5 Preparation Tips for BMAT Section 3
The essay section! For some reason this tends to be the most dreaded section of the BMAT, but it’s perhaps the one that you have most control over. You don’t need to have a great flair for writing, all you need to be able to do is get your point across clearly and here’s how you can do that…
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1. Plan, plan, plan
The BMAT essay is definitely not one you can just dive into – you need spend some time thinking about the points you’re going to make on each side of the argument, how you’re going to link them and how you’re going to organise them.
Remember you only have one side of A4 and there’s no starting again if you begin writing and change your mind about the way you’ve written on it. You can write all over your question paper if you need – it won’t be seen by the examiner, but definitely do spend some time thinking through your structuring before putting pen to paper. Have a look at my BMAT notes for an idea on timing for the essay.
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2. Make sure your argument is balanced
The essay question tends to ask you to ‘argue to the contrary’ of the statement or ‘argue for the statement’.
Whichever you’re asked to do, you need to make sure you still give the opposing point of view. This is one of the marking points of the essay and one of the simple things you need to make sure you do to secure yourself a minimum of a three.
Make sure you give an equal number of points for each side of the argument to ensure you’ve kept it balanced.
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3. Keep it clear and concise
It’s very important that you avoid waffling in your essay. You should focus on making clear well-explained points. The PEE (Point Evidence Explain) method that’s taught in schools is a good format to follow.
The BMAT requires you to write a scientific-style essay, so it’s not exactly the same thing as writing pieces that you would have previously done for English Language. Use simple sentences and try to pick the strongest arguments to write about.
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4. Practise brainstorming
There are lots of BMAT past papers available and each of them have four essay questions so you have plenty that you can use for practise.
You may not have time to write up a full essay for every single option in each paper, so I would advise picking your favourite question and writing up a complete essay on that for each paper.
The other 3 questions, you should make a plan for them, so you can practise brainstorming and coming up with arguments quickly.
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5. Be careful of spelling and grammar
Don’t forget that you will also be assessed on spelling and grammar. You only have half an hour to choose a question, plan and write your essay which means you’ll have to write pretty quickly fill a full side of A4.
Whilst you’re writing be extra wary of your spelling (if you can’t spell a word, try to find an alternative that you can spell), keeping it legible and your phrasing – with just a little bit of care you should be able to secure yourself an A for this part of the essay.
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Words: Masumah Jannah
Masumah is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Manchester. She writes a blog documenting her experience through medical school and also giving tips to aspiring medics: lifeofamedic.com
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