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 test date and registration deadline for the 2022 BMAT are earlier than in previous years.
The BMAT will be a pen-and-paper test this year, as confirmed on their website.
If you want to apply to any BMAT universities, 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 both the UCAT and the BMAT means you’ll be able to apply to a wider variety of Medical Schools, allowing you to be more strategic with your UCAS choices.
For section 1 and 2, you’ll get a score (to one decimal place) on a nine-point BMAT 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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