BMAT Preparation: Common Pitfalls

BMAT

2020-10-19

Avoid these common pitfalls and Beat the BMAT.

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‘BMAT is Easy and I Don’t Need to Prepare Much’

The BMAT often seems more approachable than the UCAT, due to the time-pressured nature of the UCAT. However, you need to remember that if you find it easier, so will your peers. 

Prepare fully for the BMAT and score as highly as possible to have a competitive edge against a pool of medical school applicants.

  • Section 1 tests Critical Thinking and Problem Solving skills, which will require practice and development. 
  • Section 2 is largely based on GCSE-level science and maths content and you should refresh your knowledge before attempting the test.
  • Section 3 of the BMAT involves writing a short essay on one of three set questions. This is the section that students often find most difficult to prepare for, as it takes time to build the skills of planning and formulating a high-quality essay.

Each unique section requires a solid preparation. Improve your BMAT score in each section by signing up for Medify’s Online BMAT Course that provides:

- In-depth tutorials covering the entire 2020 syllabus

- 1,400+ original practice questions

- A past paper grader

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Not Skipping Time-consuming Questions

It is important to be able to triage questions and think tactically in Sections 1 and 2 of the BMAT.

If there is a difficult question which you’ve already been working on for a couple of minutes, it would be better to skip it and complete another series of questions than to spend a further five minutes attempting to work out the answer for that single question. 

Likewise, if there is a topic that you find challenging, skip it and come back after breezing past the ones you are more comfortable with.

A piece of paper that shows planning for Section 3 of the BMAT.

Not Planning Your Essay

Avoid rushing into writing from the word go. The essay is short, with a strict limit of 550 words, and there is plenty of time to plan your essay.

A well-planned essay will help make your points logically and clearly.

Medify’s Online BMAT Course contains 16 years’ worth of example essay plans for BMAT past papers to guide your essay planning.

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Leaving Questions Unanswered

There is no negative marking in the BMAT, so answer every question in Sections 1 and 2. Even if you make a random guess, you may gain some points.

Good luck with the BMAT!

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