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Important information about BMAT – October 2022
Both the registration deadline and the test date are earlier than in previous years.
Please also note that BMAT will be a pen-and-paper test this year.
Speak to your school or test centre about registering for the test as soon as you have decided to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). The table below outlines the key dates, but test centres may have their own earlier registration deadlines.
Deadline for test centres to register candidates
Deadline to apply for Access Arrangements (e.g. extra time)
Deadline to apply for test voucher code*
* Test voucher codes enable UK students in financial need to take the test for free at British Council authorised test centres in the UK.
Please note: We reserve the right to make changes to these dates.
Please note: We reserve the right to make changes to these costs. Some test centres add an administration fee to the test registration fee, which covers the cost of invigilation, despatch costs and room hire, which are essential for running the test. Contact your test centre for details.
If you’re applying to Thammasat University, you need to visit the university’s website for current registration fees.
UK students in financial need can take the test for free at one of the British Council authorised test centres in the UK.
You need to apply to us for a test voucher code that you can use instead of payment in your online booking with the British Council. The test voucher codes cover both the registration fees and administration fees.
You must apply for your test voucher code before registering with the British Council.
Follow these steps:
1. Check that you meet the eligibility criteria (in the table below) and ensure that you have the relevant supporting document(s) for your application.
2. Complete the application form including uploading the relevant supporting document(s).
3. Receive your test voucher code within five working days by email.
4. Book your test via the British Council online booking portal before 30 September at 18:00 (BST).
If you have already paid for your test, you can still apply for a test voucher code by 5 October 2022. Please contact our Customer Support team at ATadministration@cambridgeassessment.org.uk
Eligibility criteria and supporting documentation
To be eligible to apply for a test voucher code, you or a parent/guardian need to meet one of the following criteria and provide ONE relevant supporting document as part of your application.
Only UK candidates are eligible to apply.
Free school meals
Learner Support (FE 19+) or equivalent FE funding for Scotland, Wales or NI
16 to 19 Bursary (England)
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) (Scotland, Wales or NI)
Your official award letter for the current academic year.
We do not accept evidence that relates to scholarships/bursaries at independent or fee-paying schools.
Student Finance England Maintenance Grant or Maintenance Loan* (full-rate)
Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) Young Students’/Independent Students’ Bursary (full-rate)
Student Finance Wales or Northern Ireland Maintenance Grant (full-rate)
Your award letter for the current academic year.
Awards are for undergraduate study only. Please note that Postgraduate loans are not accepted as they are not means-tested.
Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
(If you or a parent/guardian you live with are in receipt of one of these benefits)
An award letter (all pages) from the UK Jobcentre Plus, dated 2022.
Please send ALL PAGES of your or your parent/guardian's award letter from the UK Jobcentre Plus, dated 2022.
If it is your parent/guardian in receipt of JSA or ESA then it must be the income-based benefit (e.g. means-tested) and not contribution-based. This is specified on the final page of the award letter.
(If you or a parent/guardian you live with are in receipt of Universal Credit)
Please send the first page of your or your parent/guardian's Universal Credit statement, dated within the last 3 months. Please ensure the name of the claimant and their address, the date, and the award amount is clearly visible.
Working Tax Credit
Child Tax Credit
(If you or a family member you live with are in receipt of Tax Credits)
Please send the first page of your or your parent/guardian's award letter, dated within the last 12 months. Please ensure the name of the claimant and their address, the date, and the award amount is clearly visible.
(If you or a parent/guardian you live with are in receipt of this support)
Please send your or your parent/guardian's official award letter, dated in the last 12 months.
Please note that we DO NOT accept as evidence: P60 (end of year certificate); annual accounts; council tax/housing/child benefit letters.
We also reserve the right to request additional evidence.
Please inform your test centre as early as possible of any special requirements.
Access Arrangements are available if you have a disability or special requirement and you are entitled to support for other exams.
Examples of Access Arrangements include, but are not limited to:
Find out how to apply for Access Arrangements/modified papers on the BMAT – November registration page.
If the registration deadline falls on a public or national holiday, please be aware there is no extension to the registration period.
We advise that you ask your test centre to register you as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
Speak to your test centre directly about what time the test will start and how far in advance of the start time you should arrive.
Find out how to register