FAQs

Taking the BMAT

Where can I take the BMAT?

Typically, you sit the BMAT at your school or college. If you don’t attend a school or college, you will need to find an open centre where you can take the test.

What if I can't find a centre?

Can I withdraw from taking the test?

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.

Can I get my BMAT fee reimbursed?

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. Late entry fees and administration fees cannot be reimbursed.

UK students can apply for the BMAT standard entry fee to be reimbursed if they receive:

  • the full Adult Learning Grant (ALG)
  • the full Maintenance Grant
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income support.

EU candidates who receive equivalent allowances or grants in their home country may also be eligible.

Candidates registered at a closed centre should ask their Exams Officer, Head of Sixth Form or Careers Officer to contact us.

Candidates registered through an open centre may contact us directly by writing to:

The BMAT Support Team
The Admissions Testing Service 
Cambridge English Language Assessment
1 Hills Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EU
United Kingdom

For more information contact the Support Team.

A copy of a candidate’s entitlement for benefits should be enclosed with the request for reimbursement of fees. All requests for reimbursement of fees should reach the BMAT Support Team by 15 October 2014.

Where do I enter my BMAT candidate number?

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.

When do BMAT exam materials reach the centres?

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'.

What writing equipment should be used for the BMAT?

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.

Are dictionaries allowed for the BMAT?

No, dictionaries – including bilingual dictionaries – cannot be used for the BMAT.

Are calculators allowed for the BMAT?

No – calculators are not allowed for the BMAT.

Access arrangements and special considerations

What access arrangements are available for BMAT candidates?

Access arrangements are available for candidates with certain conditions who have an established need of history and provision. Conditions include:

  • dyslexia
  • dyspraxia
  • dysgraphia
  • dysorthographia
  • working memory deficit.

Such candidates may need extra working time, or to use a laptop or other physical support.

What do I do if I need access arrangements?

You must tell your centre in advance of any access arrangements you need. You may be asked to provide clinical evidence.

What are the guidelines for laptop use?

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.

What evidence should an Exams Officer submit for candidates with access arrangements?

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.

Is extra time allowed for candidates without English as their first language?

No – candidates applying to courses requiring the BMAT are expected to have a good command of English.

Do I qualify for special consideration? How do I apply?

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 within seven days of the test date, either as a scanned email attachment or by post (Special Delivery or equivalent), to the email/postal address on the form.

Results and appeals

Can I use a BMAT result from a previous year as part of a new application?

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.

Can BMAT results be queried or appealed?

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 
or   
2. If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your initial Results Enquiry.

How do I submit a Results Enquiry or Appeal?

To complete your submission, you must fill out the relevant form - either an Application for a Results Enquiry or Application for an Appeal.

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.

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.

How long does a Results Enquiry take?

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 sat the test at your school/college, you will be notified via your centre of the outcome of the Results Enquiry.
  • If you sat the test at an open centre, you will be notified directly of the outcome of the Results Enquiry.
Candidates will receive notification of their results enquiry by Wednesday 10 December 2014.

I’m not happy with the outcome of my Results Enquiry. What can I do?

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.

How long does an Appeal take?

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.

Do I need to send my Results Enquiry or Appeal form to the institutions I’ve applied to?

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.

What are the fees for submitting a Results Enquiry or Appeal? And who pays?

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:

  • UK students can apply for the BMAT standard entry fee to be reimbursed if they receive:
    • the full Adult Learning Grant (ALG)
    • the full Maintenance Grant
    • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or
    • income Support.
  • EU candidates who receive equivalent allowances or grants in their home country may also be eligible.