About IMAT

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About the International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT)

The International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT) is a 100 minute subject-specific admissions test for applicants to medicine and surgery courses at universities whose applicants are from a range of educational backgrounds.

These courses are taught in English, with places open to both home and international students. In Italy, the Admissions Testing Service works in conjunction with the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MIUR), to develop and deliver the English language version of the Italian admissions test already used for entry to courses taught in Italian.

The test does not require a lot of extra study as it is a test of skills and knowledge that learners are expected to have already.

Test format

The IMAT is a pen-and-paper test. It is divided into four sections:

Section 1: General Knowledge and Logical Reasoning.
Section 2, 3 and 4: Scientific Knowledge covering Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.

Section 1: General Knowledge and Logical Reasoning

What does it test?

General Knowledge and
Logical Reasoning 

General knowledge; generic skills in problem solving, understanding argument, data analysis and inference.
27 multiple-choice questions

Section 2, 3 and 4: Scientific Knowledge

What does it test?
Scientific Knowledge The ability to apply scientific knowledge from school science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) and Maths.
33 multiple-choice questions

For more detailed information about the IMAT test format, see the IMAT Specification.

Scoring and results

IMAT scoring

A candidate’s total score is calculated using the following formula:

  • 1.5 points for each correct answer
  • -0.4 points for each wrong answer
  • 0 points for each question not answered.

An overall total score will be reported, together with a score on each section.

IMAT results

On the test day, candidates will be issued with login and password details to allow them to access their results online.

Dates and costs

IMAT dates

Thursday 3 April 2014: IMAT registration deadline. 

Tuesday 29 April 2014: IMAT takes place. The scheduled start times for international centres will vary, depending upon where they are in the world.

IMAT costs

Candidates wishing to sit the IMAT must pay an entry fee:

  • GBP 105.00
  • EUR 120.00
  • USD 164.00

Please note: we reserve the right to make changes to these costs. To find out the cost in a local currency, international learners should contact their centre.