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Looking for information about the later test session? Find out more about BMAT – November.
There is no pass/fail threshold for BMAT. You should simply aim for the best you can. It is worth noting that participating institutions use BMAT scores in different ways. To find out more about how your BMAT scores will be used as part of the admissions process, contact the relevant institution(s).
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 test-takers will score around 5.0, roughly half marks. The best test-takers will score around 6.0, and a few exceptional test-takers 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 test-taker 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.
Section 3 marking criteria
For BMAT – September, results are delivered through our Metritests system.
You must also use the Metritests system to select the institutions that will receive your results.
From 29 September 2017, you will be able to view your results by logging in to the Metritests account you created to book your test.
You can then decide whether to share your September results with participating institutions.
You are responsible for sharing your results via Metritests. Universities will not consider results provided in any other way.
You should only share your results with institutions you have applied to or are planning to apply to via UCAS.
To share your results with your chosen institution(s):
Key dates for BMAT – September results
Before results are released on 29 September, you can add or remove selected institutions. After this, once your results have been shared with an institution, you cannot remove that institution from your list, but you can add further institutions until 20 October 2017. You may therefore wish to wait until you receive your results, before deciding which institutions to share your results with.
You will not be able to share your results after this date, so make sure you share your results in time.
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.
Please note: BMAT results for both the September and November sessions are only valid for the year the test is taken and cannot be carried over to a re-application. Likewise, each application is considered afresh, and your score from one year will not affect your chances if re-applying in later years.
To find out how your chosen institutions use BMAT scores, please visit their websites.