Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)

Everyone who applies to study Physics or Physics and Philosophy at Oxford must sit the Physics Aptitude Test. There are no exceptions. The Department of Physics is working in partnership with the Admissions Testing Service to administer the above admissions test.

In 2017, the test is set for the morning of 2nd November.

Please note that the format of the Physics Aptitude Test has evolved. In 2017 multiple choice questions will be re-introduced and the physics and maths sections will be mixed up with one another rather than being two distinct sections.

In 2015, multiple choice questions were eliminated. Long physics problems worth 20 marks were also eliminated in favour of shorter questions worth less than 10 marks each. Candidates are still urged to plan their time and attempt all the questions on the paper.

Candidates should look over a range of past papers. A '2009 style' sample paper is also available, together with a set of model solutions.

Calculators, formula sheets, tables and data books are not permitted.

Candidates are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the format of the test and the syllabus.

Candidates need to be entered for the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT) by 15 October 2017 via the Cambridge Admissions Testing Service’s website.