The BioMedical Admissions Test (BioMedical Admissions Test) is an admissions exam designed to rank the applicants for medicine to certain UK universities.
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The BMAT is made up of three sections in total. The first section is a 60-minute thinking skills test consisting of multiple choice questions designed to test general skills often required for undergraduate study. The second part is a half-an-hour section on Scientific Knowledge and Application. These questions are also in multiple choice format, and the questions are usually restricted to non-specialist Science and Mathematics courses in secondary education. The third section is a 30-minute writing task, in which students pick one out of three task prompts. This gives you the chance to demonstrate your ability to consider both sides of an argument and communicate your ideas in writing.
The BMAT is for applicants to medicine, veterinary, and some dentist courses at eight different UK universities and medical schools: Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Leeds, Brighton & Sussex, Keele, and Lancaster.
Oxford and Cambridge use the BMAT as a standardised format for assessing and benchmarking their applicants. The exam rewards problem solving over any specific medical knowledge, so that students taking different qualifications at school can access the syllabus. Oxford and Cambridge use students’ marks in the BMAT to make decisions about which applicants they should invite to interview. The vast majority of applicants to Oxbridge have similarly excellent exam grades, making it very difficult to decide between them, and an applicant’s BMAT test score heavily influences this decision. Other universities use the BMAT score as additional content in their decision-making process for admissions to maths-based courses.
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