IMAT admission test

IMAT 2024 date will be available from April 2024.

The access to the single-cycle master’s degree program in Medicine and Surgery taught in English (Harvey course) has a national entry test requirement (International Medical Admission Test, IMAT) with limited number of available places.

IMAT is a pen-and-paper subject-specific admission test in English, designed by Cambridge Assessment, for applicants to Medicine and Surgery courses at Italian International Medical Schools.

Note: Please note that test composition and may vary from one academic year to another: check the call for applicants (admission notice) you can find on the Access requirement page.


When and where do I have to register to sit the IMAT entrance test? 

Book the test at this link Select the section Accesso programmato/IMAT > IMAT 2023. 

You can select in priority order up to 13 Italian universities in which you would like to study Medicine in English. You can take the test in Italy or in one of the other countries available. The test is absolutely the same in every testing centre.

These were the available testing centres for the 2022 edition:

 Baku (Azerbaijan), Sao Paulo (Brasil), Toronto (Canada), Beijing (China), Nicosia (Cyprus), Paris (France), Munich and Frankfurt (Germany), Athens (Greece), Hong Kong (Hong Kong), New Delhi (India), Tel Aviv (Israel), Bari, Milan, Rome, Naples, Bologna, Turin, Pavia, Padua, Parma and Siena (Italy), Lahore (Pakistan), Warsaw (Poland), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Johannesburg (South Africa), Madrid (Spain), Zurich (Switzerland), Istanbul and Ankara (Turkey), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), London (United Kingdom), New York City (United States of America).


How much do I have to pay for IMAT?

The cost to register for the exam is around EUR 130,00 and can be paid online at to confirm your seat.


What is the structure of the exam?

The test is written, with the format of MCQ questions, for a total of 60 questions and 90 points as maximum score.

There are 5 possible answers, of which only one is correct.

Attention! Every wrong answer is counted as 0.4 point less, whereas every unanswered question counts zero; it is better to leave a query unanswered not to lose any points if you are not confident about the exact answer!


How much time do I have to complete the test?

100 minutes; if you are diagnosed with a learning disorder or a severe illness, you can produce a medical certificate to our dedicated SAISD office, and extra time will be allocated (30% more).


What is the minimum score? 

20 points out of 90, but this score often is not enough to enter the programme!

Try to score as high as possible, since your score will be your entry ticket into the programme! In the past years, a good entering score was around 60-65 points out of 90, but please note that this is subject to change each year considering the difficulty of the test and the general preparation of the pool of candidates taking the test!


What are the topics covered by IMAT?

There are 12 questions dedicated to general knowledge and culture, 10 about logics, 18 concerning biology, 12 regarding chemistry and 8 dealing with mathematics and physics.


How do I prepare for IMAT, and when?

Our advice is to start ASAP, as the score obtained in the admission test will be your entry ticket for the medical course, and there is a lot of competition to enter our medical course. 

Past IMAT editions with answer keys from the website of Cambridge Assessment Testing Centre.

Another great way to prepare is consulting the website, founded by a former Harvey graduate, Alex. He has created this useful website in the past years to help applicants to prepare for IMAT and come to study medicine in Italy.


What is the most difficult part about IMAT?

From a survey launched by to all its applicants, the hardest part about IMAT was time management. You need time and concentration to fully read and understand each question, so it is crucial to practice in advance, perhaps with past editions and using a timer to keep track of time.


When will I know the result of IMAT?

Usually after 30 days from the date of the test the results are out; you can check the score in the reserved area on Universitaly.

For more detailed information about the format and downloadable samples of the IMAT test, please visit the Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing website.

For preparing for the IMAT test online for free, click here and/or consider an online registration to Khan Academy (free of charge).

Here you can also find all possible solutions to prepare as best as you can for the IMAT test (this website was created by a former Harvey student):

Also, please consider the possibility of enrolling in a preparatory course for the IMAT entrance exam in Italy:

Here is a list of useful suggested preparation books to prepare IMAT exam, including the BMAT question papers, very similar to IMAT questions:

Critical Thinking (Text Analysis) and Problem Solving:

Alpha Test

BMAT 400 Practice Questions

Critical Thinking Skills by Stella Cottrell 

Thinking Skills by Cambridge Editions

The Ultimate BMAT Guide 600 Practice Questions

600 UKCAT Practice Questions


Scientific Theory:

As-Level biology and A2-Level biology

Costanzo Physiology (Kindle edition also available)

Molecular Biology of the Cell

Human Molecular Genetics

Chemistry: Structure and Dynamics