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The BMAT

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What is The BMAT?


BMAT is a 2-hour, pen-and-paper test divided into three sections. It is required by 8 UK Medical Schools (please see Medical Schools Requiring BMAT section). Medical Schools may use the BMAT scores in different ways as part of their admissions process. For example, there may be a cut off score that all applicants must achieve, or the BMAT score may be considered alongside other aspects of the application. Please note that the BMAT cut-off score for all Universities varies each year, depending on the results of that year’s cohort.


The BMAT Structure and Timing


The BMAT is designed to be a test of aptitude rather than basic knowledge, however, preparation can substantially improve an applicant’s score, just as it can for the UKCAT. The BMAT is written by candidates wishing to study medicine, pharmacology, biomedical science, physiological sciences and veterinary medicine. The exam is only valid for one application cycle, thus students need to write it the year they are applying. For the next application cycle, the exam will take place on November 5th, 2014.


The BMAT consists of 3 subtests:


  • Aptitude and skills: Assesses candidates’ ability to analyse data, solve problems, understand arguments and infer information. 35 questions MCQ or short answer. 60 minutes.
  • Scientific knowledge and application: Assesses candidates’ ability to apply knowledge in science and math. Background knowledge includes science and math courses up to key stage 4 of the national curriculum. 27 questions MCQ or short answer. 30 minutes.
  • Writing task: Assesses candidates’ ability to develop ideas, organize them and communicate them in writing concisely and effectively. Students write 1 essay from a choice of 4 questions. 30 minutes.


Section Questions Timing
Aptitude and Skills 35 ( MCQ and short answers ) 60 minutes
Scientific Knowledge and Application 27 ( MCQ and short answers ) 30 minutes
Writing Task 1 essay from a choice of 4 30 minutes


BMAT Scoring


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).


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). 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. 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.

For an explanation of BMAT Results from the 2015 test, please follow this link - http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/images/270697-bmat-explanation-of-results-2015.pdf


Medical Schools Requiring BMAT and How it is Used


Different Medical Schools use the BMAT score in different ways as part of the admissions process. Please note that the BMAT cut-off score for all Universities varies each year, depending on the results of that year’s cohort.


Medical School How (the exam) is Used Last Year’s Cut-off (if applicable)*
Brighton and Sussex Medical School The highest BMAT scores are invited to interview 16.1
Imperial College London The highest BMAT scores will have their applications reviewed by the admissions team 4.3 in Section 1, 4.4 in Section 2, and 2.3 with grade B in Section 3
Keele University (Overseas Students Only) Overseas Students Only
Lancaster University The highest BMAT scores will have Personal Statements considered, and may then be invited to interview. 10 (total sections 1, 2 & 3)
University College London BMAT score is considered alongside the rest of the application in deciding who is invited to interview. N/A (High scores will strengthen an application)
University of Cambridge BMAT score is considered alongside the rest of the application in deciding who is invited to interview. N/A (High scores will strengthen an application)
University of Leeds BMAT score is considered alongside academic achievements. The top 1,000 will then have their application ranked, and the top ranked are then invited for interview. N/A (High scores will strengthen an application)
University of Oxford BMAT score is considered along with GCSE performance in inviting applicants to interview. 1 and 2 of the BMAT are given the highest weighting (40% each of total score) and Section 3 accounts for 20% of the total score. The average BMAT score for all applicants was 51%, and 65% for those who were offered places.


Important Dates



1.9.16 Registration to sit (the exam) opens. Please see Registration section for details.
30.9.16 Last date for modified question paper requests
1.10.2016 Deadline for Standard BMAT entries – until 17:00 BST
15.10.2016 Deadline for Late BMAT entries – until 18:00 BST. Entries cannot be withdrawn after this date Deadline to request repayment of BMAT fees
2.11.2016 BMAT takes place – the schedules start times for international centres will vary
25.11.2016 BMAT results released – At 12 noon GMT, via The BMAT Results Online System: https://results.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/candidates/controller/open/login.html
2.12.2016 Deadline for querying BMAT results


BMAT Registration & Test Centre Locations


You cannot register yourself for The BMAT. You must be registered by a test centre.


Candidates at a UK School or College


You can normally take The BMAT at your school. If your school is not a test centre already, they need to apply to become a test centre: http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/become-a-centre

Your school also needs to register you for the test, so check that they have done this. They can find information on registering test-takers at: http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/how-to-register


Candidates Outside of the UK & Mature Students


You can sit the test at one of our authorised test centres. Find your nearest test centre at: http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/become-a-centre

Contact the test centre and ask them to register you for the test(s). Make sure you get confirmation of your registration for the test.



Cost of BMAT

  • UK/EU standard entry fee: £45
  • Non-UK/EU standard entry fee: £76
  • Additional late entry fee - £32
  • Application for a Results Enquiry - £33
  • Application for an Appeal - £33

Note – some centres add an administration fee to BMAT’s entry fee, contact your centre for details.

Bursaries are available for re-imbursements of the standard entry fees for eligible candidates. Please follow this link to find out if you may be eligible - http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/bmat/dates-and-costs/

Candidates are also advised to consider the cost of any preparation material/ courses, travel to the test centre.



How to Prepare for BMAT


Note – all costs are approximate costs.


Courses


Course Location Description Cost Link
Duff Miller 3 day BMAT course London Will cover approach to the BMAT sub sections and the opportunity to practice past papers in the afternoon. £625 http://www.duffmiller.com/ukcat-bmat-courses/
UniAdmissions offer a 1-day BMAT intensive course London/ Leeds/ Online It will include a full interactive seminar and 4 full mock texts on the day and full study materials will be provided. £115 (£75 online) http://www.uniadmissions.co.uk/bmat-courses/
Kaplan 2 day Live Online BMAT course Online Essentially an online version of the BMAT classroom course. The course will run for 2 days and will include a full length test and teaching on each section of the exam. Study material consists of a BMAT strategy book plus 6 full length exams. £225 http://www.kaptest.co.uk/courses/uk-university/bmat/live/bmat-online
Kaplan 2 day BMAT classroom course Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Oxford Courses include a full length test and teaching on each section of the exam. Study material consists of a BMAT strategy book plus 6 full length exams and ongoing support from the tutors until the test date. £280 http://www.kaptest.co.uk/courses/uk-university/bmat/bmat-preparation#


Private Tutoring


Course Location Description Cost Link
Kaplan 1-2-1 BMAT private tutoring London or online Your tutor will take you through the BMAT syllabus step by step, spending additional time on the areas where you need the most help. Study material consists of a BMAT strategy book plus 6 full length exams and ongoing support from the tutors until the test date, and personalised performance feedback. £1250 for 10 hours http://www.kaptest.co.uk/courses/uk-university/bmat/live/bmat-tutoring
UniAdmissions London or online Offer personalised tuition, delivered one-on-one. BMAT preparation pack will be provided containing helpful tips and example questions, consolidating the key points. 4 full BMAT mock papers along with answers will also be provided. Skype - £290 for 4 hours, £645 for 10 hours Face to face - £390 for 4 hours, £895 for 10 hours http://www.uniadmissions.co.uk/bmat/bmat-tuition/


Books


Books Description Cost
Get into Medical School. 650 BMAT Practice Questions. With contributions from official BMAT examiners and past BMAT candidates. 206 edition for 2017 entry £15
How to Master the BMAT – Chris John Tyreman Includes 6 mock tests and review questions. £15
Passing the UKCAT and BMAT – Rosalie Hutton Advice, Guidance and Over 650 Questions for Revision and Practice - Student Guides to University Entrance Series £17
Preparing for the BMAT Practice questions and examiner hints and tips £20
BMAT and UKCAT uncovered Book includes tips, strategies and practice questions with explanations for all sections of the UKCAT and BMAT exams. 344 pages. £15
Kaplan BMAT Includes test strategies, complete review of all sections of the exam, practice questions and a full length practice test. 288 pages. £20


Free BMAT Resources


One of the main resources for practice tests is the official BMAT website, which has several practice sections and full length exams with explanations available:
http://www.admissionstestingservice.org/for-test-takers/bmat/preparing-for-bmat/


KAPLAN Free BMAT Resources, including practice questions:
http://www.kaptest.co.uk/courses/uk-university/bmat/practice-questions/bmat-prep-tools