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You can take BMAT at either:
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.
Please note that the Admissions Testing Service reserves the right to administer BMAT verification tests in agreement with BMAT-using institutions on the day of applicant interviews. These will be similar in format to the live BMAT test taken in November, but will be of shorter duration. Note that no special preparation is required for these verification tests.
The purpose of the verification tests is an additional quality assurance measure to help validate test performance in the live BMAT.
Contact the Support Team.
Yes, but you must withdraw before Tuesday 15 October 2014. Candidates who were registered between 1 September and 1 October 2014 will be refunded their standard entry fee. Late-entry candidates – who registered between 2-15 October 2014 – 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 2014.
In some cases, yes, we can reimburse the BMAT fee based on ability to pay. We reimburse standard entry fees to eligible candidates who have taken the BMAT and applied to a BMAT university. You will need to pay your test centre your entry fee, which will be reimbursed to you if you are eligible for reimbursement. Late entry fees and administration fees cannot be reimbursed. UK students can apply for the BMAT standard entry fee to be reimbursed if:
The candidate receives:
Based on the selection above, candidates are asked to provide one of the following documentary evidence in order for their application to be considered:
To apply for a reimbursement you need to complete the BMAT reimbursement application form. The reimbursement application deadline is 15 October 2014.
A copy of a candidate’s entitlement for benefits should be attached with the request for reimbursement of fees.
For more information contact the Support Team.
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.
BMAT exam materials reach the examination centre 7-10 days before the date of the exam. They will be marked with the message: 'Admissions Tests Materials Enclosed'.
Candidates should use a soft pencil for Sections 1 and 2 of the BMAT. It’s a good idea to have a pencil eraser too.
For Section 3 of the BMAT you must use a black ink pen. Use of Tippex is not permitted.
No, dictionaries – including bilingual dictionaries – cannot be used for the BMAT.
No – calculators are not allowed for the BMAT.
BMAT scores will be used alongside your UCAS form to assist the interview selection process. You will not be disadvantaged by your BMAT scores as part of this evaluation; however, high BMAT scores may be advantageous to your application.
In the first instance, your UCAS form will be assessed according to the School of Dentistry’s normal protocol for interview selection. Your BMAT scores will then be reviewed. If the scores suggest excellent potential but an interview place has not already been awarded, your UCAS form will be reassessed with a view to offering an interview.
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 the 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 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. BMAT results are only accepted by universities in the year candidates apply for university. So, for example, a candidate applying to start university in 2014 or for a deferred place in 2015 needs to sit the BMAT in November 2013 – regardless of whether they have sat the BMAT before. Likewise, a candidate's score from one year will not affect their 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 are not satisfied with an aspect of the administration of the test. This must be an issue not covered by a request for Special Consideration or by a Results Enquiry
2. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your initial Results Enquiry.
To complete your submission, you must fill out the relevant form - either an Application for a Results Enquiry or Application for an Appeal.
Results Enquiry form
Send the completed Results Enquiry form either as a scanned email attachment, fax or by post (Special Delivery or equivalent), to the email/fax/postal address on the form. Emailed forms are preferred.
Your submission must arrive by 17.00 GMT on Wednesday 3 December 2014.
Send the completed Appeal form either as a scanned email attachment, fax or by post (Special Delivery or equivalent), to the email/fax/postal address on the form. Emailed forms are preferred.
The form should arrive:
either when appealing an aspect of the test administration which is not covered by a Special Consideration or Results Enquiry - no later than five working days following the release of results, by 17.00 GMT on Wednesday 3 December 2014.
or when appealing a results enquiry decision, within 5 working days of being informed of the outcome of the Results Enquiry.
The Results Enquiry or Appeal CANNOT go ahead without the candidate’s written consent, given on the form.
BMAT Special Considerations, Results Enquiries and Appeals Policy
Candidates who took the test at their school or college: ask your Exams Officer to send your completed form to the Admissions Testing Service, with a covering letter on headed notepaper.
Candidates who took the test at an open centre: send your completed form directly to the Admissions Testing Service without an accompanying covering letter.
Please note: Candidates should be aware 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. We will also notify the institution(s) to which you have applied within the same time frame.
If you are not happy with the outcome of the Results Enquiry, you can submit an Appeal using the Application for an Appeal form.
Please send your completed form as a scanned email attachment, or by fax or post (Special Delivery or equivalent) to the email address, fax number or address given on the form. Emailed forms are preferred.
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 the BMAT.
No. The Admissions Testing Service is responsible for informing the relevant institution(s) that a Results Enquiry or Appeal is taking place. The Admissions Testing Service is also responsible for informing them of the outcome of the Results Enquiry or Appeal.
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 you sat the test at your school or college: 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 sat the test at an open centre: you will need to pay the Admissions Testing Service directly by credit card when you submit your Results Enquiry or Appeal.
Applicants can apply to have the fee reimbursed based on ability to pay:
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