Interview Score and MAT solutions

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Dear Hertford College, Oxford,

1) I would like to request the solutions for Maths Admission Test from 2002 to 2006 for preparation purposes. It would be of great help to be able to receive the solutions as I could not find these solutions online.

2) May I please have the average scores for MAT and interview for 2015 and 2016 applicants to your college? How do colleges grade interviews for Mathematics applicants? How is the interview score given?

Thank you very much for your precious time. I will be very grateful for your help.

Yours faithfully,


Lisa Hartwright, Hertford College, Oxford

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Dear Pei-Ern

Thank you for your email.

In answer to your query relating to the average MAT scores for 2015 and 2016 applications, I have attached some contextualised data which has been provided by the Mathematics Institute. This should answer your question relating to average MAT scores of those who apply and who are subsequently invited for interview across all colleges.

You will find solutions to MAT papers 2007 onwards here:

Colleges do not have access to MAT solutions, so for solutions from 2002 - 2006, I have copied in my colleague in the Mathematics Institute, Dr Rebecca Cotton-Barrett who may be able to assist you. Dr Cotton-Barrett may also be able to assist you in your query regarding interview scores and grades, and how they are given.

If you have any further queries, please do get back to me.

With all good wishes

Lisa Hartwright
Admissions Officer
Hertford College
Catte Street
Tel: 01865 279404

Rebecca Cotton-Barratt,

Dear Pei-Ern,

Thank you for your request. The MAT changed syllabus in 2007, and so we do not recommend students practice papers before this date (as it's not clear what is no longer on syllabus). There are 12 past papers available online on our website, as well as links to challenging mathematical questions online (e.g. undergroundmathematis and Nrich). You can find our admissions criteria on our website, which details what interviewers are looking for:

Kind regards,


Dr Rebecca Cotton-Barratt
Admissions Coordinator and Schools Liaison Officer
Mathematical Institute,
University of Oxford

Phone: 01865 (2)73586