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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.
If you cannot find a centre, please contact the Support Team.
Yes, you can withdraw your entry for the test. Your Exams Officer will need to do this for you. Your entry can only be withdrawn until Saturday 15 October 2016. If your entry is withdrawn by 15 October, your standard entry fee will be refunded. Late entry fees are not refunded.
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.
Dictionaries - including bilingual dictionaries - and calculators cannot be used.
No. Extra time is not allowed for candidates without English as their first language.
Access arrangements are available for candidates with certain conditions who have an established need of history and provision. Conditions include:
• working memory deficit.
Such candidates may need extra working time, supervised rest breaks, or enlarged papers. Other arrangements may be available on a case by case basis, and should be referred to the Admissions Testing Service using the 'Other' option under Access arrangements when registering for the test.
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.
Requests for special consideration 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.
For more information, and to fill in an online form, please visit our Useful documents section.
Sorry, no. For security reasons we cannot reissue candidate PINs. If you have lost your PIN, you will need to ask the Exams Officer at your BMAT centre to download a Statement of Results for you.
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. For more information, and to fill in an online form, please visit our Useful documents section.