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Questions in Sections 1 and 2 are worth 1 mark each. Total raw marks for each section are converted to the BMAT 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.
Essays 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, an essay given a 4C by one examiner and 4A by the other will get a final score of 4B. An essay 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 essays are marked for a third time, and the final mark is checked by the Senior Assessment Manager.
A Statement of Results will be issued to each candidate on 26 November 2014, via our Results Online system. Candidates and centres can download their results online:
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.
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 2013
Explanations of previous years’ results:
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
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