BioMedical Admission Tests - BMAT

The BioMedical Admissions Test or BMAT, managed, owned and overseen by the Admissions Testing Service, is an aptitude or subject-specific admission test used as part of the admittance procedure for Medicine, Biomedical Sciences and Veterinary medicine in a few higher education institutions in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and the Singapore.

The BMAT is a 2-hour, pen-and-paper test separated into three different sections. It does not require lots of extra revision as it is an assessment of skills and knowledge that test-takers are expected to have already.
Universities using BMAT are as follows-
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Oxford Medical School
  • University of Bristol
  • Royal Veterinary College
  • University College London
  • Leeds' School of Medicine
  • Brighton & Sussex Medical School (Graduate Admissions)
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Singapore)
  • University of Leiden (Netherlands)

Dates and Deadlines

The dates of the BMAT vary. To know about the exact date, visit the official website. You can sit for the BMAT either at your own school or institution, if it is registered or listed as an official BMAT test center, or at one of the Admissions Testing Service Open centers worldwide. Visit Find a center to know about the Admissions Testing Service open center near your area.

BMAT Structure

The BMAT is a 2 hour pen-and paper based test divided into 3 parts-
  1. Aptitude and Skills
  2. Scientific Knowledge and Applications
  3. Writing tasks
There are separate question papers for each part.

Part 1- Aptitude and Skills
This part tests the generic skills and abilities in three areas: problem-solving, , data analysis and inference, and understanding arguments.
  • No. of questions: 35
  • Type of questions: Multiple-choice
  • Duration: 60 minutes
Problem Solving: This section requires the candidates to figure out and solve problems using simple numerical and algebraic functions.

Understanding Arguments: Few logical arguments are given and candidates are required to find out the reasons, supposition, and inferences.

Data Analysis and Inference: It requires the candidates to study and interpret the data (verbal, statistical and graphical) using basic descriptive statistics, graphical tools and techniques, and lexicon and reach to a conclusion.

Part 2- Scientific Knowledge and Applications
In this part, the questions are based on school science-physics, chemistry and biology, and National Curriculum for England key Level 4 Mathematics. It tests the scientific knowledge and skills of the candidates and how they apply that scientific knowledge to resolve the problems.  
  • No. of questions: 27
  • Type of questions: Multiple-choice
  • Duration: 30 minutes
Part 3- Writing Tasks
This part includes short questions or statements/arguments based on general or medical topics. Candidates are required to explain and discuss the statement, put forward a counter suggestion or argument. It basically tests the writing skills of the candidates.
  • No. of questions: One writing task from a choice of 4 questions
  • Duration: 30 minutes

BMAT Registration and Fees

You can register for BMAT at the authorized BMAT test centers around the world. The candidates who are presently attending schools or colleges must contact their exams officer to know whether their schools or colleges can run the test for them.

The candidates who are not attending schools or colleges can register for BMAT at the test centre closest to them. To know about the test centre near your area, click Find your Center. The BMAT fee varies from year to year. Check the official website for fees. Few test centres charge the extra administration fee so check with your respective test centre.

BMAT Scoring and Results

The scores of part 1 and 2 of the BMAT are described on a 9-point scale, while the third part-writing task is scored by the Admissions Testing Service.
  • Parts 1 and 2 questions carry one mark each. Total raw marks for each part are converted to the BMAT 9-point scale that ranges from 1 indicating ‘low’ to 9 indicating ‘high’. The best BMAT score is 6.0.

  • Part 3 is marked by 2 examiners. Each examiner tests the content quality and rates it on a scale of 0 to 5; and written English quality and rates it on the scale A-E. A combined score is derived.
Candidates receive a Statement of Results which they can download online. To download it, they need to visit Result Online-Candidates and enter their PIN ad password to access it.

Special Arrangements

Special arrangements are given to the candidates with specific conditions, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia, dyspraxia, and working memory loss. To get the special arrangements, the candidates need to fill out a special consideration form and submit it to the concerned test center along with a covering letter and proof within 7 days of the examination date, either as a scanned copy or by post, to the email or address respectively mentioned on the consideration form.

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