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    Hi,
    I'm planning to take medicine at uni and I think the only thing putting me off it is the UKCAT and BMAT examinations.
    I would like to know what kind of exams are they, like I heard BMAT is based on the knowledge of science, maths and english and the UKCAT is general knowledge.
    I'm not sure

    Also, how would you prepare for them
    Are there any past examination questions?
    Any books that are great?
    I heard the Ace medicine course was good too?
    Is there a pass mark?
    What's it out of?
    Do you get the results straight away?
    Do you have to pay for the exams?
    How do they take place?
    When do they take place?
    Do you have to do both or does it depend on the universities you apply to?
    Can you still do medicine if you fail both the UKCAT or BMAT?

    Thanks so much
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    Without wanting to sound rude, you could have just Googled most of these questions...

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    Are there any past examination questions?
    You can find BMAT past papers here: http://www.admissionstestingservice....ring-for-bmat/

    UKCAT practice papers here: http://practice.ukcat.ac.uk/pages/me...3-09b9a4b3e8b4

    Any books that are great?
    There are quite a few. Have a look here for some idea.

    I'd say that the UKCAT resources are much better than BMAT ones though...it's quite tough to get good BMAT resources.

    I heard the Ace medicine course was good too?
    No idea, haven't been on it.

    Is there a pass mark?
    It depends on where you apply. Imperial, for example, have a cut off for the BMAT for each section. If you score under the cut off for any section, you won't be invited to interview.

    What's it out of?
    For the UKCAT, you're given a score between 300 and 900 for 4 sections. Then for another section, you're given a band between 1 and 4 (where 1 is the best one).

    For the BMAT, you're given a score out of 9 for two of the sections (with 9 being the top, and your score not necessarily being a whole number) and then a score out of 5 and a letter between A and E for the last, essay section (5A being the best score).

    Do you get the results straight away?
    Yes for the UKCAT, but not for the BMAT.

    Do you have to pay for the exams?
    Yes

    How do they take place?
    UKCAT is done on computer, BMAT is done on paper.

    When do they take place?
    UKCAT you can choose a date between July and October. BMAT is usually towards the start of November.

    Do you have to do both or does it depend on the universities you apply to?
    Depends where you apply.

    Can you still do medicine if you fail both the UKCAT or BMAT?
    Yes, but you'll need to apply wisely.

    If you fail the BMAT though and apply to 4 BMAT uni's, then things will probably be bad.
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    (Original post by usycool1)
    Without wanting to sound rude, you could have just Googled most of these questions...



    You can find BMAT past papers here: http://www.admissionstestingservice....ring-for-bmat/

    UKCAT practice papers here: http://practice.ukcat.ac.uk/pages/me...3-09b9a4b3e8b4



    There are quite a few. Have a look here for some idea.

    I'd say that the UKCAT resources are much better than BMAT ones though...it's quite tough to get good BMAT resources.



    No idea, haven't been on it.



    It depends on where you apply. Imperial, for example, have a cut off for the BMAT for each section. If you score under the cut off for any section, you won't be invited to interview.



    For the UKCAT, you're given a score between 300 and 900 for 4 sections. Then for another section, you're given a band between 1 and 4 (where 1 is the best one).

    For the BMAT, you're given a score out of 9 for two of the sections (with 9 being the top, and your score not necessarily being a whole number) and then a score out of 5 and a letter between A and E for the last, essay section (5A being the best score).



    Yes for the UKCAT, but not for the BMAT.



    Yes



    UKCAT is done on computer, BMAT is done on paper.



    UKCAT you can choose a date between July and October. BMAT is usually towards the start of November.



    Depends where you apply.



    Yes, but you'll need to apply wisely.

    If you fail the BMAT though and apply to 4 BMAT uni's, then things will probably be bad.

    Sorry!!! I know, I should have!
    I went with the easiest option sorry!!
    And thanks for the help!
    I appreciate it!
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    (Original post by Bloom77)
    Sorry!!! I know, I should have!
    I went with the easiest option sorry!!
    And thanks for the help!
    I appreciate it!
    It's fine.

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    (Original post by Bloom77)
    Hi,
    I'm planning to take medicine at uni and I think the only thing putting me off it is the UKCAT and BMAT examinations.
    I would like to know what kind of exams are they, like I heard BMAT is based on the knowledge of science, maths and english and the UKCAT is general knowledge.
    I'm not sure

    Also, how would you prepare for them
    Are there any past examination questions?

    UKCAT: There are two official UKCAT practise papers on the UKCAT website, it is advisable to leave these until right near your actual UKCAT exam http://practice.ukcat.ac.uk/pages/me...3-09b9a4b3e8b4

    BMAT: Every official past paper can be found on their website http://www.admissionstestingservice....ring-for-bmat/



    Any books that are great?

    UKCAT: The book that most people use is the 600 UKCAT book
    BMAT: My friend used the 400 BMAT practise book and thought it was good


    I heard the Ace medicine course was good too?

    I can't really comment since I never used Ace medicine

    Is there a pass mark?

    UKCAT: It is out 3600, there is no pass mark, medical schools use the UKCAT in different ways therefore different medical schools will have a different 'pass mark'
    BMAT: http://www.admissionstestingservice....g-and-results/


    What's it out of?

    Above

    Do you get the results straight away?

    UKCAT: Yes, they are given to you straight after you finish the exam
    BMAT: You have to wait for the results to be published online after you have taken the exam


    Do you have to pay for the exams?

    UKCAT: Costs £65 then increases to £80 if you take it quite late
    BMAT: Costs £44


    How do they take place?

    UKCAT: You would book it online and then take the test at your local testing centre
    BMAT: You normally take this exam at your sixth form/college


    When do they take place?

    UKCAT: Normally between start of july and end of august
    BMAT: Normally taken around early november


    Do you have to do both or does it depend on the universities you apply to?

    The BMAT is requested by: Leeds, Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, UCL, Brighton and Sussex.
    UKCAT: Requested by every other medical school apart from the above plus Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham.


    Can you still do medicine if you fail both the UKCAT or BMAT?

    Yes since some medical schools don't take the UKCAT/BMAT into consideration i.e Bristol, Liverpool and Birmingham

    Thanks so much
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    Please discuss the UKCAT in this thread: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2659689

    BMAT in this thread: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/show....php?t=2629211

    Most general questions like this can be answered with the medicine FAQ or pages accessed from there, check it out: http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki...Guide_and_FAQs
 
 
 
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