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How to Study: BMAT®

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Step 1:
Information Gathering

January - May
Research which schools you are interested in applying to and check what their exam requirements are. www.UCAS.com
www.kaptest.co.uk/med-school-matcher
You are likely to need to take the UCAT exam as well, particularly for undergraduate applications. Testing starts earlier for the UCAT, so you may want to focus on that exam first. Take note that some schools may require the UCAT/BMAT for graduate entry programs too, so make sure you prep for the right exam at the right stage.

Step 2:
Register & Plan

From June onwards

Research where you will take the exam. You might be able to take the test at your school, if not check on: www.admissionstestingservice.org/find-a-centre/

Schedule your preparation course approximately 4 weeks before your test date. This will give you enough time to work through all your practice material and still remember all the key strategies and techniques.

www.admissionstestingservice.org

Get a sneak peek into the BMAT with:

  • - Free BMAT Practice Test
  • - Free BMAT Practice Questions

www.kaptest.co.uk/bmat/free-practice

  • Plan to prepare in the way you want to learn best, i.e. Classes, tutoring, online.
  • Give yourself at least 2 weeks before the test to work through your course material.
Attend your Kaplan Course
4-Week Test Countdown Begins!

Step 3:
Learn

Week 1
  • Start with taking your Kaplan BMAT course, it is best not to start reviewing too many practice questions beforehand, as this can lead to the early learning of bad habits!
  • Once you have completed your course, you now have access to your Online Study Centre. This includes 6 full-length practice tests and recorded lesson videos.
  • Take Practice Test 1 and help identify your weaker areas and establish a score to build from.
Included course resources:
  • - 6 full-length practice tests
  • - Draft essay review of 6 essays
  • - Recorded lesson videos
  • - Future doctors channel
  • - Kaplan BMAT Strategy Book
  • Replicate actual test conditions when you take the full length tests. Do not use your study materials.
  • Don't spend too long on any single question, as you will run out of time & valuable marks!

Step 4:
Assess your progress

Week 2-3
  • As you identify areas that you need to work on, it's best to go ahead and review the relevant online videos from the course, to make sure you understand the strategies and techniques.
  • Follow up your video review with practice tests and practice questions from your strategy book.
  • Continue to work through your full-length practice tests going through the detailed explanations, to help you understand why the incorrect answer choices were wrong and why the right answer is right! This will also help you identify areas that need more practice and review.
Make sure you submit your draft essay(s) to be marked. We will provide you with detailed feedback, so you can identify how to improve.
  • Your online lesson videos are broken down by section and topic, so it’s easy to find the one you need to review.
  • Remember to keep on reviewing your stronger areas, spending extra time on your weaker areas.

Step 5:
Run up to test day

Week 4
  • Keep studying through the home stretch! Review each of the lessons from your course book and online videos.
  • Make sure to take note of what you can and cannot bring into the test centre.
  • Get a good night's sleep!
  • Make time each day in the week before the test to relax and have fun with your friends and family. Time away from the BMAT will help reduce stress.
  • Remember you will be one of few BMAT test takers to have prepared thoroughly for the BMAT exam, giving you a huge advantage on test day!

Step 5:
Test Day!

  • Plan to get to the test centre approximately 30 minutes early, so you won't be late.
  • Answer every question!
  • Tell us how you did! We love to hear about our students test day experiences @KapanMedicalUK
  • Bring a snack to eat before you enter the test room.
CONGRATULATIONS !! Now relax & Celebrate.