How BMAT Results Are Used By Universities

“All Standard Course (A100) applicants (including applicants to mature Colleges) are required to take the Biomedical Admission Test (BMAT) pre-interview.”

Cambridge interviews more than 90% of students who apply so the BMAT score isn’t vital for making the interview shortlist. However, it can play a huge role in the final decision – for example, 50% of overall marks for your application may be allocated to the BMAT. Thus, it’s essential you find out as much information about the college you’re applying to.

“BSMS requires all UK/EU applicants to sit the BMAT in the year of application in order to be considered for interview.
We feel that BMAT is a fair and transparent method for selecting for interview. We value that it is not only a test of aptitude, but also of knowledge. BSMS believes that it is important that applicants are able to demonstrate that they are able to construct a clear argument and present it using a good level of written English; this can be evidenced in Section 3.
We believe that the BMAT allows applicants to put themselves in the spotlight; if you have the ability and talent to succeed in medicine then the BMAT gives you the perfect opportunity to show us, regardless of your background.”

BSMS scores the BMAT out of 28 (9 marks for Section 1, 9 for Section 2 and 5 marks for each element of Section 3) we then rank all applicants according to their total score out of 28 and work down the rankings to fill our interview places. For 2015 entry applicants who scored 15.1 or above were invited for interview (the cut off score will vary each year).

“You must take the BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) in the year that you apply. BMAT scores are only valid for one year. BMAT is used to assess scientific aptitude, critical thinking and written communication skills. The test focuses on scientific and other abilities relevant to the study of medicine.”

UCL make offers based on all components of the application and whilst the BMAT is important there is no magic threshold that you need to meet in order to guarantee an interview. “The test scores are used, along with other information in the UCAS application, to help us select candidates for interview.” Applicants with higher BMAT scores tend to be interviewed earlier in the year.

“Applicants will have to register for the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) and take the BMAT as part of the criteria for entry to the LKCMedicine MBBS programme. If one is applying to the AY2017-2018 intake of LKCMedicine, one should take the BMAT in November 2016, prior to applying to LKCMedicine. Only results of the BMAT taken in the 12-month period prior to admission to LKCMedicine will be considered in the selection process.”

“The following courses use the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) as part of the selection process:
Undergraduate Medicine (MBBS/BSc)
BSc Biomedical Science
Graduate-entry Medicine (MBBS)”

Imperial employs a BMAT cut off to shortlist for interview. This exact cut-off value changes every year but in the past has been approximately 4.5-5.0 for sections 1 + 2 and 2.5 B for section 3. Thus, students who fail to achieve this score are automatically rejected.

“We do not use UKCAT in our selection process but for 2016 entry onwards, all applicants will be expected to complete the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
Part of the BMAT assesses your ability to apply what you have learned in GCSE Science and Mathematics (or equivalent) in a different context.
Applicants will be ranked according to their BMAT score and the top-ranking applicants will progress to Stage 3.”

“The MBChB course is very popular and for 2016 entry we received over of 2,000 applications (around 8 applications for each of the 218 direct-entry home student places available). Most of our applicants have an excellent academic record, typically offering AAA at A2 Level, or equivalent, and a good range of subjects at GCSE in addition to impressive non-academic achievements.
The forms are initially assessed for academic criteria by our admissions team. This process looks at your past and predicted grades along with your BMAT score. We have no “cut off” for the BMAT. All personal statements and head teachers’ references are screened for mitigating circumstances or access issues.

Once these forms have been ranked 1000 forms are assessed for non-academic criteria independently by two senior medical staff using explicit criteria that are reviewed annually by the Admissions Committee.”
The BMAT contributes to 15% of your academic score at Leeds. You will be allocated marks based on your rank in the BMAT. Thus, applicants in the top 20% of the BMAT will get the full quota of marks for their application and the bottom 20% will get the lowest possible mark for their application. Thus, you can still get an interview if you perform poorly in the BMAT (it’s just much harder!). Leeds will calculate your BMAT score by attributing 40% to section 1, 40% to section 2 and 20% to section 3 (lower weighting as it can come up during the interview).

“We anticipate that around 550 candidates will be invited to interview. In 2013, we changed from traditional panel-based interviews to Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)”.

Oxford typically receives thousands of applications each year and they use the BMAT to shortlist students for interview. Typically, 425 students are invited for interview for 150 places. Thus, if you get offered an interview- you are doing very well! Oxford centralise their short listing process and use an algorithm that uses your % A*s at GCSE along with your BMAT score to rank all their applicants of which the top are invited to interview. BMAT sections 1 + 2 count for 40% each of your BMAT score whilst section 3 counts for 20%.

“Students are selected for their scientific ability and for their aptitude for Medicine. Applicants are expected to show that they have a realistic understanding of what a medical career will involve, and that they have the potential to become effective and caring doctors. All colleges use a common set of selection criteria that relate to academic potential and suitability for Medicine.”