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.

Study guide

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


  • 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 covers the three sciences plus maths (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

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

Find more information about BMAT Leiden (BMAT Febraury).  

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.

2018 September Exam:

25th June  – Registration opens
12th August  – Registration closing date
1st September – BMAT September test date
21st September – BMAT results released
20th October – Final date to share results with selected universities

2018 October Exam:

1st September – Registration begins
1st October – Closing date for standard registrations
15th October (at 5pm) – Closing date for late-fee BMAT registrations
31st October – BMAT 2018 test day
23rd November – BMAT results released
30th November – Deadline for querying BMAT results

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BMAT Test Fees

£46 Standard fee for UK candidates
£78 Standard fee for Rest of the World
£33 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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