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BMAT Sections

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BMAT Sections & BMAT Tips

As previously outlined, there are three sections in the BMAT: sections 1, 2 & 3. 


Below we will outline each section and provide some BMAT section tips to help get you started on your BMAT preparation

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BMAT Section 1

Section 1 is a one hour test that contains 32 multiple-choice questions. It assesses two key domains: problem solving and critical thinking. Most people believe that this is the hardest BMAT section. 


This section is divided into 16 BMAT problem solving question and 16 BMAT critical thinking questions. Both are interspersed with each other. Generally the questions will come in increasing difficulty. 


BMAT Section 1 Scoring - this is out of 9, and each question is worth the same. 


How To Do Well in BMAT Section 1

Section 1 is generally accepted as being very difficult to revise for - most of the questions, as you will see, are a combination of mental maths or visualisation questions. This requires more practice of the technique, rather than revision. Therefore, our material in this first section is heavily focused on the practice of the core principles and techniques, which you will then be able to apply to any question that you face. Each question has been designed to teach you a specific technique or skill, so focus on each with your maximum ability.

BMAT Section 2

The BMAT section 2 tests four key domains: mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics.


The BMAT biology topics that you must know are outlined in the BMAT Section 2 assumed knowledge guide and the specification.


We would recommend you go through the entire guide, focussing initially more on topics that you have not previously envountered. 


BMAT Section 2 Tips

Section 2 is primarily focused on GSCE science, along with some of the more simple concepts of A-Level and extra-curricular sciences. Although this is relatively simple memorisation, it requires effort and preparation in order to succeed. The biology tested in Section 2 of the BMAT is basic recall and memorising, such as the location of certain cellular structures or the function of certain biological features; the most common topics asked are regarding genetics, anatomy of the human body, and the kidneys. The maths, chemistry and physics questions usually require calculations, which will be discussed in the relevant section. The chemistry sections normally require calculations for mole equations.