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Published on 27th August 2020 by Premela

From 2020 onwards, there will be some changes to the BMAT in Section 1. But what does this actually mean to you?


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What has changed?

Section 1 will have 32 questions, instead of 35 – and you’ll still get an hour to complete it.

The combination questions have been dropped for 2020. This means you only need to focus on choosing the right answer amongst the five options, instead of selecting the correct combination of statements.

Section 1 will still assess your problem-solving and critical thinking ability, but data analysis and inference questions have also been dropped.

Read everything you need to know about BMAT Section 1

What does this mean for me?

We think the BMAT changes will be positive for most students. That’s because simpler questions – and less of them – means extra time per question.

It’ll make your BMAT revision harder, because there isn’t the bank of previous papers to work through.

You also need to be careful with the ‘combination’ style questions in past papers. These questions won’t appear in this format – but it’s still worth tackling them, because the skills assessed are the same.

And because the timings have changed, doing timed practice papers won’t accurately reflect the timing of the real exam. You may want to practise past papers with timings adjusted for the questions that they do not attempt.

Where can I find out more?

  • You can find an overall overview of the BMAT here
  • You can find more about Section 1, including examples of questions that will feature this year here

Words by Daniel Huddart


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