Everything you need to know about the Section 3 Essay of the BMAT: Part 3

BMAT

2019-12-13

Here is Part 3 of Medify’s step-by-step guide to fully embracing and understanding this section to get you on your way to achieving the best BMAT score you possibly can.

If you missed Part 1 and 2 of this guide you can find them here: Everything you need to know about the Section 3 Essay of the BMAT: Part 1 and Everything you need to know about the Section 3 Essay of the BMAT: Part 2.

The writing phase:

Write small with extremely neat handwriting, the smaller you write, the better it is, as you can cover more points to gain more marks. If you write untidily the examiners might not want to read it and might not be able to read it, make an effort to try writing as neatly as possible. If your handwriting is atrocious, give yourself a bit more time for the writing part, spend less time on the planning, because the neater you can make your handwriting, the better it will be for you. 

We recommend practising timed essays in advance, you can print off the answer grid from the official BMAT website as you will be able to see exactly how much space you have to write; time how long it takes you to write in that box, and use that time to work out how much time you will have available for planning, checking and choosing a question.

Check your BMAT essay:

If you have time left over, it is useful to proofread what you have written, making sure it all makes sense and is readable. However, avoid crossing out, Asterix, arrows and other editing techniques or writing 'Please Turn Over' and write on the back it is only the front of the sheet which will be scanned, and it is not nice for examiners to have to interpret scribbles and asterisks. But of course, if you are in danger of not answering the question, as you have reached the end and realised the conclusion still needing writing you need to do whatever it takes to get that conclusion in there, because if you do not have a conclusion and the question asked you to write a conclusion, you will not gain marks. Check everything is in order and above all, make sure you have answered the question, which is the most important thing.

Preparation is everything:

In terms of practising actual timed essays in preparation for the BMAT, you only really need to do two or three to get an idea of what your timings are like and go through the past papers and just planning the essays out. Planning is far quicker than actually writing, do a few essays, actually timed and writing it down, just so you have an idea of what your timings, but do not worry too much about doing reams and reams of timed essays. You will benefit more from practising the planning stage than the writing stage.


If you are feeling a bit stuck or would simply like to do more revision, head over to our BMAT 2020 Online Revision Course. We’ll get you signed up to guide you through this whole process step-by-step.

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