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.
When focussed on exam accuracy, you are trying to develop your skills in certain areas and reduce your error rate. This can be done in many ways, but the most time-efficient way would be setting untimed mini-tests that are either specific to a question-type or BMAT section.
- Single question-type test: An untimed practice test that includes only one question-type or BMAT topic. Great for improving weak areas and testing your understanding of a topic.
- Section test: An untimed practice test that is more generic and includes more than one question-type for a given section. Great for improving weaker sections and gaining familiarity with the format of each section.
When focussed on speed, you are working on your capability at finishing each section on time. You strive to improve your pace whilst still maintaining a low error rate. This can be done by setting timed mocks that include either one or all three BMAT sections.
- Section mock: A timed practice test for one section. You would ideally include a mix of different question-types and set the same number of questions in the exam (e.g. complete 32 questions in 1 hour for section 1 or 27 questions in 30 minutes for section 2). Great for working on your pace for each section.
- Full mock: A full timed test. Great to simulate the real test and work on mental fatigue.
Now that you know how to set BMAT practice tests. Here are a few more pointers before you start :
- Focus on accuracy before speed
- Do not rush moving from untimed practice to timed.
- Balance both timed and untimed practise when you begin to make steady progress.
- Past papers are better for timed practice.
- Use a mix of different sources for untimed practice tests.