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 SWOT analysis should be conducted ideally after attempting a BMAT paper. The framework is an effective way to recognise weak areas.

Elements of a SWOT analysis

As its name states, SWOT examines four elements:

  • Strengths: The question-types that you find most comfortable and are confident in answering correctly most of the time.
  • Weaknesses: These are question-types that you are not very confident about. However, a significant amount of practice could potentially turn them into strengths.
  • Opportunities:  These are question-types that you are not very confident about. However, a little bit of practice could turn them to strengths.
  • Threats: These are the question-types that do not improve despite your efforts.

How to do a BMAT SWOT analysis

A SWOT matrix is often used to organize BMAT questions under each of the four categories. The matrix is usually a square divided into four quadrants, with each quadrant representing one of the specific elements. See an example below.

SWOT example
An example of a simple SWOT matrix

Use insight to pinpoint weak areas and create an effective study plan for the exam. Here are a few pointers:

  • Prioritise threats and weaknesses during revision.
  • Though not critical, prioritise opportunities over strengths.
  • If you are not making any progress with threats, get good at triage and making logical guesses when a threatening question arises.

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