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BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

The BMAT test (BioMedical Admissions Test) is administered by Cambridge Assessments.

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

  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Oxford
  • Imperial College London
  • University College London
  • Leeds’ School of Medicine
  • Keele University
  • Lancaster University
  • Brighton & Sussex Medical School (Graduate entry)

The format of the BMAT is detailed below.

Why is the BMAT important to my application chances?

University admission tutors face a range of challenges throughout their application and admission processes. One of the key challenges is to identify the right candidate that 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 achievements.

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

How do I improve my BMAT marks?

Familiarity of the examination question styles will give applicants an idea of the time pressure and style of questioning that the applicant will face in the real exam.

One way would be to use the free downloadable content from the Cambridge Assessment’s website which lists the previous papers, and is a source of valuable practise.

Furthermore, there are some good books on Amazon that you can buy and practise with. Remember, 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. "