The Biomedical Aptitude Test (BMAT) is required for entry into Medicine or Dentistry for universities across the UK, Europe, Malaysia and Thailand. In this article we will look at the BMAT test and provide a breakdown of each type of question and skills tested in the exam.
BMAT universities have their own approach to how they assess the test. I highly recommend you are aware of this before applying. The BMAT test is split into THREE sections and assesses a broad range of skills, they include:
1. Problem Solving: This is your ability to finding solutions using numerical and spatial skills. These questions are split into three distinct types, they are as follows:
- Selecting relevant information: This refers to questions where you will be presented with an overwhelming amount of information for the problem and be required to select only the bits which are necessary and helpful in finding a solution and applying it.
- Recognising analogous cases: This type of questions tend to rely more on your spatial reasoning where you will be given some information and be asked to identify the same information presented in a different way, or the question may even present a situation in which different information has a similar structure
- Applying appropriate procedures: These type of questions require you to generate a method to solve the problem presented in the question.
2. Understanding Argument: These type of questions test your critical thinking skills where you are given a paragraph of text and are required to identify, evaluate or draw conclusions. These type of questions are designed to test your ability in assessing an argument. You may be asked to:
- Identify reasons, assumptions and conclusions
- Evaluate an explanation or identify flaws in the argument
- Draw conclusions from the paragraph.
3. Data Analysis & Making Inference: This can be tested in different ways, where examiners may include questions in the form of text, statistics or graph. These questions can draw on a combination of skills like problem solving, ability to draw conclusions as well as critical reading to evaluate problems.
4. Scientific Knowledge: These type of questions test your application of key science concepts and mathematical concepts (at GCSE level). For more information on the topics covered in the BMAT test check out the most recent BMAT specification released by the exam board.
5.Numerical Skills: These type of questions are sprinkled across Section 1 and Section 2 where you’ll be required to use basic arithmetic operations as well as apply key mathematical concepts to solve problems.
6.Writing and Communication skills: This is a measure of your ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively. In the final section you will be given a writing task from a choice of three questions.
A Breakdown of the BMAT Sections
The BMAT test consists of three sections, they are as follows:
|Skills being Tested||No of Questions||Timing|
|Section 1||35||60 mins|
|Section 2||27||30 mins|
|Section 3||1 out of 3||30 mins|
Each question in Section 1 and Section 2, are worth one mark. All questions are either multiple choice or a short answer, and you mark your answers on a computer read answer sheet. Your raw score is then placed on a scale of 1 (low) to 9 (high).
Section 3 is the essay section, it is marked by two examiners, who will give you an alphabetical score based on your use of written English as well as a numerical score for the content of your essay. For more information on scoring check out how the BMAT is scored.