Medicine – Admissions Tests

As well as high entry requirements, and a shed load of work experience, medical applicants are also required to pass specialist admissions tests in order to qualify for entry to universities in the UK. There are three different types of test, of which applicants will only have to take one, check university admissions carefully to ensure you take the correct test for the relevant university: 

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

Developed by Cambridge Assessment, this two hour pen-and-paper test assesses applicant’s prior skills and knowledge. The test is divided into three distinct sections:

1. Aptitude and skills

2. Scientific knowledge and applications

3. Writing task

Candidates should take the test during the academic year in which they are applying to university.

The test takes place in November.

Cost (EU Student):£44.

Cost (Non-EU Student): £74.

More information about BMAT, including a list of universities which accept the test, available on the Admissions Testing Service site.

UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT)

The UKCAT tests that candidates have the appropriate mental ability, attitude and professionalism required to succeed as a doctor. The test assists universities in making informed choices, and differentiating between many highly qualified applicants. The test is divided into 5 sections (all are multiple choice questions):

1. Verbal reasoning

2. Quantitative reasoning

3. Abstract reasoning

4. Decision analysis

5. Situational judgement

The test lasts two hours.

Candidates must complete the test by early October of the academic year in which they are applying.

Cost (EU): £80

Cost (Non-EU): £100

More information about UKCAT, including a list of universities which use this test for admissions, available on their site.

Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT)

Imported from Australia, the GAMSAT assists universities in the selection of participants for their graduate-entry medicine programmes. The test has been carefully designed to assess a candidate’s ability to undertake high-level intellectual studies, as required on graduate medicine programmes.

The test is divided into three sections:

1. Reasoning in humanities and social sciences

2. Written communication

3. Reasoning in biological and physical sciences

The test takes place in September.

Candidates should take test during the academic year in which they are applying to university.

Cost: £234

More information about GAMSAT, including a list of universities which offer graduate medicine programmes, available on their site.

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