About BMAT

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is an admissions test for applicants to Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Science and Dentistry courses at certain universities. .

As well as being an entry requirement, BMAT gives you the chance to stand out from the crowd and show your potential to succeed on a demanding science-based university course.

It is a required test for the top medical schools like:

  • University of Cambridge (required for veterinary medicine applicants)
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Oxford Medical School
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • University College London
  • Leeds’ School of Medicine
  • Brighton & Sussex Medical School (Graduate entry)
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Singapore)
  • University of Leiden (Netherlands) – February exam only
  • University of Navarra (Spain) – February & November exams
  • University of Malaya – February exam only
Information on the BioMedical Admissions Test
BMAT is a written admissions examination used by some UK medical schools
Candidates can register for the test between 1 September and 1 October 2018
Test will be taken on 31 October 2018
Examination runs for two hours
Candidates can view their results online on 23 November 2018
Test results will be sent to the universities selected during registration
BMAT is composed of 3 sections, including multiple choice and an essay
Each candidate may only take the test once every test cycle
Scores are only valid for one application cycle
Tests taken in Singapore will cost £180 (~$320 SGD) ~¥1600

Medical Schools Requiring the BMAT

UniversityCoursesBMAT session accepted
Brighton and Sussex Medical SchoolA100 MedicineSeptember or October
Imperial College LondonA100 Medicine
A109 Graduate Medicine
September or October
Lancaster UniversityA100 Medicine & Surgery
A900 Foundation Year for Medicine & Surgery
September or October
University College LondonA100 MedicineSeptember or October
University of CambridgeA100 MedicineSeptember or October
University of LeedsA100 Medicine
A200 Dentistry
September or October
University of OxfordA100 Medicine
BC98 Biomedical Sciences
October only
University of OxfordA101 Graduate MedicineSeptember or October
Keele UniversityA100 Medicine
A104 Health Foundation Year
September or October

How Do BMAT Universities Use BMAT Scores?

Each medical school will use the exam differently, and this can even vary within a university (for example, different admissions tutors in Oxford or Cambridge).

Generally speaking, the results will be used in conjunction with your GCSE/IB scores and UCAS points to decide who to invite to interview. Some universities place more emphasis on the score than others when allocating the weighting that your score will contribute overall. Not all BMAT universities will officially announce how they use the exam — so it’s essential you maximize your score in all sections!

UniversityHow do they use the BMAT?
OxfordYour chances of being short-listed rest on a number of factors, although we do rely heavily on BMAT scores and GCSE performance (where available) during short-listing. You should bear in mind that as we short-list the same number of applicants every year, and we use two variables (which carry the same weight), there is no actual BMAT cut-off. How well you need to do in BMAT will be entirely dependent on how well every other applicant does, and how well you have done in GCSEs (if you have taken them). A slightly weaker performance at GCSE may be compensated for by a very good BMAT score, and vice-versa. However, to offer a rough guide, we would suggest that the typical average applicant should be working towards a 6 (a 7 is still fairly rare) in sections 1 or 2; do note that sections 1 and 2 receive greater weighting (40% each) than section 3 (20%).
CambridgeBMAT score used alongside Personal Statement and grades.
UCLBMAT scores used alongside UCAS application. No cut-off but high scores in each section will strengthen an application; Section 3 essay used as discussion in interview.
ImperialBMAT cut-off scores are calculated each year, as a result of ranked candidate BMAT scores versus number of expected interview sessions. As a result, the absolute BMAT cut-off changes each year. However, the BMAT cut-off scores from previous admissions cycles may be used as a guide. For 2017 entry, the minimum scores required were: a score of 4.5 in section 1; a score of 4.6 in section 2; a score of 2.5 and grade B in section 3.
Brighton and SussexBSMS scores the BMAT out of 28 (9 marks for Section 1, 9 for Section 2 and 5 marks for each element of Section 3) we then rank all applicants according to their total score out of 28 and work down the rankings to fill our interview places. For 2017 entry, applicants without contextual data who scored 17.5 or above were invited for interview (the cut off score will vary each year).
LeedsWe have decided to a method similar to our previous use of UKCAT using the total score offered by each candidate which will be compared with all the other applicants to Leeds scores. Those in the top 20% will receive the full mark available for this part of their application and those in the bottom 20% will receive the lowest mark available for this part of their application. From this you can see that we do not use a pre-determined cut-off threshold. The BMAT total score will be calculated from a sum of the scores achieved in section 1, 2 and 3 although section 3 will have half the weighting of the other sections as it will be revisited during the interview stage of the selection process. We will initially weight the BMAT score in the same proportion which we used to give the UKCAT i.e. roughly 15% of the weight given to academic scoring and half that given to the personal statement.
LancasterLancaster Medical School calculates the total BMAT score by combining the individual scores for Sections 1, 2 and 3. Section 1 is scored out of 9; Section 2 is scored out of 9; and Section 3 is scored out of 5 (for quality of content). We do not use the quality of English score (A-E).

Source: The Medic Portal

Note: We encourage you to visit schools own website to find out more details about admission criteria and how they interpretate BMAT scores.

Test Structure

Unlike the UKCAT, the BMAT 2018 assesses a combination of aptitude and knowledge testing a broad range of skills across three sections:

  • BMAT Section 1 (Aptitude and skills)
  • BMAT Section 2 (Scientific knowledge and applications)
  • BMAT Section 3 (Written communication)
SectionQuestionsTiming
Section 1:
Aptitude and Skills
35 questions60 mins
Problem solving, understanding arguments, and data analysis and inference
Section 2:
Scientific Knowledge and Applications
27 questions30 mins
Science content, biology, chemistry, physics and math
Section 3:
Writing Task
One writing task from a choice of three questions30 mins
Select, develop and organize ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively

Scoring Guide

Questions in Sections 1 and 2 are worth 1 mark each. Total raw marks for each section are converted to BMAT’s scale, which runs from 1 (low) to 9 (high). Typical BMAT candidates will score around 5.0, roughly half marks. The best candidates will score around 6.0, and a few exceptional candidates will score higher than 7.0.

Writing Tasks in Section 3 are marked by two examiners. Each examiner gives two scores – one for quality of content (on a scale of 0–5), and one for quality of written English (on the scale A, C, E).

BMAT Prep Courses

Our Prep Courses

30 Instruction Hours

The best in-class BMAT instruction available supplemented online resources

45mins Med School Consultation

2 Textbooks,19 Practice BMAT

Every released BMAT question(over 1200+ total),including 4 proctored practice tests and 15 additional exams

Our course options are flexible, and built around your needs. You can pick a course option that best fit your study style, schedule, and how thorough you would like the content to be delivered.

Our Group Course is the most affordable option for most students, and give you unlimited access to our group classes and MasterClasses. No matter which preparation stage you are at – recently decided to take the test or already experimented with various other preparation methods, you will be equipped with the right knowledge and test-taking skills to achieve your target scores.

Most of our students, however, choose to go for our Hybrid Course option. This option gives you access to our regular Group Course sessions and additional individual sessions. You can learn the concepts in the unlimited group classes and get your weakness addressed in fully customizable individual sessions with patient and experienced trainers. This combination ensures you achieve your dream score the most efficient way!

If you are keen to fully customise your learning experience, consider the Individual Course option. This will provide you with the freedom to customize your learning experience fully by deciding on the number of hours, frequency of classes, what to cover and when to come for lessons.

30 Instruction Hours

Our course includes 30 hours of lectures, 6 hours of proctored practice exams with comprehensive review before the Oct/Nov exam, and hundreds of additional hours of online homework explanations.

Once you have learned the concepts during our lessons and workshops, we have developed immersive drills available online. Additionally, online homework sections adapt to your own strengths and weaknesses to make sure you are improving through the course.

30

Instruction

Hours

2

TEXTBOOKS

19

PRACTICE EXAMS

1200+

Actual BMATquestions at your disposal & 15 actual BMAT

2 Textbooks,19 Practice BMAT

You'll also receive access to 15 real past exams, 4 supplemental mock tests which accurately reflect the style and difficulty of the real exam, online practice drills to reinforce methodology, scoring analytics so you can pinpoint weaknesses, online explanations for every question in the homework, an BMAT timer for taking practice BMATs and timing homework sections.

Once you have learned the concepts during our lessons and workshops, we have developed immersive drills available online. Additionally, online homework sections adapt to your own strengths and weaknesses to make sure you are improving through the course.

Pave your way to medical school

Becoming a physician is not easy. We value your determination and hardwork. After the course, our consultant will walk you through our proprietary med school compass , a 45-min consultation which enables you to see your chances of admission at various med schools.

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Med School Consultation

Our Curriculum

BMAT Section 1: Aptitude and Skills

BMAT Section 1 is designed to test aptitude and problem solving abilities. It focuses on three reasonings: verbal, quantitative and logical.

Verbal

The verbal questions are designed to assess your understanding of arguments. They ask you to identify conclusions, assumptions and flaws in arguments presented in short passages of text, as well as identify which options might strengthen or weaken the argument.

Quantitative

There are no pure mathematical questions, but instead the questions are designed to test problem solving abilities using basic arithmetic skills. You are not allowed a calculator so the questions rely on you using mental arithmetic, pen and paper and problem solving to get around the need for complex calculations!

Logical

The proportion of logical reasoning questions has been increasing over the last few years. These tend to focus on 3-dimensional representation, such as deciding what 3-dimensional structures could be made from 2-dimensional plans and how to navigate objects through 3-dimensional puzzles.

BMAT Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications

BMAT Section 2 requires you to answer questions on the following topics:

  • Chemistry (6 to 8 questions)
  • Physics (6 to 8 questions)
  • Biology (6 to 8 questions)
  • Maths (5 to 7 questions)

 

BMAT Section 3: The Writing Task

Each essay option is based on a short quote or statement. These can be scientific or medically-related, but often aren’t. They are not technical. Examples might include a quote from Voltaire or Charles Darwin.

You will usually be asked, broadly speaking, to explain the statement, argue against it, weigh arguments for it, and reach a conclusion saying to what extent you agree with it.

FREE Resources

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  • Demystifying the UCAS application process specific to medical schools
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  • Outlining a roadmap for your medical school application timeline
  • Managing your time and preparing for standardized tests and interviews
  • Questions & Answers

Prep Zone has helped hundreds of International School and top Junior College students over the last 10 years achieve a high BMAT score. Call us on 400-820-3861 for a quick chat and find out more about our course options. We are confident we will make a significant difference to your preparation. Or just simply fill out the form below and have one of our friendly course consultants get back to you today!