Mathematics Competency Test for Level 8 Engineering at TU Dublin

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TU Dublin – City Centre is holding a Mathematics Competency Test (MCT) for all students who have applied to TU Dublin’s Level 8 (Honours) Engineering (General Entry) TU805 programme which require Higher Level Maths.

The purpose of the MCT is to offer candidates an alternative route to achieve this minimum entry requirement.

The MCT is not obligatory and no extra CAO points are awarded for successful students. Those students that are successful will have met the minimum entry requirement of Higher Level Maths in Leaving Certificate Mathematics.

The MCT is set at a similar standard as the Leaving Certificate Honours Mathematics examination. Students that have studied the Leaving Certificate Mathematics curriculum at Honours Level are invited to sit the exam.

There is no cost to sit the exam.

TU Dublin will be accepting applications to sit the MCT from those who have applied to TU Dublin via CAO for the Level 8 Honours Programme which have a minimum requirement of an H4 in Mathematics, namely:

TU805 Engineering (General Entry)



Regretfully due to Covid19 we are unable to provide tutorials in advance of the MCT this year. However, you can view previous MCT exam papers – links provided below.


  • Date: Thursday 9th September 2021
  • Start time: TBC. It will be a timed assessment (3 hours duration)
  • Location of Test: Online. Candidates will be able to submit handwritten answers by scanning them to PDF with a smart phone. Instructions on how to do so will be provided for Android and Apple phones.


Results will be provided in the following format:-

  • Matriculate – 60% or more
  • Pass – 40% to 59%
  • Fail – 39% or less

TU Dublin will inform the CAO directly of successful applicant scores. The CAO will allocate places on the programme according to the minimum entry requirements and points system, and would be subject to applicants preferences on their CAO application. Please note that success in the MCT does not automatically guarantee a place in TU Dublin.

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