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Your BMAT scores are really important, as it influences 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.

How is BMAT scored?

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 1 and Section 2, each question is worth one mark. Your total marks are then placed on the scale to give you a score between 1.0 and 9.0.

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:

What is a Good BMAT Score?

A good BMAT score is usually 6.0 and above – with 7.0 and above being exceptionally rare.

What is an average BMAT score?

The average student can expect to get a BMAT score of around 5.0.

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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

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.

2019 BMAT results

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.

How Are BMAT Scores Used?

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.

How Can I Get A Better BMAT Score?

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