February 9, 2013

NMAT Series: NMAT Overview

It’s February, two months before the next NMAT. You are probably planning to take it that’s why you’re here, reading this. You want to get the highest score possible so you’re looking for tips on how to prepare for it and what to do during the exam day itself. Well, you’re fortunate in finding this post because here, I will be sharing about my NMAT experience and the things I learned during the whole process.


The National Medical Admission Test, as its name suggests, is an exam required for all who are planning to go to medical school. It is a tool that helps medical schools select students for admission.


This exam is given twice a year. One in April, and another in December. In April, the NMAT is held only in Metro Manila. In December, it is held in different test centers all over the country. 

How do I Register?

The registration is done online. Opening of registration is announced in the official NMAT site. After doing the online registration, you’ll have to pay for the registration fee of 1,900php. Payment can be done in any BPI branch. For details, visit the site (click here).

Do I need to prepare?

You need to prepare for the NMAT, if you want to get a high score. You will be competing against all takers, and preparing for it will give you an advantage over those who are not planning to study. CEM, the institution behind the NMAT, will email you a set of sample tests with answer key. I recommend that you practice with it so that you’ll have an idea of what the exam will be like.


What topics are included in the NMAT?

The NMAT has two parts, and each part includes four subtests. In the NMAT you will be tested on your knowledge and skills in verbal, inductive reasoning, quantitative, perceptual acuity, biology, physics, social science, and chemistry. More about this will be discussed in future posts.

What is the passing score?

There’s no such thing as a passing score in the NMAT because your NMAT score is based on percentile rank. It reflects how you did compared to other takers. However, medical schools have their standards and they set NMAT score cut offs. If you are eyeing to get into top medical schools, then you should aim for a high NMAT score. The highest you can get is 99+ and the closer to it your score is, the better.


cartoonI know I’ve been telling you to take the NMAT seriously, but don’t be pressured or scared. It is an easy exam. Just do your best so that you will have no regrets. You can always take the NMAT again if you are not satisfied with the result of your first take. But, why waste your time and money if you can do good the first time, right? 

In the next part of this series, I will be sharing tips on how to prepare for the NMAT. So, tune in!

Source: CEM, Inc. NMAT Online Registration System. http://www.cem-inc.org.ph/nmat/
Image Credits: Pixabay.com

NMAT related posts:
NMAT Overview
11 Self-review Tips for NMAT
Review Materials for NMAT
NMAT Final Reminders
How to get a copy of your NMAT result


  1. When will you be receiving the sample tests sent by CEM? :)

    1. sorry for the late reply, but you will get the sample tests after you pay and after you input details of your payment into their database under your account. I think their sample tests are the same year after year though. I'm not so sure.

  2. Good morning, Id like to ask, I am really aiming high to have a high score for NMAT so that I would be able to enter a good med school education, and be a passionate doctor serving God, but I have a few questions as I heard some rumors, ill list it below:
    1. Is it true that If you have taken NMAT more than twice, your 3rd or so on NMAT score will be the average of your previous and current NMAT score?
    2. What happens to the items during the test that you havent answered and leave it as blank, is it true that it wont be included in your final total score?
    3. Is NMAT exam, like a right minus wrong type of test?
    and, Thank you for sharing with us your idea and thoughts for preparing for the NMAT, now that there is a few days left, I got to review harder... God Bless and Thank you, I look forward for you reply :D

    1. I'm so sorry for the super late reply. I've been very busy with medical school and I've not checked my blog that much for the past few months. I'm not sure about question #1 but I've asked the admissions office of the schools I've applied to and they said they'd pick the higher score.

      I don't know how to answer questions # 2 and 3. In my experience, I just tried to answer everything even if I don't know the answer. I hope you did that. And to those who have the same questions as Anonymous, do the same. My NMAT score did not suffer and probably yours wouldn't too. So again, God bless to everyone who'll be taking the NMAT this April! I hope all of you will be happy with your scores.

    2. 1. CEM do not average NMAT scores. Your score is the result of the test in every testing. Your score on the previous exams does not have a bearing on your latest score.

      2-3. If ever you left a blank item on your test, it will just be read by the machine as no answer, and No, NMAT is not right minus wrong.

    3. Thank you for answering :) That's what I think too. Thank you for confirming.

  3. hi i just want to ask, considering youve passed your NMAT on your desired school. are all med schools strict about the grades? Im just nervous because im thinking they will not accept me cause i had a grade of 3s (thats 75 equivalent i think) and its a failing grade im not sure though..

  4. It depends on the school and it depends on the slots available and the people you're competing for that slot with. If you're not very confident with your grades, do your best on the NMAT and the interview.

  5. Hi, Ate :)

    When did you actually take your first nmat? Were you graduating then? Or did you take it on your third year in college?

    Thanks :) God bless on your medlife! :)

    1. Hi! I first took my NMAT April before 4th year. Then I took it again on my year off :)

      Welcome and thanks :)

  6. Hi grabe i guess im just here to find encouragent, grabe sobrang ano hahahhaha dko maexplain pero ang emotional ko lang hahaha i just graduated last year, taking nmat this march 2017 and i cant seem to find the strength and confidence, i only have one school to apply for because of reasons pero dahil late ako nagtake ng nmat, my application will have to wait till matapos nmat ko with results..... hayyyyyy nakakaiyak because i only have this shot. i have to make it this coming school year, wala dto sa bahay yung thought na "may next time ka pa" no i must make it now at ang bugat ng pressure sa ulo ko. Im not even doing well with my review. Shet hirap ako sa physics bio at chem (psych major here) hayyyyy hahahaha so yun bye thank you

  7. Wah! I'm taking NMAT on March too!We can do this!

  8. hello. pwede magtanong. 😭 do they still get the higher score if you took the exam twice or thrice? or ina.average nila? i know nasagot nyo na ito nung 2014 pero 2017 na kasi ngayon and baka may nagbago?

    1. if you want to be sure, ask the admissions office of the school you want to apply to :) Yung 2014 lang ang alam ko. :)


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