The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a 2-hour written exam for medical and veterinary students who are applying for competitive universities. Competition for medicine and veterinary science at the top universities is fierce. For example, in 2013 over 65% of students who applied to Cambridge for Medicine had UMS greater than 90% in all of their A level subjects. Therefore, the universities must use the BMAT test to help differentiate between applicants.
The test itself is 2 hours long and consists of 3 sections.
BMAT Section 1 is one hour long and has 35 questions that test problem-solving skills (e.g. numerical and spatial reasoning), as well as critical thinking skills (e.g. understanding argument and reasoning using everyday language).
BMAT Section 2 is 30 minutes long and has 27 questions that test your ability to recall, understand and apply GCSE level principles of biology, chemistry, physics and maths. This is usually the section that students find the hardest.
BMAT Section 3 is 30 minutes long and requires you to write a one A4 page essay from a choice of 4. It tests your ability to organise ideas in a clear and concise manner, and communicate them effectively in writing. The questions are usually but not necessarily medical.
Where do I sit the BMAT?
You can usually sit the BMAT test at your school or college (ask your exams officer for more information). Alternatively, if your school isn’t a registered test centre or you’re not attending a school or college, you can sit the BMAT test at an authorised test centre. International applicants will be able to sit the test at a registered test centre in their country.
Can I re-sit the BMAT?
You can only sit the BMAT once every admission cycle – nor can you use your scores from previous attempts. Unlike the UKCAT, you won’t be able to change your mind after the BMAT as it takes place in early November. Thus, avoid applying for 4 BMAT universities (it’s very risky!).
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