BMAT past papers are one of the most effective ways to boost your BMAT revision. They effectively form a bank of BMAT practice tests that will help you become familiar with the question types you will face in the actual exam.
BMAT past papers are simply previous years’ actual BMAT exams. These date all the way back to 2003.
However, most students find more recent papers the most useful. This is because the exam has evolved over time. For example, there are some topics that appeared in previous years that are no longer examined.
They are published by the creators of the BMAT exam: Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing.
You can find all BMAT past papers on the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website.
However, our fully-revamped BMAT question bank allows you to mark past papers online and get accurate marks according to the syllabus.
It’s good to work through whole past papers, using them as an essential part of your BMAT preparation strategy.
We would suggest using a BMAT Question Bank, so you can mark yourself, see model solutions and assess your score at the end. However, given that past papers are a finite resource, you might want to start with section-specific BMAT practice tests.
After this, you will be ready to tackle the past papers one by one. Perhaps you could start with older ones and work towards the most recent.
In summary, we recommend the following three-step approach to BMAT revision using past papers:
Use our BMAT Question Bank to work your way through Section 1, 2 and 3 questions individually.
Answering individual BMAT practice test questions is the 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, you might find yourself making errors on a particular subject in Section 2. In that case, 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 flashcards.
Practice questions are also a good way to familiarise yourself with Section 3 essays and writing bullet-point plans.
Now you’re ready for the BMAT past papers!
You may want to work your way through papers in your own time at first, 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 BMAT practice tests under timed conditions.
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. 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 single question.
If you have time at the end, revisit those you skipped. Even if you don’t know the answer at this stage, 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.
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.
Ask your friends/family/teachers for advice. This is particularly relevant to the essay question. Getting another point of view on these 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.
Want expert tips from TMP’s tutors on using BMAT past papers? Watch Afra’s tips in the video below:
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