Your BMAT scores are really important, as it determines whether you’ll get an invitation to interview for a place at medical school. So, how is the BMAT scored – and what is a good score? We explain everything in this guide to BMAT scores.
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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.
This video explains how the BMAT is scored.
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.
Marks for Section 3 are different, because it’s the essay question. Here’s how the marks are awarded for the essay content:
For the use of written English, the marks are awarded like this:
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.
“The BMAT score 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,” explains the Admissions Testing Service. “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.”
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.
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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.
You’ll get your BMAT results at 9am on November 27.
Make sure you keep hold of your Confidential Results Information Sheet that you’ll get given when you sit the exam – this has your login for the BMAT Metritests system, which you’ll need to log in to in order to see your results.
The best way to improve your score is with thorough BMAT preparation. This could be using a tool like our BMAT Question Bank to practice exam questions, or by getting organised with your revision.
If you prefer to study in a more structured, supportive way, then you may want to do our BMAT Course that is delivered by webinar. If you prefer to follow an online course but work at your own speed, our Online BMAT Course is another great tool.
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