How is your BMAT preparation going?
Here are some great pointers to keep in mind going ahead so you can go into your exam feeling as confident as possible.
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It’s very important to know the structure of the test well. The only way to do that is to complete some past papers. It’s best to do these in timed conditions to help you get ready for the real thing.
There are three sections:
To start with, you could do the exams in your own time. This will help you understand the material and get comfortable with it. After that, try to complete the exam in a timed manner.
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Your scientific knowledge will be tested as part of Section 2. Some subjects won’t be as fresh in your mind as they were during your GCSEs. The temptation would be to work on what you’re already confident with. While the intention is correct, it’d be better to develop what you’re not so confident about so there are fewer chances of you getting stuck during the exam.
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Section 3 is one of the sections that students struggle with the most. A good way to help prepare is to plan your response to the questions. You’ll only have 30 minutes to complete this section so having a good plan will be helpful to focus your writing.
The point of the plan is to show what you’re arguing for or against, a counterpoint to either of those positions, and a conclusion. It’s recommended to not spend longer than 5 minutes on the plan.
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This may be particularly useful for Section 2. You could ask a friend or family members to test you on your scientific knowledge – you can find out what you need to know for Section 2 here.
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Remember to relax and take regular breaks: You’re human so taking a little time to compose yourself won’t be the end of the world. Taking regular breaks will help you centre yourself so that you can tackle your revision. Make sure you get some sleep as well. Getting some sleep will help you to prevent burnout. If you’re rested, your studying hours will be better used and you’ll be able to manage your stress.
Best of luck!
Words: Oran Bailey
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