The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is usually held in either September or November.
Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing (CAAT) has recently announced that the BMAT – September will not go ahead in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The BMAT – November will still go ahead, on 3rd November 2021. If you are preparing for it, we advice you register for our BMAT preparation course as early as possible.
The UCAT 2021 can be sat between 26th July and 29th September. If you are taking both the UCAT and the BMAT, space out your exams by registering for an earlier UCAT test slot. We strongly recommend our UCAT course to prepare. It's used by the majority oftest takers worldwide.
This helps manage your stress levels as well as spreading out the revision workload. Of course, you need to consider other commitments too, including work experience.
Learn about the differences between the UCAT and the BMAT.
In the past, the BMAT – September was taken prior to the UCAS application deadline. This meant you could sit the BMAT and then optimise your application strategy. If you felt you did better in the BMAT than in the UCAT, you could apply to more ‘BMAT universities’ (over those requiring the UCAT).
This year, the BMAT – November will be held after the UCAS application deadline of 15th October. Therefore, if you are planning to apply to universities that require the BMAT, you will need to be more speculative about your BMAT performance when submitting your UCAS application.
Learn the BMAT specification in detail.
It is likely that universities that have traditionally accepted BMAT – September will now accept BMAT – November. However, do check with your chosen universities on which alternative test sessions they will recognise in place of BMAT – September.
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