July 16, 2017

What is the BMAT?

The BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) is an additional 2-hour, pen-and-paper test for students wishing to study  Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Biomedical Science at specific universities.

Who needs to do the BMAT?

Anyone wishing to apply to the following institutions in order to study the courses listed below.

Brighton and Sussex Medical SchoolA100 Medicine
Imperial College LondonA100 Medicine 
A109 Graduate Medicine (5 year course) 
B900 Biomedical Science (3 year course) 
B9N2 Biomedical Science with Management (4 year course)
Lancaster University 
A100 Medicine
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Singapore) 
Medicine: MBBS degree jointly awarded by Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Royal Veterinary CollegeD100 Veterinary Medicine (*) 
D101 Veterinary Medicine with Intercalated Year (*)
University College LondonA100 Medicine
University of CambridgeA100 Medicine 
D100 Veterinary Medicine
University of LeedsA100 Medicine 
A200 Dentistry 
University of Oxford

A100 Medicine 

A101 Graduate Medicine 

BC98 Biomedical Sciences

How is the BMAT structured?

The BMAT is a 2-hour, non-calculator, pen-and-paper test divided into three sections.

Section 1:Aptitude and Skills 35 questions in 60 minutes testing generic skills in problem solving, understanding arguments, and data analysis and inference.

Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications 27 questions in 30 minutes testing the ability to apply scientific knowledge typically covered in school Science and Mathematics by the age of 16.

Section 3: Writing Task one writing task from a choice of four questions in 30 minutes testing the ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively.

How is the BMAT scored?

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).

Combining the scores for Section 3: If the two marks for content are the same or no more than one mark apart, the candidate gets the average of the two marks. If the two marks for written English are the same or no more than one mark apart, the scores are combined like this: AA = A, AC = B, CC = C, CE = D and EE = E.

For example, a writing task given a 4C by one examiner and 4A by the other will get a final score of 4B. A writing task given 3C by one examiner and 2C by the other will receive a mark of 2.5C.

If there is a larger discrepancy in the marks, the writing tasks are marked for a third time, and the final mark is checked by the Senior Assessment Manager.

Where and when?

Register for the exam duing September and do it on the 4th of November.


On 25 November, the results are issued as a PDF Statement of Results to each candidate.



Finally, I would recommend making sure you get a tutor who has actually done the BMAT. Many tutors offer to teach the BMAT and claim expertise when they have not even sat this exam. To this end, I have uploaded my results as an attachment to this resource.

This information comes directly from the official source.

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