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This page provides information for applicants to the University of Navarra and CEU Cardenal Herrera University. Applicants to universities in the Netherlands should visit the BMAT Netherlands page. Applicants to the University of Malaya should visit the BMAT (UMalaya) page.
The University of Navarra and CEU Cardenal Herrera University use the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) for applications to Medicine. Please check with your chosen institution(s) for more information about the application process and how BMAT is used.
The test is taken in February. In 2017, the test date is 11 February 2017. To take BMAT in February 2017, you need to register for the test using the online booking system. Registration is now open.
BMAT can be taken at a range of locations around the world. When you access the online booking system for registration, you will see a list of test centres – choose the one which is most convenient for you. Please note, you cannot book the test directly with the centre; you can only book through our online system.
If you are applying to both the University of Navarra and CEU Cardenal Herrera, you only need to register for BMAT once. Please get in touch with our Helpdesk team to arrange the sharing of your results with both institutions.
BMAT is a 2-hour pen-and-paper test, which consists of three sections and is taken in English. Sections 1 and 2 are multiple-choice, and Section 3 is a writing task. You can find out more about the format of the test below.
BMAT tests your ability to apply scientific and mathematical knowledge, as well as problem solving, critical thinking and written communication skills that are essential to university-level study.
Section 1: Aptitude and Skills
Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications
Section 3: Writing Task
For more detailed information about the format of BMAT, see the BMAT test specification.
Questions in Sections 1 and 2 are worth 1 mark each. Total raw marks for each section are converted to BMAT's scale, which runs from 1 (low) to 9 (high). Typical BMAT candidates will score around 5.0, roughly half marks. The best candidates will score around 6.0, and a few exceptional candidates will score higher than 7.0.
Writing Tasks in Section 3 are marked by two examiners. Each examiner gives two scores – one for quality of content (on a scale of 0–5), and one for quality of written English (on the scale A, C, E).
Combining the scores for Section 3: If the two marks for content are the same or no more than one mark apart, the candidate gets the average of the two marks. If the two marks for written English are the same or no more than one mark apart, the scores are combined like this: AA = A, AC = B, CC = C, CE = D and EE = E.
For example, a writing task given a 4C by one examiner and 4A by the other will get a final score of 4B. A writing task given 3C by one examiner and 2C by the other will receive a mark of 2.5C.
If there is a larger discrepancy in the marks, the writing tasks are marked for a third time, and the final mark is checked by the Senior Assessment Manager.
You will be able to access your results online from 27 February 2017. Results will also be sent to the university you have registered under. If you are applying to both the University of Navarra and CEU Cardenal Herrera, please get in touch with our Helpdesk team to arrange the sharing of your results with both institutions.
Test date: 11 February 2017
Last date for modified question paper requests: 13 January 2017
Registration deadline: 27 January 2017
The cost of BMAT is €126 / £112 / $210.
The fee and currency you pay will depend on where in the world you are taking the test.