Rebecca Dowbiggin
April 3rd 2020

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, prospective medical students face an uncertain period whereby, very understandably, there will be fewer opportunities to volunteer and gain experience through work shadowing in medical, and indeed many other social settings, across the summer. The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) provides another effective means by which students can show their potential to succeed in medical and health-related courses. 


The BMAT tests your ability to apply your scientific and mathematical knowledge, as well as your aptitude for: critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication. Your performance in the BMAT will undoubtedly improve with familiarisation and practice. As such completing as many practice papers as possible is hugely advisable. 

Section 1 of the BMAT tests your ability to think critically, problem solve, and analyse data to draw effective conclusions. No specific subject knowledge is required per se and each question contains all the information required to answer it.

Section 2 does require some prior knowledge (typically acquired at GCSE level|) and examines your capacity to solve problems by application. Section 3 is somewhat different; through the writing of a shot (one A4-page) essay, it assesses your aptitude to effectively communicate, organise and present ideas clearly and succinctly, by providing supporting evidence. Essays are set to include general, scientific and/or medical themes and you select a title from a list of three.

Our BMAT tutorials provide you with a good understanding of the skills the BMAT assesses. They also allow you to: familiarise yourself with the test format; examine the content of each section; get to know the different types of questions that you may be asked in each section; and review, with worked answers, how to approach the different question types. 

For all questions and enquiries please contact the William Clarence Education team on 02074128988 or email.