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How to mark and review your BMAT Essay during practice

Section 3 assesses your ability to communicate effectively in writing and how you organise your ideas, and present them. In this article, we will look at how to mark and review a BMAT essay. You are required to write a short (one A4 page) essay in 30 minutes. You can choose to answer any one of the three questions, which are on a general, scientific or medical theme. Select the question that most interests you, and for which you feel you can write the best answer. Do not feel obliged to answer the medical question just because you are applying for Medicine. The questions always have the same format: a [Read More]

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How BMAT universities use the exam

BMAT universities have independent approaches to how they assess BMAT results. In this article, we will explore the different ways the exam is used. A BMAT score good enough for one university might not necessarily be good enough for another. BMAT universities place different emphasis on the exam, whilst some rely heavily on it to shortlist candidates to interviews others don’t. There is also the question of at what stage is the exam assessed? With many universities using the results to determine which candidates to interview, some universities look at BMAT results at later stages in making their final decision. Nonetheless, the test is a vital part of your application, [Read More]

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How to use and attempt BMAT past papers

In this article, we will explore the different ways you can use and attempt the BMAT past papers. The official BMAT site has over 15 years worth of BMAT past papers. However, they must be utilised effectively during preparation. Let’s explore the different ways you can use and attempt BMAT papers. 1. Diagnostic test A diagnostic test is a past paper that you take at the beginning of your prep to determine your strengths and weaknesses as well as how much you need to improve. Your diagnostic results give you an estimate of how well you would do on the BMAT and which parts of the test you’re struggling with. [Read More]

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Advice From High Scoring Candidates that took the BMAT 2017

In this article, I share top tips and advice from some of the candidates that took the BMAT 2017.  We had the pleasure of speaking to 33 students that took the BMAT 2017. Their average score in section 1 and 2 were 6 and 6.5, respectively, and the lowest essay score was 4C. These were past readers of the blog and students that I reached out to on The Student Room that was giving valuable advice. During my research, I made sure the contributors fulfilled a particular set of criteria’s that were important to establish credibility: A Good BMAT score (6+ in Section 1 and 2, at least 4C in Section 3) [Read More]

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How to use the BMAT syllabus to analyse missed questions in Section 2

The BMAT syllabus outlines the science and maths knowledge assessed in BMAT Section 2. In this article, we will look at how to use it to analyse incorrect questions and pinpoint underlying issues. Section 2 questions may draw upon any parts of the syllabus and may include topics from more than one area.  The Basics In a previous guide, I shared a proven strategy to help analyse incorrect questions during BMAT practice. The article explains the three tiers to analyse incorrect answers, which are: Stimulus-type (the presented material) Question-type (the type of question) Skills/Reasoning-type (the skill or thinking required) Unfortunately, when it comes to section 2, most students only analyse [Read More]

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How to set BMAT practice tests during revision

In this article, we will look at how to set BMAT practice tests. Firstly, it is worth noting that practice tests do not necessarily mean BMAT past papers. Many books and courses include practice questions which are not from official papers that can be used to set BMAT practice tests. Generally, I recommend saving past papers for fully timed mocks under exam conditions. Whilst practice tests could be a more of a “build-up” to a full mock. So this poses the question, how do you set BMAT practice tests? Well, it depends on your goal, whether you are looking to improve your accuracy or speed. Accuracy  When focussed on exam accuracy, [Read More]

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How to analyse wrong questions during BMAT practice

We will look at a proven strategy to help analyse incorrect questions during BMAT practice.  Getting a question wrong during BMAT practice can feel anywhere from mildly disappointing to absolutely infuriating (I’ve been there). However, it offers the opportunity to learn something new about the exam and yourself. But to see any improvement you have to review questions with a toothcomb. I recommended analysing each question at three levels: 1. Stimulus-type: the material presented to analyse. Take into consideration the length & complexity of the information, writing style and format (text, table, graph, etc.). 2. Question-type: the type of question presented. You can find a full breakdown of section 1 and 2 [Read More]

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How to use the BMAT Specification for section 2

The BMAT specification (or syllabus) is an official guide to help with working on any gaps in knowledge. In this article, we will look at how to use it to get up to speed in the exam. The following are my tips on working through the official BMAT specification. Use it as a rough guide during study. Step #1. Do a quick comfortability test Start by skimming through the BMAT syllabus and ticking off the topics that you are confident in solving problems. The idea is that unticked topics will take priority during revision. I recommend completing at least two comfortability tests during BMAT study, one at the beginning and [Read More]

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Use this technique to evaluate performance in BMAT papers

Reviewing your results in BMAT papers is vital during practice. In this article, we will explore the SWOT analysis framework I recommend to assess performance. SWOT analysis is a framework for identifying and analysing the internal and external factors that can have an impact on your BMAT performance. The framework is credited to Albert Humphrey, who tested the approach in the 60s and early 70s. Organisations of all types now adopt it as an aid in making business decisions. However, it can be used for personal assessment, and we will apply the framework to assess our results in BMAT papers. When and why you should do a SWOT analysis A [Read More]


GAMSAT Universities and How they use the exam (in Australia, Ireland and UK)

Here is a complete list of the GAMSAT universities. I’ve provided links to each course so  you can easily view their respective entry requirements.  GAMSAT universities have there own approach to how they use exam results. I strongly recommend to get a rough idea on how your respective choice assesses results – use this set a target score in ech section during practice. United Kingdom Cardiff University – Medicine (A100) , Medicine with a Preliminary Year (A104), Graduate-Entry Medicine (A101) St Andrews & Dundee in partnership with University of the Highlands and Islands (ScotGEM) – Medicine St George’s, University of London – Graduate-Entry Medicine (A101), International Graduate Medicine (A901) Keele University [Read More]