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 another towards the end.
Step #2. Take a diagnostic paper (ideally more than one)
Then, attempt a couple of past papers, ideally under test conditions. Mark and identify weakly understood areas. These would be questions that you weren’t able to solve. They can also be questions that you got right, but followed the wrong reasoning (fluked).
Step #3. Start with the most threatening topics that were unticked
Study efficiently by starting with the topics that are the most concerning and least prepared for.
Step #4. Move to weak topics that were unticked
Then, begin working on slightly more confident topics that are unticked.
Step #5. Work on ticked topics
Move onto ticked topics. But be sure to prioritise rusty areas.