BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

The BMAT test (BioMedical Admissions Test) is administered by Cambridge Assessments Admissions Testing. You can take the test either on 1 September or 31 October of a given year.

The following medical schools require that the candidate sit the BMAT, and use the BMAT as a discriminator in the application process:

  • University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
  • Oxford University Medical School
  • Imperial College School of Medicine
  • UCL Medical School
  • Leeds School of Medicine
  • Keele University School of Medicine
  • Lancaster Medical School
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School

The format of the BMAT is detailed below.

Why is the BMAT important to my application chances?

University admissions tutors face a range of challenges throughout their institution’s application and admission processes. One of the key challenges is to identify the right candidate who would not only succeed in the medical course at university, but also flourish in that environment. Since all applicants have equally high academic achievements, universities are relying on other indicators of academic ability.

The essay written in Section 3 of the BMAT exam will be made available to your interviewers, for their scrutiny, so expect questions about this during your interview.

How do I improve my BMAT marks?

Making yourself familiar with the examination question styles that BMAT uses will give you an idea of the time pressure and style of questioning that you will face in the real exam.

One way to achieve this is to use the free downloadable content from the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website, which lists the previous papers, and is a source of valuable practice.

Furthermore, there are some good books available that you can buy and practise with. Remember: even if you are not using those resources, someone else is.

Anita – Imperial College London
‘I found the BMAT harder to prepare for compared to the UKCAT, but I found that being aware of current healthcare issues proved to be useful for the essay section, alongside learning how to draft my essays well before writing them.’

George – Lancaster University
’Everyone has their particular strengths and weaknesses in the BMAT – do not worry too much if you think you have underperformed or found a particular section especially difficult – it is not supposed to be easy! Try to keep focused and keep your essay unique and interesting to read. After the exam, try to jot down some of the things you discussed in your essay – this will make preparing for your interview easier. ’

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