As part of the free 30-day BMAT Challenge you’ll be required to review the BMAT specification to help with working on any gaps in knowledge. In this article we will look at how to use it to get up to speed in the exam.
The following tips were recommendations from past candidates that contributed to both the BMAT study plan and BMAT study guide (coming out in 2019). These were students who performed very well in the exam with a average BMAT score of 6.5 + in section 1 &2, and essay average of 4B. Here are 4 of the most practical tips on how to use the BMAT specification:
#1. Use in conjunction the Online Assumed Knowledge Guide for Section 2
The BMAT specification lists the topics that will be tested on in the exam. Much of the content will have been covered during GCSE study of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. However, you may find some gaps in your knowledge, so use the online Assumed knowledge guide as well to help identify these areas.
#2. Start with the Science topics that you have identified as your weakest
Many high scoring candidates strongly recommend going through a couple BMAT past papers before deep diving into revision – as you gain familiarity with the questions create a list of science topics that you answered incorrectly. Don’t just stop at learning the answers when you review test results – use old textbooks or other resources such as GCSE bitesize to understand concepts.
#3. Go through the most commonly tested topics
The BMAT Specification is long! Save time by reviewing past papers in the last 5 years. Identify the most common topics that come up. Make sure at the very least these topics are covered and well prepared for. To help save some time, I have reviewed BMAT past papers from 2009 and created a quick list of the most common topics from the BMAT syllabus.
#4. Do a quick Comfortability Test
This tip was recommended to me by Adam Hill, a 2016 BMAT candidate who scored 7.1 in Section 2. He recommends doing a comfortability tests. This is where you skim through the BMAT specification and tick the topics you are comfortable with. He recommends doing this twice, at the beginning of your preparation and towards the end. In the last week of your preparation, review the untick topics and use YouTube and the GCSE bitesize to quickly learn concepts. He recommends resources such as Khan Academy YouTube channel for 5-10 minute videos.