Oxford PAT 2020 (for 2021 Admissions)Watch
What is the PAT?
The PAT (Physics Aptitude Test) is a pre-interview assessment required by the University of Oxford for any variant of physics, engineering or materials science. The exam is 2 hours long and consists of mixed maths and physics questions, featuring both multiple-choice and long answer questions. Calculators are allowed.
Registration deadline: 15 October, 2020
Exam: 5 November, 2020 (new date due to COVID-19, correct as of 29/8/20)
You can find the details here: https://www.admissionstesting.org/fo...w-to-register/
Past papers - https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-...at-past-papers
Syllabus - https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-...t/pat-syllabus (Calculator specification is also on this page)
- Oxford's guide on how to prepare - https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-...ysics-aptitude
- Isaac Physics - https://isaacphysics.org/
- iWantToStudyEngineering - https://i-want-to-study-engineering.org/
- Oxcentric PAT videos - https://youtu.be/TIfusf50d_g
- My written guide to the PAT - https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6459250
Oxford do not offer an official mark scheme for the PAT, but there's several worked solutions published online.
- Physicsandmathstutor - https://www.physicsandmathstutor.com/admissions/pat/
- Oxford PAT blog - https://oxfordpat.wordpress.com/
- My own solutions to the 2019 paper - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JTo...W34v2pjmq/view
The challenge of the PAT mainly lies in applying your knowledge to unfamiliar situations. The best way to improve at this is to do lots of practice! I would suggest completing all the available past papers, ideally under timed conditions. You can supplement practising on these with some of the other resources I've listed.
In the exam, you can be marked on your workings out so make sure you explain your thought processes clearly to help you obtain the best score! This exam is tricky; in previous years the cut-off marks have been mostly around 50-60, so don't get disheartened if 100% feels like an impossible task!
If you want more in-depth ideas about how to prepare, I'd refer to the post I wrote about the PAT or my Oxcentric videos on the subject (which include most of the main points from the post).
If we have any other successful Oxford folk who have additional insight to provide, your advice is much appreciated!
I've just finished covering the additional A2 content that is needed and intend to start doing some of the older past papers from next week to get a feel for what it's like (obviously saving the newer ones for nearer the exam)
Does anyone know all the equations needed for PAT? I'm making a list/poster of them so I can memorise them, so I wanted to know if I was missing any. Or is it better if I just learn all of the A2 equations?
It is still going ahead as normal though, just a day later
Hi, I have seen quite a few people recommending practicing for the PAT by looking at the BPhO questions. I was wondering specifically which papers they were looking, at for example year 13 challenge or round 1? And also, would you suggest sitting the whole paper, or answering individual questions in exam conditions? I have looked at most of the PAT papers (mainly the more recent ones) and was wondering if it is worth looking at the older ones as they seem to be very different and easier too?
I'd say year 12 and year 13 challenges are the closest in terms of difficulty of questions. Year 13 challenge has topics that are not in the PAT syllabus, so you'd need to be aware of that. PAT has some questions at the level of round 1, but as a whole round 1 is a more difficult paper.
this might be a stupid question but i'm paranoid; do PAT test results only go to Oxford because thats the only uni I'm applying for that needs them, the others dont, but since I'm doing the PAT, will they get it?
Edit: Just seen that capacitors are on the spec! Does anyone know of any resources that would be useful for learning about them?
I know that for the PAT exams Casio fx83GT plus and fx85GT plus are recommended, but since the GT plus range is now being discontinued and replaced with the GTX range would one of the GTX's be alright for the exam?