BMAT August/September Test

BMAT® September Exam Information

What do I need to know about the September BMAT Test?

Please note, that this BMAT test date is now closed for 2020 due to COVID-19. People looking to take the test in September should register to take the test in November.

The Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) on 5th September  (an exam which is either held in September or August each year) is an alternative test option to the October/November BMAT. It is accepted by 11 universities for entry into a Medicine or Dentistry programme.

Similar to the October/November, it is a 2 hour paper-based exam delivered in the same format and at the same level of difficulty. The main thing to know is that this test provides you with options! It is also important to note that it is not a test to take in addition to the BMAT in November. You can only take one BMAT, however please keep reading to be clear on which of the two is better suited for you.

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Which Universities accept the August/September BMAT?

  • University of Cambridge

  • Imperial College London

  • University College London

  • University of Oxford – only accepts October exam, except for Graduate Medicine

  • Lancaster University

  • University of Leeds

  • Keele University – applies to 'overseas for fees' applicants only for September Exam

  • Brighton & Sussex Medical School

  • Thammasat University: CICM and Dentistry (Thailand)

  • Mahidol University (Thailand)

Do I need to take the September test if I'm planning to take the test in November?

You can only take the BMAT once! It's important to note that if the Medical School you are applying to does not accept the September BMAT you will need to prepare for the November test.

What are the key differences between the September & November tests?

The September BMAT means that applicants who take this test will be informed of their score before applying to Medical School in October, this is not the case with the November exam. Another key difference to bear in mind is that the University of Oxford only accepts the September BMAT for Graduate Medicine. If you are applying for BioMedical Sciences or Medicine at the University of Oxford, you will have to take the October exam even if the other universities you are applying to accept the September test. Luckily there are no other major differences between the BMAT September and November tests. They are delivered in the same format and at the same level of difficulty.

I want to take the September test, how do I prepare?

As the September testing date is earlier than the November test, it does mean that preparing earlier for this test is a good idea. We are providing extra courses to suit you if you plan on taking the September test - take a look at our earlier BMAT Classroom Course dates to start preparing for the September test.

Where do I take the BMAT September test?

You will be able to take the test at the following 20 selected test centres in the UK (including 3 locations in Central, North and West London):

• Belfast
• Birmingham
• Brighton
• Bristol
• Cambridge
• Cardiff
• Colchester
• Coventry
• Edinburgh
• Glasgow
• Lancaster
• Leeds
• Liverpool
• London (N,C & W)
• Manchester
• Newcastle
• Nottingham
• Plymouth
• Portsmouth

What are the key dates for me to bear in mind?

22nd June – Registration opens
9th August –Registration closing date
5th September – BMAT September test date
25th September – BMAT results released
20th October – Final date to share results with selected universities

What fees will I need to pay for the September test?

£85 Standard fee for candidates within the EU & UK
£122 Standard fee for Rest of the World

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

Remind me of the key dates for the November Exam

1st September –Registration begins
1st October – Closing date for standard registrations
15th October (at 5pm) – Closing date for late-fee BMAT registrations
4th November – BMAT test day
27th November – BMAT results released

What are the sections of the BMAT test?

Section Topics Timing Scores
Thinking Skills (previously Aptitude & Skills) 32 questions
Questions cover Problem Solving, and Critical Thinking skills that are often required at undergraduate study level. Questions are multiple choice.
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

For more information visit the official BMAT website.