links
The TMUA is officially run by UAT UK:
- UAT UK registration page for the TMUA and ESAT
- UAT UK preparation page including current syllabus and practice materials
The syllabus and format of TMUA questions appear to be largely unchanged:
- There are two tests of 20 multiple-choice questions, each lasting 75 minutes.