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What if my school is not an authorised BMAT test centre?
You can ask your school or college to apply to become an authorised BMAT test centre. Your school or college will need to follow the application process. Test-takers can only register for BMAT through an authorised test centre.
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Yes, but you must withdraw before Saturday 15 October 2016. Candidates who were registered between 1 September and 1 October 2016 will be refunded their standard entry fee. Late-entry candidates – who registered between 2-15 October 2016 – will only have their standard entry fee refunded, and not their late entry fee. It is not possible to withdraw from taking the test after 15 October 2016.
You need to enter your BMAT candidate number on all exam scripts. Your candidate number can be found on your Statement of Entry, which is provided on the day of the test. Your candidate number begins with a ‘B’ followed by five numbers.
Candidates 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.
No, dictionaries – including bilingual dictionaries – cannot be used for BMAT.
No – calculators are not allowed for BMAT.
Access arrangements are available for candidates with certain conditions who have an established need of history and provision. Conditions include:
Such candidates may need extra working time, or to use a laptop or other physical support.
You must tell your centre in advance of any access arrangements you need. You may be asked to provide clinical evidence.
A candidate who requires a laptop must be accommodated in a way that does not disturb other candidates, and the laptop screen must not be visible to them.
If this is done by separating the candidate using the laptop, they must have a separate invigilator.
Candidates using 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 – candidates can be marked down for going over this limit.
At the end of the test, the candidate using the laptop must be present when their script is printed off, to confirm that the work is theirs. The candidate’s name, candidate number, candidate initials and centre number should be clearly written on the printout.
Exams Officers do not need to submit any evidence to the Admissions Testing Service. However, candidates may be asked to provide evidence of any need for access arrangements at interview.
No – candidates applying to courses requiring BMAT are expected to have a good command of English.
We routinely monitor scores of different groups of test-takers (e.g. those requiring extra time versus those who don’t require extra time), for both the whole test and for individual test questions, to check for any differences in how the groups perform.
Requests for special considerations are used to indicate to institutions that a candidate suffered temporary illness, injury or indisposition at the time of the assessment. They may also be used to indicate that there were problems with an aspect of the administration of the test, such as a fire alarm during the test session.
If a candidate thinks that their BMAT response was affected by temporary illness, injury or any other issue, they can ask for this to be taken into account as a special consideration.
We pass on all such requests to any BMAT university that the candidate has applied to. No adjustment will be made to results, but an indication of the level of severity of the incident will be passed to the university. The university will be asked to take the special consideration into account when considering applications.
To make your request, complete a Special Considerations form. Send it with a covering letter on the centre's headed notepaper no later than five working days after the test date, either as a scanned email attachment or by post (Special Delivery or equivalent), to the email/postal address on the form.
BMAT Special Considerations, Results Enquiries and Appeals Policy
No. You must take BMAT in the year you are applying to university. If you take the test again, your score from one year will not affect your chances if re-applying in later years, as each application is considered afresh.
Yes, you can submit a Results Enquiry or an Appeal:
Submit a Results Enquiry if you think that there has been an error in the processing or reporting of your BMAT results and therefore the results do not reflect your performance on the day of the test.
Submit an Appeal:
1. Immediately upon results release, if you have a complaint about an aspect of the administration of the test that is not covered by a Special Consideration or Results Enquiry
2. If you are not satisfied that a Results Enquiry was correctly handled.
To complete your submission, you must fill out the relevant form - either an application for a Results Enquiry or application for an Appeal.
Requests for results enquiries must be made using the online form accessible via the link below. The form should be submitted by the Exams Officer from the centre at which the test was taken. If the test was taken at an open centre, the request may be submitted directly by the candidate.
BMAT Results Enquiry Form
Forms must be submitted within five working days of the results being published.
Requests for appeals must be made using the online form accessible via the link below. The form should be submitted by the Exams Officer from the centre at which the test was taken. If the test was taken at an open centre, the request may be submitted directly by the candidate.
The Appeal form should be submitted:
The Results Enquiry or Appeal CANNOT go ahead without the candidate’s consent indicated on the form as requested.
BMAT Special Considerations, Results Enquiries and Appeals Policy
Please note: Candidates should be aware that the majority of Results Enquiries do not result in a change of grade. They should also note that their results can go down as well as up, and that this could affect their university application.
The Admissions Testing Service will respond within five working days of receiving the Results Enquiry form and a fully completed Finance form. We will also notify the institution(s) to which you have applied if there is a change of result.
If you believe your Results Enquiry was incorrectly handled, you can submit an Appeal using the application for an Appeal form. There is no other basis for a review of a Results Enquiry.
Your application must arrive within 5 working days following notification of the outcome of your Results Enquiry.
Exactly how long any specific Appeal takes depends on the individual case. But the panel that looks at Appeals will always try to make a decision in time for it to be taken into account during the current university admissions round.
The panel is largely made up of representatives from the institutions that use BMAT.
The Admissions Testing Service will inform the institution(s) of the outcome of a Results Enquiry or Appeal if it leads to a change of result.
For the current fees for a BMAT Results Enquiry or Appeal, see BMAT dates and costs. Any fees charged will be refunded if your results are revised.
If your school or college submitted the Results Enquiry or Appeal: your school or college will be invoiced for the fee, following the outcome of the Results Enquiry or Appeal. Please check with your school or college if this fee will be passed on to you.
If you submitted the Results Enquiry or Appeal: you will need to pay the Admissions Testing Service directly by credit card when you submit your Results Enquiry or Appeal.
Please note, payment for your Result Enquiry or Appeal will be taken once your outcome has been sent. If there is a change to your result, then you will not be charged.