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Who needs to sit the BMAT?

Anyone planning to study certain medicine, veterinary medicine or related courses at certain universities.

The BMAT is currently used by the following UK universities for medicine:

  • University of Oxford Medical School
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Leeds
  • University College London
  • Lancaster University
  • Imperial College London
  • Brighton and Sussex Medical School
  • Keele University (international applicants)
  • University of Manchester Medical School (international applicants)

What is involved?

The BMAT is a two-hour admissions test which medical or veterinary students must sit to stand a chance of securing a place at the most exclusive universities. It is a way for those institutions to ensure they select only the very best calibre students.

The BMAT is divided into three sections, as follows:

Section 1: Aptitude and Skills

What does it test?

  • Generic skills in problem-solving, understanding arguments, data analysis and inference.


  • 35 questions, multiple choice or short answer
  • 60 minutes

Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications

What does it test?

  • The ability to apply scientific knowledge from school science and mathematics (up to and including the National Curriculum for England Key Stage 4).


  • 27 questions, multiple choice or short answer
  • 30 minutes

Section 3: Writing Task

What does it test?

  • The ability to select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing, concisely and effectively.


  • One essay question from a choice of four questions
  • 30 minutes

When does it take place?

  • Entries can be submitted from 1 September – 15 October.
  • Exam takes place at college in November.

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The Kings Admissions Team