How To Prepare For The BMAT Section 2 (Scientific Knowledge & Applications)

how to prepare for the bmat section 2

The BMAT Section 2 is the ‘Scientific Knowledge And Applications’ section, the sections tests the ability to apply scientific knowledge typically covered in school Science and Mathematics by the age of 16.  It is 30 minutes long with 27 multiple choice questions.  I personally found this section of the exam the easiest, I recommend going through past papers and brushing up on GCSE Science. A good place to start is the practice papers found on the Admissions Testing Service website. I recommend first doing the BMAT Section 2 paper timed with no preparation to identify gaps in your knowledge. I recommend you use the answers provided to score yourself and take note of the topics you find difficult.  You want to identify your weakness as early as possible and spend the remaining weeks improving them.

Here is rough guideline on how to prepare for BMAT Section 2 (Scientific Knowledge & Application):

  1. Identify – Attempt  the practice questions on the Admissions testing Service website with no preparation. Practice paper can be found here.
  2. Prioritise – Prioritise the topics and questions  you got wrong or found difficult. Use the BMAT specification provided by the BMAT to get further understanding the skills/ topics required. The BMAT specification can be downloaded here
  3. Improve – Use books or courses to improve skills. I personally recommend you don’t buy every book under the sun, my recommended BMAT books can be found here. I also recommend the Uniadmissions BMAT course (Get £15 Off with voucher code ‘BMATBLOG15’).  Find my full review here.
  4. Practice – Practice as many questions as possible, until you a fully comfortable with the section. You can attempt another past paper timed and see how well you have improved.

I believe if you follow this preparation strategy you will drastically improve your BMAT score, by identifying your weakness early and tailoring your preparation strategy to improve on difficult topics is by far the most efficient and effective way to prepare for the BMAT. A good place to start is the BMAT specification provided by the admissions testing service, use this to identify the topics needed for the exam and learn as much as you can. The section will cover the following topics:

  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics

The BMAT specification breaks down each science into the topics required for the exam. If you are looking to work on each section, the following books can be helpful to improve each section:


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