BMAT® Exam Information

The Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is required by universities across the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Thailand and Malaysia for entry into a medicine, or dentistry programme. It is a 2 hour paper based test that is offered once a year in early November, Early September or March for University of Leiden applicants.

Study guide

Universities requiring the BMAT:

  • University of Cambridge

  • Imperial College London

  • University of Oxford Medical School – Graduate Medicine only for September Exam

  • University College London

  • Lancaster University

  • Chiang Mai University

  • Chulalongkorn University

  • University of Leeds

  • Keele University

  • Brighton & Sussex Medical School

  • Thammasat University: CICM and Dentistry (Thailand)

  • Mahidol University (Thailand)

  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Singapore)

  • University of Leiden (Netherlands)February exam only

  • University of Navarra (Spain) - February & November exams

  • University of Malaya (Malaysia) – February exam only

The BMAT test consists of three sections

Section Topics Timing Scores
Aptitude & Skills 35 questions
Questions cover Problem Solving, Understanding Arguments and Data Analysis & Inference. Questions are multiple choice, with the student being asked to select either one or multiple answers from the ones provided.
60 minutes 1-9
Scientific Knowledge & Application 27 questions
This section covers the three sciences plus maths (GCSE level). Answers will either be multiple choice, fill-in-the-blank, free response, or matching (typically used for labelling a picture, for example parts of the human body).
30 minutes 1-9
Writing 1 question (from a choice of 4)
Students have 1 page of A4 paper to answer the essay prompt. Essay topics are science-based.
30 minutes Quality score from 0-5 and a score for Quality of written English from A-E

Key dates for the BMAT

February Exam (University of Leiden, Navarra and Malaya): 

26th January 2018 - Registration Closes
10th February 2018  - BMAT Test Day

Find more information about BMAT Leiden.  

New! September Exam (2018 dates to be released soon):

26th June 2017 – Registration opens
18th August 2017 –Registration closing date
9th September 2017 – BMAT September test date
29th September 2017 – BMAT results released
20th October 2017 – Final date to share results with selected universities

2018 October Exam:

1st September – Registration begins
1st October – Closing date for standard registrations
15th October (at 5pm) – Closing date for late-fee BMAT registrations
31st October – BMAT 2018 test day
23rd November – BMAT results released 30th November – Deadline for querying BMAT results

BMAT Test Fees

£46 Standard fee for UK candidates
£78 Standard fee for Rest of the World
£33 Additional late entry fee for all candidates registering between 1st and 15th of October 2017.

Please note: Universities requiring the BMAT offer reimbursement of entry fees to anyone who qualifies.

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