The BMAT is made up of three sections and is used as an admissions test for medical schools. It is also used 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.
NOTE: BMAT will take place on 18 October 2023 and will be a pen-and-paper test.
BMAT will be withdrawn from 2024. Keep an eye on our TikTok channel and live updates article to find out what's happening with BMAT universities after next year.
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 sections.
Learn more about the differences between the UCAT and BMAT.
NOTE: Questions are multiple choice and calculators are not permitted.
Length: 30 minutes
Questions: 27 multiple choice questions
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.
Length: 30 minutes
Questions: One writing task from a choice of three questions
In BMAT Section 3, you write a counterargument 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:
While you're allowed to make preliminary notes, answers are strictly limited to one A4 page.
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 and 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.