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

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Universities requiring the BMAT:


  • Brighton & Sussex Medical School

  • University of Cambridge

  • Imperial College London

  • Keele University

  • Lancaster University

  • Leeds' School of Medicine

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

  • University College London

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 Navarra (Spain)

  • Navamindradhiraj University faculty of Medicine

  • Nazarbayev University School of Medicine

  • University of Pécs

  • Srinakharinwirot University (Thailand)

  • Suranaree University of Technology (Thailand)

  • Thammasat University (Thailand)

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
Aptitude & Skills 35 questions
Questions cover Problem Solving, Understanding Arguments and Data Analysis & Inference. Questions are multiple choice, with the student being asked to select either one or multiple answers from the ones provided.
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): 

8th October 2018 - Registration Opens
27th January 2019 - Registration Closes
16th February 2019  - BMAT Test Day

May Exam: 

25th February 2018 - Registration Opens
14th April 2019 - Registration Closes
7th May 2019  - BMAT Test Day
28th May 2019 - Results released

This test is required by a set of universities in Spain, Croatia, Hungry, Poland and Romania. Find out more about the May exam.

2019 August Exam:

24th June  – Registration opens
11th August  – Registration closing date
31st August – BMAT September test date
20th September – BMAT results released
20th October – Final date to share results with selected universities

2019 October Exam:

1st September – Registration begins
1st October – Standard registration closing date
15th October (at 5pm) – Late registration closing date (late fee BMAT applies)
30th October – BMAT 2019 test day
22nd November – BMAT results released
29th November – Deadline for querying BMAT results

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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 of 6 is competitively high and a score of 7 is exceptional.

BMAT Test Fees

October Test Fees: £48 Standard fee for candidates within the EU & UK (£83 for August Test Date)
£81 Standard fee for Rest of the World (£119 for August Test Date)
£34 Additional late entry fee for all candidates registering between 1st and 15th of October 2018.

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

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