Medicine is ultra-competitive and amongst the various admission demands are the UCAT and BMAT tests.

These are by far the most popular choices of admission test amongst medical schools across the UK and are designed to test various areas of your thinking skills, medical knowledge and clinical aptitude. It doesn’t end there, though, as many universities now have their own admissions tests. It all seems very daunting and many students really fear these 2-hour exams that will take place in addition to their A-Levels.

The BMAT is an exam that prospective medical students are required to do to apply to specific universities. The following UK universities require the BMAT admissions test:

Brighton and Sussex Medical School: A100 Medicine

Imperial College London: A100 Medicine

Keele University for international students: A100 Medicine

Lancaster University: A100 Medicine and Surgery, A104 Medicine & Surgery with a Gateway Year

University of Manchester Medical School for some international students: A106 MBChB Medicine, A104 MBChB Medicine (with foundation year)

University College London: A100 Medicine

University of Cambridge: A100 Medicine

University of Leeds: A100 Medicine, A101 Gateway Year to Medicine, A200 Dentistry

University of Oxford: A100 Medicine, A101 Graduate Medicine, BC98 Biomedical Sciences.

The BMAT is a 3-section assessment. The first section is a multiple-choice section about Thinking Skills, the second section is a multiple choice about Scientific Knowledge and Application, and the third section is a written task.

The BMAT exam is different from usual school exams that you prepare for and from the other medical school admissions test UCAT. Your preparation strategy is likely to be very different purely due to the difference in the content of the exam.

The organising body for BMAT has provided plenty of practice and revision material to prepare for the exam. The first step to preparing for the exam is to read the specification and Section 2 preparation guide provided on the website thoroughly. The BMAT specification details the types of questions and the content of the exam. The guide has focused revision material for each section in the specification. There are several past papers that are available to practice from too, and you should pace these out over time. Unlike for the UCAT exam, the preparation for this exam is likely to be in parallel with school studies, so starting preparation early is key.