The Italian International Medical Admission Test (IMAT)

Interested in studying at an English medical program in Italy? Beginning in 2012, the Italian Ministry of Education and the Universities and Research, MIUR, developed the IMAT exam for international students who wish to matriculate into an English medical program at an Italian medical school.

What is the International Medical Admission Test (IMAT)?

The International Medical Admission Test (IMAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination administered by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MIUR) for admission in one of the eight public Italian universities that offer a 5-7 year medical program in English, granting a medical doctorate degree. The Italian Ministry has set a quota for international medical students and they compete for a total of a 100 seats divided among the eight Italian universities. Those international medical students who are selected as merit will receive discounted tuition fee as low as 3000 Euros annually.

Which of the 8 Italian medical schools participate?

  • University of Bari
  • International Medical School at the University of Milan
  • University of Pavia
  • Sapienza University of Rome
  • University of Rome Tor Vergata
  • Second University of Naples
  • Humanitas University (Private)

Test Format

The test is of 90 points, lasts 100 minutes and comprises 60 MCQs divided into four sections:
Section 1: Thinking Skills (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving),30 multiple-choice questions

Section 2: Scientific Knowledge covering Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, 30 multiple-choice questions.

Test Grading:

Each correct answer carries 1.5 marks, incorrect: -0.4 marks, and no marks for unanswered question. An overall score and an individual section score is reported as ranking lists on the MIUR website. Students pass the test only if they obtain at least 20 points on the IMAT.

International Test Locations

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The test can be taken at national and international authorized centers.

How much is the IMAT?

As of 2016, The registration fee is €120 (£105 or $164).

Is the IMAT only for Italian medical schools?

Not entirely. Currently, Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University (RNRMU) is also using the IMAT exam as an entrance requirement for incoming medical students.

Selecting Your Medical School Preference

During the online application on the UniversItaly website, the candidate will select a university preference order. Only the top selected students will be selected as part of the admissions process to one of the participating medical schools. Typically, after the exam the ranking of IMAT scores will be available in the of the Universitaly website

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