Using BMAT past papers is one of the most effective BMAT revision methods. By practising, you can become familiar with the types of questions in all three sections across the BMAT exam. A BMAT practice test is the perfect way to brush up on your problem-solving, scientific knowledge and your essay-writing skills.
You can begin your BMAT revision by using our BMAT Question Bank – it includes over 500 practice questions across Section 1, Section 2 and Section 3 to help you prepare for the BMAT exam. This is a good way to familiarise yourself with each of the different sections.
After preparing with specific sections, the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing page has a bank of BMAT past papers, so you should be able to find a BMAT practice test easily this way – as well as papers with answer explanations (and sample responses for Section 3) to boost your learning. To further your learning, you can also use our Online BMAT Course, which has nine hours of tutorial for each section of the exam.
A BMAT practice test is the perfect opportunity to find out how you may score in the real BMAT exam (though the good thing is that you can practice until you’re satisfied with it!), and which areas you find the most challenging.
How Should I Use A BMAT Practice Test?
You may want to build up to the timed BMAT practice test in several stages – firstly, completing individual practice questions at your own pace, then sitting a full BMAT exam at your own pace, then sitting one in timed conditions – set a timer for two hours on your phone.
1. Answer Individual BMAT Exam Questions
You can use our BMAT Question Bank to work your way through Section 1, 2 and 3 questions individually.
Answering individual BMAT practice test questions is perfect preparation for the real exam. You can familiarise yourself with the format of the questions and work out which sections you find the most challenging. For example, if you find yourself frequently making errors on a particular subject in Section 2, it’s a good idea to make a note of the topics and revise them using the Assumed Subject Knowledge Guide, making mind-maps or flash cards.
Practice questions are also a good way to practice Section 3 essays. By looking at individual questions, you can practise writing bullet-point plans for Section 3 essays – our BMAT Question Bank includes a selection of essay titles and sample answers. You may also find it useful to read our blog on BMAT Section 3 Essays.
BMAT past papers are excellent BMAT revision – you may want to work your way through a paper in your own time, and then build up to timed conditions. Many students find there is significant time pressure during the BMAT exam, so it’s a good idea to complete a BMAT practice test under timed conditions to help you prepare for the time-management challenges of the test.
Under time pressure, it may be tempting to rush into each question. Take a brief moment before answering a question to check you have understood it properly to try to prevent these errors.
If, after reflection, you don’t know how to answer a question, flag it and move on. Don’t be tempted to spend too long on a question you are struggling with at the expense of other questions. If you have time at the end, revisit these questions. If not, still don’t leave the answer blank.
Once time is up, change colour pen and continue the BMAT past papers you are sitting with unlimited time. Finish any questions that are incomplete and check any answers you are unsure of. This helps you practise your weaker topics.
3. Revisit Topics in Your BMAT Revision
When you have answered all you can, change pen again and reach for your textbooks – this is a crucial part of BMAT revision. Fill in any blanks you have due to lack of knowledge, identifying any subject areas you need to revise.
Sitting the paper is only half of the task; after sitting and marking each paper, thoroughly review your answers, highlighting any questions that you struggled with. Note if there are any trends, or areas that have room for improvement.
Consider making a bank of questions in the BMAT past papers you have struggled with in the past to use in your next BMAT revision session.
Ask your friends/family/teachers for advice. This is particularly relevant to the essay question, which you cannot mark yourself. These questions are still important to practise, and getting another point of view on these questions can help you present a more balanced discussion.
Some BMAT question styles are repeated with only small alterations to the question, such as the numbers used. Being able to identify these questions quickly can allow you to save time during the test, going straight to the approach you have practised.
BMAT Past Papers: Top Tips
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