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12th October 2022
Focus on these three key things to move ahead with your Medical School application after you’ve done the BMAT test.

1. Start preparing for interviews

After you’ve done your BMAT exam, it might feel like it’s a little early to start preparing for Medical School interviews. However, it’s important to get ahead with interview prep!

When you are invited to interview, the date of your interview might only be a week or two away, leaving very limited time for preparation. Therefore, it’s wise to start preparing for interviews as soon as possible.

Familiarise yourself with the interview formats used by the Medical Schools that you’ve applied to. Do they use MMIs or panel interviews? Plan your prep accordingly. Then, do your research into the types of topics and questions that your chosen Medical Schools tend to use. You can find lots of commonly asked questions in our Interview Question Bank.

You also need to keep up with medical/health-related news, read about NHS hot topics and understand medical ethics, because this knowledge should help you to answer a wide variety of questions. Make sure you feel confident discussing aspects of your application such as your work experience, your extracurricular activities and your suitability for Medicine.

Start preparing for interviews now to avoid last-minute panic when you get an invitation!

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2. Don’t neglect your A-Levels

There are so many stages to the Medicine application process that it can be easy to put your A-Level work on the back-burner… but this is a big mistake!

After all, if you receive any Medical School offers after interview, you’ll need to meet the required A-Level grades to secure your place. When you’ve worked so hard preparing for admissions tests and interviews, you really don’t want to lose out at the last minute when you get your A-Level results.

Over the next few months, do your best to balance interview prep with your A-Level work. You can find some tips to manage your time effectively in this blog. Be organised, stay on top of your school work and tackle things in a way that suits you best.

3. Keep calm

Applying for Medical School alongside studying for your A-Levels can be stressful and feel overwhelming at times. It’s important that you try to stay mentally and physically healthy as much as you can. There might be a lot to do, but stress will only hinder your performance.

When candidates start receiving interview invites, don’t worry if you don’t get yours straight away. Some universities start sending theirs in November while others wait until the new year, and some stagger their invitations across several months up to the spring. If you have to wait, it isn’t a reflection on your application – the Medical Schools just have a lot of applications to process.

Finally, don’t forget about the extracurricular activities that you wrote about so passionately in your Personal Statement! There is a reason why Medical Schools want to know about your hobbies – it’s because Medicine is a demanding degree and career where relaxation time is vital to stop you from burning out.

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