Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the IMAT?

The IMAT or International Medical Admission Test, is a 100 minute, multiple choice exam used for admission into Medicine through English in Italy.

What universities have an English medical programme?

There are 14 universities in total that have an english medical programme. 10 of these are state-run (Public) universities, 3 of them are private and one is semi-private. The public and semi-private universities admission test is the IMAT and is separate from the private universities admission tests.

What topics are covered in the IMAT?

The IMAT has 5 sections in total.

  • Section 1: Logical Reasoning/Critical Thinking (22 Questions)
  • Section 2: General Knowledge (2 Questions)
  • Section 3: Biology (18 Questions)
  • Section 4: Chemistry (12 Questions)
  • Section 5: Maths & Physics (8 Questions)

Click here for a more in-depth look at the layout of the exam.

What is the layout and marking of the IMAT?

There is a total of 60 questions in the exam, split between 5 sections. The 5 sections are divided by topics that you can find above. You get 1.5 marks for every correct answer, and a deduction of 0.4 marks for every incorrect answer. Out of a maximum 90 marks around the 50 mark has been a guaranteed entry into any university of your choice in the past few years.

Click here for a more in-depth look at the marking scheme of the exam.

Why study in Italy?

Italy is a beautiful country known for its food and culture, and renowned for its universities hosting the oldest university in Europe. Almost all of the universities rank worldwide for Medicine. It is extremely affordable in comparison to almost all of Europe and certainly for America.

What are the costs of the exam?

The IMAT exam for entry into the public universities costs 120 Euro. The private universities all run their own version of the admission exam ranging from 120 to 160 euro.

What are the costs of studying abroad?

Depending on the city of the university you are admitted to living costs tend to range from 400-1200 euro per month for a room and food. As with all accommodation around the world, student or otherwise, it is dependent on the type of room, location, and quality, but certainly something for almost everyone’s budget can be found.

Fees for transport and classes are based on family and personal income. They can range from 500 euro a year to 4000 euro (maximum) a year for the public universities.

There will be more in-depth analysis of this topic coming soon!

What are the tuition fees for the universities?

Generally the tuition you pay is based on your family income and will vary from individual to individual. Here are the links to some of the universities and their tuition costs.

  • La Sapienza (Rome)
  • Pavia
  • Milan
  • Bari
  • Tor Vergata (Rome)
  • Napoli Federico II: EU citizens: €476 plus regional tax €140 per year
    Non- EU Citizens: €410 plus regional tax €140 per year
  • – We’re trying to receive more accurate information for other universities at the moment-

Is there help available for students?

There are many scholarship programmes that are offered in every region of Italy. Some are not only based on academics but also take into account income.

Every university will also have separate grant programmes for their students. Some are:
ER.GO: Emilia Romagna Region
EDISU: Piemonte Region
LAZIODISU: Lazio Region

Which scholarship you apply for is dependent on the region in which the university you enroll into is located.

You can read about it more in detail in one of our upcoming posts.

Is the IMAT hard?

Difficulty is always relative, but the IMAT is definitely less challenging than comparable admission tests such as the BMAT, GAMSAT, HPAT etc.

It also has one of the highest admittance rates and chances when considering available seats and number of applicants.

How do I prepare for the IMAT?

There are many recommend ways to prepare for this exam. A lot of sites will be sponsored to recommend certain books or expensive courses to prepare. A general rule of thumb is that it will be examined at an A-level standard (British schooling system). This goes for all sections including the logical reasoning. Unfortunately the only way to prepare for the general knowledge is to just learn about interesting things!

Check out our preparation page for the current best options available!

When and where is the exam?

The exam is held in early September. The public IMAT is usually held a week later than the private admission tests. The 2018 test date has been announced as Thursday the 13th of September.

You can take the IMAT at one of 11 Italian universities (public ones) and 17 international centres. If you are taking IMAT in Italy, you must register to take the test at your first-choice.

Check out here for a full list of exam centres to choose from.

How do I register for the exam?

There is a distinction between being an EU student, a non-EU student, and a Chinese student. How you register will be completely dependent on your citizenship status.

Once you have fulfilled all necessary criteria candidates register via the UniversItaly website – www.universitaly.it and book the test through the payment system.

The 2018 registration details have not been released yet, but will be pretty similar to previous years.

Registration opens: 3 July 2017
Registration closes: 25 July 2017 at 15:00 Italian time

Click here to see a more detailed explanation if you are a Non-EU student.

Click here to see a more detailed explanation if you are an EU student.

Do I need to know Italian to study in Italy?

The IMAT is the admission test to study Medicine completely through English. You are not required to know any Italian (I only knew 4 words before I came over), however it is a good idea to learn while you are here. Italian is an easy enough to language to learn from immersion, and almost all of the universities offer free classes for their students.

While it is not required to know any Italian by the universities before enrolling, some embassies around the world require it from applicants before allowing them to register for the exam. If you are unsure check with your consulate again.

How many universities can I apply to?

EU (including UK) candidates, and non-EU candidates who are residents in Italy, can select all of the universities if they wish to, listing them in order of preference.

Non-EU candidates (who are not residing in Italy) will be able to select all ten universities when they register; however, their applications will only be sent to their first-choice university. In rare circumstances 2nd or 3rd choices will be taken into consideration.

You can find more information about why there is a difference, and how the scrolling works in this part of our blog.

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:

  • Both of the confirmation emails that you received during the registration and payment process.
  • The photographic form of identification you selected while registering
  • Proof of confirmation from your first-choice university that any access arrangements (extra time etc.) required have been approved by them.
  • Black pens

What will happen on the day of the test?

Before the test, you will be given an envelope containing your test documents. You must check everything carefully to make sure you have received the right papers, when instructed. Please read through the documents below so you will know what to expect on the day of the test.

Candidate instruction Sheet
Candidate data Sheet
Candidate answer sheet

When are the results out?

The details for the exam in 2018 have not been released yet, but it is more than likely to have a very similar structure to previous years.

In 2017 the dates were as follows:

28th of September – An anonymous ranking will be released (No names). On this Italian website you can see the rankings by university or in general.

6th of October – In your reserved area on Universitaly you will be able to see your personal score.

11th of October – The real ranking will be released and universities will start making offers to students based on rankings and first choice.

How many seats are available in each university?

Frequently asked questions - list of number of seats available for each university

What were the minimum cut off scores for 2016?

Frequently Asked Questions - Minimum cut off scores for universities in italy

Federico II only had one non-eu candidate score above the passing score which is 20 points. The only applicant that passed and received a space obtained a score of 34.8.

Should I try to sit the IMAT?

YES. Here is a quick few reasons:

  1. It is quite cheap and based on a scaling income so is fair for all financial backgrounds
  2. Italy is a beautiful country with amazing food and culture
  3. It is very highly ranked with good status around the world compared to a few eastern European countries (Who tend to accept any student who is willing to pay)
  4. The exam is very efficient to prepare for, what you put into it you will get out of it.
  5. It gives you an opportunity to improve your English and learn a new language (Who doesn’t want a doctor that can speak multiple languages ?)
  6. Medicine is your dream and passion, you should take every opportunity and chance you are given to achieve it.