BMAT 2022 entry discussions megathread *September BMAT cancelled, updated 27th March*

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Important information about BMAT – September 2021

Due to the ongoing challenges of the global Covid-19 pandemic, BMAT – September will not go ahead in 2021.

For details about an alternative test session and all of the latest information, please visit our dedicated Covid-19 page.

The TSR BMAT wiki page is here.

If you are looking for the UCAT 2022 thread it's here.

Here is the BMAT 2021 thread (discussion of tests taken in 2020)
Here is the BMAT 2020 thread (discussion of tests taken in 2019)
Here is the BMAT 2019 thread (discussion of tests taken in 2018)

What is the BMAT?
The BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test) is a 2 hour examination required for entry to a number of Medical Schools in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Spain and Netherlands as well as a selection of Dentistry and Biomedical Science courses.

When is the BMAT?
The BMAT examination is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 3rd November 2021. For 2020 entry, there was also an option for a September BMAT sitting (with results released prior to the 15th October deadline). This option was not present for 2021 entry and it is presently unclear if this option will be available for 2022 entry.

Who has to take the BMAT?

Undergraduate Medicine Applicants to: University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Singapore), University of Malaya (Malaysia), Thammasat University CICM, (Thailand), Mahidol University (Thailand), Keele (International applicants only), Manchester (select international applicants).

Graduate Medicine Applicants to: University of Oxford, Imperial College London.

Biomedical Science Applicants to: University of Oxford

Dentistry Applicants to: University of Leeds, Thammasat University (Thailand), University of Melbourne (Australia)


How to Prepare for the BMAT?
The first and most important step is to consider the BMAT like any other A-Level or GCSE examination, and ignore any mention of the BMAT as 'an examination that cannot be prepared for.' There is a statistically significant correlation between the amount one prepares for the BMAT, and one's BMAT score.

Section 1 (Aptitude and Skills) - 32 MCQ, 60 Minutes
Question Types: Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

A) Resources - Make use of the abundance of free practice resources available for Section 1. In addition to the Official BMAT Past Papers, Oxford TSA Past Papers provide additional practice for Problem Solving questions whilst OCR Critical Thinking Unit 2 is a very useful practice resource for Critical Thinking Questions.

B) Recognise Pitfalls - In contrast to most A-Level examinations, BMAT Section 1 is full of tricks and trips, intended to misguide students. Fortunately, there are only so-many tricks that the BMAT are able to use. Hence, each time you come across one of these, add it to your 'personal list', to avoid making the same mistake in future practice.


Section 2 (Scientific Knowledge and Applications) - 27 MCQ, 30 Minutes
Question Types: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics

A) Official Resource Guide - With this being the official resource guide, there really is no better resource for Section 2 preparation. Most students find it best to quickly review the whole guide and highlight any topics which they have not covered at GCSE level for further learning. Bear in mind that whilst Section 2 is supposed to be 'GCSE Level'; the examination can assess topics which you may not have covered until AS and sometimes even A2 due to variation in exam board specifications.

B) Timing - Half the challenge of Section 2 is the limited time; hence, it essential to practice this section under strict timed conditions. Fast mental maths, confident use of fractions and a good background Biology knowledge, will ensure that you have additional time for those challenging Physics and Chemistry calculations.

C) Resources - Once you have completed all official and BMAT specific resources, GCSE Bitesize is of some use, whilst you may wish to also consider practicing GCSE Maths Calculator papers, without a calculator in order to further improve your mental maths.

D) BMAT Subject Guide - Past Papers are categorised by subjects. Useful resource if you are stronger/weaker in certain subjects.


Section 3 (Written Task) - 1 Essay (Choice of 3), 30 Minutes
Question Types: Topical Medical Issues, Medical Ethics, Medical Philosophy, Veterinary Medicine

A) Address all parts of the question - Each question normally has three or four parts. Regardless of how good your essay is, if you do not address all parts of the question, your essay will be capped at 3/3.5 as per the Section 3 Official Marking Criteria.

B) Plan - With 30 minutes, and less than one A4 sheet provided, this section is the least time restricted. Essays which score highest are those which are well structured and address all parts of the question, bringing in additional topical examples and knowledge.


Free BMAT Resources
A) Official BMAT Past Papers (Style 1)
B) Official BMAT Past Papers (Style 2)
C) Past Paper Worked Solutions
D) Section 1 Practice Questions
E) Section 2 Practice Questions
F) Practice Questions
G) BMAT Subject Guide
H) 50+ Free BMAT Articles/Tutorials

Essential Books
A) Preparing for the BMAT: The Official Guide to the Biomedical Admissions Test
B) BMAT Past Paper Worked Solutions (2003-Present)

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Good luck!
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I'm sorry my friend, I'll need to be the OP since the first post needs to be updated constatly as the year goes on.
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I'm sorry my friend, I'll need to be the OP since the first post needs to be updated constatly as the year goes on.
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Thank you for finally making this thread btw
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Thank you for finally making this thread btw
Don't thank me, thank grekoiran
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Don't thank me, thank grekoiran
Thank you grekoiran you’re amazing :adore:
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ecolier are you also going to make the UCAT thread now?
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ecolier are you also going to make the UCAT thread now?
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6864776
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Thank you so much 😁
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bmat 2022 thread starting already?! BMAT only finished a couple of months ago
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bmat 2022 thread starting already?! BMAT only finished a couple of months ago
Did you do the bmat last year?
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Yh I did it a few months ago

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Did you do the bmat last year?
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Good luck to people taking it this year!
If it’s as competitive as 2021 entry has been then damnnnnn you’ll need it
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Does anyone know when is a good time to start preparing if you want a high score. Most people say a few weeks in advance but I want to start in Feb so i can get to grips with the format of the exan and question types
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Does anyone know when is a good time to start preparing if you want a high score. Most people say a few weeks in advance but I want to start in Feb so i can get to grips with the format of the exan and question types
September or November BMAT?
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September or November BMAT?
November BMAT as I want to apply to Oxford
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November BMAT as I want to apply to Oxford
Wow I would think 9 months in advance is a lot... but I'll let those who took the BMAT advise you.

Also read through last year's thread : https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6282050
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Wow I would think 9 months in advance is a lot... but I'll let those who took the BMAT advise you.

Also read through last year's thread : https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=6282050
Right now i wouldn't be completing past paper exams I just mean when is a good time to start looking about how to answer questions and what each section of the BMAT entails
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Right now i wouldn't be completing past paper exams I just mean when is a good time to start looking about how to answer questions and what each section of the BMAT entails
Good, start with reading the TSR Medicine Wiki https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Medicine and the page on BMAT https://www.theuniguide.co.uk/advice...how-to-prepare
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Would the September BMAT take place this year ?
Since last year it was cancelled
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Right now i wouldn't be completing past paper exams I just mean when is a good time to start looking about how to answer questions and what each section of the BMAT entails
xsowmix and tipexmaster25 will be able to answer your questions
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