Until IMAT 2021

*Expected as Sep 10, 2020

When it comes to medical universities of Italy, there are more than 15 universities operating their own “English” curriculums with more international backgrounds than any other majors at the level of Bachelor’s degrees. To be precise, these “6-year” English medical curriculums are designed as “Bachelor’s and Master’s” joint degree course, which allows “high school graduates without college or university degrees” to start their medical studies in English language and awards “master’s” degree or M.D., which are internationally accredited, including all European Union member states.

The IMAT is composed of the following sections:

  • Logical Reasoning
  • General Knowledge
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math & Physics

In theory, most questions might be answered correctly by the test takers, who are expected to graduated “high school,” not college/university level of higher education. Therefore, it is quite often the case for the applicants to review some of SAT/AP subject tests. Also, more than 20% of the entire test takers are from the UK, Canada, and the US, but many of those applicants have not scored more than 30 points out of 90. This, somehow, indicates it is more of “fast to read and quick to answer” the question, not just a matter of “difficult” question in each subject.

As of Jan, 2021, the test consists of 60 multiple choice questions altogether, and the applicants are given 100 minutes. The average score of “admitted” students ranges between 45 and 60 (*out of 90 points as possible maximum score,) varying from each university and year. From this perspective, it is quite evident the test is quite competitive and difficult, with an approximation of 50-65% correct answers as “possible admitted scores.”


(*Refer to IMAT 2020 Result for more details.)

Test Locations (2021)

Beijing (8pm)New York (9am)Athens
Dubai (4pm)Sao Paolo (9am)Bari
Gurugram (5pm)Toronto (9am)Bologna
Hong Kong (8pm)-Essen
Jeddah (4pm)-Istanbul (4pm)
Lahore (6pm)-Johannesburg
Tel Aviv (3pm)-London

Why there is no West Coast・Japan/Korea location?

Due to time difference, the “simultaneous” starting of test falls on 5am PT or 9pm KST, which are obviously either “too early” or “too late” to arrange the tests. Even if the IMAT is converted to “online test” at certain point, as long as “the simultaneous start of test” remains, those locations will NOT hold any exam at all.

IMAT Online?

Quite a few times this “IMAT Online” has been mentioned by Italian authorities, but this may depend on the “local testing center availability” solely within ITALY. Since all Italian locations are “university campus,” where usually 1 test location serves around 400-800 applicants simultaneously, the test centers must be able to cover this number of “desktop PCs with stable/secured internet connection,” which may probably be much easier for those “smaller venues abroad” such as in New York/Toronto. In other words, if only Italian Universities can afford this huge number of desktop PCs with a high level of real-time surveillance/supervision, this “IMAT Online” will definitely have no issue with any other test locations around the world. Now that “COVID-19” has been “reshaping” the administrative environment of Italy as well as Europe to make the best use of “4G/5G” data connections, we may  well expect to have IMAT Online as seen from “Admission Tests for other Italian university programs, including English Pharmacy 2020.”

How Many Universities Can non-EU Applicant choose?

Unfortunately, only 1 single choice of major/university is allowed for any non-EU citizen, meaning you CANNOT apply for both Pharmacy and Medicine (*or both Dentistry and Medicine) in the same academic year, not to mention “applying for more than 1 university is forbidden.” Therefore, it is quite critical and tricky for any non-EU applicant to decide “which major and university” to apply for, especially when there is no obvious real-time reports on “how competitive/popular a certain university is.” Simply, one must choose “wherever provides more optimal living environment, not to mention academic benefits including scholarship, dormitory/meal, and quality of education in English.”

How many spots are available for non-EU applicants?

On average, the ratio between “EU and non-EU acceptance” ranges from 2:1 to 4:1, meaning “only around 10-20 spots” are allowed for non-EU applicants. Supposedly, this number of “available non-EU spots” truly varies from 8 (*Bari) to 40 (*Naples/Pavia), including “1-4 designated spots for CHINESE citizen(s) based on Marco Polo program.” Subsequently, together with “single choice of major/university allowed,” any non-EU applicant must be careful with “choosing the right one,” which simply depends on “how well (s)he is prepared to score more than 70% from IMAT,” which usually guarantees “acceptance from any major/university” in Italian English medical admission.

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