MEDICINE AND THE SEVEN LIBERAL ARTS
In ancient Greece, birthplace of Hippocrates and modern medicine, an educated person was well-versed in the trivium – rhetoric, grammar and logic – and the quadrivium – what can loosely be referred to as the predecessor of the modern sciences. These “seven liberal arts”, as they came to be known, formed the cornerstone of a modern university education.
The BMAT (BioMedical Admissions Test) may not trace its genealogy back to ancient Greece, but it certainly seeks to assess the same knowledge and skills that an educated Greek was expected to have. To do well in the BMAT, you need to possess these knowledge and skills.
In our BMAT course, you will learn how to effectively understand rhetoric and solve problems logically in the Thinking Skills section, how to use rhetoric and grammar to build a persuasive argument in the Writing Task section, and how to apply concepts in physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics to answer scientific questions in the Scientific Knowledge & Applications sections.
After all, the BMAT is your first step towards becoming educated in medicine – a field pioneered by the ancient Greeks.