This is a really important blog for anyone taking the BMAT because it outlines any recent changes. This is a really fantastic resource and can help you to make sure you’re current and can select the correct questions
Is the BMAT online? 2020-2022
In 2020, it was announced that the BMAT would be held online instead of in person as before
In 2021, the BMAT was also held as a computer-based test in the UK
There has not yet been an announcement regarding 2022, although it is likely the test is online
When can I sit the BMAT?
In 2020, it was announced that only the BMAT November will be running
Since then only the BMAT November has run (for home applicants to UK unis, double check if you’re applying from abroad or are ‘overseas for fees’)
You will need to sit the BMAT in November
So how does this affect you?
Well, previously you could sit the BMAT and know your score before you apply to medical school. Since the UCAS deadline is in October for medicine, you can no longer do this.
So what should I do?
I would recommend that in most cases, you only apply to one BMAT university (two at an absolute maximum).
This means you are not risking too much with your application. Remember, the main aim of medical school is to make you a doctor. Whilst it’s important you are happy where you are, it is not the be-all and end-all. You don’t want to detriment your chances of getting into medical school, so be strategic and careful!
Question changes in Section 1 - 2020
There were some changes to BMAT Section 1 in 2020, specifically:
There are no longer any Data Analysis or Inference questions
There are 32 questions instead of 35 questions without a change in the amount of time that is allocated
There are no longer any long passages that are followed by 4 questions, instead, they are followed by 5
So what does this mean for you?
It’s actually a great thing!
Timing - You now have 103 seconds per question instead of 94 seconds
Before the big passages were long, a bit confusing and a bit daunting, you’re now not going to have to deal with these
So why do I need to know this?
You simply need to be wary of Section 1 mocks, they will not be accurate to the exam you’re going to sit in the ways detailed above. If you do an old mock, make sure you are using old timings as the difficulty may vary to suit the timings.