This article contains information for candidates who need to take the BMAT September in 2018.
Introduction to BMAT September
What is BMAT September?
If you are applying for Medical and Dentistry courses at certain universities starting in September/October 2019, you can now take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) on Saturday 1 September 2018. This means you will receive your BMAT result before the UCAS application deadline.
The September session will be available at certain test centres around the UK and also at test centres in certain countries around the world.
Do I need to take BMAT September?
BMAT September is an alternative test date for BMAT in October. The test will have the same format and will be scored in the same way as the October test. Test sections will be equated so that scores across the two sessions will be equivalent. Results from either session will be considered equally by the institutions/courses participating in BMAT September, so when you take the test is your choice.
Which courses accept BMAT September?
Please visit our website to view the courses that accept results from the September or October session.
If you have any queries about which BMAT session you should take the test in, check the specific institution’s website to confirm their requirements.
Please note, the following institutions/courses will not accept September results:
Preparing for the test
|How can I prepare for the test?
The BMAT September test and the October test will have the same format and will be scored in the same way.
The way you prepare for the test is the same whether you take BMAT in September or in October.
We have a wide range of free resources to help you prepare for the test, including:
For these and other resources, visit our Preparing for BMAT page.
Registering for the test
How do I register for the test?
Registration for BMAT September is for students applying to certain universities for Medical and Dentistry courses who want to take their test on Saturday 1 September 2018. Find out which institutions/courses accept September results.
The registration process for BMAT September is different from the October test session, so you will need to follow the instructions below.
You must register yourself via Metritests, our online booking system, when registration opens (a link to the online booking system will be available here shortly).
Registration opens: 25 June 2018
What are the entry fees?
Please note: we reserve the right to make changes to these costs.
Your entry fee must be paid in full at the time you book your test online.
The entry fee for BMAT – September is higher than for BMAT in October because it includes the test fee and a fee that is paid to the centre to run the test. There is no late entry, so no late entry fees apply.
How do I request access arrangements?
Access Arrangements are available if you have a disability or special requirement, and are entitled to support for other exams.
You will need to request any Access Arrangements when booking the test online.
We will ask for supporting evidence. This will usually be the same evidence you provide for Access Arrangements in your other exams.
We will advise you if the Access Arrangement is granted. If it is granted, the centre will be advised by us directly.
You must take the evidence supporting your Access Arrangement with you on the day of the test. If you have not requested the Access Arrangement at the time of booking and had it granted, it cannot be provided on the test day.
For more information about Access Arrangements, please visit our Useful documents section.
Taking the test
Can I take the test in September and October?
No, you must only take the test once, either in September or October. All institutions that are accepting BMAT September results have stated that applicants must only take one BMAT in an admissions cycle.
Taking the test twice may be viewed by an institution as an attempt to gain unfair advantage. If you take BMAT in both September and October it will result in scores for both tests being shared with all BMAT institutions which you are applying to.
What equipment is allowed in the test room?
You should use a soft pencil for Sections 1 and 2 of BMAT. It’s a good idea to have a pencil eraser too.
For Section 3 of BMAT you must use a black-ink pen. Use of correction fluid is not permitted.
Dictionaries – including bilingual dictionaries – and calculators cannot be used.
After the test
Can Special Consideration be applied to my result?
If you believe that your performance was affected by temporary illness, injury or any other issue, you can ask for this to be taken into account as a Special Consideration.
If you took the test at an internal centre, you should ask your Exams Officer to submit the Special Consideration request on your behalf.
If you took the test at an open centre, you should submit the Special Consideration request form yourself.
The deadline for requesting Special Considerations is 5 working days after the test.
Once the request has been submitted, we will review the evidence to see if the circumstances reported have impacted negatively on the candidate’s performance: if we believe that there has been a negative impact, we will advise the institution(s) of a severity level between 1 (low impact) to 5 (high impact) in accordance with guidelines provided for awarding bodies. We cannot enter into discussion with centres, candidates or their representatives on the level of Special Consideration which should be indicated to the institution(s). The detailed evidence and/or the nature of the Special Consideration will not be shared with the institution(s).
How and when are results released?
From 09.00 BST on 21 September 2018, you will be able to view your results by logging in to the Metritests account you created to register for your test.
You are responsible for sharing your results via Metritests. Universities will not consider results provided in any other way.
You should only share your results with institutions you have applied to or are planning to apply to via UCAS.
To share your results with your chosen institution(s):
Key dates for BMAT September results
Before results are released on 21 September, you can add or remove selected institutions. After this, once your results have been shared with an institution, you cannot remove that institution from your list, but you can add further institutions. You may therefore wish to wait until you receive your results, before deciding which institutions to share your results with.
Applicants must only take one BMAT in an admissions cycle. Taking the test twice may be viewed by an institution as an attempt to gain unfair advantage. If you take BMAT in both September and October it may result in scores for both tests being shared with all BMAT institutions which you are applying to.
Please note: BMAT results for both the September and October sessions are only valid for the year the test is taken and cannot be carried over to a re-application. Likewise, each application is considered afresh, and your score from one year will not affect your chances if re-applying in later years.
To find out how your chosen institutions use BMAT scores, please visit their websites.
I don't think my result is correct, is there a Results Enquiry process?
Yes, you can submit a Results Enquiry if you think that there has been an error in the processing or reporting of your STEP results and therefore the results do not reflect your performance on the day of the test.
Requests for results enquiries must be made using the online form (which will be available via the Useful Documents webpage once results have been released) no more than 5 working days after the results have been released.
If you took the test at an internal centre, the form should be submitted by your Exams Officer. You will be notified of the outcome via your centre.
If you took the test at an open centre, you can submit the form without going through your centre. We will notify you of the outcome directly.
Admissions Testing will respond within five working days of receiving the Result Enquiry form. If you have applied to the University of Cambridge or the University of Warwick, we will notify them directly of any change in your results. Other institutions will be notified via UCAS.
If you applied to any other university you will need to notify them directly of any change to your result.
Can I submit an Appeal?
If you think a Results Enquiry or Malpractice case was incorrectly handled, you can submit an Appeal.
An Appeal should be submitted on your behalf by the test centre, using an online Appeal form (which will be available via the Useful Documents webpage). If the test was taken at an open centre, the Appeal form may be submitted directly by the candidate.
Exactly how long any specific Appeal takes depends on the individual case. The panel that looks at Appeals will always try to make a decision in time for it to be taken into account during the current university admissions round.
Please note that while the Appeals panel makes every effort to review the Appeal during the current university admissions round, it cannot be guaranteed. Applicants should take this into consideration, before submitting their Appeal.
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