BMAT GUIDE: Everything You Need To Know

The Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) unlike the UKCAT, it is subject-specific. It is taken by applicants to certain medicine, veterinary medicine and related courses. Please find everything you need to know about the exam, recommended books and courses! Goodluck.

What Is The BMAT?

The Biomedical Admissions Test is a 2 hour, pen and paper examination required for entry to a number of medical schools in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Netherlands as well as a selection of some Dentistry and Biomedical Science programmes. The test is divided into 3 sections, read below.

What Are The Sections of The Exam

The exam is divided into 3 sections: 

  1. Aptitude and Skills
  2. Scientific knowledge and application
  3. Writing Task
  • Aptitude and Skills (60 minutes): This contains 35 multiple-choice questions to test your generic skills in problem-solving, understanding arguments, and data analysis and inference.
  • Scientific Knowledge and Application (30 minutes): This contains 27 multiple-choice questions to test your ability to apply scientific knowledge typically covered in school Science and Mathematics by the age of 16 (for example, GCSE in the UK and IGCSE internationally).
  • Writing Task (30 minutes): A writing exercise, you’ll be asked to write an essay from a choice of four questions to test your ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively.
Who Has To Take The Exam?
  • Undergraduate Medicine Applicants to: University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, University College London, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Singapore), University of Malaya (Malaysia).
  • Graduate-Entry Medicine Applicants to: University of Oxford, Imperial College London.
  • Veterinary Medicine Applicants to: University of Cambridge.
  • Biomedical Science Applicants to: University of Oxford, Imperial College London.
  • Dentistry Applicants to: University of Leeds.
When Is The BMAT 2017?

Unlike the UKCAT, all students take the examination on the same date. If you intend to commence university in September 2018, you would sit the exam in November 2017. 

 Free Resources To Prepare For The BMAT
My Recommended Books 

Read my Full Review of  the BMAT Books.

My Recommended Courses in 2017? 

The Uniadmissions BMAT courses are perfect if you are looking to improve your score. The UK’s number one medicine admissions company provides a comprehensive course taught by experienced experts, doctors and senior medical students that have performed exceptionally in the exam. Their courses include:

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Important Dates & Costs

1st September 2017 – Entries Opens. Centres can start making candidate entries from this date.

30th September 2017 – Last date for requests for modified question papers e.g Braille or enlarged

1st October 2016Standard entry closing date. Standard entry fees will apply until 5pm BST

15th October 2017 – Last date for BMAT Entries. Late entry fees will apply until 5pm BST. Entries cannot be withdrawn after this date. Candidates or centres who miss this deadline date should contact Cambridge Assessment. Entries made on this date also incur a late penalty fee.

November 2017 – BMAT takes place.

November 2017 – BMAT results released.

Costs

£44.00 – Standard fee for an EU candidate

£75.50 – Late fee for an EU Candidate

£74.00 – Standard fee for a Rest of World Candidate. International candidates should contact their centre to find out the cost in their local currency.

£105.50 – Late fee for an International Candidate. International candidates should contact their centre to find out the cost in their local currency.

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