During the research of the BMAT Study Guide (coming out in 2019) and BMAT Study Plan I spoke with over 80 candidates that took the exam. In this article I share top tips and advice from some of the candidates that took the BMAT 2017.
Out of the 86 students I had the pleasure of speaking to, 33 took the BMAT 2017. Their average score in section 1 and 2 were 6 and 6.5 respectively, and the lowest essay score was 4C.
These were past readers of the blog and students that I reached out to on The Student Room that were giving valuable advice. During my research, I made sure the contributors fulfilled a certain set of criteria’s that were important to establish credibility, they include:
- A Good BMAT score (6+ in Section 1 and 2, at least 4C in Section 3)
- Successful at getting an offer into to their aspired field of study
- Provided proof of their results
- Took the BMAT within the last 3 years
In this article I will share 10 of the most practical BMAT tips provided by the students that took the BMAT 2017. They are as follows:
#1. Avoid losing marks in the exam due to poor examination techniques, especially for section 2, if you get stuck on a question, move on to another and come back to it later (Shawn, BMAT 2017)
#2. I think it’s great to get into the habit of doing mental Maths but it’s also good to practise drawing diagrams and writing equations to help answer questions (Beata on Section 1 and 2, BMAT 2017)
#3. I found for some questions it was easier to look at the options and make a logical or estimated guess instead of working out the exact answer – so always skim through the options before answering the question (Michael on section 1 and 2, BMAT 2017).
#4. It is worth doing all the past papers from 2009 onwards, I think there is little point doing section 3 essays before 2009 as they are significantly different to recent past papers (Raman, BMAT 2017).
#5. Always look at both sides of an argument when tackling argumentative essays in the exam (Regina on section 3, BMAT 2017)
#6. Know the key medical ethics principles – have a good understanding on beneficence, non-maleficence, confidentiality, autonomy and consent. There is usually a medical ethics question that comes up in section 3 (Zakaria on section 3, BMAT 2017)
#7. Work on improving your speed when doing basic Maths as this will be required in dealing with standard Maths questions but also in physics and chemistry calculations and take up time (Alice on Section 2, BMAT 2017)
#8. Start with analysing the question and options first when dealing with long text data analysis questions in section one. It allows you register the type of calculations you need to do before you deep dive into the problem (Greg on BMAT section 1, BMAT 2017)
#9. I recommend spending a bit of time on conversions and working with percentages, fractions, decimals and money beforehand – they come up a lot in section 1 (Ellen on section 1, BMAT 2017).
#10. I personally found the spatial questions in section 1 the most difficult to prepare for, I recommend practising as many questions as possible and using old GCSE Maths resources to go over transformation concepts (such as reflection, rotation, etc.) on 2D and 3D shapes (Bridget on Section 1, BMAT 2017)