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The BMAT is a two-hour exam administered by CAAT (Cambridge Assessments Admissions Testing) designed to differentiate applicants of professional healthcare courses such as medicine and dentistry. It consists of 59 multiple choice questions (MCQs) and one essay.
The BMAT assesses:
It's made up of the following three sections:
They are used to decide which candidates to invite to interview and sometimes who gets the final offer. Since most applicants have exceptional academic achievements, universities rely on this additional testing.
As some universities require the BMAT instead of the UCAT (see tip #4 below), taking both exams and getting a high score maximises your chances of getting into medical or dental school.
Taking the BMAT also allows you to apply to medical programmes at prestigious universities such as Oxford, Cambridge and University College London.
The following UK universities require the BMAT:
The BMAT is also required for entry into various medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences degrees in Europe and Asia.
All universities consider your BMAT score alongside other admission criteria. However, some universities may place more emphasis on your BMAT score, such as having a strict minimum score for each section.
The test date for BMAT – March is 4 March 2023.
The test date for BMAT – October is 18 October 2023.
If you're applying to UK universities in 2023, you need to take BMAT – October.
If you're applying to universities in Europe in 2023, you need to take BMAT – March.
If you're applying to universities outside the UK, check the official CAAT website.
Our BMAT universities article has more details on what BMAT session is required to study abroad.
Results are valid for one year. If you sit the BMAT in 2023, you can use it for courses starting in 2024, but not for subsequent years.
You can take the BMAT as many times as you want, but only once per admissions cycle.
You take the BMAT during Year 13, in October 2023.
BMAT – March 2023 costs £150/€175/US$206.
BMAT – October 2023 costs £78/€91 within the UK and EU, and £104/$142 outside of the EU.
For BMAT – October 2023, if you meet the criteria and apply by 29 September 2023 6pm BST, you could have your standard registration fee reimbursed.
To be eligible for the reimbursement you must be a UK student who is receiving one of the following:
You’re also eligible if you or a parent you live with receives one of the following:
Sections 1 and 2 are scored between 1 (low) to 9 (high).
Section 3 is marked on quality of content on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high) and quality of English on a scale from A (high) to E (low).
The essay is marked by two independent examiners and the writing is made available to interviewers.
This depends on the university you are applying to. As a rough guide, a score of 5 is considered average, 6 good and 7 or higher excellent for Sections 1 and 2.
For Section 3, you should aim for a score of 3A or higher.
Students who excel at maths and science won’t find Section 2 very difficult, whereas avid writers may find Section 3 to be the easiest.
It is important to tailor your BMAT preparation to your strengths and weaknesses and focus on the section(s) that require the most work.
If the BMAT is stressing you out, follow these tips on exam mindfulness.
Take a look at our BMAT specification article for an in-depth section-by-section breakdown.
Read on for an overview of each section:
Brush up on your basic maths, including:
For the Critical Thinking questions in Section 1, you will need to prove you can understand and evaluate arguments (for example, by identifying assumptions or flaws in an argument).
Make sure you know the syllabus on the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website inside out, as questions will not be asked outside of it.
Learn to develop and communicate your ideas clearly and use a good level of English.
If this is something you struggle with, consider taking a free writing course with the Open University before starting your BMAT preparation course. The writing course is not BMAT specific, but it can give you a great foundation.
Visit the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website, which provides the content specifications and previous papers.
Do plenty of practice questions to assess your strengths and weaknesses. Practise with past papers to familiarise yourself with the time pressure and the need for sustained focus.
No. Leave no question unanswered for the multiple choice questions in Sections 1 and 2.
Some universities may ask about the essay at your interview.
Universities are generally quite vague about whether or not they’ll ask about the essay, but should definitely give you advanced notice if you’re invited to interview.
BMAT – March results will be released on 28 March 2023.
BMAT – October results will be released on 24 November 2023.
Log in to the Metritests system to check your results.
If you're applying to universities in the UK or the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, your BMAT results will be delivered directly to your chosen universities.
For all our universities, you will need to use CAAT’s Metritests system.
Yes, you can submit a Results Enquiry Request or an appeal through your test centre.
No, neither is allowed.
The UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) and BMAT both require a high level of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The main difference is that UCAT is a purely skills-based test, whereas the BMAT assumes a prerequisite knowledge in maths and sciences (Section 2).
The UCAT consists entirely of multiple choice questions, whereas the BMAT includes an essay task (Section 3). Learn more about the similarities and differences between the UCAT and BMAT exam.
The Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) is an admissions test that is only relevant for graduate entry applicants. (Note: The graduate entry medical programme at Oxford requires the BMAT.)
Much like the BMAT, the GAMSAT assesses critical analysis and reasoning, writing skills and scientific knowledge. However, the GAMSAT requires you to answer many more questions (132 MCQs and 2 writing tasks) over almost five hours.
Yes, many students sit both tests to maximise their chances of getting into medical school.
Section 1 of the BMAT assesses similar attributes to the UCAT’s Verbal Reasoning (VR) and Quantitative Reasoning (QR) sections, so preparing for the UCAT will benefit your BMAT revision.
It depends on your readiness for each section, but many students prepare for months before the test, so expect some intense competition.
There is a limited number of medical school places so you need to score as high as you can to give yourself the best chance of gaining entry.
You should allow at least a month (ideally six weeks or longer) to prepare thoroughly and get through plenty of BMAT practice tests and questions. Spreading out your revision will help you to prepare for the exam with less stress.
Learn more about BMAT registration.
You can find authorised test centres through the official CAAT website.
If you’re taking BMAT – March, you will sit the test in an authorised test centre.
Most BMAT – October candidates take the test at their schools. If your school is not registered already, it can apply to become a test centre.
No. The BMAT test is held on a set date, unlike the UCAT, which runs over a period of time.
Yes, your Exams Officer could cancel your test registration for you up until 29 September 2023.
If you paid additional administration fees, your test centre will decide whether they can refund these fees.
Access arrangements are available for both tests.
You should contact your test centre and provide details of your disability or special requirements. You may be asked to provide evidence.
Both the March and October sitting require a valid photo ID, such as your passport, driver's licence or student ID.
You cannot bring any food or drink except a clear bottle of water without any labels. Dictionaries and calculators are not allowed.
Both exams are a pen-and-paper test, so you will need a soft pencil and eraser for Sections 1 and 2, and a black ink pen for Section 3. Use of correction fluid is not permitted.
Your test centre may give further instructions about what to bring or do on the test day.
If you don’t do well in the BMAT, it’s not the end of the road for you. You can still study medicine through a number of paths:
Visit the official CAAT website for more information about the BMAT.