About the BMAT
The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is an admissions test for applicants to Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Science and Dentistry courses at certain universities.
As well as being an entry requirement, BMAT gives you the chance to stand out from the crowd and show your potential to succeed on a demanding science-based university course.
It is a required test for the top medical schools like:
University of Cambridge (required for veterinary medicine applicants)
Imperial College London
University of Oxford Medical School
Royal Veterinary College
University College London
Leeds’ School of Medicine
Brighton & Sussex Medical School (Graduate entry)
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Singapore)
University of Leiden (Netherlands) – February exam only
University of Navarra (Spain) – February & November exams
University of Malaya – February exam only
BMAT Test Format
The BMAT is a two hour paper-based test divided into three sections:
Aptitude and skills
The first 60 minute long section is generally the toughest. It is designed to test generic skills in problem solving, understanding arguments, and data analysis and inference.
Scientific Knowledge and Applications
The second 30 minute long section is designed to test the ability to apply scientific knowledge typically covered in school Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) and Mathematics by the age of 16 (for example, GCSE in the UK and IGCSE internationally).
The last section consists of a 30 minute writing task. The candidate can choose any one of four topics to write from. It tests the ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively.
What is a good score?
Questions in Sections 1 and 2 are worth 1 mark each. Total raw marks for each section are converted to BMAT’s scale, which runs from 1 (low) to 9 (high). Typical BMAT candidates will score around 5.0, roughly half marks. The best candidates will score around 6.0, and a few exceptional candidates will score higher than 7.0.
Writing Tasks in Section 3 are marked by two examiners. Each examiner gives two scores – one for quality of content (on a scale of 0–5), and one for quality of written English (on the scale A, C, E).
How can Prep Zone help?
Prep Zone offers numerous course options to fit your needs. The group concept classes are utilised to cover all the concepts being tested and the advanced classes are for practicing the more challenging problems with a trainer.
I’m interested! What are my next steps?
Register for our free Intro seminar to learn more about applying to medical school in the UK and the BMAT. Can’t make it? Get in touch with us for a quick chat and try a free Diagnostic to see what the test looks like.