BMAT Section 1 Score Conversion

Advice & Insight From BMAT Specialists

Question number and Value

Each of the 32 questions in section 1 of the BMAT test are worth 1 mark. Your total score out of 32 is combined with your score from Section 2 which will test your scientific knowledge. All questions are positively marked meaning no marks are deducted for incorrect answers. You have a 1 in 5 chance of guessing a correct answer, so make sure you attempt all the questions.

Conversion of raw marks

Your raw BMAT mark is converted to provide you with a total score between 9-1.   Your score will be calculated to 1 decimal place. The highest achieving students score more highly. Candidates who score around 5.0 will have gained approximately half marks across the section. BMAT scores are manipulated so that there is a normal distribution across the data. This means that middle of the range achieving students will score around 5.0. In order to find out your converted score there is a Metritest system which can be found via the Cambridge Assessment admissions testing website. On the day of the assessment, you will be given a Confidential Results Information Sheet, it is important you keep this safe and accessible as it will contain your entry code needed to check your result. Your results are automatically sent to the Universities you have applied to on UCAS. If you sit the exam as part of the September Exam Series you will have access to your BMAT results before the UCAS entry deadline.

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Interpreting your BMAT score

According to the official Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing websites BMAT scores can be interpreted as follows:

Typical BMAT score: 5.0

Score of Best Candidates: 6.0

Exceptional Scores: 7.0 or higher

What your BMAT score means

There is no pass or fail for the BMAT. Each university use a different weighting system and considers the sections of the BMAT variably. Moreover, how universities use the BMAT score in their admissions processes may vary. It is important to be aware of this as you do not want to receive immediate rejections from universities who have threshold values above what you have obtained. You can apply to a maximum of four medical schools so don’t waste any of your applications applying for courses where you do not meet their selection criteria.

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Medical School

Section 1 weighting

Section 2 and 3 weighting

Use of BMAT score

Cut off/ threshold scores

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Out of a total potential score of 28, 9 marks can be obtained.

Section 2- 9 marks available

Section 3- 5 marks for each element

Ranking of scores out of 28 for interview place


Home applicants: 14.7

International 15.8

University Cambridge



Used for interview selection


Imperial College London

Variable cut off annually. Typical values of 4.5-5.0.

Variable cut off annually. Typical values of 4.5-5.0 for section 2 and 2.5B for section 3

Invitations to interview are based upon the content of your UCAS application and your performance in all three sections of BMAT.

Students who do not meet threshold values are automatically rejected.

Variable yearly.


Section 1: 3.5

Section2: 5.1 or combined score (1+2) of 8.6.

Section 3: 25.C

Lancaster University

Combination of score with section 2 and 3 score

Score for section 2 and 3 are combined with section 1. The quality of English Score is not considered.

Provided the minimum academic criteria are met students are ranked based on BMAT score for MMI selection.


University of Leeds

Total BMAT score calculated weighting section 1 at 40%

Total BMAT score calculated weighting section 2 at 40% ad 3 at 20%.

15% of your academic score. Academic scores also consider past and predicted grades. This score is used to rank students for interview following a personal statement and reference exclusion check.


Interview questions may discuss your essay.


University of Oxford

Accounts for 40% of each of your BMAT

Section 2 and 3 have equal weighting of 20%. Section 3 scores are doubles weighted for quality of content score and single rated for Quality of English score.

Interview selection based upon an algorithms combining A*% at GCSE and BMAT score. BMAT score is doubled for students without GCSE RESULTS.

2020 – Mean adjusted BMAT score of 68.9%. Those with a BMAT of 68% led to shortlisting.

University College London

Average for UCL applicant:4.8

Average for UCL applicant 4.8interviewed:

Average for UCL offer Holder: 3.1A

Section 2

Average for UCL applicant:5.7

Average for UCL applicant interviewed: 5.8

Average for UCL offer Holder: 3.4A


Section 3:

Average for UCL applicant: 5.7

Average for UCL applicant interviewed: 5.8

Average for UCL offer Holder: 3.4A

BMAT score used in conjunction with: personal statement, referee’s report, steps taken to gain insight into a medical career, community activities and general education and interview performance.

No cut off score

Keele University – overseas applicants only

Marks from all three sections are considered.

Both content and quality of section 3 is considered.

BMAT is used instead of a roles and responsibility form. Students are not required to take UCAT. There are a total of 10 overseas places


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