BMAT Section 3

The following information is taken from The Ultimate BMAT Guide: 600 Practice Questions

In BMAT section 3, you have to write a one A4 page essay on one of four essay titles. Whilst different questions will inevitably demand differing levels of comprehension and knowledge, it is important to realise that one of the major skills being tested in the BMAT essay is actually your ability to construct a logical and coherent argument- and to convey it to the lay-reader.

BMAT Section 3 is frequently neglected by lots of students, who choose to spend their time on sections 1 & 2 instead. However, it has the highest returns per hour of work out of all three sections so is well worth spending time on the BMAT essay.

The aim of BMAT section is not to write as much as you can.  Rather, the examiner is looking for you to make interesting and well supported points, and tie everything neatly together for a strong conclusion.  Make sure you’re writing critically and concisely; not rambling on.  Irrelevant material can actually lower your score. You only get one side of A4 for your BMAT essay, so make it count!

Most BMAT essay questions consist of 3 parts:

– Explain what a quote or a statement means.
– Argue for or against the statement.
– Ask you “to what extent” you agree with the statement.

Number 1 should be the smallest portion of the essay (no more than 4 lines) and be used to provide a smooth segue into the rather more demanding “argue for/against” part of the question. This main part requires a firm grasp of the concept being discussed and the ability to strengthen and support the argument with a wide variety of examples from multiple fields. This section should give a balanced approach to the question, exploring at least two distinct ideas. Supporting evidence should be provided throughout the essay, with examples referred to when possible.

The final part effectively asks for your personal opinion and is a chance for you to shine- be brave and make an innovative yet firmly grounded conclusion for an exquisite mark. The conclusion should bring together all sides of the argument, in order to reach a clear and concise answer to the question. There should be an obvious logical structure to the BMAT essay, which reflects careful planning and preparation.

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