The BMAT is scored on a scale of 1.0 to 9.0, with 9.0 being the highest. It’s not a pass or fail test.
In Section 3, you’ll get a numerical score for the content of your essay – but you’ll also get an alphabetical score for your use of written English that is either an A, C, or E.
The essay is marked by two examiners, so you get two scores that are then averaged to give your final score.
So, for instance, if one examiner gave you 2A and another marked your essay 3C, your average score would be 2.5B. If there is a significant discrepancy, your essay will be sent for remarking by a third examiner.
It’s explained in this video:
A good BMAT score is usually 6.0 and above – with 7.0 and above being exceptionally rare.
The average student can expect to get a BMAT score of around 5.0.
Results for Sections 1 and 2 are reported on the BMAT scale... with scores being reported to one decimal place. The scale has been designed so that typical applicants to the most highly selective undergraduate university courses (who are by definition academically very able) will score in the region of 5.0. The best applicants will score more highly, but 6.0 represents a comparatively high score and only a few very exceptional applicants will achieve BMAT scores higher than 7.0.
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Comment on 2020 BMAT Scores
BMAT scores for the 2020 sitting have been released.
In Section 1, a quarter of applicants scored between 5.0 and 6.1 in the BMAT. Roughly one in ten people scored over 6.2.
In Section 2, roughly 20% of people scored between 5.0 and 5.9 and roughly 15% scored between 6.0 and 6.9.
In Section 3, over 40% of candidates got a 3 for quality of content and roughly 25% scored higher than a 3. For quality of English, over 70% scored an A.
See the full breakdowns and analysis of scores in the BMAT 2020 analysis here.
Last year’s BMAT results showed that roughly 10% of students scored 6.0 or higher in Section 1, and about 15% got the same in Section 2. Under 20% scored 4 or above for the quality of their content in Section 3, with 80% getting top marks for their use of English.
You can read about this in more detail in our 2019 BMAT scores blog.
Generally speaking, your BMAT scores will be used in conjunction with your GCSE scores and UCAS points to decide if you’ll be invited to an interview.
Some universities place more emphasis on your BMAT score than others – but not all universities officially announce how they use the exam, so it’s essential you maximise your score in all sections!
The intricacies of how your BMAT score is used by each institution will vary – and it can even be different within a university (for example, different admissions tutors in Oxford or Cambridge).
We go into more detail on how BMAT universities use your score on our guide.
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