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PAT Course

The PAT (Physics Aptitude Test) is an admissions exam designed to rank the applicants to physics-related courses at the University of Oxford to help admissions tutors separate excellent candidates from one another as part of the admissions test. We here at Oxbridge Applications are specialists in all-things Admissions Test, and offer a range of options to help you prepare for the PAT, including bespoke PAT courses, PAT mock tests, and various free e-resources and guides to help promising applicants showcase the best of their abilities when it comes to sitting the real thing.

Our packages, aimed at helping students prepare for Oxford Physics Aptitude Test, include one-to-one admissions test tuition sessions with a test specialist using our own, bespoke mock test papers as supplementary resources. Sessions are arranged according to your schedule and are completely flexible to fit in with your school, work, or other commitments. Our team of Oxford PAT test tutors, all of whom have studied a physics-related subject at Oxford, have an intimate understanding of the PAT and what it takes to prepare well for what is, to many, a daunting admissions test.

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Our Private Consultations provide in-depth evaluation, strategy and next steps to achieve results. Suitable for those aged 14 upwards.

What is the PAT?

The PAT is a two-hour long exam which tests general skills and abilities relating to mathematics and physics at the level learned in school through your GCSE and A-level or equivalent courses. The paper itself only consists of one large section, meaning that the maths and physics questions are mixed in together, with both disciplines often being tested at once in the same question. The PAT includes multiple choice questions, stand-alone written questions, and questions with answers in multiple stages. There is no set number of questions year-on-year in the PAT, but it is generally somewhere in the mid-twenties; for example, the Physics Aptitude Test 2021 had 24 questions, whilst the 2020 test had 26 questions. Calculators are allowed in the PAT, but no formula sheet or tables are permitted.

What courses require the PAT?

The PAT is set by Oxford University for students applying to study all physics-related subjects. This includes Physics, Physics and Philosophy, Engineering, and Materials Science.

How is the PAT used?

Oxford University uses the PAT as a standardised format for assessing and benchmarking their applicants. The exam rewards problem solving over physics or mathematics knowledge, so that students taking different qualifications at school can access the syllabus. Oxford University uses students’ marks in the PAT to make decisions about which applicants they should invite to interview. The vast majority of applicants to Oxford’s highly competitive physics-related courses will have similarly excellent grades, so an applicant’s PAT test score heavily influences this decision.

Full preparation for the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)

Expert Tuition

PAT tuition is conducted by Oxbridge-graduate tutors who specialise exclusively in the PAT

Sit a Full Mock

Full-length exam-conditions TSA mock test sat to mimic intensity of the real exam

Up-to-date mock papers

Original PAT mock papers updated regularly to reflect changes in content and difficulty

Track record

The course is run by experienced PAT tutors who have a consistent record of helping students to score higher in their test

Content and Timing

Skills development and analysis technique session to improve content & time-management strategy covered

Detailed Answers

Detailed feedback showing the best approaches in your mock PAT papers

Individual Tuition

PAT course packages are held on a 1:1 basis for highly interactive and personal experience


PAT workbook included for time-management techniques, tackling conceptual knowledge, analysis and extra practice


Papers marked and returned to you in time to improve areas of weakness

PAT Admission Private Tuition x4

Available all year-round and includes 4 private admissions test tuition sessions and four test papers, which are marked by expert Oxbridge-graduate tutors.

PAT Admission Private Tuition x6

Available all year-round and includes 6 private admissions test tuition sessions and four test papers, which are marked by expert Oxbridge-graduate tutors.

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Our Oxbridge-graduate consultants are available between 9.00 am – 5.00 pm from Monday to Friday, with additional evening availability when requested.

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