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