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    (Original post by jemmaaa0853)
    It depends on what medical schools you want to apply to.
    If you are certain that you want to apply to a BMAT uni and it is your favourite uni then tyou'll have to do both probably.
    But for most people I would say to do UKCAT and just see how it goes. If you do extremely well then I would suggest that taking the risk of doing BMAT might not be worth it. If you only do averagely or poorly, then it might be a better bet to do BMAT.
    Personally I only did UKCAT as I got 756 average and I wasn't desperate to apply to any BMAT unis so I didn't want to risk taking it and doing badly, when I had a strong UKCAT score already.
    At the end of the day its up to you, but good luck!
    Thank you for the advice. I just wanted to ask , if you did both exams and one of them didnt go as well, is the risk you are talking about the fact that unis wil see your performance in both , or could you not state that you did both and one went wrong
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    Thank you for the advice. I just wanted to ask , if you did both exams and one of them didnt go as well, is the risk you are talking about the fact that unis wil see your performance in both , or could you not state that you did both and one went wrong
    The universities can't see your UKCAT or BMAT score unless they request it, so it doesn't matter from that front.

    The 'risk' with BMAT is that you do it after you apply, so if you do badly you can't change your choice. If you do really well in your UKCAT you can just apply to UKCAT universities, rather than take a chance with a BMAT university that might be a 'wasted' choice.
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    (Original post by AKDbbb)
    Thank you for the advice. I just wanted to ask , if you did both exams and one of them didnt go as well, is the risk you are talking about the fact that unis wil see your performance in both , or could you not state that you did both and one went wrong
    Dont' worry about that, each university only looks at the test involved in their admissions process :-) You never need state what admissions tests you have done at any stage of the application process anyway.

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    Hi,
    Although this document is for applications for 2017, the same rules should generally apply:
    http://www.medschools.ac.uk/SiteColl...al-schools.pdf
    -Only consider doing both UKCAT and BMAT if you're applying to UKCAT and BMAT universities.

    As for not doing maths or physics, don't worry. Really.
    I did physics for AS, dropped it at A2 (currently doing chem, bio and history) and the quantitative reasoning (the maths section of the UKCAT) was my strongest section by far (800).

    I got a pretty average UKCAT score (i'll be honest), of 665 and i've had 1 interview, happens to be my favourite university too!

    Good luck with your future endeavors!

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    (Original post by AKDbbb)
    Thank you for the advice. I just wanted to ask , if you did both exams and one of them didnt go as well, is the risk you are talking about the fact that unis wil see your performance in both , or could you not state that you did both and one went wrong
    Oh no that's not the risk I mean, I'll explain. When you take UKCAT, you know your scores before you apply so you know roughly where you stand in terms of how well you have done. Whereas with BMAT you take it after you apply and you don't find out your results until late November. So if you struggle with it or don't do as well as you've hoped there's nothing you can do about it because you've already applied to the BMAT unis if you see what I mean.
 
 
 
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