The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is an aptitude test used as part of the admissions process for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Biomedical Sciences in some universities in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Spain, Malaysia and the Netherlands. You can read, download and practice BMAT Specimen Papers BioMedical Admissions Test with Answer Key at the end of the article.
BMAT is a 2-hour, pen-and-paper test, which consists of three sections. The first two sections are both multiple choice/short answer and the third section is a writing task.
- Section 1 is designed to test Aptitude and Skills (such as problem solving, understanding arguments, data-analysis, critical thinking, logic and reasoning), and lasts 60 minutes with 35 questions.
- Section 2 tests Scientific Knowledge and Applications (the ability to apply scientific knowledge from school science and maths), and lasts 30 minutes, with 27 questions.
- Section 3 is a 30-minute Writing Task, which tests the ability to select, develop and organise ideas and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively. Candidates must complete one essay question from a choice of four, requiring the construction of an argument or debate, an analysis of a statement, or similar task.
Unlike the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT), calculators cannot be used in BMAT. Dictionaries, including bilingual dictionaries, cannot be used in the exam.
Section 1 tests problem solving, understanding argument, and data analysis and inference.
Section 2 is based on the knowledge typically included in non-specialist school Science and Mathematics courses. It tests your ability to apply this knowledge – possibly in unfamiliar contexts.
Please note that as curriculums have changed over time, so has the Science and Mathematics content of BMAT Section 2. The BMAT Section 2 content specification was revised in 2014. If you find a past paper question which you do not know how to answer, please check whether it is still covered by the current test specification, as some topics previously examined are no longer included.
Further information on Section 2 is available in the BMAT test specification which can be found in Further resources, and in the BMAT Section 2: Assumed Subject Knowledge guide, which can be found in Section 2 preparation.
Section 3 tests the capacity to develop ideas and to communicate them effectively in writing. It is not a test of knowledge. Please note, since 2010, Section 3 has had a choice of four writing tasks.
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