The BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) is a two-hour aptitude test required by a handful of medical, dental and veterinary schools.

What is BMAT?

BMAT is a two-hour admissions test that assesses a combination of aptitude and knowledge. The BMAT tests a broad range of skills across three sections:

  • Section 1 tests your skills in problem-solving, understanding arguments, and data analysis and inference. You’ll answer 32 multiple-choice questions in 60 minutes.
  • Section 2 tests your ability to apply scientific knowledge typically covered in school science and mathematics by the age of 16. You’ll answer 27 multiple-choice questions in 30 minutes.
  • Section 3 tests your ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively. You’ll write an essay on one of three questions that you choose, and you get 30 minutes to do this.

You may feel that, due to the broad range of skills tested, coupled with the fact you can’t use a calculator or dictionary, it’s a tough exam. And if you’re scientifically-minded, you may view the essay-writing component with trepidation.

However, all BMAT past papers are available to download online from the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website. So with sufficient practice, you should feel confident and well prepared.


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2020 BMAT Changes

The 2020 BMAT test is different in a number of ways:

  • There’s only one date this year: November 4th.
  • The test will be computer-based, not pen and paper
  • The fees have changed to reflect the extra cost of delivering the BMAT during the pandemic. We detail the fees below.

You can read more about the 2020 changes in our blog about the BMAT moving online.

2021 BMAT Dates

In most years, you can choose to sit the test in September or November. But for 2020, Covid-19 meant that the test would only be held on November 4th.

The dates for 2021 BMAT tests will be released later in the year.

Importance Of BMAT Scores

BMAT scores are more important than ever before. The combination of increasing numbers of Medicine applicants with competitive grades, and the cancellation of exams this year, means a high score is one of the few ways you can really stand out as a candidate.

Furthermore, your score is really important to make sure you get invited to Med School interviews. BMAT universities will either set a cut-off score that you need to beat, rank candidates by score, or use it alongside the Personal Statement when shortlisting candidates.

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