The BMAT is made up of three sections and is used as an admissions test for medical schools. It is also used by Leeds dental school and for Oxford’s Biomedical Sciences programme.
In this article, we cover each section in depth and list the topics you need to revise to get a good BMAT score. For a general overview of the test, read our BMAT guide.
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NOTE: the BMAT will be computer based in 2021 due to the pandemic.
Length: 60 minutes
Questions: 32 multiple-choice questions
BMAT Section 1 used to be called ‘Aptitude and Skills’. It assesses the type of general reasoning you require in an academic environment, both numerical and verbal. It is similar to the UCAT Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning section.
Learn more about the differences between the UCAT and BMAT.
NOTE: Questions are multiple-choice and calculators are not permitted.
BMAT Section 2 tests whether you have an appropriate level of core scientific knowledge and the ability to apply it.
Questions are of the same difficulty as non-specialist science and maths courses at school.
Questions are all multiple-choice and no calculators are allowed.
In BMAT Section 3, you write a counter-argument in response to a proposition.
This assumes science-related language skills as well the ability to produce clear and concise written communication for an audience unfamiliar with the subject matter at hand.
You choose one option from three possible tasks based on general, scientific and medical topics.
The questions offer a proposition. You may need to:
In previous years, answers were approximately one-page long (A4). During the pandemic, this increased to 550 words (an upper limit). This will continue in 2021, as the exam will again be computer based.
Your writing must be carefully planned, concise and organised. You will not have access to a dictionary, so use familiar vocabulary - don’t guess at spellings unless absolutely necessary.
Some universities will discuss your essay at interview.
For Sections 1 & 2, your answer sheet is marked automatically and is reported on a 9-point BMAT scale (to one decimal place).
Section 3 is marked by two Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing examiners and sent to each university you’ve applied to, which can be used to assess your writing skills.
Find out more about how the BMAT is scored and what makes a good score.