The Biology section of the BMAT is the easiest out of the sciences; it is where you can gain easy marks with little effort. But for those who are still unsure, this post takes a look at the top three tips to help prepare for this section.
Thankfully, section 2 of the BMAT mostly tests human Biology with not much in the way of plants and ecology. However, you do need to know about the Carbon cycle, evolution and every now and then, they might ask you to compare and contrast a plant cell and an animal cell. But for the most part, it is Human Biology they are testing. The content of section 2 Biology is very well described in the section 2 Assumed Subject Knowledge Guide which you should definitely be using in your Biology preparation to make sure you cover and gain all the knowledge needed to successfully pass. The syllabus from when you did Biology A-levels will help too.
You can print off past exam papers and work through those, but we recommend not spending too much time practising the Biology section as you should already be well prepared for to successfully pass with the knowledge gained during your A-Level Biology. It is by far the easiest of the section 2 Sciences and Maths, and your time is probably better spent improving at Physics, Chemistry and Maths than it is just learning more Biology.
In section 2, you have around one minute per question, which is really tight for timing. However, you should be aiming to do the Biology questions in far less time. This is due to the Biology questions being generally factual recall-based and do not involve any complicated calculations, like the Physics, Chemistry and Maths questions sometimes do. Can you recall that Insulin is produced in the Pancreas? Can you remember which way blood flows around the chambers of the heart? These are the sort of questions. Quite a lot of these questions are doable in less than 30 seconds, which gives you more time to use on the other more complicated calculation-based questions. But having said that, do not rush through them, still make sure you are reading the questions properly and actually answering the question. They are the easiest questions in the paper, and you should be getting all of those easy marks.
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