Section 3 tends to worry most people as it is formatted as a writing task, like an essay, but with the correct mindset section 3 can be the easiest part of the whole BMAT. Below is Part 1 of Medify’s step-by-step guide to fully embracing and understanding this section to get you on your way to achieving the best BMAT score you possibly can.
In the past, a page of written space was provided for section 3 of the BMAT. For the BMAT November 2020, which is computer-based, you will be required to adhere to a strict word limit of 550 words. You can be penalised for going over this limit, so you should get into the habit of writing concisely and making every word count when you are working on practice essays.
Section 3 is marked out of five, like 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and you get a grade, so A, B, C, D or E. The number is basically the content of your essay and the letter is for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other elements. Most people get an A for grammar, some people get a B, a very small minority get a C. Your essay is marked by two examiners, and these examiners tend to be graduate students at Cambridge. Each year, graduate students receive an email from the admissions testing service saying, ‘would you like to mark BMAT essays?’ Where they get paid about 18 pounds an hour. Your essay is marked by two of these examiners and the mark you receive will have been averaged out. If there is any significant discrepancy in marks between two examiners, such as if one gives you a 5A and one gives you 2D, the senior examiner will mark it, therefore, adding an element of safety to this otherwise, fairly subjective task of marking a BMAT essay.
What is a good score? 3 is reasonable, 4 and 5 are good, most people get A or B for the grammar. Most universities use a cut-off of maybe about 2.5C, so as long as you get a 3C or above, then you are fine. To get a 3, all you really have to do is answer the question, providing you have answered the question near to correct, chances are you will get at least a 3. The use of nice language to explain your points is what gets you into the 4's and the 5's.
Want to read more? Here's Everything you need to know about the Section 3 essay of the BMAT: Part 2.
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