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


Test on
Mental Ability
Academic Proficiency
200 items
200 items
3 hour exam
2 hour 30 min exam
Conducted in
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.