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 questions in the official guides.
3. Skills & reasoning-type: the reasoning or skill being assessed to solve the question. The reasoning refers to the type of thinking being tested to arrive at the correct answer. Skills, on the other hand, is a measure of your ability to derive the correct answer as efficiently as possible. This may include the use of mental shortcuts in calculations, verbal reasoning skills, extracting information from graphs, etc.
When analysing at each level, try to spot any recurring themes that hinder your ability to answer questions. Here are a few pointers to improve:
- Work on improving fundamental skills.
- Practice questions that draw on crucial reasoning-types.
- Expose yourself to unfamiliar stimulus-type.
- Develop triage and guessing strategies for questions where you aren’t making any progress.