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. Accuracy When focussed on exam accuracy, [Read More]
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 [Read More]
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 [Read More]
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 [Read More]
We were granted access to the Medify BMAT course, and in this article, I’ll be deep-diving into it to give detailed insight into its key features, usability, pros and cons. Who are Medify? For those that do not know Medify is an online medical school admissions company that provides arguably the best UCAT course on the market (read our review). Their online BMAT course is no exception; it is an excellent self-study option as it teaches BMAT content and provides over a thousand practice questions (see full features). Key features of the Medify BMAT course The Medify BMAT course has four key features that make it an excellent resource to [Read More]
Getting a question wrong during BMAT practice offers the opportunity to learn something new about the exam and yourself. But improvement only happens if you are reviewing questions the right way. I recommend analysing questions at three levels. 1 – the Stimulus type (the material being analysed), 2 – the Question type (the kind of question presented) and, 3 – the Skill/Reasoning type (the skill/reasoning required to solve the problem). Most students only analyse the question type, and sadly this doesn’t paint the full picture. You can find a more detailed explanation here.
The specification provides an overview of the science and maths topics which BMAT Section 2 questions can draw on. Since time is limited, it is not efficient to work through the topics in the order they are presented. I would recommend first doing a comfortability test by skimming through the document and ticking the topics that you are confident in solving problems. Then, begin working on the unticked areas before moving onto ticked topics. You can find a more detailed step-by-step breakdown here.
Reviewing past paper performance can be tedious at times. As a result, many students fail to review their results effectively. I would go as far as to say that it is almost not worth doing a BMAT paper unless you can spend an adequate amount of time reviewing results. One approach is the SWOT method. It works by identifying four key elements: Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunity and Threats. You can find a quick breakdown here. For detailed step-by-step guidance, check out my BMAT study guide.
The official papers are more than enough to practice questions. However, if you are looking for step-by-step guidance in tackling the different question-types, then a course is a good option. Medify is great because it is affordable. Pros – the course provides tutorials to teach exam content and includes practice questions to put strategies to the test. The course also includes detailed essay plans for all section 3 past papers and an excellent user interface to go through official papers. Cons – tutorials are mostly text, no timing feature included when attempting past papers. Click here to visit Medify.