BMAT – The BioMedical Admissions Test
1. Overview of the BMAT
The BMAT is designed to assess a range of mental abilities and attributes identified by universities as important for healthcare professionals. The test is divided into three sections:
- Section 1: Thinking Skills – Assesses problem-solving skills, including numerical and spatial reasoning, and understanding argument.
- Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications – Assesses the ability to apply scientific knowledge typically covered in school Science and Mathematics by the age of 16.
- Section 3: Writing Task – Assesses the ability to select, develop, and organize ideas and communicate them in writing concisely and effectively.
The BMAT is a pen-and-paper test, typically taken in November each year.
2. How to Prepare for the BMAT
Preparation for the BMAT involves a combination of revising basic academic skills, improving problem-solving abilities, and familiarising oneself with the test format. Here are some resources to help you prepare:
- Official BMAT Practice Papers and Resources: The BMAT consortium provides free practice papers and resources on its website.
- BMAT Online Courses
3. How to Register for the BMAT
Registration for the BMAT is completed through a test centre, which can be your school or college, or an open test centre if your school or college is not registered. The registration period typically starts in August and ends in October. The test is then taken in early November.
Please note: There are no academic eligibility criteria to sit the BMAT, but you must plan to apply to a participating university.
4. After the BMAT
Your BMAT score will be released in late November. These scores are then sent to your chosen universities (as indicated during the registration process). Each university uses the BMAT score differently, so it’s important to check with each institution to understand how they use the scores in their selection process.
5. Contact Information
For more information about the BMAT, you can visit the official website or contact Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing directly:
- BMAT Website: https://www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/bmat/
- BMAT Support: https://www.admissionstesting.org/contact-us/
We hope this guide serves as a helpful starting point for your journey towards preparing for the BMAT. Good luck with your academic pursuits!