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BMAT

Please note that there are two possible dates for this test, one in September (which will allow test-takers to receive their results prior to making their UCAS application) and the later date of October/November.

Students should note that Oxford does not accept the early test for a first degree and that the test will not be available at KES. There will be around 20 selected test centres in the UK (see link below).

You are still only able to take the test once during any test cycle.

The dates and costs for BMAT – September 2021 will be available later in 2021. Please check back for updates (BMAT website 22nd March). The information below is for 2020. **November 3rd confirmed for 2021**.

Summary Saturday 5th September Test

For: Students applying to Medicine or Veterinary Medicine.
Used by: BMAT September website. Brighton and Sussex (B74 A100); Cambridge (C05 A100); Imperial College (I50 A100, A109); Lancaster (L14 A100, A104); Leeds (L23 A100, A200); UCL (U80 A100); Keele (K12 A100) plus a number of international universities see here.
Registration by: 9th August 2020. (Registration is online and opens 22nd June)
Test Date: Saturday 5th September 2020 
Fee: £85 for uk candidates (payable online at time of registration)
Test location: External Test Centre (Available at approximately 30 locations))
Results25th September 2020

Summary Wednesday 3rd November Test (confirmed for 2021)

For:Students applying to Medicine or Veterinary Medicine.
Used by:BMAT November website. Brighton and Sussex (B74 A100); Cambridge (C05 A100); Imperial College (I50 A100, A109); Lancaster (L14 A100, A104, A900); Leeds (L23 A100, A101, A200); Oxford (O33 A100, A101, BC98); UCL (U80 A100); Keele (K12 A100) plus a number of international universities see here.
Registration by:1st October 2020. (15th October additional fee of £35) You will need to take the generic registration form to Mrs Owen (Examinations Office) with your cheque.
Test Date:Wednesday 3rd November 2021 (morning). 
Fee:£49 for uk candidates (payable to the School as the Test Centre); £83 for non-uk candidates.
Test location:School. 
Results27th November 2020

What is the BMAT?

The test is part of the selection procedure for medicine, veterinary science, dentistry and some physiological science courses. 

Who must take the BMAT?

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a subject-specific admissions test taken by applicants to certain medicine, veterinary medicine and related courses at the institutions listed below:

 The structure and content of the BMAT

The test takes place in School on Wednesday 4th November 2020 and is a two hour pen and paper test.

Section 1: Thinking Skills

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

Generic skills in problem solving and critical thinking.

32 multiple-choice questions

60 minutes

Please note: Section 1 has been updated for 2020 and will no longer include questions that test data analysis and inference.

Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

The ability to apply scientific knowledge typically covered in school Science and Mathematics by the age of 16 (for example, GCSE in the UK and IGCSE internationally).

27 multiple-choice questions

30 minutes

Section 3: Writing Task

What does it test?

Questions

Timing

The ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively.

One writing task from a choice of three questions

30 minutes

Registering for the BMAT

BMAT participating universities regard it as the responsibility of the candidate to make sure they are registered for BMAT whether you are applying from within the UK or abroad. On registering your entry you should ask for your BMAT number which you may need when completing your UCAS application form. See the tables for the appropriate test (above) which outlines the registration process.

Preparation to take the BMAT

The first step to performing well in the BMAT is to understand its purpose and format.
Then you can progress to familiarising yourself with the format of questions
used and, finally, attempt practice questions and tests to build your confidence.
The BMAT does not require a great amount of extra study. it has been designed not
to add to the work that candidates are already doing for A-level.
There is an official text 'Preparing for the BMAT' which includes plenty of
specimen questions and answers to ensure that you get the
maximum practise for the test.
An additional text which looks at both the BMAT and UKCAT (UKCAT now called UKAT) (Passing the UK Clinical Aptitude Test and BMAT)  also contains practise papers and advice.
The BMAT web site also contains a section of material so that you can practise the BMAT.          

BMAT Results

Candidates and centres will be able to download their results using the online results extranet (see dates in the tables above). Information about how to retrieve results will be provided to centres and candidates at the time of the test. Your result will only be sent to those universities that require the BMAT  as part of their admissions process and as the invisibility rule applies, each university will only have the results applicable to their applicants. A university will not know which other universities you have applied to. Scores on each of the three sections are given to the institutions together with a scanned image of the essay. It is well worth consulting the institutions web sites to see further information on how they utilise this data. How your BMAT score will be used varies between universities. It is most likely that a university will use the BMAT score as one element in their selection process. The use of results varies between institutions; candidates should contact the institution(s) to which they have applied to in order to find out how their results will be used.

Useful Web Sites

BMAT - home page.
BMAT - videos.
BMAT - FAQ
BMAT - further resources
BMAT - Specification