National Medical Entrance Test

Students who are interested in pursuing medical education in the Philippines should clear this National Medical Entrance Test (NMAT) to study doctor or medicine (the equivalent of MBBS in Commonwealth nations). This entrance test is conducted by the Center of Educational Measurements (CEM).CEM provides the assessment services for both government and private institutions across Philippines.

NAtional Medical Admission Test

Eligibility for Indian Students

Indian students who want to do MBBS In Philippines after completing their K+2 in India do not have enough credits to directly appear in this medical entrance examination. They should first do premedical course in any Philippines Medical University to earn the credits to make them eligible for appearing in this examination. NMAT exams streamline the selection of students who seek admission to Philippines Medical Colleges.

Medical field being one of the toughest streams to complete the degree should be chosen only by the top class candidates of Philippines and other foreign nations such as India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. To pick only the bright students, NMAT is made compulsory under the Medical Act of 1985 by Board of Medical Education (BME) and Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation (APMC) to join any medical institution in the Philippines.

NMAT Test Format

The NMAT test contains two parts, one test the mental ability of the student and other tests the academic subject knowledge.

Part I consists four categories that measure aptitude and reasoning that are correlated to have a strong influence on the performance of medical aspirants.

Part II consists of four categories mainly based on the premedical course selected by the student which mainly concentrates on science subjects.

NMAT Part I Test

  1. Verbal: Mainly consists of reading comprehension and word analogies to measure the verbal ability in English.
  2. Inductive Reasoning: Mainly consists of figure grouping, figure series, letters, and numbers.
  3. Quantitative Reasoning: Covers Interpretation of Data, Problem solving and fundamental operations to measure general reasoning and mathematical skills.
  4. Perception: Covers finding identical information, mirror image, and hidden figures to find out the accuracy of visual perception and focus of attention.

NMAT Part II Test

  1. Biology
  2. Physics
  3. Chemistry
  4. Social Science: Covers anthropology, sociology, and psychology.

The content of the part II test will be limited to cover common and basic areas based on the curricula of the premedical degree courses.


Each subject of NMAT part-I gives you four scores for each subject and one combined score called the APT Composite. Similarly, NMAT Part II gives you four scores for each subject and one combined score called the SA Composite. The General Performance Score (GPS), is the combined score for all the eight subjects. A rank percentile scale is provided in the range 1 to 100 with a midpoint of 50. Some reputed medical colleges in the Philippines require at least 80+ score in NMAT for admission into their Doctor of Medicine Courses. Also, many medical colleges in the Philippines provide scholarships for students who score high rank in NMAT.

For 2016, the NMAT examinations are conducted on 17-April at Manila, Cebu, and Davao test centers.

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