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The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT): For Medicine, Veterinary and Biomedical Science in UK

Are you applying to study undergraduate courses in Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or Biomedical Science at any of the following institutions?

University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Imperial College London, University College London, The Royal Veterinary College o Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore.

If so, you may need to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) on Wednesday 6 November 2013.

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is a subject-specific admissions test for applicants owned and administered by the Admissions Testing Service which offers a range of admissions tests and services to universities, government ministries and professional organizations around the world.

Purpose of the test
The purpose of the BioMedical Admissions Test is solely to provide an assessment of candidates’ potential in an academically demanding undergraduate biomedical degree, and not their fitness to practice medicine or veterinary medicine - which universities will continue to assess in other ways. The test results are intended to be used as a significant component of the selection decision in conjunction with other public examination performance.

Universities and courses requiring BMAT:

  • University of Cambridge
    Undergraduate course in Medicine (A100)
    Duration: Six years
    Graduate Course in Medicine (A101)
    Duration: Four years
  • Imperial College London
    MBBS/B.Sc. Medicine
    Duration: Six years
    MBBS (Graduate Entry)
    Duration: Four years
    Biomedical Science with Management
    Duration: Four years
  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, Singapore
    MBBS Medicine: MBBS degree jointly awarded by Imperial College London and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
    Duration: 5 years
  • University of Oxford
    A100 Medicine Undergraduate Course
    Duration of course: 3-year Preclinical, followed by 3-year Clinical
    Degree awarded: BM BCh (includes an Honours BA)
    A101 Graduate Medicine
    Duration: four-year accelerated course
    BC98 Biomedical Sciences Undergraduate Course
    Duration: 3 years
  • University College London
    A100 Medicine Undergraduate course
    Duration: Six years
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School
    A100 Medicine (for graduate entry only)
    Duration: five-year course
Test format
The BMAT is a 2-hour, pen-and-paper test.
The BMAT is divided into three sections:
  1. Aptitude and Skills.
  2. Scientific Knowledge and Applications.
  3. Writing Task.
Section 1: Aptitude and Skills

Section What does it test? Questions Timing
Aptitude and Skills Generic skills in problem-solving, understanding arguments, data analysis and inference. 35 questions, multiple choice or short answer 60 minutes

Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications
Section What does it test? Questions Timing
The ability to apply scientific knowledge from school science and maths up to and including the level of *National Curriculum Key Stage 4. 27 questions, multiple choice or short answer 30 minutes

National Curriculum Key Stage 4 is the curriculum of two years school education programme of UK – General Certificate of Secondary Education, which is equivalent to Indian 10+2.

Section 3: Writing Task
Section What does it test? Questions Timing
Writing Task The ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively. One essay question from a choice of four questions 30 minutes

BMAT scores:

Questions in Sections 1 and 2 are worth 1 mark each. Total raw marks for each section are converted to the BMAT 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.

Essays 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).

BMAT key dates 2013:
October 1 2013: Standard entry closing date
Standard entry fees apply until 17.00 BST on this date.
October 15 2013: Last date for BMAT entries
October 15 2013: Last date to request repayment of BMAT fees
November 6 2013: BMAT takes place. The scheduled start times for international centres will vary, depending upon where they are in the world.
November 27 2013: BMAT results released
December 4 2013: Deadline for querying BMAT results

How to register:

You can take the test at any centre that administers the BMAT. All registrations will be made by the test centre.

Cost of the Test 2013:
£44.00: EU (including UK) standard entry fee
£74.00: Rest of the World standard entry fee

Test centres in India:

British Council New Delhi
British Council Chennai
British Council Kolkata
British Council Mumbai

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Published date : 08 Jul 2013 06:35PM

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