The BMAT is specifically designed to be challenging so as to differentiate effectively between able applicants for university courses, including those who may have achieved the highest possible grades in school examinations. The BMAT test structure is as follows:

Aptitude & Skills

This section consists 35 questions. The Multiple Choice Questions covered will range form Problem Solving, Understanding Arguments and Data Analysis & Inference.

Scientific Knowledge & Application

This section has 27 questions and covers the three sciences  plus maths (GCSE level). Answers will either be in multiple choice

Writing

Students have to choose 1 question from a choice of 4. They will be provided with 1 page of A4 paper to answer the essay prompt. The essay topics are science-based.

Aptitude & Skills

 TimeNumber of Questions
Problem Solving30 (Approx)13
Understanding Argument15 (Approx)10
Data Analysis & Inference15 (Approx)12

Scientific Knowledge & Application

 TimeNumber of Questions
Biology8 (Approx)6-8
Chemistry8 (Approx)6-8
Physics8 (Approx)6-8
Mathematics6 (Approx)5-7

Writing

 TimeNumber of Questions
Questions will provide a short proposition and may require candidates to:
• explain or discuss the proposition’s implications;
• suggest a counter proposition or argument;
• suggest a (method for) resolution.

Candidate will be scored based on whether they have : addressed the question in the way demanded; organised their thoughts clearly; expressed themselves using concise, compelling and correct English; used their general knowledge and opinions appropriately.
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What is a good BMAT score?

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).

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