# MAT Prep Thread 2019

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**Mathematics Admissions Test 2019 Preparation Thread**

(Based on r_gup's 2018 post which was based on previous year's posts. Any recommendations for stuff to be added to this post are welcome!)

__If you need help with any MAT questions then please post the question in this thread (or link to it) along with your full working and explain where you're stuck.__

**Key Dates:**Registration deadline : 15th October 2019

MAT exam date : 30th October 2019

Interview shortlist decisions (for Oxford) : Early December 2019

Offer decisions (for Oxford) : January 2020

**Advice:**It's worth studying the second year single pure content before beginning MAT preparation for a better understanding of the concepts behind trigonometry/calculus. However, as noted in the syllabus, the only 100% necessary part of this for the MAT is sequences and series

Start with the earliest papers you can find and ideally try and complete them all by the exam. The papers before 2007 are of an older style and do not follow the same specification as current papers but are good practice nonetheless. The papers up to 2017 are also now of an old specification, however will be more similar to our specification than the older ones.

The earlier papers are somewhat easier than current papers so be careful to not become complacent when scoring highly on early papers

Aim to do as many past papers as possible as timed mocks, exam technique is essential to success in the MAT

Note the following changes of the specification from 2018: In order to reflect the new syllabus of AS-level Mathematics, we will be removing the following topics from the syllabus: the remainder theorem, radians, the trapezium rule. We will be adding the following topics to the syllabus: combinations and binomial probabilities, derivative of , differentiation from first principles, graphs of log

_{a}(x).

**Resources:**Exam Syllabus

2016 MAT Prep Thread

2017 MAT Prep Thread

2018 MAT Prep Thread

MAT/AEA/STEP Past Papers

Official Webpage

MAT Preparation Powerpoint

MAT Section B Tips PDF

MAT 1992-1995 Solutions

MAT 1996-2006 Solutions

**Exam Information/Layout:**The exam is 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) long

There are 5 specific questions to be completed depending on your course

The first question consists of 10 multiple choice questions all worth 4 marks each

All answers to questions are submitted on

**plain**paper

Formulae sheets and calculators are

**not**permitted

Compasses are permitted

**Graph Sketching:**
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**Things to Look for:**
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Opportunities to use the discriminant conditions for a quadratic equation, for example:

Any equation representing the or coordinate of the point of intersection of a tangent to a curve must have

It is also worth noting that the gradient of the tangent and the curve at the above point are the same

The shortest distance between a point and a line is found by taking the normal to the line which passes through the point

When asked to find the correct graph for a function, try substituting important values into the function to rule out possibilities.

Be aware of useful inequalities:

Something important: Please register for the MAT as soon as possible because many centres have a limited number of seats and stop accepting applications for the MAT.

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Opportunities to use the discriminant conditions for a quadratic equation, for example:

Any equation representing the or coordinate of the point of intersection of a tangent to a curve must have

**one repeat real root:**

It is also worth noting that the gradient of the tangent and the curve at the above point are the same

The shortest distance between a point and a line is found by taking the normal to the line which passes through the point

When asked to find the correct graph for a function, try substituting important values into the function to rule out possibilities.

**For example, 2013 Q1D.**

Be aware of useful inequalities:

Something important: Please register for the MAT as soon as possible because many centres have a limited number of seats and stop accepting applications for the MAT.

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Does anybody have access to any revision worksheets that could help with preparation?

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This is going to be really useful!

Was waiting for my A Level maths result this summer and had convinced myself I'd gotten an A, luckily I was completely wrong and got the A* but now I've done almost no prep for this exam since June!

My last week of summer is gonna be busy...

Was waiting for my A Level maths result this summer and had convinced myself I'd gotten an A, luckily I was completely wrong and got the A* but now I've done almost no prep for this exam since June!

My last week of summer is gonna be busy...

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Does anybody have access to any revision worksheets that could help with preparation?

**Red’s the name?**)Does anybody have access to any revision worksheets that could help with preparation?

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This is going to be really useful!

Was waiting for my A Level maths result this summer and had convinced myself I'd gotten an A, luckily I was completely wrong and got the A* but now I've done almost no prep for this exam since June!

My last week of summer is gonna be busy...

**RavenclawOwl**)This is going to be really useful!

Was waiting for my A Level maths result this summer and had convinced myself I'd gotten an A, luckily I was completely wrong and got the A* but now I've done almost no prep for this exam since June!

My last week of summer is gonna be busy...

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Good luck everyone!! So glad I don't have to do these types of exams anymore even if they're fun to prepare for.

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Why would anyone need a compass? Surely they know how to get to school by now ....

**Muttley79**)Why would anyone need a compass? Surely they know how to get to school by now ....

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I'm an international student and planning to take mat this year. I'm kinda confused with "the number of roots". For British math, if delta=0, would you say the equation has two roots of the same value, or just one root?

Thx!

Thx!

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I'm an international student and planning to take mat this year. I'm kinda confused with "the number of roots". For British math, if delta=0, would you say the equation has two roots of the same value, or just one root?

Thx!

**Mluo**)I'm an international student and planning to take mat this year. I'm kinda confused with "the number of roots". For British math, if delta=0, would you say the equation has two roots of the same value, or just one root?

Thx!

Saying it has one root doesn't seem like the correct terminology.

So like if we have (x - 2) ^ 2 = 0 then I would say that x = 2 is a repeated root, but I wouldn't say it has a single root.

But I might be wrong.

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I think you would say that it has a repeated root.

Saying it has one root doesn't seem like the correct terminology.

So like if we have (x - 2) ^ 2 = 0 then I would say that x = 2 is a repeated root, but I wouldn't say it has a single root.

But I might be wrong.

**Rohan77642**)I think you would say that it has a repeated root.

Saying it has one root doesn't seem like the correct terminology.

So like if we have (x - 2) ^ 2 = 0 then I would say that x = 2 is a repeated root, but I wouldn't say it has a single root.

But I might be wrong.

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Has anyone done specimen paper 2 q5 i'm intrigued how you would explain part iv.

Also any tips for writing explanations because i can do the maths not the writing. lol

Also any tips for writing explanations because i can do the maths not the writing. lol

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My school has a two week october half term which MAT is in the middle of. Does this mean I'll have to take it at a test centre or something? I know my school offers STEP but they haven't mentioned MAT.

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My school has a two week october half term which MAT is in the middle of. Does this mean I'll have to take it at a test centre or something? I know my school offers STEP but they haven't mentioned MAT.

**LiveOnTSR**)My school has a two week october half term which MAT is in the middle of. Does this mean I'll have to take it at a test centre or something? I know my school offers STEP but they haven't mentioned MAT.

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Hi,

Can someone please help me with Question 4(ii) from the Specimen Paper A.

I understand, what process, that they're doing, trying to work out the area of triangle RQP in the middle by subtracting the smaller triangles, ARQ, BRP, QCP from the main triangle. I also understand how they start doing

AQ/C X AR/b. However, I don't understand how this process is then equal to cos

Many thanks for any help!

Can someone please help me with Question 4(ii) from the Specimen Paper A.

I understand, what process, that they're doing, trying to work out the area of triangle RQP in the middle by subtracting the smaller triangles, ARQ, BRP, QCP from the main triangle. I also understand how they start doing

AQ/C X AR/b. However, I don't understand how this process is then equal to cos

^{2}a.Many thanks for any help!

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**LiveOnTSR**)

My school has a two week october half term which MAT is in the middle of. Does this mean I'll have to take it at a test centre or something? I know my school offers STEP but they haven't mentioned MAT.

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Hi,

Can someone please help me with Question 4(ii) from the Specimen Paper A.

I understand, what process, that they're doing, trying to work out the area of triangle RQP in the middle by subtracting the smaller triangles, ARQ, BRP, QCP from the main triangle. I also understand how they start doing

AQ/C X AR/b. However, I don't understand how this process is then equal to cos

Many thanks for any help!

**DanielT11**)Hi,

Can someone please help me with Question 4(ii) from the Specimen Paper A.

I understand, what process, that they're doing, trying to work out the area of triangle RQP in the middle by subtracting the smaller triangles, ARQ, BRP, QCP from the main triangle. I also understand how they start doing

AQ/C X AR/b. However, I don't understand how this process is then equal to cos

^{2}a.Many thanks for any help!

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Let's look at triangle ARQ first. Hint: can you show that the length of AR is and the length of AQ is ? What is the area of triangle ARQ?

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**I hate maths!**)Let's look at triangle ARQ first. Hint: can you show that the length of AR is and the length of AQ is ? What is the area of triangle ARQ?

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Thank you that really helped. For some reason, I had looked at this problem many times and never considered, that I should use the smaller right angles triangles.

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