Preparing students to study Mathematics at University- what every Maths teacher needs to know about University Admissions Tests


University admissions tests used to be seen as just for 'high-fliers'.  However with the changes to the tests, and to the A Level syllabus the problem solving skills needed to do well in these tests is more widely relevant.  All students aiming for high grades will benefit from exploring the materials used for these exams, and exposing students to these types of problems early on can be used to raise students' aspitarions and develop their confidence.

In this meeting we will start with a whistle-stop tour of the university admissions tests for mathematics, then we will look at a selection of problems from each type of test, going on to look at ways of using some of the admissions test materials in lessons.  There will be the opportunity to discuss the materials and further useful links and opportunities will be explored.

The workshop will be delivered by Sally White who is the AMSP Regional Lead for Yorkshire and the Humber.


  • To gain a clearer understanding of the role and scope of university admissions tests.
  • To explore the use of admissions test material to stretch and develop students' problem solving skills.

Who will benefit from attending?

All teachers of A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Materials and Equipment

This meeting will be held on Zoom, which is an online conferencing system that allows participants to collaborate in real time. An invitation will be sent to you prior to the session. Please do not share this link with anyone else.

You are advised to use a headset or headphones with an inline microphone to provide the best sound quality and to prevent audio issues for other users. A laptop with a built-in webcam and microphone may be sufficient if you’re in a quiet area but please take the time to check this before the session.

Discussion will be both via audio and chat boxes. Please join with a microphone if possible. Joining with your camera on would be most welcome but, of course, not compulsory.

As part of our safeguarding procedures please note the following: (i) It is important that you log in with the names you used when you registered for the course otherwise you may not be allowed into the room. If you prefer to use a shortened/alternative name, then do let us/your course tutor know via email in advance of the session. (ii) You must not pass on any of the registration or Zoom meeting details to anyone else.


Teachers from state-funded schools and academies. Applications from independent schools will be accepted and places will only be granted if there is availability. 

Key Facts

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Curriculum focus:

A level Mathematics, University admissions tests

Mathematical focus:

Problem solving, Reasoning

Event format:

Live Online Professional Development

Event length:

1.5 hours


Yorkshire and the Humber


Tue 22nd Jun 2021

Course times:

16:30 - 18:00




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

Raj Kumar
[email protected]

The AMSP, through MEI, holds the NCETM CPD Standard

National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Mathematics

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