Section 2 requires you to answer 27 multiple choice questions in 30 minutes. It tests your ability to apply scientific knowledge as well as problem-solving skills too.
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.
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:
- Movement across membranes
- Cell division and sex determination
- Gene technologies
- Animal physiology
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
- Organ chemistry
- Kinetic and particle theory
- Chemical tests
- Air and water
For Maths, you need to understand:
- Ratios and proportions
For Physics, you need knowledge of:
- Thermal physics
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.