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UCL to pilot Biological Admissions Test

10 April 2003

Applicants for entry to UCL's Medical School in October 2004 will pilot the Biological Admissions Test (BMAT), a university common admissions test.

Developed by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES), the test is designed to provide fair assessments of applicants from a wide range of educational and social backgrounds, provide a common basis for all applicants - including mature and international students - and enable universities to choose objectively between students.

The test is also being piloted at Oxford and Cambridge Medical Schools, the Cambridge Veterinary School and the Oxford Physiological Science course. Several more institutions have already shown an interest in adopting the test, and it will be made available for wider use for entry in 2005 onwards.

Consisting of an aptitude and skills test, a scientific knowledge and applications test, and a writing task, the test provides an appropriate assessment of intellectual skills and knowledge for institutions that attract applicants of the highest calibre.

Sir Derek Roberts, UCL's Provost, stated: "In keeping with our historical tradition of progressive policies, UCL looks forward to the introduction of the BMAT. It will provide an opportunity for the brightest and best to compete for admission to medical school on an equal footing, irrespective of their background. We look forward to sharing good practice with our colleagues at Oxford and Cambridge, both in making this opportunity available, and in evaluating the most effective and fairest means of handling the selection of applicants."

To find out more about the test or the medical school use the links below.

UCL's Medical School