The BMAT Revision Roadmap

BMAT

2019-12-13

Beat the BMAT with Medify's BMAT Revision Roadmap. Learn what to include on your revision roadmap to success.

Many months before your BMAT:

Section 1:

You do not need to worry about this section yet. However, feel free to try questions for practice.

Section 2: 

This section requires scientific knowledge at "GCSE level." You should make sure you have revised all this content and know everything well from the syllabus. We suggest studying for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Maths; if you do not study Physics at sixth form, consider studying physics at home and/or approaching a Physics teacher from your school.

Section 3:

There are three title options to choose from. These will be from topics of "general, scientific or medical interest". It would be a good idea to think about which type of problem you would feel most comfortable answering. You will be given 30 minutes and only a small space on one side of an A4 sheet to answer. It is best to learn the marking criteria for this section.

1 Month before your BMAT:

Section 1: 

Start practising questions, there are many questions available for practice, do not be afraid you may use them up. However, it would be a good idea to keep past papers for later. Instead, you can use online question banks or books for BMAT. You can try doing 32 questions in 1 hour and using a conversion table to predict your scores. This will help with building goals and will give you an idea as to what you should be aiming for.

Section 2:

Like section 1, start practising questions. The chances are there will be some content you have not studied. Make a note of the scientific knowledge you didn't know and make sure to revise it thoroughly before moving on. You can practise doing 27 questions in 30 minutes. It is quite a time-pressured section. Get to know when to skip a question to save yourself time. It would be a shame if you did not get to the last questions, especially, if they are much easier.

Section 3:

Start practising essays. You should stick to one type of essay title such as Medical issues and practise it. Which title you will choose will not affect your marking, even if it is a more difficult question. Therefore, it may be easier to select a title corresponding to what you are good at or the subject for which you are applying. If you applied for medical school, you could choose medical questions.

By choosing to study for just one type of essay, you will be able to learn and prepare common arguments and points, this will significantly decrease the time you spend planning for your essay. For example, understanding the ethical principles of medicine will give you a few points to write about in any medical ethics related questions. Plan your essay before writing it. Remember, you only have one sheet of one sided A4.

Once you write your essays, you can use the marking criteria to try find things you didn't do. However, it would be even better to have it critiqued by others such as teachers at school. If it is not possible, there are online paid services that critique BMAT essays. You can post on forums such as The Student Room too, where other students can critique your piece.

1 Week before your BMAT:

Start doing past papers in timed conditions, after you mark them, you can use conversion tables to generate scores for Section 1 and 2. For section 3, continue to do the same practice as before. Through the past papers, try to find weaknesses and pinpoint what you can do better such as skipping questions in Section 1 to make sure you can attempt more questions, revising a particular topic in Biology, etc.

1 Day before your BMAT:

If you are feeling stressed about your exam, practise any section you are unsure about but get enough sleep for your exam the next day.

Check where the venue is, route, time, etc. Sleep early and do not eat anything which may upset your stomach the next day as toilet breaks during the exam will cost you your answering time.

Prepare adequate clothing for your exam. It is possible you might feel too cold from the air conditioning; you want to ensure you feel comfortable wearing certain clothes while sitting an exam for 2 hours.

Finally, relax. Do things that may help you relax and release some stress such as listening to music, singing or meditating as taking the exam with a positive mindset is essential.

To make sure you have covered everything you need to successfully pass your BMAT take a look at our new BMAT checklist.


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

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