Medical School Applications

UK medical schools require students to sit either the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) or the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) prior to application.  Whilst a significantly larger number of Universities require the UKCAT, many students will opt to sit both tests in order to increase the number of courses they could potentially apply for.  A list of courses requiring BMAT can be found here, whilst a list of courses requiring UKCAT can be found here.

UKCAT Test Format

The UKCAT is a two-hour computer-based test. It consists of five separately timed subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision MakingQuantitative ReasoningAbstract ReasoningSituational Judgement) which assess a range of mental abilities identified by university medical and dental schools as important. Each subtest contains a number of items in a multiple-choice format.

Candidates either sit the standard UKCAT or the UKCATSEN (Special Educational Needs) if they are entitled to additional time due to a documented medical condition or disability.

BMAT Test Format

The BMAT exam is comprised of three sections to be completed in two hours:

  • Section 1 – Aptitude and Skills: 35 multiple-choice questions, 60 Minutes, Maximum Score: 9.0
  • Section 2 – Scientific Knowledge and Applications: 27 multiple-choice questions, 30 Minutes, Maximum Score: 9.0
  • Section 3 – Writing Task: 1 Essay out of a choice of 4, Maximum Score: 5A

The BMAT examination is unlike any which students would have faced to date, requiring extensive preparation and a unique approach.

We can help students to prepare for both the UKCAT or the BMAT tests.

We would typically recommend a course of 10 hours of tuition for the tests, which can be carried out either face-to-face or online via Skype.