Everything you need to know about BMAT

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a subject-specific admissions test taken by applicants to certain medicine, veterinary medicine and related courses at the institutions listed below. The BMAT is owned and administered by Cambridge Assessment, one of the world’s largest assessment agencies.

Why do some universities use the BMAT?

Universities face a range of challenges throughout their applications and admissions processes. One of the main challenges they face is the selection of the correct applicants to accept. Almost all applicants to medicine and veterinary science achieve an equally high academic level. Universities need additional information on which to base their admissions decisions.

BMAT was developed by Cambridge Assessment in response to a request by academics from some of the medical and veterinary schools in the UK for an assessment that would:

• Enable them to differentiate between applicants who appear to be equally well qualified and suited to the course

• Provide a way of assessing the potential of students who have a range of qualifications

Dates and Costs

There are two test sessions for BMAT:

BMAT - September

BMAT - late October/early November

Important dates for BMAT 2018:

  BMAT - September BMAT - October
Registration opens 25 June 1 September
Requests for modified question papers By 27 July By 30 September
Standard registration deadline 12 August at midnight BST 1 October at midnight BST
Late registration deadline No late registration 15 October at 18.00 BST
Test date 1 September 31 October

 

Results:

BMAT - September

From 21 September 2018 results are available by logging into your Metritests account which is created during registration.

Results from BMAT - September must be shared with your chosen institutions, using the Metritests system, by 20 October 2018.

 

BMAT - October 

BMAT results can be accessed via the Results Online system from 23 November 2018.

BMAT - October results are sent to any BMAT institution to which you have applied.

Costs

  BMAT - September BMAT - October

Registration fee

 

Fees may be payable in Euros or US dollars depending on centre location

 

 

 

£80 within the EU (including the UK)

£115 outside the EU

No late fees apply

 

 

 

 

£46 standard fee within the EU (including the UK)

£78 standard fee outside the EU

£33 additional late fee

 

 

 

 

Who needs to take the BMAT?

All candidates applying to the following institutions/courses are required to take BMAT:

 

Brighton and Sussex Medical School (B74):

A100 Medicine

 

Imperial College London (I50):

A100 Medicine

A109 Graduate Medicine (5 year course)

 

Lancaster University (L14):

A100 Medicine & Surgery 

A900 Foundation Year for Medicine & Surgery 

 

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine* (LKCMedicine):

Medicine: MBBS degree jointly awarded by Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

University College London (U80):

A100 Medicine

 

University of Cambridge (C05):

A100 Medicine

 

University of Leeds (L23):

A100 Medicine

A200 Dentistry 

 

University of Oxford* (O33):

A100 Medicine

A101 Graduate Medicine 

BC98 Biomedical Sciences

 

* Important note for applicants to the University of Oxford and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine

The University of Oxford will only accept BMAT results from the October session for A100 Medicine and BC98 Biomedical Sciences. If you are applying for either of these courses at the University of Oxford, you must take the test in October only, even if you are also applying to courses that accept September results.

Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will only accept results from the October session for Medicine. If you are applying for this course, you must take the test in October only, even if you are also applying to courses that accept September results.

Where and how to register to sit the exam?

BMAT - September

You need to register yourself.

You choose your test centre and pay for the test online at www.metritests.com (select Shop at the top of the page).

 

BMAT - October 

Your school/college/test centre needs to register you.

Candidates should be able to sit the test locally as test centres are available both in the UK and overseas (UK secondary schools and colleges will be able to administer the test to their students). Participating universities may also provide test centres and/or supplementary testing sessions.

If you are currently attending a school or college you should approach your Examinations Officer to discuss whether or not your school can accommodate for you to sit the BMAT there. Candidates who do not attend a school or college will need to find an open centre where they can take the test. [1]

Candidates who cannot find a centre should contact the BMAT Support Team. [2]

What is the nature of this test?

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a two-hour pen-and-paper test consisting of three sections:

Section 1: Aptitude and Skills (60 minutes - 35 multiple choice questions or short answer questions). This section tests generic skills in problem solving, understanding argument and data analysis and inference.

Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications (30 minutes - 27 multiple choice questions or short answer questions). This section tests a candidate’s ability to apply scientific knowledge typically covered in school Science and Mathematics by the age of 16 (for example, GCSE in the UK and IGCSE internationally).

Section 3: Writing Task (30 minutes - 1 essay question from a choice of 3 questions). This section tests a candidate's ability to select, develop and organise ideas and communicate them in writing in a concise and effective way. 

Any rough work should be done in the space provided on the Section 3 question paper.


The exam provides a demanding test of relevant intellectual skills and knowledge - as is appropriate for admissions to university courses attracting high calibre applicants. However, test questions will be designed so that no specific preparation beyond GCSE-level science and mathematics is necessary, ensuring that the BMAT is accessible to all potential applicants irrespective of background.

The BMAT Specification can be found here: [4]

BMAT Past Papers, specimen papers and a guide for test takers can be found here: [5]

Scoring

Each question, in Sections 1 and 2, is worth one mark. Total raw marks for each section are converted to the BMAT scale, which runs from 1 (low) - 9 (high). Scores are reported to one decimal place. Typical BMAT candidates will score around 5.0, which equates to approximately half marks. The best candidates will score around 6.0, and a few exceptional candidates will score higher than 7.0.

Essays from Section 3 are marked for the quality of content and the quality of written English. Each essay is double marked. If the two marks are the same, or no more than one mark apart, the average of the two marks is reported. If there is a larger discrepancy in the marks, the essays are marked for a third time and the final mark awarded is checked by a senior member of Cambridge Assessment staff.

BMAT Section 3 Marking Criteria: [6]

Some frequently asked questions

Access arrangements?

Access arrangements are available if you have a disability or special requirement, and are entitled to support for other exams.

You need to inform your centre of any special requirements when they register you for the test.

Your centre will: 

  • ask for full details of your disability or special requirement
  • ask you for a copy of your medical evidence
  • submit the request for Access Arrangements, if appropriate.

For more information, please visit the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website.

Are dictionaries and calculators allowed into the exam?

Dictionaries and/or bi-lingual dictionaries may not be used for BMAT.

Calculators are also not permissible for the duration for the exam.

Can BMAT fees be reimbursed?

Institutions using BMAT want to make sure that the entry fee is not a barrier to access or widening participation. In some cases, the standard emtry BMAT fee can be reimbursed based on ability to pay. Candidates will need to pay their test entry fee, which may be reimbursed if they apply for a reimbursement and are eligible.

Late entry fees and administration fees cannot be reimbursed.

Can previous BMAT results be used as part of a new application?

BMAT results are only accepted by universities in the year candidates apply for university. 

Results

Results will be passed to any BMAT institution a candidate has applied to for use in their admissions process. The use of results varies between institutions; candidates should contact the institution(s) to which they have applied to in order to find out how their results will be used.

Please note that results cannot be queried.

How to prepare for the BMAT?

BMAT tests a number of high level skills, such as critical thinking, problem solving and constructing arguements, all of which you will have been developing during your school studies. In addition, as BMAT also includes a section designed to test your knowledge and understanding of GCSE science (biology, physics, chemistry) and maths, you would be wise to revise these subjects.

BMAT is designed to be demanding for very able candidates applying to study Medicine and other related subjects. It allows for the full range of marks with most candidates scoring in the mid-range of marks. So marks in the mid- to high-range show you have done very well. Everyone taking BMAT finds it difficult, but the test is an opportunity for you to show the universities that you have the potential to do well on the course.

Sample BMAT Papers, suggested books and intensive courses to prepare for the exam can be found here:

 

[21] (Official BMAT website, where a range of free support materials are available, including a preparation guide, the test specification, the BMAT Section 2: Assumed Subject Knowledge science revision guide, and free past papers, some with worked answers.)

[22] (BMAT Preparation Singapore)

[23] (Browse the tabs on this page to book BMAT courses, subscribe for 100s of BMAT practice questions and find free information - all created and delivered by doctors and admissions experts at The Medic Portal.)

[24] (BMAT preparation course conducted by qualified doctors from BMAT universities. 'Free BMAT Resources' available for all students to utilize, including worked solutions to past papers.)

[25] (Intensive, one-day BMAT course run by Oxbridge medical students. "Free Resources" link contains worked solutions to some of the past papers.)

[26] (Intensive BMAT Course run by Oxbridge and Imperial College London medical students and Medicine graduates; conducted in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Singapore)

[27] (Official BMAT book from the examiners - 63 questions)

[28] (ISC Medical's 400Qs BMAT book)

[29] (BMAT Section 1 Mini-Mock)

[30] (BMAT Section 2 Practice Questions)

[31] (BMAT Past Paper worked explanations)

[32] (Thinking Skills qualification on the CIE examination board which also tests some skills that the BMAT also does)

How some universities use the BMAT when selecting candidates for interviews

UCL - [33]

Oxford - [34] [35]

Cambridge - [36]

Imperial - [37] [38]

RVC - [39]