Sat the BMAT and wondering how everybody else scored? You’ve come to the right place! Below, you can see a breakdown of each of the section scores across September and November, as published by the Admissions Testing Service this morning (24th November 2017).
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How did students score in Section 1 and Section 2?
Sections 1 and 2 are scored on the BMAT scale – from 1 (low) to 9 (high). As you can see in the table below (published by the Admissions Testing Service), most students score around 5, but 6 represents a comparatively high score and only a few students will score higher than 7.
Here, you can also see how students scored in Section 2:
How did students score in Section 3?
Section 3 is marked according to two criteria – quality of content (1 to 5) and quality of English (A to E). Here’s a breakdown of the scoring:
Section 3: Written English (scored A, C or E)
Band A: Good use of English – clear, fluent, good use of grammar and vocabulary
Band C: Reasonably clear use of English – reasonably fluent, some errors
Band E: Rather weak use of English – not easy to follow, faulty grammar
Section 3: Quality of Content (scored from 1 to 5)
Score 1: the essay has some bearing on the question but does not address it fully
Score 2: addresses most of the question, but has significant elements of confusion
Score 3: reasonably well-argued, may have weakness in the argument
Score 4: good answer with few weaknesses, all aspects of the question are addressed
Score 5: excellent answer with no significant weaknesses
The two scores for your essay are then averaged to give your final score. So, for instance, if one examiner gave you 2A and another marked your essay 3C, your average score would be 2.5B. If there is a significant discrepancy, your essay will be sent for remarking by a third examiner.
This year, most candidates scored a 3 for quality of content, and A for quality of English. You can see the scores in the graph below: