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The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is an admissions test for applicants to Medicine, Biomedical Science and Dentistry courses at certain universities.
BMAT is a 2-hour computer-based test which you will take on your own computer at home or at another suitable location. The test will be monitored by a remote Proctor.
The test consists of three sections and is taken in English. Sections 1 and 2 are multiple-choice, and Section 3 is a writing task. You can find out more about the format of the test below.
BMAT tests your ability to apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, as well as problem solving, critical thinking and written communication skills that are essential to university-level study.
Your remote proctored test – how it works
Your test will be monitored by a Proctor and recorded using the Mercer Mettl Remote Proctoring System. Your Proctor is a real person who has been trained to monitor you while you take the test and identify any behaviour that might break the test delivery rules. They can stop your test if they believe you have broken the test delivery rules (e.g. committing malpractice).
Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing will be able to access and review the recording of your test. This includes reviewing the recording where malpractice is suspected. This may lead to your results being withheld if malpractice is confirmed.
Where will I take the test?
You can take the test either at home or another suitable location. It must be a private location where you will be free from disruption. The room should be well lit and have walls and a closed door.
How will I take the test?
You will take the test on your own computer. All computers must have a microphone and an integrated webcam or a USB webcam to enable the use of Artificial Intelligence. Headsets are not permitted.
Please note: The Mercer Mettl platform is not supported on mobile devices (e.g. phones / smartphones / iPads / tablets) or on Chromebooks.
Important information for candidates under 18
If you are under the age of 18 on your test day, you must have your parent or guardian’s permission to take the test. This is to authorise that you have their consent to be recorded by the Mercer Mettl Remote Proctoring System.
For more information, please read our BMAT – February FAQs.
We will provide candidates with detailed guidance about their remote proctored admissions test in advance of the test date. This includes further details about the technical requirements, the test environment, test security and suitable candidate behaviour, and a step-by-step guide on how to set up the test and run it on the day.
Section 1: Thinking Skills
Please note: Section 1 has been updated and will no longer include questions that test data analysis and inference.
Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications
Section 3: Writing Task
For more detailed information about the format of BMAT, see the BMAT test specification.
The courses below accept results from the February session.
Please always check the website of your chosen institution(s) to confirm which BMAT test session(s) they accept.
Please check with your chosen institution(s) for more information about the application process and how BMAT is used.