BMAT Updates 2022: Overview of 2021 Scores

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There are no updates to the BMAT format for 2022. However, students should be aware that there is only sitting, in November. The standard September sitting will not be available.

Additionally, distributions from the November 2021 BMAT have been released. When understanding the scores, you should be aware that the BMAT scale runs from a 1 through to a 9, with 1 being the lowest possible score and 9 being the highest possible score. Scores are reported to 1 decimal place, i.e. 1.0 through to 9.0. Per Cambridge Admissions, ‘extreme scores are expected to be comparatively rare’ and the scale is designed so that the average applicant to a very selective university course will score around 5.0, with 6.0 therefore being a high score and 7.0 being an exceptional score. 

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BMAT Score Distributions Sections 1 and 2

The BMAT scores for sections 1 and 2 are shown below.

As you can see, for Section 1 the mode score was 4.0, with the mean seemingly falling in the region between 4.0 and 5.0. Very few students scored above 7.5, with a few scoring 8.5 and a minute amount (perhaps a quarter of a percent) scoring 9.0.

For Section 2, the scores have a more predictable distribution. Once again, 4.0 is the mode score, and it appears the mean is again between 4.0 and 5.0, perhaps closer to 5.0. Once again very few students scored above 7.5, with less scoring above 7.0 compared to section 1. Almost no students have scored 9.0 in this section.

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BMAT Score Distributions Section 3

Looking at the results for Section 3, you need to be aware that scores are a mixture of the quality of English (scored from X to A) and quality of content, scored from 0 to 5. The overwhelming mode score is in the 3.0 bar for the quality of content, and this appears to be the mean score as well. In terms of quality of English, the vast majority of candidates – almost 80% – scored an A. That means that there is simply no excuse for poor grammar or spelling, with the standard so high.

BMAT Updates 2022: Overview of 2021 Scores

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