BMAT is a two-hour admissions test that assesses a combination of aptitude and knowledge. It 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.
In 2023, the BMAT exam will run as normal. However, it has been announced that the BMAT will be discontinued from 2024 onwards.
This means that BMAT universities will be putting alternative arrangements in place for the future. Some of them may become UCAT universities or introduce their own university-specific admissions tests. The University of Leeds, a former BMAT university, has already made changes and switched to the UCAT this year.
Find out more about the cancellation of the BMAT in this blog.
If you want to apply to any BMAT universities, you’ll need to sit this exam. If you don’t sit the exam, 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 by doing both tests, you’ll be able to apply to a wider variety of Medical Schools, allowing you to be more strategic with your UCAS choices.
For sections 1 and 2, you’ll get a score (to one decimal place) on a nine-point scale.
Section 3 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 increasing numbers of Medicine applicants with competitive grades means a high BMAT 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:
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