STEP Mathematics testing (Sixth Term Examination Paper) is now available in Belfast and Cambridge, with International House Trust Assessment!

STEP is a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics. Candidates who have received offers from certain courses at the University of Cambridge or the University of Warwick will normally be required to sit STEP as a post-interview test. Other universities may take STEP results into account, please check the university website for more information.


STEP Test Dates

Test dates are designed to fit in with the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) cycle for applications:

  • Paper 1 takes place on Tuesday, 9th June 2020
  • Paper 2 takes place on Monday, 15th June 2020
  • Paper 3 takes place on Friday, 19th June 2020


You can find detailed information about the test on the Cambridge website.


How to Register for a STEP Mathematics Test
Registration is open on 24th February and the standard entry deadline is 1st May. The fee for the STEP Mathematics test is £95.

Candidates can submit a late registration form up until 17:00 (UK time) on 8th May 2020 however a late entry fee of £42 will be added.

To register for the test, complete the registration form and send to:

Payment can be made via the following Link

Note: your reference number is your SURNAME


Test Venue Locations:


Queen’s University Belfast

University Rd
Northern Ireland



Anglia Ruskin University

East Road


Requesting Access Arrangements

Examples of access arrangements that can be requested are: extra time, Braille question papers, unmodified A3 question paper & answer sheet, modified enlarged A4 question paper, reader, scribe, supervised rest breaks and use of a laptop.

Candidates must supply medical documents supporting their access arrangement request. The last date to request access arrangements for STEP is 17 April 2020 at 17:00 (BST)


Which STEP Paper do Candidates Need to take?

Usually, the university will specify which papers the candidates need to sit in their offer letter. If in doubt, the candidate should contact the university directly.


What Equipment are Candidates Allowed in the Test Room?

  • Candidates can take rulers, protractors and compasses into the examination.
  • Candidates should write their answers in hard pencils.
  • Bilingual dictionaries can be used by candidates who don’t have English as a first language.
  • Calculators are NOT allowed.


Can candidates use additional paper?

No, only answers in the official STEP answer booklet will be marked. For more answer booklet information please also see the Cambridge website.


How is the STEP Test Marked?

There are five possible grades:

  • S – Outstanding
  • 1 – Very Good
  • 2 – Good
  • 3 – Satisfactory
  • U – Unclassified.

All STEP questions are marked out of 20. The final grade for the paper is based on the candidate’s six best answers only.

Candidates should cross out all their rough work. Crossed out work will not be marked.

If a candidate makes more than one attempt at a question, they must cross out all but the one they wish to have marked. If they do not do so, only their first attempt will be marked, unless a later attempt is clearly substantially more complete.



STEP Results

On Thursday 13 August 2020 at 00.01, Cambridge will issue a PDF Statement of Results to each candidate via the Results Online system. Candidates can download their results online:

Results are only available for candidates to download for 60 days from the date of issue. After this date, Cambridge is unable to provide candidates with a re-issue of their Statement of Results document.