We've prepared a series of articles to advise you on what you need to know about each section of the BMAT. Here is the guide for Section 1 to get you started.
Section 1 of the BMAT is known as 'Thinking Skills', where you have to answer 32 multiple choice questions (each with five options too choose from) within 60 minutes. Section 1 has a mixture of critical thinking and problem solving questions with a 50:50 split between them.
Problem solving questions require you to 'select relevant information', 'identify similarity' and 'determine and apply appropriate procedures'.
Critical thinking questions require you to 'summarise conclusions, 'draw conclusions', 'identify assumptions', 'assess the impact of additional evidence', 'detect reasoning errors', 'match arguments' and 'apply principles'.
There are several ways of preparing for this section.
First, you should go through the Section 1 Question Guide, which is available on the official BMAT website. This covers different types of questions with examples.
You should then go through practice papers and past papers, which are also available on the official BMAT website.
For further practice, you can sign up for our BMAT 2020 Online Course, which provides you with 1300 extra questions as well as additional features like tutorials and past paper grader.
With a combination of the approaches above, you will be very well prepared for Section 1 of the BMAT.
Apart from the obvious tip of going through plenty of practice questions, you might find it useful to go over an A-level critical thinking textbook. You should also develop a habit of reading newspaper and magazine articles regularly. While you are reading, don't simply read for information on the surface, but read critically, making notes on the writer's assumptions, biases, validity of evidence and conclusions.
It is important to start preparing for the critical thinking questions early as critical thinking skills can take some time to nurture. Our BMAT 2020 Online Course also provides useful tips for the critical thinking questions, as well as giving feedback on where you need to improve the most.
The problem-solving questions often involve a lot of arithmetic operations. Given that calculators cannot be used, being comfortable with mental maths will be really helpful in answering questions quicker. Read this article for tips on improving mental maths skills.
You should also brush up your mathematical knowledge and skills outlined in the BMAT Section 1 Question Guide. These include fractions, place value, percentages, mean, time, calendar, money, measures and calculation of area, perimeter and volume.
Finally, you should have plenty of practice interpreting information from graphs, charts and tables. If you can get these skills perfected, you will be well prepared to successfully answer any problem solving questions.
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