How to achieve your medicine goals, the BMAT Explained.

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If you’re applying to medicine, this article will give you an insight into the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). 

There are a number of hoops a student must go through to reach their goal of studying medicine. The admissions tests are a key part of the application process. 

In this article, we will answer your questions on what the BMAT is, how the BMAT is used by universities and why is it used? 

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4th year Medicine, Cambridge

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The BMAT, What Is It?

The BMAT Basics

Overview and background to the BMAT such as how long it has been running, how many take it each year, main dates and BMAT vs UCAT. BMAT Universities: The Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is required by several universities across the UK, some countries in Europe, and even as far reaching as Malaysia. The test is an entry requirement at these universities for a medical, veterinary or dentistry course.

UCAT (UKCAT) VS BMAT – WHICH TO TAKE?

Mention the importance of starting early (Link to programme) BMAT Universities: The Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is required by several universities across the UK, some countries in Europe, and even as far reaching as Malaysia. The test is an entry requirement at these universities for a medical, veterinary or dentistry course. 

The BMAT Structure

Section 1: Thinking Skills

32 questions | 60 minutes

You have approximately 110 seconds per question; this may sound like a lot but given that you’re often required to read and analyse passages or graphs – it can often not be enough. Nevertheless, this section is not as time-pressured as Section 2 so most students usually finish the majority of questions in time.

Section 2: The Time Trial

27 questions | 30 minutes

This section tests GCSE biology, chemistry, physics and maths. However, it’s also the section in which you can improve the most quickly in so it’s well worth spending time on.

Section 3: Writing

1 question | 30 minutes

This section gives candidates 30 minutes to answer one question from a choice of three. These questions usually pertain to; medicine, veterinary science, a current or social affair, or a quote by a famous figure. Along with the main question, there are usually sub-questions which need to be answered.

Who uses the BMAT