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If you’re applying for a course in Medicine at the University of Malaya then you will need to take BMAT (UMalaya).
BMAT (UMalaya) takes place on 16 February 2019, in Malaysia. Visit the University of Malaya website for the latest test information, including registration details.
BMAT (UMalaya) 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.
BMAT (UMalaya) is taken in English. It is a 2-hour pen-and-paper test, which consists of three sections. Sections 1 and 2 are multiple choice, and Section 3 is a writing task.
Please note: Although the University of Malaya uses the standard version of BMAT, the registration process is different. You must follow the registration process on the University of Malaya website and not the process detailed on this website for other BMAT sessions.
For more detailed information about the format of BMAT, see the BMAT test specification.
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
You can access your results from 4 March 2019, via our online results system. You will be given a login on the day of the test.
You can find out more about BMAT, including key dates and information about how to register, on the University of Malaya website.