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We’re offering an alternative test date for 2017. Find out more about BMAT – September.
There is no pass/fail threshold for BMAT. You should simply aim for the best you can. It is worth noting that universities 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 candidates will score around 5.0, roughly half marks. The best candidates will score around 6.0, and a few exceptional candidates 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 candidate 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 information about results for the September test session, visit the BMAT – September page.
On Friday 24 November 2017, we will issue a PDF Statement of Results to each candidate via our Results Online system. Candidates and centres can download their results online:
Results are only available for candidates to download for 60 days from the date of issue. After this date we are unable to provide candidates with a re-issue of their Statement of Results document.
Results go to any BMAT institution a candidate has applied to. There is some variation in how different institutions make use of the results – candidates can contact the relevant institution(s) for more information on this.
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 that BMAT results are only valid in the year that the test is taken and cannot be carried over to a re-application. 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.
See the most recent explanation here:
Explanation of Results 2016
Explanations of previous years’ results:
Explanation of Results 2015
Explanation of Results 2014
Explanation of Results 2013
Explanation of Results 2012
Explanation of Results 2011
Explanation of Results 2010
Explanation of Results 2009
Explanation of Results 2008
Explanation of Results 2007
Explanation of Results 2006
Explanation of Results 2005
Explanation of Results 2004
Explanation of Results 2003
See BMAT results FAQs.