The BMAT: A Guide

What is it?

The BioMedical Admissions Test is a standardised subject-specific test for applicants applying to study Medicine or other similar subjects at undergraduate level.

Does it apply to me?

The BMAT is taken by students applying to study the following subjects:
Medicine
Veterinary Medicine (Cambridge only)
Biomedical Sciences (Oxford only)

When is it?

Entries for the BMAT generally open at the start of September and close around mid-October. The test itself normally takes place in September or October, but it is worth checking the BMAT website to confirm the exact dates.

What do I have to do?

The test is completed with pen and paper, and is divided into three sections:

  1. The Aptitude and Skills Test lasts for 60 minutes and consists of 35 multiple choice questions. This is designed to test candidates’ problem solving skills, data analysis and inference, and ability to understand arguments.
  2. The Scientific Knowledge and Applications Test lasts for 30 minutes and consists of 27 multiple choice questions. This is designed to test candidates’ ability to apply scientific knowledge from school science and mathematics.
  3. The Writing Task lasts for 30 minutes and consists of one written answer from a choice of 4 questions. The task is designed to test candidates’ abilities to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively.

For more information and past papers, please visit the Admissions Testing website.