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Your chances of being short-listed rest on a number of factors, although we do rely heavily on BMAT scores and GCSE performance (where available) during short-listing.

You should bear in mind that as we short-list the same number of applicants every year, and we use two variables (which carry the same weight), there is no actual cut-off. How well you need to do in BMAT will be entirely dependent on how well every other applicant does, and how well you have done in GCSEs (if you have taken them). A slightly weaker performance at GCSE may be compensated for by a very good BMAT score, and vice-versa.

However, to offer a rough guide, we would suggest that the typical average applicant should be working towards a 6 (a 7 is still fairly rare) in sections 1 or 2; do note that sections 1 and 2 receive greater weighting (40% each) than section 3 (20%).

Applicants should undertake thorough preparation for BMAT - they should practice taking the test to familiarise themselves with the format of it and increase their chances of obtaining a high score. Specimen papers are available from www.bmat.org.uk.

See our recent admissions statistics for further information on average BMAT scores.