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 BMAT 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 that are then averaged to give your final score.
It’s explained in this video:
BMAT results are shared on on 26 November 2021. 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, 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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