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Published on 24th September 2020 by Premela

The BMAT examination on the 4th of November 2020 is going to be taken digitally – here’s how you will be affected.


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What has changed?

BMAT will be sat on online, rather than with pen and paper as it was done in previous years, unless you’re sitting it in Thailand or Singapore.

It was also announced at the start of the year that BMAT Section 1 will consist of 32 questions rather than the usual 35. Problem-solving and critical thinking skills will still be tested, and you will still get an hour to complete the sections. Combination questions have been dropped this year which means you only need to focus on choosing one correct answer amongst five options.

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What does this mean for me?

There are a few things that you need to be aware of with the BMAT test going online:

  • Your school or test centre will tell you whether you will need to bring your own laptop to the examination or if a computer will be provided for you instead
  • The exam will be monitored by a trained staff member
  • You’ll be given plenty of time to familiarise yourself with the test software

If you are unable to access a test centre due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote testing will be available instead. In order to apply for remote testing, you must meet one of following criteria:

  • Be shielding
  • Be in a local or national lockdown
  • Have a positive COVID-19 test for yourself or someone else within your household

Evidence will need to be provided to support your remote testing application and can be in the form of a doctor’s letter, government guidance or a positive COVID-19 test result.

You should register for BMAT as usual via your school/test centre, and then apply for remote proctoring through a separate form, which can be found here.  Please note that the deadline to apply for remote testing is October 21 2020.

How can I prepare for BMAT online?

Sitting the BMAT test on a computer will be a very different experience, so it’s a good idea to shift your BMAT preparation to online. This will help you to adapt to the differences you may face in taking the test online.

To get a feel for the online examination process, you can check out:

  • Our BMAT Question Bank –  this will allow you to try practice questions or attempt a real past paper, with answers and model solutions available too.
  • Our BMAT Online Course – gain immediate access to 10 hours of video tutorials created by doctors and Oxbridge Science grads to help you understand how to approach each BMAT section.

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