BMAT scores are somewhat complicated, because your score is reported on a scale rather than as a sum of all the points you’ve achieved.
You can get a maximum of 32 points in Section 1 and a maximum of 27 in Section 2, because every correct answer will earn you one point. However, your score will be reported on a scale between 1.0 and 9.0 and not the number of points you’ve got.
These sections aren’t negatively marked, which means you won’t lose a point if you get a question wrong.
For Section 3, you’ll be given a score between 1 and 5 for the quality of content and then a grade A, C, or E for the quality of your English. The essay is marked by two examiners, so you get two scores which are then averaged to give your final score.
It’s explained in this video:
Results for the 2022 BMAT will be released on 25th November. Unlike the UCAT, you won’t know your score until after the UCAS deadline, which means you have to take more of a gamble on which BMAT unis you apply to.
A good BMAT score is usually 6.0 and above – with 7.0 and higher being exceptionally rare.
The average student can expect to get a BMAT score of around 5.0.
As you can see from the graph, around 20% of students scored between 5.0 and 6.0. Just over 10% of students scored higher than 6.0.
In Section 2, just over 20% of students scored between 5.0 and 6.0. Just over 10% of students scored higher than 6.0. This shows a similar trend to Section 1.
In Section 3, just over 40% of students got a 3 for quality of content and around 20% scored higher than a 3. For quality of English, around 75% got an A.
In the 2021 BMAT, just over 30% of students scored between 5.0 and 6.0 in Section 1, with around 5% scoring higher than 6.0. In Section 2, around 25% of students scored between 5.0 and 6.0, with around 5% scoring higher than 6.0. In Section 3, around 40% of students got a 3 for quality of content and just over 20% scored higher than a 3. For quality of English, nearly 80% scored an A.
In the 2020 BMAT, results showed that around 25% of students scored between 5.0 and 6.1 in Section 1, with roughly one in ten people scoring over 6.2. In Section 2, around 20% of students 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 around 25% scored higher than a 3. For quality of English, over 70% scored an A.
In the 2019 BMAT, around 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.
Generally speaking, your BMAT score will be used in conjunction with your GCSE grades 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 it, so it’s essential that you maximise your score in all sections!
The intricacies of how your 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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