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What is BMAT Test

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What Is BMAT Test?

BMAT Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing

The BMAT is a necessary part of the application for many Medical Schools. Prior to sitting your BMAT, we highly recommend you investigate whether your Medical School choices require the BMAT or not - you can find this information in our ‘Universities’ Section of our website.


The BMAT assesses a combination of aptitude and knowledge - quite the opposite to the UCAT! It is expected that students will generally have acquired the necessary knowledge prior to the test throughout academic work, so theoretically, not much revision is necessary. However, we always recommend hard work, which starts here in our BMAT Guide.


The test is traditionally a pen-and-paper test, completed in a 2-hour sitting. 


You are not permitted the use of a calculator, dictionary or any other aid.


NB: In 2021 - The BMAT will be a computer based test!


The BMAT tests a broad range of skills across three sections:

  • Section 1: problem solving, understanding arguments and data analysis & inference

  • Section 2: applying scientific knowledge to different problems

  • Section 3: applying, developing and organising dieas and communicating them in an effective manner. 

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BMAT 2021 Changes

There are two broad changes to the BMAT for 2021:

  • There is only one date for the exam: November 3rd 2021

  • The test will be conducted on the computer only

Who Should Sit The BMAT Test?

The BMAT Test is used by a handful of Medical, Dental & Veterinary Schools across the UK and internationally. 


If you want to apply to a university that looks at the BMAT, you will need to sit this exam. 


Some people choose to only focus on the UCAT, however, choosing to sit the BMAT allows you to apply to a greater variety of universities that may look at registering for the BMAT