BMAT Workshop – Course Info

Run by a team of experienced medical students, this course highlights the key strategies to improving your score in the BMAT. We will cover Critical Thinking and Problem Solving modules, teaching tips and techniques, and do lots of timed practice questions. We teach you all the Physics you need to know, and cover some of the more complex Biology & Chemistry topics too, with timed practice questions along the way. The final section of this program is spent planning a sample essay as a class whilst focusing on time management skills which is key.

Students are given a copy of our 300-page A4 course handbook, revision notes and practice questions on our exclusive BMAT Ninja, our online BMAT preparation tool.

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Essential Information

  1. It’s a one-day course, which runs from 10am – 5:30pm during July 2019.
  2. Each class has around 30 students, with 2 instructors who are students at Oxford or Cambridge.
  3. Each student gets a copy of our 300-page A4 course handbook, and access to our revision notes and practice questions on BMAT Ninja, our online BMAT preparation tool.
  4. We spend the morning going over Section 1 – Critical Thinking and Problem Solving. We teach tips and techniques, and do lots of timed practice questions.
  1. Most of the afternoon is spent on Section 2 – we teach you all the Physics you need to know, and cover some of the trickier Biology & Chemistry topics too, with timed practice questions along the way.
  2. We spend the final hour on Section 3, planning a sample essay as a class and showing you how to manage your time in the writing task.
  3. Every student gets free access to the Training Temple on BMAT Ninja, which contains literally hundreds of pages of additional notes, practice questions and example essays. You’ll also have unlimited support from our team of instructors by email or phone up until the day of the exam.

Course Overview

7 hours. That’s how long the course lasts. Is it enough to prepare you for the BMAT? It’s a great start, and a great foundation upon which to build your own revision.

We’re going to take you on a rollercoaster ride through the 3 sections of the BMAT. We won’t ask you to do practice papers while you’re with us – you can do those in your own time. Instead, we’ll work through the different types of questions, teaching you methods and systems to use for most of them, and helping you develop the intuition needed for the rest.

Your primary goal in BMAT preparation should be to work through the problems as accurately and (perhaps even more importantly), as quickly as possible. Anyone could get 100% if they had 4 hours, but the true test of the BMAT is in the timing. That’s what we’re going to help you with. We’ll teach you practical methods and systems to get you through section 1, we’ll teach you all the science you need to know to ace section 2, and we’ll work with you to maximise your section 3 essay score, both on the day and via email afterwards.

Section 1

Aptitude & Skills

Although this section is notoriously difficult to prepare for, we’ll be taking you through some of the more difficult questions in each category, and teaching you the best methods for dealing with them. Sure, some of them will involve pure number crunching, but there’s usually a shortcut to the right answer, and the “trick” to doing well in this section (and indeed, the whole paper) is to find that shortcut in the time given. That’s what we’re aiming to teach you.

Section 2

Scientific Knowledge

This section is all about using your knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths to beat the clock that only gives you a minute per question. On the course, we’ll be teaching you all the Physics you need to know for the BMAT (as most don’t do it at AS), and also going through some of the more difficult Biology and Chemistry questions that always come up. You’ll also get our excellent handbook which contains comprehensive notes on all the topics for you to revise from.

Section 3

Writing Task

In the final hour of the course, we’ll be going through some past essay questions, and talking you through how to plan and structure your essays, how to write the perfect introduction and conclusion, and most importantly, how to ensure you meet any cut-off points that universities impose. This is arguably the easiest and least important section of the BMAT, so it’s a nice way to end an otherwise intense and exhausting day.