Section 1 tests problem solving and critical thinking.
Please note Section 1 has been updated for 2020 and will no longer include questions that test data analysis and inference.
The sample papers below are in the new format for Section 1: Thinking Skills, now consisting of 32 Problem Solving and Critical Thinking questions. You will also find a further paper in the new format in the section above called Practice papers with explained answers.
Sample A - BMAT Section 1
Sample A - BMAT Section 1 answer key
Sample B - BMAT Section 1
Sample B - BMAT Section 1 answer key
Section 2 is based on the knowledge typically included in non-specialist school Science and Mathematics courses. It tests your ability to apply this knowledge – possibly in unfamiliar contexts.
Please note that as curriculums have changed over time, so has the Science and Mathematics content of BMAT Section 2. The BMAT Section 2 content specification has been revised for testing from August 2019 onwards. Questions in the practice papers marked with an asterisk assume knowledge that is not currently on the specification.
Further information on Section 2 is available in the BMAT test specification which can be found in Further resources, and in the BMAT Section 2: Assumed Subject Knowledge guide, which can be found in Section 2 preparation.
Section 3 tests the capacity to develop ideas and to communicate them effectively in writing. It is not a test of knowledge. From 2010-2016, Section 3 had four writing tasks. From 2017, it has a choice of three writing tasks.