Prepare for the BMAT with our pre-med course
The BioMedical Admissions Test, or BMAT, is a test used by medical universities in the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Thailand and Malaysia to assess your suitability for a medical degree course. It gives you the chance to strengthen your university application by showing your scientific and mathematical aptitude under test conditions, a well as your ability to problem-solve and communicate.
Universities including Brighton and Sussex Medical School, the Imperial College London, Lancaster University, University College London, the University of Cambridge, the University of Manchester Medical School, the University of Leeds, the University of Oxford, and Keele University all require successful completion of the BMAT. Each of these medical universities weighs BMAT scores differently, so it is smart to review how your university of choice will consider the results.
The BMAT is a 2 hour exam, divided into 3 sections. The first section, lasting 60 minutes, is dedicated to problem solving, understanding arguments, and data analysis and inference. In the second section applicants have 30 minutes to prove their knowledge of scientific and mathematical subjects, and their ability to apply this knowledge in unfamiliar contexts. Section 3 doesn’t test knowledge as such, but rather the ability to develop ideas and communicate them in writing. In 30 minutes, participants must choose one of a number of different tasks and construct a written response.
The BMAT is split into two sessions, one in August and one in October. Applicants to the University of Oxford must take the October exam, while for most other universities both dates are an option. Please inform yourself about which session you should take beforehand, as you may only take the exam once per application season. More detailed information on which test sessions are right for you and the exact process of the exam can be found on the Cambridge Assessment homepage.
How London Medical Academy can prepare you for the BMAT
Our experienced team have developed our pre-med course to specifically prepare you for your BMAT, by familiarising you with the required content of the test, coaching you on past papers, and preparing you for time pressure – all with the aim of boosting your BMAT score.
In terms of BMAT scoring, sections one and two are graded on a scale of 1 to 9, with 9 being the highest. For reference, the average score is between 3 and 5, with 6 being high and 7 being exceptional. There is no passing mark, as tests vary each year, so your result will be compared with other applicants to your chosen course when the university is considering applications.
If you’re applying to a medical school which requires a BMAT, our pre-med course is here to make sure you feel confident and prepared for this important step in your medical education. Our experienced lecturers prepare you for the knowledge-based sections of the exam, as well as giving you the experience needed to deliver high-quality answers in the written section. By delivering our pre-med course in smaller class groups, we’re able to give you the personal attention needed to ensure you’re fully prepared with the necessary skills.
The numerous test simulations will also assist our students in practising efficient time management skills, so they are easily able to allocate their time effectively during the actual exam.