The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is an aptitude test used as part of the admissions process for Medicine, for NTU-Imperial’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and predominantly for entry to undergraduate medical programs in the UK.

The test consists of 3 sections: Aptitude and Skills, Scientific Knowledge and Applications, and a Writing Task.

Section I: Aptitude and Skills

Aptitude and Skills assesses skills in problem solving, argument comprehension, data analysis, and inference.
Section II: Scientific Knowledge and Applications

Scientific Knowledge and Applications assess the application of scientific knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics taught up to the age of 16.
Section III: Writing Task

Assesses a candidate’s ability to elaborate and articulate their views on a topic.

For further information, please visit the official BMAT website.

Aptitude and Skills35 multiple choice60 minutes1 (low) - 9 (high)
Scientific Knowledge and Applications27 multiple choice30 minutes1 (low) - 9 (high)
Writing Task1 task from a choice of 3 questions30 minutes0E - 5A

The numerical score gives the quality of the content; the alphabet gives the score of the quality of written English
Total2 hours


Should I take the UCAT or the BMAT?

Depending on which universities you are applying to, some universities will require the BMAT, and others the UCAT. The tests are not interchangeable. Of the 19 UK universities recognised by the Singapore Medical Council (as of 1 January 2020), 15 require the UCAT, and 4 require the BMAT.

Which schools require the BMAT?

Imperial College London
University College London (UCL)
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

What is a good BMAT score?

Generally speaking, a good BMAT score is 6 in each section. For perspective, the bottom 10th percentile of students admitted to NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in 2019 presented scores of 4.8 and 5.2 in the first two sections respectively, while the top 90th percentile of admitted students presented scores of 7.3 and 7.2 in the first two sections.

For further information, please visit the Lee Kong Chian FAQ.

How long is my BMAT score valid for?

BMAT scores are valid only for the year of application.

How often can I sit for the BMAT?

You may sit for the BMAT only once per test cycle.

When is the BMAT held?

For students based in Singapore, the BMAT is held once per year, usually in October or November.

When will my results be available?

For 2019, results for the October test will be released on 22 November 2019.



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