Bmat Essay Titles 2012

BMAT Section 3 Questions from "Passing the UKCAT and BMAT 2008 Edition"



1. "A Cost to an individual can be justified by a benefit to the group"

Write a unified essay in which you address the following:

Do you agree with this hypothesis? Outline an argument in support of and in opposition to this statement. What factors influence the rights of the individual over that of the group?


2. You can only believe in what you know to be true.


Write a unified essay in which you address the following:

What relevance does this statement have to scientific thought? Advance an Argument against this idea. What other factors influence scientific belief?


3. The sequencing of the human genome is the most important scientific advance of the twentieth century.


Write a unified essay in which you address the following:

Why is the study of the human genome so important? In what ways could the study of genetics be helpful in medicine and in what ways could it hinder advancements?


4. The right to life carried with it the right to death.


Write a unified essay in which you address the following:

Discuss the implication of this statement. In what circumstances would you agree with this idea, and in what circumstance would you disagree? What factors would influence the possession of such rights?

5. A patients lifestyle choices should not alter the medical treatment recived.

Write a unified essay in which you address the following:

Do you agree with this ideal? Give Examples of when medical treatment may be altered as a result of lifestyle choices. What factors determine whether treatment can be given?

6. Medicine is an art form rather than a scientific discipline.


Write a unified essay in which you address the following:

Do you agree with this statement? In what ways could medicine be considered an art form, and in which ways could it be considered a scientific discipline?


7. The ability to laugh is what makes us human.

Write a unified essay in which you address the following:

What different meanings could this statement have? Advance arguments for the genetic versus the environmental effect on our personality development.


8. All perceived benefits carry with them a know risk.

Write a unified essay in which you address the following:

Discus, with examples whether this statement is true. How could we resolve the conflict between benefit and harm?


9. Genes control our lives.


Write a unified essay in which you address the following:

Explain what the statement above means. Advance an argument in support of and in opposition to the statement. How can we identify the role that genes play in our live?



Books Recommendations

Firstly, there is the official BMAT book written by Cambridge Assessment. It costs roughly a tenner and is worth the price.

Secondly, there is the Kaplan BMAT book. It's not in print anymore and they are really damn hard to find. It was only by pure chance I managed to get mine of a member of TSR. This book normally goes for upwards of 40 quid on Ebay, so I recommend you look around some forums such as TSR and New Media Medicine for any 2009 BMAT entrants who are selling there copies on. It's quite a hefty book, upward of around 500 pages I think.

All other books are generally unknown and I cannot recommend them.

Information for candidates that do not study three/four sciences

If you're not doing Physics at AS/A2 - don't worry. You may have covered some material in M1 if you're doing Maths.
If you've not covered anything, I recommend buying a cheapish GCSE Physics book for the pre-2000 spec as they seem to be more comprehensive than the newer ones. I didn't do Physics and I used this textbook.

If you're not doing Biology at AS/A2 - worry. Worry alot. Both Imperial and UCL require Biology to AS if not beyond, and I assume Cambridge and Oxford wouldn't be too keen on applicants with no Biology at AS/A2.

If you're not doing Chemistry at AS/A2 - you're an idiot.

If you're not doing Maths at AS/A2 - A simple GCSE revision guide should suffice. BBC bitesize and other online resource sites such as MEI OR SAM learning may make for good prep.

BMAT FAQ

Where does the BMAT candidate number have to be entered?
BMAT candidate numbers begin with a “B” followed by five numbers. Candidate numbers must be entered on all examinations scripts on the day of the test. Candidates will be provided on a Statement of Entry on the day of the test.

Candidates applying to the University of Cambridge entering their candidate number onto their Cambridge Application Form should only enter the five numbers from their candidate number.

UCAS advise that candidates should enter their candidate number onto their UCAS form, more information can be found on the UCAS website.

What about access arrangements?
Access arrangements is the term given to any pre-examination adjustments based on history of need and provision. That is to say that a candidate may have dyslexia, dyspraxia, dysgraphia, dysorthographia, or working memory deficit and require extra time, the use of a laptop or some other physical requirement.

It is important for candidates to consult with their centre notifying them of any access arrangements the candidate may have and the candidate should be prepared to provide clinical evidence as requested.


EVIDENCE: Examinations Officers do not need to submit any evidence to Cambridge Assessment but candidates may be asked to provide evidence of any need for access arrangements at interview.

In the past, the following have been accepted as evidence, but candidates should contact the Support Team to confirm if any additional information is required should the candidate be asked to provide evidence.

• Statement of Special Educational Needs relating to secondary education and which has reached the stage where an assessment has been carried out by the LEA educational psychologist

• Psychological Assessment carried out by a qualified psychologist confirming learning disability during the secondary school period

• An assessment confirming learning disability during the secondary school period carried out by a specialist teacher

• Privately commissioned reports which must give a clear indication that there is evidence of need. The head of centre must be satisfied that there is a history of need and provision.

Would extra time be given to candidates without English as their first language?
Extra time is not allowed for candidates without English as their first language. A decision was taken by the BMAT universities that candidates applying to courses requiring the BMAT are expected to have a good command of English. The level of English required for courses can be found on each institution's website.

Special Consideration
Special consideration is the term used for post-examination adjustments to reflect temporary illness, injury or indisposition at the time of assessment. All special considerations will be passed onto any BMAT university to which the candidate has applied. The University will be asked to take the special consideration into account when considering applications. No adjustment will be made to candidates' results.

Requests for special considerations should be sent on school headed notepaper to:

The BMAT Support Team
1 Hills Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EU
United Kingdom


Are dictionaries and calculators allowed into the exam?
Dictionaries and/or bi-lingual dictionaries may not be used for BMAT.

Can BMAT fees be reimbursed?
The Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, University College London, The Royal Veterinary College, and Imperial College London are concerned that the entry fee should not be viewed as a barrier to access and widening participation. Applicants may apply for a reimbursement if they meet the following criteria:

Candidates from the U.K. in receipt of full Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Job Seeker’s Allowance or Income Support may apply for their BMAT fees to be reimbursed. Candidates from within the E.U. in receipt of full Educational Maintenance Allowance, or the equivalent, may apply for their BMAT fees to be reimbursed.

Candidates registered at a closed centre, should speak to their Exams Officer, Head of Sixth Form or Careers Officer and ask them to contact us. Candidates registered through an open centre may contact us directly by writing to:

The BMAT Support Team
1 Hills Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EU
United Kingdom


Only standard entry fees will be reimbursed to candidates who have taken BMAT and applied to a BMAT university. Late entry fees and administration fees will not be reimbursed.

A copy of a candidate’s entitlement for benefits should be enclosed with the request for reimbursement of fees.

All requests for reimbursement of fees should reach the BMAT Support Team by Tuesday, 1st December 2009.

Can previous BMAT results be used as part of a new application?
BMAT results are only accepted by universities in the year candidates apply for university. Candidates should sit the BMAT in November 2011 if they are applying to start university in 2012 or for a deferred place in 2013.

Further Information



Please check out the TSR Medicine Wiki BMAT page for further information, or post your questions and concerns in this thread.

BMAT Section 3

The final part of the BMAT exam — BMAT Section 3 — is the writing task. This section is testing your ability to ‘select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing concisely and effectively’.

In other words, writing a short essay!

In essence it is testing your ability to formulate your own argument. You could say it is the reverse of Section 1. You are assessed both for content, and the correct use of English. So good grammar, spelling and punctuation are essential.

Get your BMAT essays marked by the experts!

BMAT Section 3: The Writing Task

In BMAT Section 3, you are required to write a short essay. This will cover one side of A4. But it can’t be longer. So timing and technique are crucial.

You will be given a choice of four essays. You have to answer one of these only. And you have 30 minutes in which to do so.

Each essay option is based on a short quote or statement. These can be scientific or medically-related, but often aren’t. They are not technical. Examples might include a quote from Voltaire or Charles Darwin.

You will usually be asked, broadly speaking, to explain the statement, argue against it, weigh arguments for it, and reach a conclusion saying to what extent you agree with it.

Many students will no longer be taking essay based subjects. This can lead to a degree of trepidation. However, we have designed a clear and repeatable strategy for success in this section. Read more about that in our BMAT Section 3 Blog.

You can download and print sample answer sheets from the BMAT website to practice writing essays of the correct length in time.


BMAT Preparation: How can I prepare for Section 3?

Watch Daniel’s top tips for BMAT Section 3 here!

Plan essay questions

One of the best ways to start your preparation for BMAT Section 3 is to look at essay questions from past papers. The questions take the form of a short quote or statement – most are scientific or medical.

An example question is: “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” (Alexander Pope). Explain what this statement means. Argue to the contrary to show that a little learning is not dangerous. To what extent do you think learning can be a dangerous thing?

A good way to practice this is to get used to looking at these statements and explaining them, in one or two sentences, in your own words, explaining the key terms. Next, start planning your answer in bullet points. BMAT Section 3 questions usually ask you to argue against the statement, so start by planning an ‘against’ list with examples, then list some possible positives. The last part of the question will ask to what extent you agree with the statement – here, you could draw in arguments from both the ‘for’ and ‘against’ list, finally reaching a conclusion.

It’s a good idea to practice this method a few times to familiarise yourself with the process of explaining, arguing, and then reaching a conclusion on a statement. This planning is a key element of BMAT Section 3 preparation, and can be practiced quickly in the exam room to give your essay answer a much more coherent structure. The more you practice forming an argument, the easier (and less daunting!) you will find the process.

Ask others to review your essays

BMAT Section 3 is one of the most difficult sections to mark yourself. One of the best ways of getting an idea of your score is to ask a teacher to review it with their suggestions for improvements. Another idea is to send your essays to us – they are then marked by an expert Medicine Tutor and sent back to you.


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