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.

New! A September test on Saturday 9th September has been introduced for BMAT test takers this year. It is accepted by 10 Universities which also accept the November BMAT. You can find out more about how this might affect you on our BMAT September Q & A overview.

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

  • 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:

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

November Exam:

1st September – Registration begins
1st October – Closing date for standard registrations
15th October (at 5pm) – Closing date for late-fee BMAT registrations
2nd November – BMAT test day
24th November – BMAT results released

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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