NEW IMAT 2021 DATE: Thursday 09 SEPT.
Registrations for academic year 2021-22 and to sit IMAT 2021 AND local IMAT testing centres will be available at Universitaly.it but a new Decree by the MUR – Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research will be issued about it soon.
Minimum requirements to sit IMAT:
12 years at least of pre-university education
+ only for UK and USA applicants: 3 A-Levels in Scientific Subjects OR 3 APs in scientific topics, respectively
What does IMAT stand for?
International Medical Admission Test; this admission test is required for every applicant wishing to study in an Italian university holding a medical course in English.
When is IMAT 2021 held?
The admission test 2021 will be on Sept.9th 2021
When and where do I have to register to sit the IMAT entrance test? How is the test delivered?
Registrations are usually open in July each year at this link https://www.universitaly.it/index.php selecting the section Accesso programmato IMAT
You can select in priority order up to 13 Italian universities in which you’d like to study medicine in English.
You can take the test in Italy or in one of the other countries available. The test is absolutely the same in every testing centre.
These are the available testing centres for the 2020 edition (this MAY NOT be the case for 2021 edition):
Brasil – Sao Paulo
China – Beijing
Cyprus – Nicosia
France – Paris
Germany – Hamburg and Munich
Greece – Athens
India – New Delhi
Italy (Bari, Milan, Rome, Naples, Bologna, Turin, Pavia, Padua and Siena)
Pakistan – Lahore
Poland – Warsaw
South Africa – Johannesburg
Spain – Madrid
Switzerland – Zurich
Turkey – Istanbul
United Arab Emirates – Dubai
United Kingdom – London
United States of America – New York City
Please note that this list is subject to change each year, with the adding or removal of some testing centres;
The test was not online for the 2020 edition even in the frame of the Covid-19 emergency; we do not know now if the test may be held online as well for the next edition.
How much do I have to pay for IMAT?
The cost to register for the exam is around EUR 130,00 and can be paid online at https://www.universitaly.it/index.php to confirm your seat.
What is the structure of the exam?
The test is written, with the format of MCQ questions, for a total of 60 questions and 90 points as maximum score.
There are 5 possible answers, of which only one is correct.
Attention! Every wrong answer is counted as 0.4 point less, whereas every unanswered question counts zero; it is better to leave a query unanswered not to lose any points if you are not confident about the exact answer!
How much time do I have to complete the test?
100 minutes; if you are diagnosed with a learning disorder or a sever illness, you can produce a medical certificate to our dedicated SAISD office, and extra time will be allocated (30% more)
What is the min.score?
20 points out of 90, but this score often is not enough to enter the programme!
Try to score as high as possible, since your score will be your entry ticket into the programme! In the past years, a good entering score was around 60-65 points out of 90, but please note that this is subject to change each year considering the difficulty of the test and the general preparation of the pool of candidates taking the test!
What are the topics covered by IMAT?
There are 12 questions dedicated to general knowledge and culture, 10 about logics, 18 concerning biology, 12 regarding chemistry and 8 dealing with mathematics and physics.
Here you can peruse the detailed list of topics for IMAT (updated 2020): http://www-7.unipv.it/harveymedicine/imat-admission-test/
How do I prepare for IMAT, and when?
Our advice is to start ASAP, as the score obtained in the admission test will be your entry ticket for the medical course, and there is a lot of competition to enter our medical course.
At this webpage http://www-7.unipv.it/harveymedicine/imat-admission-test/ section PREPARING FOR IMAT ADMISSION TEST, you can find out how to best prepare for IMAT, including perusing the past IMAT editions with answer keys from the website of Cambridge Assessment Testing Centre, the organization which prepares IMAT each year.
Another great way to prepare is consulting the website medschool.it, founded by a former Harvey graduate, Alex.He has created this useful website in the past years to help applicants to prepare for IMAT and come to study medicine in Italy.
What is the most difficult part about IMAT?
From a survey launched by medschool.it to all its applicants, the hardest part about IMAT was time management. You need time and concentration to fully read and understand each question, so it is crucial to practice in advance, perhaps with past editions and using a timer to keep track of time!
Here is a list of useful suggested preparation books to prepare IMAT exam, including the BMAT question papers, very similar to IMAT questions, or Alphatest – medicine in English:
PREPARING FOR IMAT ADMISSION TEST
IMAT TOPICS LIST updated 2020
For more detailed information about the format and downloadable samples of the IMAT test, please visit the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website
NEW! Here you can also find all possible solutions to prepare as best as you can for the IMAT test (this website was created by a former Harvey student!): https://www.imatschool.com/
Also, please consider the possibility of enrolling in a preparatory course for the IMAT entrance exam in Italy: https://www.medschool.it/imat-news-and-preparation/imat-preparation-course-review/
Books to prepare for IMAT
Critical Thinking (Text Analysis) and Problem Solving:
Costanzo Physiology (Kindle edition also available)
Preparation for health sciences admission tests 2020 (in Italian only) organised by COR: click here
When will I know the result of IMAT?
Usually after 30 days from the date of the test the results are out; you can check the score in the reserved area on Universitaly.it.
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