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BMAT past papers will help you to familiarise yourself with BMAT questions and boost your BMAT score through practice. They effectively form a bank of BMAT practice tests that will prepare you for what you’ll face in the actual exam.
BMAT past papers are real BMAT exams from previous years. There are official past papers available from all the way back to 2003.
It’s likely that you will find the more recent papers the most useful. This is because the exam has evolved over time. For example, there are some topics that appeared in earlier years that are no longer examined today.
You can find official BMAT past papers on the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website.
Using our BMAT Question Bank, you can sit past papers online, get accurate marks according to the BMAT syllabus and find out your score. It also allows you to see model answers so you can find out where you went wrong and how to improve.
It’s a good idea to work through past papers, using them as an essential part of your BMAT preparation strategy.
We recommend using a BMAT Question Bank, so you can get your answers marked, see model answers and find out your score.
Because there is only a certain amount of past papers, you might want to start your revision with some section-specific BMAT practice tests. After this, move on to the past papers and tackle them one by one. Don’t rush through them all too quickly, because you’ll run out! Perhaps start with the older past papers and work towards the most recent.
We recommend this three-step approach to using past papers in your BMAT prep.
Use the BMAT Question Bank to work your way through Section 1, 2 and 3 questions individually.
This will help you to familiarise yourself with the format of BMAT questions and work out which sections you find the most challenging. For example, you might find yourself making the same type of errors repeatedly in Section 2 and can focus your prep accordingly.
BMAT practice questions will also help you get to grips with planning and writing Section 3 essays.
Once you’ve worked your way through plenty of section-specific BMAT practice questions, you’re ready for the official past papers!
You might want to try some past papers in your own time at first – and then build up to timed exam conditions. Many students find there is significant time pressure in the BMAT exam, so it’s definitely a good idea to practise in timed conditions.
Under time pressure, you might feel tempted to rush into each question. Try not to panic and make sure you take a brief moment before answering a question to check you have understood it properly.
If you really don’t know how to answer a question, flag it and move on. Don’t waste time by spending too long on a single question. If you have time at the end, you can revisit any questions that you skipped. Even if you still don’t know the answer at this stage, try not to leave the answer blank.
Once your time is up, change to a different colour pen and continue the past paper with unlimited time. Finish any questions that you didn’t complete and check any answers you are unsure of. This will help you to practise your weaker areas. Remember you won’t have this extra time in the real exam though!
Completing BMAT practice tests is only half of the task. After sitting and marking each paper, make sure you thoroughly review your answers and identify any areas that you need to revise more. Fill in any blanks you have due to lack of knowledge.
You might want to ask other people (family, friends, a teacher) for their opinion with regards to the essay question. Getting another point of view on essay topics can help you to present a more balanced discussion.
Some BMAT questions are repeated with only small changes to the details, such as the numbers used. If you’re familiar with these questions from practice and can identify them quickly, you will be able to save time during the test.
Want expert tips from TMP’s tutors on using BMAT past papers? Watch Afra’s tips in the video below:
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