STEP/AEA/MAT


FMSP Support

The FMSP provides support for students by helping them to develop deeper problem-solving skills based on the content they already know. Details of STEP, AEA, MAT and general problem solving courses run by the FMSP can be found in the table at the bottom of this page. You can also look in the regional pages for courses in your area.

The FMSP also produces materials to help students prepare for STEP, AEA and the MAT. Examples of these materials can be found in the A level problem solving section of this website

Descriptions of the STEP, AEA and the MAT papers can be found below. For a full description and the key information, download this Factsheet.


STEP

The STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) Mathematics is a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics.

The STEP is used by some universities as the basis for conditional offers.

STEP is available to all and there are also a number of candidates who sit the STEP papers as a challenge. STEP papers are an invaluable source of interesting problems.

AEA

First examined in June 2002, the AEA in Mathematics aims to challenge able candidates and help differentiate between the most able candidates.

The AEA in Mathematics is accessible to all able mathematics students, whatever the specification they are studying. The examination is based on the specification for A level Mathematics and so it is not necessary to teach any additional content to prepare a student for AEA mathematics.

MEI Online Support for STEP and AEA

MEI provides online support for students preparing for the STEP and AEA papers. This support runs from February to June each year. The application process for 2017 will open in December 2016. All details and an application form can be found on the MEI website.

MAT

MAT stands for Mathematics Admission Test and was formerly known as the Oxford Entrance Test for Mathematics degrees.

Oxford University and, from September 2013, Imperial College, London require students to take the Mathematics Admissions Test, MAT in addition to their A levels. The MAT is taken in November (of year 13) and the results are used to select candidates to invite for interviews at the universities.

MEI Online Support for the MAT

MEI provides online support for students preparing for the STEP and AEA papers. This support runs from September to November each year. The application process for 2016 has now closed. Check back in July 2017 for details of next year's course.

Regular Problem Solving Classes

The FMSP funds and organises regular problem solving classes at universities and other venues for both year 12 and year 13 students. Details for these classes appear in the events listings below as well as on the regional pages. The map below shows the locations of the regular problem solving classes.

Please check the table below for details of regular problem solving classes and one-day problem solving conferences.

Events

Title Description Venue Region Start date Info file
Sixth Form Problem Solving Workshops - OxfordshireA series of 13 workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics. Separate groups for y12 and y13 students.Mathematical Institute, University of OxfordSE17/09/2018Info
Year 13 Problem-Solving Course at Sir Christopher HattonThe course offers students the opportunity to develop their advanced problem-solving skills and prepare for MAT, TMUA and STEP exams. The problems students will tackle are fun and rewarding. Students will get the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded pupils from other schools in the county. Attending the sessions will enrich students’ mathematical experience. Students will look at problems from a range of sources including MAT and TMUA but much of the focus will be on STEP exams.Sir Christopher Hatton AcademyEM18/09/2018Info
Year 13 Problem-Solving Course at Brooke WestonThe sessions offer students the opportunity to develop their advanced problem-solving skills and prepare for MAT, TMUA and STEP exams. The problems students will tackle are fun and rewarding. Students will get the opportunity to meet and work with like-minded pupils from other schools in the county. Attending the sessions will enrich students’ mathematical experience. Students will look at problems from a range of sources including MAT and TMUA but much of the focus will be on STEP exams.Brooke Weston AcademyEM20/09/2018Info
Y13 Problem Solving Workshops - Milton KeynesA series of 13 workshops aimed at developing skills in problem solving, proof and communication in mathematics.Denbigh School, Milton KeynesSE02/10/2018Info
Year 12 Problem Solving Conference for students & their teachers.A session for sixth form students & their teachers to develop deeper mathematical problem-solving skills. Further details to follow shortly.Shrewsbury Sixth Form CollegeWM06/11/2018
Year 12 Problem Solving Conference for students & their teachers.A session for sixth form students & their teachers to develop deeper mathematical problem-solving skills. Further details to follow shortly.Painsley Catholic CollegeWM08/11/2018