Help your students beat the BMAT.
The BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) is another admissions test that is used by a smaller number of medical schools in the UK. It is different from the UCAT in that it assesses knowledge, as well as aptitude. Usually, it can be taken in September or November, but Oxford Medical School only accepts BMAT’s November sitting. Note: Due to COVID-19, the BMAT – September test session will not go ahead in 2021.
The BMAT is a 2-hour test consisting of three sections:
For more information about this test, including how your students can prepare, read our articles on the BMAT.
Despite only seven medical schools using the BMAT, it is used by a number of prestigious universities, including: Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and Imperial College London.
Furthermore, preparing for both the UCAT and BMAT maximises a student’s chance of securing a place at medical school. In 2021, the UCAT can be sat between 26th July and 22nd September, whereas the BMAT will be sat on a date in November (exact date to be confirmed).
You can advise your students to sit the UCAT at the end of July and to sit the BMAT in November. This allows them to space out the exam revision as much as possible.
Note that the BMAT Section 1 (Thinking Skills) assesses similar cognitive skills as the Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections of the UCAT. Therefore, preparing for the UCAT will be useful for improving the BMAT scores.
BMAT scores are used alongside academic grades for interview invitation.
Here are top five ways to help your students with their BMAT:
Medify offers free resources for the BMAT. We also offer an Online BMAT Course that features an automatic past paper grader, 1,400 original practice questions, section tutorials and essay plans to help students ‘beat the BMAT’.
There are some YouTube channels run by medical students, which share tips, know-hows and resources, including: