The following information about the BMAT Exam structure is taken from The Ultimate BMAT Guide: 600 Practice Questions

The BMAT Exam is 2 hours long and consists of three sections:

Section Skills Tested Questions Timing
ONE Problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning. Critical thinking skills, including understanding argument and reasoning using everyday language. 35 MCQs 60 minutes
TWO Ability to recall, understand and apply GCSE level principles of biology, chemistry, physics and maths. This is usually the section that students find the hardest. 27 MCQs 30 minutes
THREE Ability to organise ideas in a clear and concise manner, and communicate them effectively in writing. The questions are usually but not necessarily medical. One essay from four 30 minutes


All 3 sections are sat together and you can’t go back to a previous section or jump ahead to the next one. Your responses are collected in after every section to prevent you from doing this. There are no scheduled breaks and the exam usually takes place on the first Wednesday morning of November.  You cannot use calculators or dictionaries (electronic or paper) in the BMAT exam. 

Sections 1 and 2 tend to cause the most problems and indeed many universities will focus on these two (see: How is the BMAT used?). However, it is important not to neglect section 3 in the BMAT Exam as it is also used to shortlist candidates e.g. imperial have a BMAT essay threshold that applicants must meet in order to get an interview.