Maths test for Engineering courses

If you are applying to one the courses listed below but you are not studying A-level Mathematics or equivalent, we may ask you to take a maths test.

The information on this page applies to the following engineering courses: 

  • Aerospace Engineering: BEng (H405), MEng (H410), MEng with Study Abroad in a Modern Language (H401)
  • Civil Engineering: BEng (H205), MEng (H200), MEng with Study Abroad in a Modern Language (H201)
  • Computer Science: MEng (G03), BSc (G400), MEng with Innovation (G404)
  • Computer Science and Electronics: MEng (GH46), BEng (GH45)
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: BEng (H600), MEng (H606), MEng with Study Abroad in a Modern Language (H605), MEng with Innovation (H604)
  • Engineering Design: MEng with Study in Industry (H150)
  • Engineering Mathematics: BEng (G162), MEng (G161), MEng with Study Abroad (G160)
  • Mechanical and Electrical Engineering: BEng (H361), MEng (H360)
  • Mechanical Engineering: BEng (H305), MEng (H300), MEng with Study Abroad in a Modern Language (H301).

If you have applied for BSc Mathematics and Computer Science (GG14) or MEng Mathematics and Computer Science (GG1K), please refer to the maths test for mathematics courses.

If you have applied to one of the courses listed above and been invited to take the maths test, you will receive login details for the live test as well as access to the mock test, once you have registered.

The mock test questions are generated randomly, so you can take the mock test as often as you like once you have access.

The site also contains an outline of the syllabus we are testing. We have compiled a playlist of videos to help you prepare.

Please note that, other than these videos, we cannot provide tuition; if you need further help, you could contact your school, college or current educational institution.

Why we test

Engineering courses at the University of Bristol are challenging and students without A-level Mathematics or equivalent have struggled in the past. To ensure that applicants are prepared to succeed we:

  1. set an entry test designed to assess ability (not existing knowledge) in lieu of an A-level in Maths. This is also to ensure you are able to handle the mathematical challenges in the first year of the course; 
  2. offer additional maths support throughout the first year, alongside the core Engineering Maths 1 unit, for all courses except Computer Science. 

The maths test forms part of your pre-offer assessment and we will not be able to offer you a place if you do not take the test.

Booking your maths test

If we require you to take the maths test, our Admissions Team will contact you. We will send you an email explaining how to register online for your test.  

Taking your test

Your test will take place online and you can take it within a 24-hour period. After you have registered for the test, you will be sent your test link three days before the test is due to take place.

The test will only be available on 16 March 2022. During this time, we recommend that you set aside 90 minutes to take the test.  

Once you have taken the test, follow any final instructions on screen. After that you are not required to do anything further and we will then assess your work.

Preparing for the engineering maths test 

If you have applied to one of the engineering courses listed above and been invited to take the maths test, you will receive an email with a link to register for a mock test

The mock test has randomised question generation, so can be taken as often as you like. The site also contains an outline of the syllabus we are testing, some videos we have made to help you learn the material, and suggestions of other resources.

Please note that, other than these videos, we cannot provide actual tuition; if you need further help, you could contact your school, college or other provider.

Your test results

The department will pass your results to the Admissions Team, who are responsible for making decisions on offers. You will be informed of the decision on your application as soon as possible via UCAS.

Accessibility advice

If you are usually entitled to extra time in assessments, please note that, due to the flexible nature of the test being online and the extensive period of time allowed for completion (24 hours), we anticipate this will allow for adequate provision. It is advisable that you set more than 90 minutes aside to complete the test.

For advice on studying with a disability, contact our Disability Services team on +44 (0)117 331 0444 or disability-services@bristol.ac.uk.

If you have questions or need to change your test date

The test is only available on the date specified above. If you are unable to make it, we will not be able to consider your application further. 

If you have any questions about the process, please contact us: +44 (0)117 394 1649 or choosebristol-ug@bristol.ac.uk.

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