What is the IMAT 2022?

The International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT 2022) is one of the aptitude tests used for the admissions process for some Italian university courses. If you’re planning to apply for medicine, surgery or dentistry courses in Italy then read on to find out everything you need to know about the IMAT 2022.


What format will the IMAT 2022 take?

The IMAT 2022 is a 100-minute exam taken at official authorised test centres all over the world. Every section of the exam is taken in the English language. The exam is taken with pen and paper. Overall the exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. For each question there will be 6 answer options, for which only 1 option will be correct.

There are four sections to the exam:

IMAT Section 1: Logical Reasoning and General Knowledge

This section is looking at how you can solve problems and analyse data using your logical reasoning abilities. There are 22 multiple choice questions for this section. You will also be asked some general knowledge based questions.

IMAT Section 2, 3 and 4: Scientific Knowledge

The other three sections ask you to apply your scientific knowledge from high school to 38 multiple choice questions. There are 18 questions for biology (IMAT Section 2), 12 questions for chemistry (IMAT Section 3) and 8 questions for physics or math (IMAT Section 4).

IMAT 2022 requires some science knowledge!
Make sure you’re comfortable with high school science for the IMAT 2022!

Do I need to learn new things for the IMAT?

The IMAT is designed to be at a difficulty level around the end of a standard high school education. This means you probably won’t have to learn anything new before sitting the exam, however we would recommend checking the curriculum and revising the relevant topics.

Which universities require the IMAT 2022?

In 2022, the following universities require you to take the IMAT to study Medicine or Dentistry:

  • University of Bari 
  • University of Bologna 
  • University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’ 
  • University of Messina University of Milan
  • University of Milan-Bicocca 
  • University of Naples Federico II 
  • University of Padova 
  • University of Parma 
  • University of Pavia 
  • University of Rome ‘Sapienza’ 
  • University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’ 
  • University of Siena 
  • University of Turin 

Where can I take the IMAT 2022?

You can only take the IMAT at an officially licensed testing centre. All test centres will be available to view on the registration portal from July. There are IMAT 2022 testing centres in most major cities across the world including London, Dubai, New York and Barcelona.

If there is no testing centre in your country, or if the nearest centre is fully booked, you will have to travel to the next closest centre. Unfortunately the IMAT doesn’t run in Azerbaijan, Israel or Saudi Arabia. Remember that places are given out first come, first served so it is a good idea to book well in advance to make sure you can get a spot at your preferred location. For 2021, some IMAT testing centres will have reduced capacity to ensure they can meet Covid-19 social distancing requirements.

IMAT 2021 Key Dates

The IMAT 2021 will be sat on 9 September 2021. You can register from July 2021. If you’re from a non-EU country you will need to pre-register from April 2021. Find out more about IMAT Registration here. Dates for 2022 haven’t been released yet but we expect the exam to also be around early September 2022.

How much does it cost to take the IMAT?

A very common question for candidates is the IMAT price. It’s important to make sure you register and pay fees for the IMAT on time! This year, the IMAT 2021 cost is:

  • £114 GBP
  • €130 EUR
  • $164 USD

How is the IMAT 2022 scored?

The IMAT has a maximum possible score of 90 points. The IMAT might be slightly different to other exams you have sat as it is negatively marked. This means that you lose points for getting an incorrect answer.

Overall, you are awarded +1.5 points for each correct answer and -0.4 points for each wrong answer. This means that when you aren’t sure of an answer it might be better to not answer the question than guess and get it wrong! Make sure you understand how the exam is marked so you can use this system to your advantage.

How will I know my IMAT score?

Preliminary IMAT results are released shortly after the exam, roughly in mid-September 2021. These results will give you a numerical score out of 90, but will not tell you where you ranked in the whole cohort.

If you are an EU student, your ranked final results are due to be released October 2021. This will show you the overall list of candidates who took the exam and where you rank among these.

Non-EU candidates are not ranked nationally. You should check the websites of each of the medical schools you’ve applied to in order to keep up to date with the admissions process. 

Can I retake the IMAT?

There is only one IMAT testing date per year so you won’t be able to retake the exam until next year. If you do re-take the exam next year, you chosen universities won’t know you’ve taken the test before. IMAT scores are only valid for one year.

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AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

15 November 2021

I want to apply to a university in Italy for the year 2022-2023. The application deadline is in mid July. Won’t I need the IMAT before September so I can apply or can I send the results later after I apply?
Note: I haven’t taken an IMAT test before.

AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

21 December 2021

The application deadline is just for imat registration and uni applications, you take the imat in september and you get your results in a couple of weeks and then you go to the university to enrol.

AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

22 November 2021

when is imat test taken in 2022

AnonymousMedic Mind Tutor

21 December 2021

Imat will be taken in september, registeration starts in june, go on the cambridge assessment website for more info