Preparation for University Mathematics Admission Test

If you were OK at school mathematics, but did not study a STEM subject at university, you may be interested in these resources. They are designed to help students prepare for a university mathematics admission test. They take a broader approach to understanding and problem solving in mathematics than the school curriculum.

Underground Mathematics

“Mathematics is a coherent and connected enterprise. To reflect this we have organised our resources along a system of thematic tube lines. These resources support teachers in the classroom. They help students build firm foundations for mathematical understanding by connecting ideas and developing techniques. This approach to post-16 mathematics is being developed by the University of Cambridge, funded by a grant from the UK Department for Education. The resources are free for all users.”


NRICH Advanced Problem Solving

NRICH is based in both the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education and the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. It is an organisation of qualified teachers who provide advice, support and resources to both learners and teachers of mathematics.

For example, Calculus Analogies: A curve is a road on a map


STEP Support Programme

The Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP) is a Cambridge University mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics. It has a similar function to the Oxford University Mathematics Admission Test (MAT).

The STEP Support Programme provides free online resources to help university applicants develop their advanced problem-solving skills and prepare for sitting STEP Mathematics examinations. The programme is developed by the Faculty of Mathematics and NRICH (see above).

The resources are organised in three levels:

  1. Foundation
  2. STEP II

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