What is the BMAT?

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 test that is offered once a year in early November, Early September or February and May for applicants in Europe and around the world.

If you need help preparing you should check our BMAT preparation options

Universities requiring the BMAT:


  • Brighton & Sussex Medical School

  • University of Cambridge

  • Imperial College London

  • Keele University (only for 'overseas for fees' applicants)

  • Lancaster University

  • Leeds' School of Medicine

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

  • University College London

  • University of Manchester Medical School - For some groups of international applicants only

Non-UK Institutions

  • Chiang Mai University (Thailand)

  • Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)

  • Khon Kaen University (Thailand)

  • King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Faculty of Medicine (Thailand)

  • Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (Singapore)

  • University of Leiden (Netherlands)February exam only

  • Mahidol University (Thailand)

  • University of Malaya (Malaysia)

  • University of Navarra (Spain)

  • Navamindradhiraj University faculty of Medicine

  • Nazarbayev University School of Medicine

  • Pirogov Russian National Research University

  • University of Pécs (Hungary)

  • University of Rijeka (Croatia)

  • Srinakharinwirot University (Thailand)

  • Suranaree University of Technology (Thailand)

  • Thammasat University (Thailand)

  • Medical University of Warsaw (Poland)

  • University of Zagreb (Croatia)

Please note: although this information is frequently updated, the list of institutions and accepted BMAT test dates changes regularly. Please do check the official test maker's BMAT website for the most up to date information.

The BMAT test consists of three sections

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 is split into 3 parts covering Biology, Physics and Chemistry with Maths integrated (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

Learn more about each section of the BMAT here.

Key dates for the BMAT

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

14th October 2019 - Registration Opens
26th January 2020 - Registration Closes
15th February 2020  - BMAT Test Day

2020 September Exam:

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 November Test.

2020 November Exam:

1st September – Registration begins
1st October – Standard registration closing date
15th October (at 5pm) – Late registration closing date (late fee BMAT applies)
4th November – BMAT 2020 test day
27th November – BMAT results released
4th December – Deadline for BMAT results enquirers

How to register for the BMAT?

You must take the exam at a centre that is authorised to run the BMAT, this is usually a registered school. In order to register for the test, you need to take the following steps:

  • Find the closest test centre using the search tool on the Cambridge Assessment website.
  • Give the centre your details including your name, date of birth and UCAS number as entered on your UCAS application.
  • Provide the exam officer with exact details of the university(s) you are applying to plus the course codes.
  • If you will need any accessibility assistance, you will need to share this with the exams officer upon registration.
  • Ask the exams officer at the centre (usually a school/college) to provide you with your candidate number to prove your complete registration.
You can find out more about the registration process from the test maker's website.

If you are applying to medical school in Thailand, and you are also residing in Thailand, you will need to register for the BMAT through Cambridge Assessment in English. Find out more about Thai registration process through Capwise, the registered test centre in Thailand.

What is a good BMAT score?

Section 1 and 2 of the BMAT is scored between 1 (low) - 9 (high), however most students score between 3 & 5. A result a BMAT score of 6 is competitively high and a score of 7 is exceptional.

BMAT Test Fees

October Test Fees: £49 Standard fee for candidates within the EU & UK (£85 for September Test Date)
£83 Standard fee for Rest of the World (£122 for September Test Date)
£35 Additional late entry fee for all candidates registering between 1st and 15th October for Nov/Oct test.

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

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