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Want to know about our alternative test date? Find out more about BMAT – August.
There is no pass/fail threshold for BMAT. You should simply aim for the best you can. It is worth noting that universities use BMAT scores in different ways. To find out more about how your BMAT scores will be used as part of the admissions process, contact the relevant institution(s).
Questions in Sections 1 and 2 are worth 1 mark each. Total raw marks for each section are converted to BMAT's scale, which runs from 1 (low) to 9 (high). Typical BMAT candidates will score around 5.0, roughly half marks. The best candidates will score around 6.0, and a few exceptional candidates will score higher than 7.0.
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.
Section 3 marking criteria
Results will be released at 0900 UK time on 22 November 2019.
You need to use our Metritests system to check your results using the login details from your Confidential Results Information sheet, which you will be given on the day of the test.
Applicants to universities in the United Kingdom and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKC), Singapore:
Your results are automatically sent to any BMAT institution(s) you have applied to in the UK or LKC (as long as your choices were entered on Entries Extranet when your centre registered you for the test).
Applicants to all other universities that accept BMAT – October:
Your results are not sent to institutions automatically. You need to select which institutions you want to receive your results using our Metritests system . You will be able to share your results with universities until 31 October 2020, but please check with your chosen university/universities for any information about when they need the results, to make sure you share them in time for your application to be considered.
How to release results to your selected institution(s)
Follow three easy steps:
1. Go to your Metritests account (log in details are on the Confidential Results Information sheet you will be given on the test day).
2. Click on the test inside your Metritests account and select the ‘Share Results’ option.
3. Select the institution(s) you want to receive your results using the dropdown under ‘Institution Name’, then the degree(s) from the dropdown under ‘Course Details’, then click save. The institution will then automatically have access to your results once they are released.
If you do not make your selection using the Metritests system, your test results will not be provided to the institution.
Before results are released on 22 November 2019, you can add or remove selected institutions. After this, once your results have been published, you cannot remove an institution or course from the results website – the institution(s) will instantly receive your results – but you can add further institutions.
Please note that for most universities, sharing results does not constitute an application, and your results will not be considered unless you have also made a formal application to the university. Please contact the universities directly on how to do this.
Applicants must only take one BMAT in an admissions cycle. Taking the test twice may be viewed by an institution as an attempt to gain unfair advantage. If you take BMAT in both September and October it may result in scores for both tests being shared with all BMAT institutions which you are applying to.
BMAT results are only valid in the year that the test is taken and cannot be carried over to a re-application. Likewise, a candidate's score from one year will not affect their chances if re-applying in later years, as each application is considered afresh.
Explanation of Results
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Explanation of Results 2017
Explanation of Results 2016
Explanation of Results 2015
Explanation of Results 2014
Explanation of Results 2013
Explanation of Results 2012
Explanation of Results 2011
Explanation of Results 2010
Explanation of Results 2009
Explanation of Results 2008
Explanation of Results 2007
Explanation of Results 2006
Explanation of Results 2005
Explanation of Results 2004
Explanation of Results 2003
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