Problem Solving in Mathematics Admissions Tests - A short introduction



Admissions tests are being used by an increasing number of universities to identify students suitable for their STEM degree programmes. Some of these examinations form part of the university offer and in some cases, they can be used to lower A level offers.

These examinations are no longer just for applicants to elite universities. Any student who is applying to study Mathematics at university or who shows an aptitude and interest in higher level problem solving will benefit from preparing for them.


Dr. Richard Lissaman (MEI) will deliver a session where teachers can get hands on with problems from STEP, MAT and TMUA exams. This session will include accompanying resources, including resources for classroom use.


  • To provide teachers with information about the three main admissions tests for undergraduate Mathematics degrees: the MAT, TMUA and STEP examinations
  • To experience the level of mathematics in the problems in order to gain insight into the challenges of supporting students to develop appropriate problem solving skills.
  • To explore materials suitable for use in general classes to develop students problem solving skills.
  • To support teachers with students who are attending Problem Solving and STEP support classes at the University of Warwick.

Who will benefit from attending?

This course will be of benefit to any teacher who wishes to discover about the level of mathematical problem solving required for university admissions tests.


This event is free of charge thanks to the AMSP (Advanced Mathematics Support Programme).

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

University admissions tests, A level Mathematics, A level Further Mathematics

Mathematical focus:

Pure, Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:

Face-to-face Professional Development

Event length:

2 hours


West Midlands


The University of Warwick,
Mathematics Institute,
The University of Warwick,
West Midlands,


Wed 15th Jan 2020

Course times:

16:00 - 18:00




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If you have any queries about this event, please do not hesitate to contact:

Teacher Support Admin Team
[email protected]
01225 716494

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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