BMAT, The Biomedical Admissions Test is used by University admissions offices to discern the most able and suitable candidates for courses in the medical sector. The BMAT is a useful process, particularly for competitive universities who are seeing an increase in applicants with top grades. The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a subject-specific test taken by those applying to read certain medicine, veterinary medicine and related courses in the UK. An excellent test result can be the crucial component behind a successful application for courses in the medical, dental, biomedical and veterinary degree sectors. The BMAT is designed to stretch candidate’s ability to apply knowledge in mathematical and scientific areas, demonstrating their ability to think critically, solving problems using clear and concise writing. These skills are paramount for successful study and practice within the medical sectors, meaning BMAT act as a useful indicator for an individuals’ suitability and individual strengths within the study. The BMAT is taken by candidates across the globe, offered during various seasonal sessions over the year, making researching your intended universities (and countries) schedule imperative in your preparations. Our BMAT tutors can help you achieve an excellent score on your BMAT Exam.
What does the BMAT assess?
The BMAT lasts 2 hours in total and is divided into 3 separate sections.
Section 1: The Aptitude and Skills section of the BMAT consists of 35 multiple-choice questions, with 60 minutes allocated for these questions to be completed. Testing candidate’s ability to apply problem solving skills to questions regarding data, statistics and mathematical/ scientific context, section 1 requires candidates to comprehend arguments and come to conclusions using numerical information.
Section 2: The Scientific Knowledge section of the BMAT consists of 27 multiple-choice questions, with 30 minutes allocated for these questions to be completed. Testing candidate’s ability to retain scientific and mathematical knowledge previously learnt, this section requires candidates to use this subject-based knowledge to come to reasonable conclusions.
Section 3: The Essay Writing section of the BMAT consists of a singular writing task, with a selection of 3 questions, with 30 minutes allocated for these questions to be completed. Testing candidate’s ability to communicate ideas and knowledge through effective application of the Written English, this section requires candidates to organise their thoughts and communicate their ideas clearly.
What BMAT score should I be aiming to achieve?
The BMAT is scored on a scale as opposed to a sum of the points achieved throughout the sections in the test. A maximum of 32 points can be attained in Section 1 and a further maximum of 27 in Section 2. Your BMAT score will be recorded on a scale ranging from 1.0 to 9.0. Section 3 is scored between 1 and, marked in accordance with the quality of the content and graded A, C, or E for your English skills. This is marked by two examiners, with your score averaged between the two examiners marks. The average BMAT score sits around 5.0, with good BMAT scores excelling 6.0 and above, with 7.0 and above viewed as rare.
Universities that require the BMAT for successful Medicine application:
+ Brighton and Sussex Medical School
+ Imperial College London
+ Keele University
+ Lancaster University
+ Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
+ Mahidol University
+ Thammasat University: CICM and Dentistry
+ University College London UCL
+ University of Cambridge
+ University of Leeds
+ University of Melbourne
+ University of Oxford
How do I prepare for the BMAT?
Reviewing and practicing using online past papers can be beneficial as they enable one to effectively manage time keeping, whilst also adjusting to the wording of questions and the varying levels of difficulty. Self-assessment of your general areas where you could develop your knowledge further will enable you to be self-aware in your studies, supplementing what you need to practice more and strengthening your pre-existing strengths. Reviewing the BMAT resources and content windows will enable you to narrow down your revision to a refined and purposeful selection of materials. It is important to remember that the content in the BMAT will contain mathematics and science knowledge that you will have previously learnt, making revising this content a useful practice. Ultimately, the more time you spend practicing, the more confident and prepared you are likely to feel when taking your UCAT, a feeling which should be reflected in your score outcome. Online and in-person tutoring can enable you to receive one on one, specially tailored support, enabling you to feel supported in your endeavours and to receive individualised resources and sessions that can develop your knowledge and expand your strengths.
BMAT Tutors London for Medicine & Dentistry Applications
Mayfair Consultants offer private tuition for applicants preparing to take the BMAT exam, and those seeking to learn more about their aptitude for Medicine. If you are preparing for the BMAT, or for an interview to read Medicine, our tutors can guide you through the whole process and help address potential weaknesses in your performance. We also offer private tuition for younger students with a budding interest in Medicine – including those taking Science AS- and A-Levels. Many of our tutors have direct experience of the medical sector and /or hold advanced qualifications in the field, making them best-placed to meet clients’ needs.
Up to date information about the test can also be found on the following website- www.bmat.org.uk
If you’d like arrange BMAT tutors or BMAT lessons (Medicine Entry) or have any questions about our tuition services please call us on Tel: +44 (0) 207 665 6606 or you can send us an email via our contact form.
Useful BMAT Course links:
http://www.medschools.ac.uk/Students/howtoapply/Pages/BMAT-and-UKCAT.aspx Medical Schools Council BMAT Pages
https://www.themedicportal.com The Medical Portal
https://www.bma.org.uk/advice/career/studying-medicine/becoming-a-doctor/application-process BMA Medicine Application and Test Advice
https://www.rsm.ac.uk/about-us/public-information/careers-in-medicine.aspx Careers in Medicine
http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/25740.asp GMC Medical School Selection Information
https://he.palgrave.com/studentstudyskills/page/critical-and-analytical-thinking-skills/ Palgrave Critical Thinking Skills