BMAT Revision

The following BMAT Revision tips are taken from The Ultimate BMAT Guide: 600 Practice Questions

BMAT Past Papers

Official past papers and answers from 2003 onwards are freely available here. You are highly advised to attempt as many of them as you can (ideally at least 5). If you get stuck, you can also get access to fully worked solutions to all the past papers. It is also worth investing in a BMAT book to consolidate your learning.

Repeat Questions

When checking through answers, pay particular attention to questions you have got wrong. If there is a worked answer, look through that carefully until you feel confident that you understand the reasoning, and then repeat the question without help to check that you can do it.  If only the answer is given, have another look at the question and try to work out why that answer is correct.  This is the best way to learn from your mistakes, and means you are less likely to make similar mistakes when it comes to the test.  The same applies for questions that you were unsure of and made an educated guess which was correct, even if you got it right.  When working through books or past papers, make sure you highlight any questions you are unsure of, this means you know to spend more time looking over them once marked. You can then review them in detail to increase the efficiency of your BMAT Revision.


It is essential that you don’t get stuck with the hardest questions – no doubt there will be some.  In the time spent answering only one of these you may miss out on answering three easier questions.  If a question is taking too long, choose a sensible answer and move on.  Never see this as giving up or in any way failing, rather it is the smart way to approach a test with a tight time limit.  With practice and discipline, you can get very good at this and learn to maximise your efficiency.  It is not about being a hero and aiming for full marks – this is almost impossible and very much unnecessary (even Oxbridge will regard any score higher than 7 as exceptional).  It is about maximising your BMAT Revision efficiency and gaining the maximum possible number of marks within the time you have.

Simulate Exam Conditions

When doing BMAT Practice Test papers, it’s important that you simulate exam conditions as much as possible. This means you should follow the instructions as closely as possible.

  • Print off BMAT response sheets
  • Don’t use calculators or dictionaries.
  • Spend the correct amount of time on each of the sections:

BMAT Section 1 – 60 minutes (35 questions)
BMAT Section 2 – 30minutes (27 questions)
BMAT Section 3 – 30 minutes (one side A4 only)

Remember that the route to a high BMAT score is your approach and practice. Don’t fall into the trap that “you can’t prepare for the BMAT”– this could not be further from the truth. With knowledge of the test, some useful time-saving techniques and plenty of practice you can dramatically boost your score.

Learn about the test, follow our top tips, work hard, and do yourself justice.

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