Please note that the BMAT is now discontinued, and most universities will switch to the UCAT admissions test from 2024 onwards. See our comprehensive UCAT guide.

BMAT Section 2 Explained

Section 2 of the BMAT puts you through 27 questions in 30 minutes – giving you ~66 seconds per question.

It’s sometimes called the knowledge section, because it’s assessing your ability to apply GCSE-level scientific and mathematical knowledge. It tests similar skills to Section 1, except this time it’s asking you to apply what you already know.

Section 2 Structure

BMAT Section 2 requires you to answer 27 questions on the following topics:

  • Chemistry (7 questions)
  • Physics (7 questions)
  • Biology (7 questions)
  • Maths (6 questions)

You can see some sample Section 2 questions in our BMAT Question Bank.


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Section 2 Syllabus

This section is testing whether you have the knowledge to study courses related to biomedical sciences. This means you’ll need GCSE-level Science and Maths knowledge – and you may need some revision and/or science & maths tutoring to support your BMAT prep.

For Biology, you need to know about:

  • Cells
  • Movement across membranes
  • Cell division and sex determination
  • Inheritance
  • DNA
  • Gene technologies
  • Variation
  • Enzymes
  • Animal physiology
  • Ecosystems

For Chemistry, you need to understand:

  • Atomic structure
  • The periodic table
  • Chemical reactions and equations
  • Quantitative chemistry
  • REDOX reactions
  • Bonding and structure
  • Group chemistry
  • Separation techniques
  • Acids, bases and salts
  • Rates of reactions
  • Energetics
  • Electrolysis
  • Organ chemistry
  • Metals
  • Kinetic and particle theory
  • Chemical tests
  • Air and water

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For Maths, you need to understand:

  • Units
  • Numbers
  • Ratios and proportions
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Probability

For Physics, you need knowledge of:

  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Mechanics
  • Thermal physics
  • Matter
  • Waves
  • Radioactivity

See the full syllabus on the BMAT website here.

Section 2 Questions

Every question will be multiple choice and follow one of five formats:

  • Choose the right answer
  • Choose the incorrect answer
  • Choose a combination answer
  • Complete the table
  • Add additional information

It’s important to note that this section isn’t negatively marked, so you won’t lose any points for selecting incorrect answers.

BMAT Section 2 Tips

  • Practise BMAT questions. BMAT Section 2 is one of the most time-pressured sections, so you need to save time wherever possible!
  • Familiarise yourself with the questions – it’ll make revision easier.
  • Brush up on your scientific knowledge and your mental maths.
  • Consider science and maths tutoring to work on your weaknesses.

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