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IMAT admission test is scheduled to take place on September 14th 2017.
The International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT) is a 100 minute subject-specific admissions test for applicants to medicine and surgery courses. the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MIUR), together with Cambridge Assessment develop and deliver the English language version of the Italian admissions test already used for entry to courses taught in Italian. IMAT is used by seven state universities.
IMAT can be also taken at authorised centres all over the world. Please refer to for further info.

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 admission test consists of sixty (60) multiple choice questions with five options (of which only one is correct) on the following topics: general knowledge and logical reasoning; biology; chemistry; physics and mathematics. The test is divided in four sections. Section 1 (22 multiple choice question) covers general knowledge (2 questions) and logical reasoning (20 questions about critical thinking and problem solving). Sections 2, 3 and 4 cover science-based sections: biology (18 multiple choice questions), chemistry (12 multiple choice questions), physics and mathematics (8 multiple choice questions).

The detailed program of the 2016 test is available in the Allegato A of the Decreto Ministeriale (texts in Italian)

IMAT 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 What does it test? Questions
General knowledge and logical reasoning General knowledge; generic skills in problem solving, understanding argument, data analysis and inference. 22 multiple-choice questions
Section 2, 3 and 4 What does it test? Questions
Scientific Knowledge The ability to apply scientific knowledge from school science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths. 38 multiple-choice questions

Scoring and results

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.

The rankings will be published on

International Medical School of Tor Vergata University does not recommend any official preparation material. Applicants may find it useful to practice using the handbooks especially prepared for the admissions test to the degree courses in Medicine and Surgery taught in English at the Italian Universities (IMAT). Handbooks can be purchased online.The IMAT is a pen-and-paper test. Please note that calculators are not permitted.

A typical IMAT test can be found here (2013 sheet in which the answers have been rearranged so that the correct one is always A, with the exception of question 14 for which the correct answer is C).

Other IMAT tests can be found here (2011),  here (2012), here (2014),  here (2015) and here (2016). In these tests the answers have been rearranged so that the correct one is always A.