This article contains information for candidates who need to take IMAT in 2020.
Introduction to IMAT
What is IMAT?
Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing is working in conjunction with the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MIUR) to develop and deliver the International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT).
IMAT is a 100 minute subject-specific admissions test in English for applicants to medicine and surgery and dentistry courses. These courses are taught in English, with places open to both home and international students.
Do I need to take IMAT?
Candidates intending to apply for entry to these universities are required to take IMAT.
Preparing for the test
|How can I prepare for the test?
If you're taking IMAT, you shouldn't need to complete a lot of extra study. The test is designed to measure skills and knowledge that you will be expected to have already. The information and links below should help you to get familiar with the test format however.
IMAT is a 100 minute test (comprising 60 questions) divided into four sections:
You can find more information on the About IMAT page.
You might want to begin your preparation by consulting the IMAT test specification on the website here.
You can also find IMAT past papers (and Answer Keys) on the Preparing for IMAT section of our website.
Registering for the test
How do I register for the test?
You can register for the test via Universitaly. Please note: you first need to register to use the site and then register for the test.
Guidance on how to register can be found on our website.
Registration opens: 01 July 2020
When registering for the test, candidates can select universities in order of preference.
When you complete your IMAT registration and make payment for the test you should receive two emails:
You will need to bring a copy of these emails with you to the test centre on the day of the test.
I have not received one/both confirmation emails.
Please make sure you are checking the correct email account. During the registration process you are asked to input your email address twice; once when you register on the Universitaly website and once when you make payment. If you have used different email addresses, please check both email accounts.
If the confirmation emails are not in your inbox please check your spam/junk folder.
If you have followed the guidance above and still cannot find one or both of your confirmation emails, please get in touch and we will try to resend them for you.
What are the entry fees?
Candidates wishing to sit IMAT must pay an entry fee:
How can I make payment?
The following cards are accepted when paying for IMAT registration:
If you do not have one of these cards you can get a prepaid card from a bank or a post office. Alternatively, ask your parent, guardian or an adult if they are able to assist you with your payment, but remember that you must ask the bill payer's permission beforehand.
I am unable to complete the payment.
If you are having any problems paying for your IMAT registration, there are a few things you can try:
If your problems persist, you will need to contact your card issuer to ask for their assistance.
How do I request access arrangements?
Test takers requiring access arrangements (such as extra time) should immediately contact the Italian university that is their first choice to request their requirements.
Decisions about access arrangements are made at the discretion of the universities, who will advise Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing of arrangements that have been agreed.
Centres will be notified in advance of the test day of any candidates who have been granted access arrangements.
Changing test centre or first choice university
Can I change my test centre?
If you have already paid the registration fee, you will need to log in to the Universitaly website, click the Delete IMAT registration button and wait for the refund process to begin before submitting a new test booking.
Please be aware that it can take 2 working days for the refund process to begin.
Important: Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee there will be spaces at your preferred test centre by the time your cancellation request has been processed and you are able to re-book.
Please note that it can take up to 21 days for monies to reach your account.
Can I change my university choices?
You can select several universities that you want to apply for when registering for IMAT via the Universitaly website. Should you need to modify your first choice university, please follow the steps outlined below. The procedure varies depending upon whether or not you have made payment.
Please note: Your other university choices can be modified until the entry closing date without deleting your registration.
If you have not yet paid the registration fee, you will need to log in to the Universitaly website and click the Delete IMAT registration button. Immediately after doing this you will be able to register again and change your first choice of university.
If you have already paid the registration fee, you will need to log in to the Universitaly website, click the Delete IMAT registration button and wait for a the refund process to begin before submitting a new test booking.
Please be aware that it can take 2 working days for the refund process to begin. We strongly advise that, should you need to change your first choice university, you follow the above guidance by 10am on 20 July at the very latest.
Please note that it can take up to 21 days for monies to reach your account
Cancelling your test booking
How can I cancel my test booking?
In order to cancel your test booking, you will need to login to the Universitaly website and select the Delete IMAT registration button.
Should you wish to re-book, you will need to wait until your cancellation request has been processed (this usually takes place within 2 working day).
Please note that it can take up to 21 days (after the refund is activated) for the refund to reach your account (full Terms & Conditions can be found here).
Taking the test
What do I need to bring with me on the day of the test?
You must bring the following documents/items with you on the day of the test:
Do not bring any electronic items such as calculators, mobile phones, smart watches, digital sound recorders, MP3 players, cameras, etc. into the test room.
After the test
Can I provide feedback on the content of the test questions or test administration?
You can give feedback on the content of the test questions or test administration by completing an online feedback form (the form is available for 5 days after the test and all comments/feedback will be sent to the MIUR for review).
A published version of the Question Paper (with all correct answers set to 'A') will be available on the MIUR website shortly after the test has taken place.
How is the test scored?
A candidate’s total score is calculated using the following formula:
An overall total score will be reported, together with a score on each section.
When are results released?
Results are released in the following order: