About the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

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About the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a subject-specific admissions test for applicants to medicine, veterinary medicine and similar courses at universities.

The BMAT is a 2-hour, pen-and-paper test divided into three sections. It does not require a lot of extra study as it is a test of skills and knowledge that learners are expected to have already. The BMAT is owned and administered by the Admissions Testing Service.


BMAT updates – for 2015 entry:

  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) will use the BMAT for Medicine (UCAS code: A100) for all applicants.
  • Imperial College London will use BMAT for Graduate entry to Medicine (UCAS code: A101).
  • The University of Leeds’ School of Medicine (UCAS code: A100) will use the BMAT for all applicants.

Test format

The BMAT is divided into three sections:

  1. Aptitude and Skills.
  2. Scientific Knowledge and Applications.
  3. Writing Task.

Section 1: Aptitude and Skills

Section
What does it test?
Questions
Timing
Aptitude and Skills Generic skills in problem-solving, understanding arguments, data analysis and inference. 35 questions, multiple choice or short answer 60 minutes

Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications

Section
What does it test?
Questions
Timing
Scientific Knowledge and Applications The ability to apply scientific knowledge from school science and mathematics (up to and including the National Curriculum for England Key Stage 4). 27 questions, multiple choice or short answer 30 minutes

Section 3: Writing Task

Section
What does it test?
Questions
Timing
Writing Task
The ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively.
One essay question from a choice of four questions
30 minutes

For more detailed information about the BMAT format, see the BMAT Specification and the BMAT FAQs.