Biomedical Admissions Test 2017

International Level Exam

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About the Test

Study Level
Under Graduate
Mode of Test
Conducting Authority
Admissions Testing Service

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a 2-hour subject-specific admissions test taken by applicants to Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science courses. The BMAT is produced, administered and marked by the Admissions Testing Service, which also facilitates an extensive worldwide centre network at which candidates can sit the test.

Pattern of the Paper:

The BMAT is a pen and paper test consisting of three sections:

Section 1: Aptitude and Skills

It is a 60-minute section consisting of 35 multiple-choice or short answer questions. It tests generic skills often used in undergraduate study, including Problem Solving, Understanding Argument, and Data Analysis and Inference abilities.
  • Problem Solving: Candidates will require determine how to encode and process numerical information so as to solve problems, using simple numerical and algebraic operations. Problem solving will require the capacity to select relevant information, recognize analogous cases and determine and apply appropriate procedures.
  • Understanding Argument: Candidates are presented with a series of logical arguments and candidates have to identify reasons, assumptions, & conclusions, detect flaws and draw conclusions.
  • Data Analysis and Inference Abilities: This section demands the use of information skills (vocabulary, comprehension, basic descriptive statistics and graphical tools), data interpretation, analysis and scientific inference and deduction to reach appropriate conclusions from information provided in different forms, namely verbal, statistical and graphical.
Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications

It is a 30-minute section consisting of 27 multiple-choice or short answer questions. It is restricted to material normally encountered in non-specialist Science and Mathematics (i.e. up to and including National Curriculum Key Stage 4 Science and Mathematics).

This element tests whether candidates have the core knowledge and the capacity to apply it which is a pre-requisite for high level study in biomedical sciences. Questions asked in this section will be based on Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

Section 3: Writing Task

It is a 30-minute section consisting of four essay questions, of which the candidate must answer only one.

The question paper will brief candidates about the nature and purpose of the Task. They will be required to produce a written communication, without the assistance of a dictionary or automated spelling and grammar checking software.

When scoring responses, consideration will be given to the degree to which candidates have: addressed the question in the way demanded; organized their thoughts clearly; expressed themselves using concise, compelling and correct English; used their general knowledge and opinions appropriately.

Admitting institutions will be provided with a copy of the applicant's response.


Questions in Sections 1 and 2 are worth 1 mark each. Total raw marks for each section are converted to the BMAT scale, which runs from 1 (low) to 9 (high). Typical BMAT candidates will score around 5.0, roughly half marks. The best candidates will score around 6.0, and a few exceptional candidates will score higher than 7.0.

Essays in Section 3 are marked by two examiners. Each examiner gives two scores – one for quality of content (on a scale of 0–5), and one for quality of written English (on the scale A, C, E).

Combining the scores for Section 3: If the two marks for content are the same or no more than one mark apart, the candidate gets the average of the two marks. If the two marks for written English are the same or no more than one mark apart, the scores are combined like this: AA = A, AC = B, CC = C, CE = D and EE = E.

A Statement of Results will be issued to each candidate on 26 November, via our Results Online system. Candidates and centres can download their results online

BMAT results are only valid in the year that the test is taken and cannot be carried over to a re-application.

Universities accepting BMAT Score
S.No Name of the University
1 University of Cambridge
2 Imperial College of London
3 University of Oxford
4 Royal Veterinary College
5 University College London
6 Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
7 Brighton and Sussex Medical School

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Test Format

120 Minutes

Duration of Test


Frequency per year

0 - 9

Score Range

1 Year

Test Score Validity


Application Fees

Candidates cannot register themselves for the BMAT – they must be registered by a centre. Some centres charge an additional administration fee.

Cost Description
£44.00  EU (including UK) standard entry fee 
£74.00  Rest of the World standard entry fee 
£31.50  Additional late entry fee 
£32.00  Application for a Results Enquiry 
£32.00  Application for an Appeal 

Deadlines for Applications

Select the academic year of your choice to see the deadlines    
September 1 , 2018 *
Extranet online registration starts for BMAT test
September 30 , 2018 *
Last date for modified question paper requests for BMAT test
October 1 , 2018 *
Standard entry closing date for BMAT test
October 15 , 2018 *
Last date to request repayment of BMAT fees
October 15 , 2018 *
Last date for BMAT entries with late entry fees
November 2 , 2018 *
Date of BMAT test
November 25 , 2018 *
Date of BMAT test results
December 2 , 2018 *
Deadline for querying BMAT results
* Tentative dates. Actual dates will be updated soon.

Are you prepared enough to crack the exam?


Time required for preparation

6months / 1 year

Books for preparation

Book Name Author
Get into Medical School. 400 BMAT Practice Questions Olivier Picard, Lydia Campbell
How to Master BMAT Chris Tyreman, Christopher See
Succeeding in the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) Matt Green, Nicola Hawley
Thinking Skills - (Cambridge University Press) John Butterworth, Geoff Thwaites
Critical Reasoning: A Practical Introduction Anne Thomson
Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide Tracy Bowell, Gary Kemp
Thinking from A to Z Nigel Warburton
The Logic of Real Arguments Alec Fisher

Preparation Tips

The BMAT does not require a lot of extra study as it is a test of skills and knowledge that learners are expected to have already. Section 2 will always be based around the relevant version of the National Curriculum studied by the majority of the test takers.

Recommended Books for Preparation:

1. Official BMAT Guide

This book provides everything a candidate needs to prepare and practice for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) in a single book. It contains many questions and answers along with information on what to expect from the BMAT.

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