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Tips in Taking NMAT or National Medical Admission Test in the Philippines

Updated on February 17, 2013

So you Want to Become a Doctor in the Philippines?

NMAT is a mandatory test required for every student who wants to pursue College of Medicine in the Philippines. All medical schools in the Philippines use the NMAT score as one of the basis for accepting a student, without it one will not be admitted in any medical school. For instance, the University of the Philippines College of Medicine requires 90% NMAT Score for a student to be considered in the Medical School. Other Philippine Medical Schools also set their own cut-off score for NMAT.

Aside from NMAT, there are also other requirements which you need to provide for you to be admitted in the Medical school, so better to personally visit each of the Medical School's website to know their requirements and application fees.

If you are planning to take NMAT, this lens is for you. Here I compiled some tips on how to prepare for NMAT test. I also took NMAT last December 2012, and I want to share my experience and tips, as well.

What You Need to Know About NMAT?

NMAT is given by the CEM or Center for Educational Measurement Inc. The test is held twice a year, one in April and another on December. The difference between the two test is that test on April is held in Manila while December test is a nationwide test held in various test sites in Manila, Baguio, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga.

The test consists of Two Parts, Part I is the Aptitude Test consisting of four subtests such as Verbal, Inductive Reasoning, Quantitative and Perceptual Acuity. Part II test is for Special Areas including Biology, Physics, Social Science and Chemistry.

NMAT 2013
NMAT 2013

Updates for NMAT 2013

You can register for the test online at the CEM’s website. The registration fee is 500 and the testing fee is 1400, so you need to pay a total of P1900, this includes the sample review materials. The registration for April 7, 2013 exam is ongoing. The deadline of registration is on March 15, 2013. The test will be held at the University of Santo Tomas.

For further test instructions, you can visit the CEM Website.

Make sure to come early on the testing site so you can easily find your room assignment.

Study Tip # 1

Use the NMAT reviewer as your study guide

The reviewer gives you an idea on how the NMAT test goes. It will be helpful to practice taking the exam first. Better to use a timer so you would know if you can manage to finish the test on time. You will also identify your weak areas in the test, which you need to give more focus in studying.

NMAT April 2013
NMAT April 2013

Study Tip # 2:

Read High School Textbooks

High school textbooks are good review materials because it provides basic information particularly in Biology, Physics and Chemistry subjects.

This is particularly helpful for some NMAT test takers who need to have a “refresher review”. This holds true for some aspiring medical students who are already graduates and or professionals, who need to have a review on the basic concepts.

NMAT Essential Review Guide 2013

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) EsSential ReVieW Guide
National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) EsSential ReVieW Guide

This NMAT Essential Review Guide is a three-part booklet. Part I consists of 50-items multiple choice test in Chemistry, Social Science, Physics and Biology. Part II consists of answers and explanations. Part III contains review notes, verbal analogies, fundamentals of mathematics and English vocabulary for NMAT preparation.


Study Tip # 3:

Read and Review, as much as you can.

NMAT covers special areas like Biology, Chemistry, Social Science and Physics so make sure to read and familiarize the basic concepts and formulas. It will be a great advantage for you if you can get a high score in these areas because it will help increase your ranking.

Study Tip # 4:

Make a Study Schedule

With a lot of things to study, you may feel overwhelmed on how you are going to absorb all the information. Thus, it is better to make a schedule so you can have time to study and focus on each sub test. Keep in mind that all your scores in the sub-test will be added and your total score will determine your percentile ranking.

NMAT Practice Test for Biology

NMAT Practice Test I in Biology
NMAT Practice Test I in Biology

The NMAT Practice Test in Biology helps you to prepare for the exam. It consists of multiple choice items with explanations to help you to become more proficient in the actual exam.

There are also other available practice test in Chemistry, Physics, and other Sub-test.


Study Tip # 5:

Study More Review Materials

If you have the budget and means, you can buy NMAT review materials, to give you more training and ideas on how NMAT test goes. There are many available test materials which you can purchase.

You can also use the free resources available in the internet. There are many free tests online which you can also use.

If you want to feel more confident, you can also go for review centers. Usually, the review cost around P 7, 000 or more, depending on the review centre.


Above all else, don’t forget to pray.

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      4 years ago

      Prayer indeed

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      4 years ago

      Hi Sir,i want to know what is cut off marks in most of medical collage for NMAT?

      And please tell me the exam pattern of this exam and if you can then provide me some sample test paper please

      My email-

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      4 years ago

      @chris-pagsolingan: Hi, michelle, im happy for you, for finally deciding to pursue medicine, i know it will not be an easy journey, but if this is your dream,go and pursue it. Thanks for inspiring me to write lenses again, i haven't done it because im really busy in med school, im now on my 2nd year, rest assured that ill find time to share with you how life in med school is...:) Godbless

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      4 years ago

      Hello, I am planning to take the NMAT in the US in November. Thank you for the encouraging posts. I have been a nurse for 5yrs and now I can finally say I am ready to get my foot into MD school. I would like to hear more of how your adventures in MD school and studies are going : I will be following your posts. Thanks. ~Michelle

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      4 years ago

      @immaofwales: Hi Sorry for the delayed reply, busy in Med School. I was able to buy it at National Bookstore..You may also purchase online..:) Hope it helps

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      5 years ago

      Hi! You said you bought your reviewers from National bookstore? I'd just like to know in which branch you were able to buy your NMAT Essential Review Guide.. :) Thank you!

    • aylsbillones1 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @anonymous: You may try to check first in the Local Bookstores. I bought my reviewers in National Bookstore. You can also try to purchase it online, just make sure to buy it in reliable sources. Good luck.

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      5 years ago

      Where can I buy the NMAT Essential Review Guide here in the Philippines? Hoping for your reply. Thank you and God Bless.

    • aylsbillones1 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @anonymous: thanks for your kind comments, I really appreciate it. God bless to your exam. :)

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      5 years ago

      Great effort, this is encouraging. Am coming for the exam in few days.


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