About Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing - Biomedical Admissions Test

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a 2-hour subject-specific admissions test taken by applicants to 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.
there will be two test sessions every year – in September and October. The two test sessions will be the same in terms of test format and how the tests are scored.The September test session will be available at selected authorised test centres in the UK and internationally. Alternatively, students can take BMAT in October at their own school or college or at one of  authorised test centres around the world.
Note:Not all BMAT institutions accept BMAT – September results.See who is participating in the session at http://www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/bmat/
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.
September results are delivered through Metritests system. October results are issued via a Statement of Results in late November, but results can be accessed via the candidates Metritests account in late September. 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
8 Chiang Mai University
9 Chulalongkorn University
10 Keele University
11 Khon Kaen University
12 Lancaster University
13 Mahidol University
14 Srinakharinwirot University
15 Thammasat University: CICM and Dentistry
16 University of Leeds 
17 Universidad de Navarra

 Important note for applicants to the University of Oxford or Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine:
  1. The University of Oxford will only accept BMAT results from the October session for A100 Medicine and BC98 Biomedical Sciences.Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine will only accept BMAT results from the October session for Medicine.If you are applying for these courses at the University of Oxford or LKC Medicine,you must take the test in October only, even if you are also applying to institutions/courses that accept September results.
  2. Please note, international applicants (those who are not ordinarily resident in the UK or EU) to Brighton and Sussex Medical School are not required to sit BMAT.
  3. If you’re applying to Thai universities, please visit their websites to check application details, as nationality or other restrictions may apply.
Note:You must only take the test once a Year in September OR October.Always check institution/course websites to confirm if they accept September or October test results. If one or more of the institutions you are applying to do not accept September results, you must take the test in October only.

Study Level
Under Graduate
Mode of Test
Conducting Authority
Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing

Test Format

120 Min

Duration of Test


Frequency per year

0 - 100

Score Range

1 Year

Test Score Validity


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How to Master BMAT
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Thinking Skills - (Cambridge University Press)
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Critical Thinking: A Concise Guide
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Thinking from A to Z
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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.
Here is a wide range of free resources to help you prepare for BMAT For Details Click The Link: http://www.admissionstesting.org/for-test-takers/bmat/preparing-for-bmat/