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The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a 2-hour test divided into three sections:
Download the BMAT test specification
BMAT – March 2023 will be a paper-based test.
There is no pass or fail for BMAT. You should aim to do the best you can.
There is no negative marking – marks are not lost for wrong answers, so it’s worth making a guess.
Download the BMAT Section 3 marking criteria
BMAT is used in different ways by universities as part of their admissions process. To find out how your BMAT scores will be used as part of the admissions process, contact the relevant universities.
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Candidates are not expected to get everything right in BMAT, and a typical candidate will get about half of the questions correct.
Writing Tasks in Section 3 are marked by two examiners. Each examiner gives two scores – one for quality of content (on a scale of 0–5), and one for quality of written English (on the scale A, C, E).
Combining the scores for Section 3: If the two marks for content are the same or no more than one mark apart, the candidate gets the average of the two marks. If the two marks for written English are the same or no more than one mark apart, the scores are combined like this: AA = A, AC = B, CC = C, CE = D and EE = E.
For example, a writing task given a 4C by one examiner and 4A by the other will get a final score of 4B. A writing task given 3C by one examiner and 2C by the other will receive a mark of 2.5C.
If there is a larger discrepancy in the marks, the writing tasks are marked for a third time, and the final mark is checked by the Senior Assessment Manager.
BMAT requires a minimum English level of B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).