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Looking for information about the later test session? Find out more about BMAT – November.
We have introduced the alternative September date for BMAT in response to requests from students who wanted to have their BMAT result before they completed their UCAS university application. It will be available at selected UK test centres only.
NB: You must only take BMAT once in an admissions cycle.
Both test sessions will be considered equally by the institutions/courses participating in BMAT – September. Whether you take the test in September or November is your choice. You may wish to consider your availability on the test dates, when you will be ready to take the test, and the available space at your nearest test centres.
Note that some institutions/courses will not accept results from September. You should not take BMAT – September if you are applying to, or considering applying to:
If you have any queries about which BMAT session you should take to apply to an institution/course, check their website to confirm their requirements.
You must only take the test once, either in September or November.
All institutions that are accepting BMAT – September results have stated that applicants must only take one BMAT in an admissions cycle. Taking the test twice may be viewed by an institution as an attempt to gain unfair advantage. If you take BMAT in both September and November it will result in scores for both tests being shared with all BMAT institutions which you are applying to.
The September session will be available at over 20 test centres in the UK. You will need to register yourself and pay for the test online when registration is open, using our Metritests system.
You may not be able to take the test in September, for example, if you have personal commitments, you do not live near a centre, centres near you are full, or if any of your chosen courses doesn’t accept September results. Don’t worry; you can take the test in November – all BMAT institutions/courses accept results from the November session.
But remember – there are only two dates, so if you miss both test sessions, you cannot take BMAT this year.
No. If you cannot take the test in September at the given start time, you will need to take the test in November.
2017 is the first year we are running an alternative test date for BMAT, and we are holding the test at over 20 test centres in the UK. This means there will be limited capacity at test centres. We may review this for future years, if there is sufficient demand and BMAT institutions request it.
If you cannot take the test in September, you can take BMAT in November. Your application will not be disadvantaged.
As the test registration period is during July and August, when most UK schools and colleges are closed for the summer holidays, it would be difficult for them to make the necessary administrative arrangements for their students. Instead, we have selected test centres which are open all year round.
The £80 GBP registration fee for BMAT – September includes the test fee and a fee that is paid to the centre to run the test. There is no additional centre fee.
Yes, you can cancel your test booking for BMAT – September on Metritests up to and including 25 August 2017 and receive a full refund. If you cannot cancel via Metritests, please fill in this form.
If you cancel after this, up to 8 September 2017, you will receive a 25% refund*.
If you cancel on the test day, we will require independent evidence confirming that you were unable to attend the test (e.g. a doctor’s letter), before we can provide a 25% refund.
If you fail to attend the test without cancelling, you will not receive a refund.
Once your cancellation request has been processed, you will receive an email confirming the outcome. Please note that if a refund is made, it may take up to 21 days for the refund to reach your account. Some banks/credit card providers may take longer, so please check with them if you are concerned.
*Your consumer rights will not be affected.
You need to bring your booking confirmation email (or be able to show an electronic version of the email on your phone or tablet on the day); original photographic identification (your passport, driving licence or provisional driving licence, or student ID); and the equipment required for taking BMAT (pencil, eraser, black ink pen).
You should use a soft pencil for Sections 1 and 2 of BMAT. It’s a good idea to have a pencil eraser too.
For Section 3 of BMAT you must use a black-ink pen. Use of correction fluid is not permitted.
Dictionaries – including bilingual dictionaries – and calculators cannot be used.
No. Extra time is not allowed for test-takers without English as their first language.
Access Arrangements are available if you have a disability or special requirement, and are entitled to support for other exams.
You will need to request any Access Arrangements when booking the test online. See the Dates and costs page for Access Arrangements requests deadlines.
We will ask for supporting evidence. This will usually be the same evidence you provide for Access Arrangements in your other exams. If you are unable to provide evidence to support your Access Arrangement request (due to the evidence being held by your school which is closed for the summer holidays), you are permitted to provide the evidence at a later date (this must be as soon as is possible and no later than the results release date).
We will advise you if the Access Arrangement is granted. If it is granted, the centre will be advised by us directly.
You must take the evidence supporting your Access Arrangement with you on the day of the test. If you have not requested the Access Arrangement at the time of booking and had it granted, it cannot be provided on the test day.
For more information about Access Arrangements, please visit our Useful documents section.
Test-takers who are approved to use a laptop should format their work in Arial font, size 11, single spaced. Automatic spell checkers and grammar checkers must be disabled. The word limit for each BMAT writing task is 550 words – test-takers can be marked down for going over this limit.
At the end of the test, the test-taker using the laptop must be present when their script is printed off, to confirm that the work is theirs. The test-taker’s name, initials, candidate number and centre number should be clearly written on the printout.
If you present yourself for BMAT – September, you are declaring yourself fit to take the test.
During the test, if you fall ill or if any other disruption occurs (e.g. a fire alarm), this must be reported to us immediately by the test centre. The Special Consideration process will be followed in these cases. The centre may need to provide evidence.
For more information about Special Consideration, please visit our Useful documents section.
From 09.00 BST on 29 September 2017, you will be able to view your results by logging in to the Metritests account you created to register for your test.
You are responsible for sharing your results through the Metritests system.
BMAT – September results must be shared with institutions by 20 October 2017 if you wish to apply for entry to your chosen institution(s)/course(s) in September/October 2018.
You will not be able to share results if you miss this deadline.
Find out more about sharing your results.
If you have selected institutions to share your results with, they will automatically receive your results when they become available on 29 September 2017. We recommend you wait to select the institution(s) that will receive your results until you have seen your results and/or confirmed your UCAS choices.
Don’t forget, you have until 20 October 2017 to share your BMAT – September results on Metritests with your selected institution(s)/course(s).
If you do not apply to any BMAT institutions via your UCAS application, you will still get your results on Metritests, but they will not be shared.
Yes, you can submit a Results Enquiry or an Appeal in the same way as for the November test session.
For more information, and to fill in an online form, please visit our Useful documents section.
Note: We cannot guarantee that the Results Enquiry or Appeal process will be completed before the UCAS application deadline on 15 October 2017.
If the outcome of your Results Enquiry or Appeal means that your BMAT – September score changes, we will ensure that the relevant institution/course you are applying to is informed.