BMAT Section 2
The following information is taken from The Ultimate BMAT Guide: 600 Practice Questions
Section 2 is undoubtedly the most time-pressured section of the BMAT test. This section tests GCSE biology, chemistry, physics and maths. You have to answer 27 questions in 30 minutes. The questions can be quite difficult and it’s easy to get bogged down. However, it’s also the section in which you can improve the most quickly in so it’s well worth spending time on it.
Although the vast majority of questions in section 2 aren’t particularly difficult, the intense time pressure of having to do one question every minute makes this section the hardest in the BMAT. As with section 1, the trick is to identify and do the easy questions whilst leaving the hard ones for the end.
In general, the biology and chemistry questions in the BMAT require the least amount of time per question whilst the maths and physics are more time-draining as they usually consist of multi-step calculations.
The BMAT only tests GCSE level knowledge. However, there is a large variation in content between the GCSE exam boards meaning that you may not have covered some topics that are examinable. This is more likely if you didn’t carry on with Biology or physics to AS level (e.g. Newtonian mechanics and parallel circuits in physics; hormones and stem cells in biology). If you fall into this category, you are highly advised to go through the BMAT Specification and ensure that you have covered all examinable topics.
BMAT Past papers and questions in BMAT books will help highlight any particular areas of weakness or gaps in your knowledge that you may have. Upon discovering these, make sure you take some time to revise these topics before carrying on – there is little to be gained by attempting section 2 questions with huge gaps in your knowledge.