STEP Maths Presents our:

Cambridge CSAT Preparation Courses

The Computer Science Admissions Test.

A closely guarded At-Interview, Non-Calculator Maths Paper.

Only 2 Sample Papers Exist. Cambridge recommends MAT and STEP as useful preparation resources.

For Cambridge Computer Science Courses.

Download FREE Sample Materials and specification for the CAT Computer Science Admissions Test 

Cambridge University introduced the CSAT (Computer Science Admissions Test) as an At-Interview 100 minute written Maths Test. (Section A- answer 5 out of 8 questions; Section B – answer 5 out of 12 questions (harder and worth more marks)

As a new test, there is little information available, so download the specification & sample materials to find out:

  • What is CSAT (Computer Science Admissions Test)?
  • Which Cambridge courses require CSAT (Computer Science Admissions Test)?
  • Why does Cambridge ask for CSAT (Computer Science Admissions Test)?
  • How difficult are the CSAT (Computer Science Admissions Test)?
  • What is the format of the CSAT (Computer Science Admissions Test) papers and what are the exam conditions?
  • How should I start preparing for CSAT (Computer Science Admissions Test)?

CSAT Online Membership Area

A comprehensive set of explained video solutions for the last 5 years of STEP I and the last 10 years of the MAT Paper – both officially recommended as excellent preparation for the CSAT exam

Free Trial

– Free 24-hour trial so you can check that the explanations, materials and questions resonate with you and feel helpful.

Comprehensive Resource

– These are full solution videos of many years worth of STEP 1 Maths Papers and MAT (Mathematics Admissions Test papers) which you won’t find anywhere else.

Maths Warmup Questions

– Watch video tutorials on commonly occuring Maths topics, including our original warmup questions for several popular topics.


Computer Science Section of MAT

– We also have solution videos to the Computer Science Section of the MAT questions; excellent logic training for both the CSAT and Computer Science Interviews

Full Video Solutions

– [Coming Soon] – full video solutions to the CSAT Example Papers, with detailed explanations and justifications

Carefully crafted explanations

– All solutions planned to simplify the most complicated and intricate parts, so you REALLY understand each question


– Work at your own pace; skip questions you find easy and rewatch those that you’re finding harder to understand

Early Bird Discounts

-Get access for as long as you want, and start as early as you want – our early bird pricing rewards students who start preparing early, maximising their changes of success

CSAT In-Person Preparation Courses

As is recommended by the Computer Science Faculty at Cambridge, the MAT and STEP are excellent resources for CSAT (Computer Science Admissions Test) Preparation. 

Over the October Half Term, we have a 3-day STEP Course (also includes some MAT content), which is ideal preparation for the CSAT. See more details below.

Currently Bookable Preparation Courses if you’re sitting the CSAT

October STEP Maths Course (includes MAT content too)

Wed 25th – Fri 27th October 2017

Marylebone, London*
10am – 4:00pm

Pricing: £259 before 5th October. £359 thereafter.

This course is accessible to anyone who has studied C1 to C3 and is useful preparation for any STEP paper, the MAT Paper and Maths Interviews.

Special focus on each area of the A-level syllabus

We proceed through the syllabus as year-13 students first cover it. In this course, the spotlight is on graph sketching, trigonometry and differentiation – all topics that occur frequently at interview too. This course is therefore excellent interview preparation.

  • Graph sketching, including sketching complicated composite functions
  • Advanced trigonometric identities
  • Differentiation, including the chain, product, and quotient rules
  • Polynomials and their properties, including multivariable polynomials
Further Information

Teaching approaches to otherwise daunting STEP questions

No matter how forbidding STEP papers may first look, there are common themes and broadly-useful techniques that can be taught and repeatedly applied to them. We want to help you develop key, fundamental skills useful for answering any STEP Question.

STEP questions reflect the expectations of university-level mathematics

Therefore, exposure to the concepts and examples we teach also amounts to useful preparation for admissions interviews and for first-year undergraduate mathematics.

Insights beyond those you would gain working through the questions alone

Our tutors provide support at every step and fully explain a solution to each question, or perhaps several solutions and their different merits.

You will learn how to know what a question expects of you, what the different available techniques are, and what common pitfalls to avoid.

Multibuy Discounts Available. See below.

Maths Interview Preparation Course

Sat 25th November 2017

Marylebone, London*
10am – 5:00pm

Pricing: £199 before 5th October. £259 thereafter.

  • Get a 30 min Mock Interview resembling an Oxford Interview or Cambridge Interview
  • Observe the interviews that other students get – allowing you to learn and benefit SO much more!
  • Come away with access to Maths Interview Questions you most likely won’t have seen before
  • Get used to being in a high pressure interview situation with all eyes on you
  • Receive feedback so you can totally ace your real interview
  • Will be Maths based and will broadly emulate the Maths section of a Computer Science Interview. (But won’t contain any Computer Science theory).
  • Strictly Limited Spaces.

Please note, the Maths Interview Day is non-refundable.

Further Information

We will begin the day with an interview skills session. This will include a chance to have your personal statement scrutinised and an opportunity to practice answering questions about it. You will gain confidence and practice with Oxbridge Maths Interview Questions and Answers, and you will be shown how to communicate your answers so that you are able to demonstrate your passion and potential in Mathematics or Computer Science.

You will then get a 30 min interview, under pressure. But instead of receiving just one practice interview, you will get the opportunity to sit in on and observe every other student being interviewed to and get 10x the benefit, as each student will receive completely different questions to you.

As Maths is one of the only subjects where your written work is arguably as important (if not more important) than your verbal answers, we have a unique setup whereby the interviewee will be able to write his or her solutions, and the other students will be able to see what is being written, without the interviewee feeling unnecessarily intimidated.

You can analyse how you would have answered particular questions and compare your method to how others answer. You can attempt the questions yourself too, and you will be given access to a whole host of new, interview questions, written by expert tutors from STEP Maths. As you’ll all have shared the same experience, you’ll be able to discuss questions together afterwards too.

Multibuy Discounts Available. See below.

Take advantage of our Multibuy Discounts

CompSci Maths Interview Bundle

(October STEP Course + Maths Interview Preparation)

£399 before October 5th

£499 thereafter

(only 5 spaces remaining)

In-Person Courses in London*

Our intensive Preparation Courses cement key Maths theory needed for the CSAT

Original Maths Warmup Questions*

A large bank of extra questions, carefully broken down and explained in video format

*part of Online CSAT Membership Area

Relevant MAT & STEP Solutions*

Extremely Comprehensive Past Paper Solution Videos to MAT and STEP Papers, so that you can attempt the Q and then see exemplary solutions with full justifications

*part of Online CSAT Membership Area

TMUA Paper Solutions and Mocks

The TMUA (Test of Mathematics for university admissions) is another excellent source of relevant questions. We provide worked solution videos and an extra set of Mock Papers.

*part of Online CSAT Membership Area

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