Preparing for the BMAT

The BMAT is the BioMedical Admissions Test, and is required by some universities as part of the application process to study medicine, biomedical science or veterinary medicine. Some of the best institutions in the UK have made it compulsory to sit the BMAT, including Oxford and Cambridge Universities. It isn’t as widely used as the UKCAT, but is equally as important if the course you want to do requires it. Have a look to see what preparation our students do for the BMAT.

There are three parts to the BMAT; aptitude and skills, scientific knowledge & applications and a writing task. The first section is designed to test your problem solving skills and how you interpret or infer arguments and data. The second section tests your ability to apply scientific knowledge to GCSE level maths and science questions, and the third section tests how well you communicate through writing. It is a two hour exam; section 1 is 60 minutes long whilst sections 2 and 3 are 30 minutes long respectively.

Similarly to the UKCAT, there isn’t much you can do in the way of revising as it focuses on innate skills you should already have. The key thing is to practise using the online tests and familiarise yourself with the format of the exam. It may be useful to revise some GCSE science and maths, as section 2 will always be based around the National Curriculum and it is important that you are comfortable dealing with those subjects at the required level. Unlike the UKCAT, you are not permitted to use a calculator.

The BMAT is sat once a year, and if you score well in the BMAT and then don’t manage to get a university place you will have to sit it again the next time around. It is usually held at the beginning of November, with results issued at the end of that month to coincide with the UCAS deadlines. The interviews are then given to those who have performed well in the aptitude test as well as meeting the other requirements of the course. Our top tips for interview preparation will come in handy!