In general, the BMAT isn’t as time-pressured as the UCAT. However, there is still a time limit to stick to, and you’ll particularly need to keep an eye on this in Section 2. You get 27 multiple choice questions to answer in 30 minutes, which means you only have around a minute for each question.
With BMAT Section 2, it can be easy to get carried away because it’s likely that you’ll recognise the context of the question – but you must override the urge to keep working on a question after your minute is up. Guess and move on if you can’t answer within a minute, otherwise you risk running out of time and having to leave answers blank.
Although BMAT Section 2 is described as GCSE-level science and maths, the syllabus for these subjects varies across different exam boards – so you might come across content in BMAT practice questions and past papers that you don’t recognise from your GCSEs.
To make sure you’re well-prepared, check the BMAT’s content specification to see the Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths knowledge that you’re expected to have for Section 2.
You don’t get a calculator on test day, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that BMAT Section 2 questions will be “easy”. You will still have complex calculations to work through, so it’s up to you to find your own shortcuts and time-saving tricks through practice.
Practise estimating so you can answer questions faster. You may find it helpful to look at the answer options beforehand as it will give you an indication of how much you can afford to round.
Make sure you’re comfortable manipulating fractions, and you also need to be able to convert between fractions, decimals and percentages quickly.
Work your way through lots of practice questions and stick to timed conditions as much as possible. If you get an answer wrong, make sure you find out what the correct answer was and the reasoning for it.
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