What is NMAT ?

The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) in Philippines is a national level examination prerequisite by the applicant for entry to any medical school in the Philippines. In other words, the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is a tool designed to improve and advance the selection process of applicants seeking admission in any Philippine medical school.

Why NMAT is Required in Philippines?

NMAT was developed from a constant concern so as to screen competent and capable candidates who are aspiring for a medical degree. The purpose of this exam was to improve the quality of medical education in Philippines which would promote the medical profession to a complete new level of proficiency after evaluating their potential which is necessary in the successful pursuit of medical education.

Brief Description of the Test

NMAT EXAM

PART 1 PART 2
Test on
Mental Ability
Academic Proficiency
Items
200 items
200 items
Duration
3 hour exam
2 hour 30 min exam
Conducted in
Morning
Afternoon
4 Subdivisions:
1. Verbal

2. Inductive reasoning

3. Quantitative

4. Perceptual acuity Skills
1. Biology

2. Physics

3. Social Sciences

4. Chemistry

The NMAT is a two-part test: Part I consist of tests of mental ability and Part II tests, of academic proficiency. Part I is a 200-item test with four subdivisions, which are on Verbal, Inductive Reasoning, Quantitative and Perceptual Acuity Skills and is a three-hour exam. Part I measure aptitudes that were found to have significant correlations with academic performance of medical students Part II is also a 200 item test in the field of Basic Sciences such as, Biology, Physics, Social Sciences and Chemistry and is two-hour-30-minute test. Part II measure subject proficiency in areas which are part of the academic background required of applicants to do the medical course. In total, 5 hours and 30 minutes exam in a day.

Verbal :

  • Reading comprehension
  • Analogies

Inductive Reasoning :

  • Figure Series
  • Figure Grouping
  • Number and Letter Series

Quantitative Reasoning :

  • Fundamental Operations (mostly arithmetic)
  • Word problems (work, power, probability, profit and loss, area, surface area, volume, percentage, basic trigonometry)
  • Data Interpretation (Statistics)

Perceptual Acuity Skills:

  • Hidden Figure
  • Mirror image
  • Identical information

Basic Sciences

Part II are Biology, Physics, Social Science, and Chemistry. Social Science includes items in psychology, sociology, and anthropology.