What is the BMAT?
Like the UKCAT the British Medical Aptitude Test (BMAT) is another admissions test that some medical and veterinary schools use to assess the applicants’ abilities and approaches. Each medical school requires applicants to sit either the UKCAT, BMAT or neither. But likely you’ll have to sit at least one of the two admissions tests.
The BMAT is a more traditional 2 hour paper-pen based test, compromised of 3 sections:
Section One – Aptitude and Skills
This portion of the exam tests your problem solving and critical analysis, how do you understand arguments and procure the relevant information to answer the question.
Section Two – Scientific Knowledge and Application
Using concepts of Science and Mathematics that you should be familiar with from GCSE to answer questions that seem more complicated than those you are used to.
Section Three – Essay Writing
Unlike the other two which are multiple choice, here you are tested on your communication. How well can you portray your thoughts on a topic in a coherent, organised way.
Sections 1 and 2 are scored on a running scale between 1.0-9.0, so there’s no official pass/fail mark. Again different medical schools have their expectation of what successful applicants need to achieve. The grade for Section 3 is split into 2 parts: score of 0-5 for the quality of content and grades A-E for the quality of written English (so your grammar, punctuation and spelling).
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