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:
The BMAT is a tough exam because you can’t use a calculator or dictionary, there’s a lot of time pressure, and it tests such a broad range of skills. Many scientifically-minded students specifically view the essay-writing component with trepidation.
The 2021 BMAT test is different in a number of ways:
If you want to apply to a BMAT university, you’ll need to sit this exam. If you don’t sit the BMAT, you won’t be considered by this select group of Medical Schools and will only be able to apply to UCAT unis.
Some people choose not to apply to BMAT unis because they want to focus on UCAT only – but others understand that doing the BMAT means you’ll be able to apply to a variety of Medical Schools, allowing you to be more strategic with your UCAS choices.
For section one and two, you’ll get a score (to one decimal place) on a nine-point BMAT scale.
Section three is scored very differently: your quality of content will be scored on a scale from one to five, and your quality of English will be scored on a scale from A to E.
BMAT scores are more important than ever before. The combination of increasing numbers of Medicine applicants with competitive grades, and ongoing A-Level grade inflation, 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.
Find out more about how it works in our BMAT Scores guide.
We recommend that the best BMAT preparation should include:
We have lots of advice on our website – and plenty of BMAT blogs that you can read, too.
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