Admissions Testing Service

Admissions Testing Service

The British Council administers a range of tests for the Admissions Testing Service which offers a range of tests and tailored assessment services to support selection and recruitment for educational institutions and professional organisations. These include:

  • assessments in thinking skills
  • admissions tests for medicine and healthcare
  • behavioural styles assessment
  • subject-specific admissions tests

Depending on your chosen university and course, you may need to take an admissions test as part of your application. We advise that you check the relevant university’s website for up-to-date information for the test/s that you need to take.

BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT)

The BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT) is an admissions test for applicants to Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Science and Dentistry courses at certain universities. BMAT is a 2-hour, pen-and-paper test divided into three sections:

 Section 1: Aptitude and Skills - 60 minutes

Section 2: Scientific Knowledge and Applications - 30 minutes

Section 3: Writing Task - 30 minutes

Test-takers are encouraged to refer to further information available on the Admission Testing Service website.

To sit for a test, please contact our Customer Service team

Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT)

The MAT is a paper-based test. It is a 2-hour 30-minute, subject-specific admissions test for applicants to the University of Oxford’s undergraduate degree courses in Mathematics, Computer Science and their joint degrees.

Imperial College London uses the MAT for all of its undergraduate Mathematics course applicants.

Test-takers are encouraged to refer to further information available on the Admission Testing Service website.

To sit for a test, please contact our Customer Service team

Sixth Term Examination Paper (STEP)

STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper) Mathematics is a well-established mathematics examination designed to test candidates on questions that are similar in style to undergraduate mathematics.

STEP is used by the University of Cambridge as the basis for conditional offers. Other universities sometimes ask candidates to take STEP as part of their offer – in such cases, the university can advise on which papers to take.

The test consists of up to three 3-hour paper-based examinations: STEP 1, STEP 2 and STEP 3. Candidates are usually required to sit either one or two of the examinations, depending on the requirements of the universities they have applied to.

Test-takers are encouraged to refer to further information available on the Admission Testing Service website.

To sit for a test, please contact our Customer Service team