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The following information is for BMAT Netherlands applicants only.* This test takes place on 11 February 2017. For the latest information, including key dates and details about registration and where you take the test, please visit the website of your chosen institution(s). If you are applying to more than one BMAT-using institution, you must let the institutions know.
BMAT tests your ability to apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, as well as problem solving, critical thinking and written communication skills that are essential to university-level study.
BMAT Netherlands is taken in English. It is a 2-hour 10 minute, pen-and-paper test, which consists of three sections. Sections 1 and 2 are multiple choice, and Section 3 is a writing task.
If you're applying for the following courses, you will need to take BMAT:
Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)
Medicine, Biomedical Sciences
TU Delft/LUMC/Erasmus MC
University of Twente
Nutrition and Health
* Please note: The test date and registration process for BMAT Netherlands differ to the main BMAT test session in November. The main BMAT test takes place in November and is for test-takers applying to certain universities in the UK, Singapore, Thailand and Australia only.
Questions in Sections 1 and 2 are worth 1 mark each. Total raw marks for each section are converted to BMAT's 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.
Writing Tasks 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.
For example, a writing task given a 4C by one examiner and 4A by the other will get a final score of 4B. A writing task given 3C by one examiner and 2C by the other will receive a mark of 2.5C.
If there is a larger discrepancy in the marks, the writing tasks are marked for a third time, and the final mark is checked by the Senior Assessment Manager.