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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann; 2 edition (18 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043504687X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0435046873
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.3 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By nikkib on 7 Nov. 2011
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I think many of these reviews really underrate this book. Yes it doesn't have the most questions in it, but that's why the past papers are available on the bmat website. It has clear and concise explanations of what all the sections are about, how to answer each style of question, and most invaluably, examples of section 3 answers on all grade boundaries so you can really see what the markers are looking for. I think if you're doing the BMAT, it's a good idea to get this book, to highlight and make notes in of key useful points. If nothing else, it has a great wealth of information in a small package that is much easier to carry around that tones of past papers
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zyphlon on 23 Jun. 2012
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In contrast to the other reviewers on this site, I believe that this book is an excellent preparation for the BMAT exam. True, it doesn't explain everything that could be asked, or tell you how to pass, but what is does do is give you a good overview of the exam, and practise questions for it.

If you are looking for a book to teach you everything you need to know, you are in the wrong place, you should be looking for GCSE biology, chemistry, physics books. The essay of the BMAT I would say is hard to revise for, you simply need to discuss what is being said. Further, Universities weight it far less than the other sections. So there is less point trying to find a book telling you how to write an essay.

Perhaps i'm the exception to the rule, but I found this book to be more helpful than the other 2 (3rd party) books that I bought on the matter. I strongly believe that the best revision is not to look for a "magic book" but simply to learn the GCSE science syllabus well, and use practise questions from this book and from past papers off the BMAT website to help you understand what things come up (mechanics is quite frequent If I recall). Once I was in the BMAT exam, I couldn't remember anything that the "Pass the BMAT" books said, but the overall knowledge of the exam, revision of GCSE science, and this books and on lines past questions enabled me to do well
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Milly on 8 Nov. 2011
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A good guide to the BMAT. Not very many example questions and only one essay question - but does give range of answers to give a good idea as to what the mark scheme is like. General prep rather than full revision material. Good for top-up revision..
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By Joseph O. on 20 July 2011
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OK well the book is not so fair price wise (it's worth 5 quids really) however I would still commend to buy it.
Why? Well I sat the BMAT last year and revised for only about 1 week as I did not know how the medical application worked. I managed to score just above Imperial cut off (4.2/3 I think) in both sections and failed the essay.
The book does actually have some good questions for section 1, however because of their small number it tends to be useless a part from building a strong base for the exam. The questions are in fact very realistic.
Section 2 I found very flimsy, it was not covered very well and the syllabus for the required scientific knowledge was not given.All in all the book was quite useless here.
Section 3 was covered very quickly and seemed more like a review. It does give you an exoskeleton for your essay as well as some examples which were quite good. However again like in Section 1 there are not enough examples for you to draw a clear picture on how to write a good essay. I would say that the book gives the minimum required knowledge here.
All in all I would score the book 2.5 not 2 stars but that's not available unfortunately. I will soon receive the Kaplan book (the one that goes on the net for over 100 quids) as well as the BMAT 400Q so that I will be able to say if there's any need to buy this book if you have any of these (which currently are regarded as the best two).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NSurg on 22 Dec. 2011
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If you are serious about sitting the BMAT, do not buy this book as your money will not be well spent. There are very few questions and with relatively superficial explanations. Although there are examples of poor and well-written essays (2 at max), there aren't many examples for you to practice and gain an appreciation of the variation in the topics that may arise. Opt for the 400 BMAT questions by Lydia Campbell - it is new and already very popular; I wish it were around when I sat the BMAT!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gamer 55 on 17 Sept. 2010
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It's quite disgraceful what these guys have done...they've left an entire section (s1) the same as in the old book, and simply changed s2 + the criteria of s3.....

avoid this book. don't let them have any more of your money...it costs £45 to sit the BMAT as it is...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anon on 30 Dec. 2013
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A very good overview of the BMAT exam with a few handy hints and tips. It is, however, very lacking in practise questions. I would recommend investing in another book to supplement this overview (I went with with the 400 questions book).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mimix on 8 Nov. 2013
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Contains useful tips and tricks but does little more than that.

Good for getting the basic idea into you're head but you will definitely need to pick up other resources to help you study.
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