The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is a series of exams you need to take to get into medical school. Are you about to take the NMAT? If you are, here are a few tips on how you can ace it.
Note: I updated this post with reasons on why you’re NOT getting high NMAT scores, just in case you’ve already taken the NMAT before. See the update when you scroll down.
Different universities offering medicine as a course will have different takes on what NMAT score is considered the “passing” rate. Some universities, for instance, will consider an NMAT percentile score of 65 as adequate. Others will consider applicants with a lower score of 50. In other words, if you want to get accepted into medical school, find out the “passing” NMAT score for every university you want to apply in.
Tips on Getting High NMAT Scores
You can take NMAT as many times as you want; however, your scores will be tallied up, so it’s always better to score high the first time around. Even if you get an NMAT percentile score that meets a medical school’s requirements, other applicants might have scored higher, hurting your chances of getting chosen. This is why your aim should be to get a high NMAT score, and not simply to pass it. And to do that, read on.
- Study physics. No, physics doesn’t get a higher significance in the exam. There are eight subtests in the NMAT: verbal, inductive reasoning, quantitative, perceptual acuity, biology, physics, social science, and chemistry - and all of them have equal footing. The reason I recommend this tip on getting a high NMAT score is this: not too many people are very fond of physics and are probably going to score low in this test. Since NMAT gives out scores based on percentile, it is best to get really high scores on exams where majority of exam takers are bound to have really low scores. You can take extra credits in physics if you wish; it's an extra two months of studying, but if you want a good chance of getting into good medical schools, it's worth it. (I remember memorizing all the formulas related to Physics, tacking them to my wall so that I see them everyday. Nerdy, I know, but hey, it worked!)
Since NMAT gives out scores based on percentile, it is best to get really high scores on exams where majority of examinees are bound to have really low scores.
- Take an NMAT refresher course. I did this before I took the NMAT, but I didn’t go back after the first day of lessons – I know, I’m not a very patient student! But I still recommend this because most NMAT review centers offer a trial NMAT exam right before they start with the lessons. Those trial tests apply the same statistics and demographics as the actual NMAT exam, so you get a glimpse of how you'll fare in the actual exams. (In the trial test, I scored 98, which isn’t too far from my actual score.) Read more tips on how to get high NMAT scores after the jump.
- Pay attention to calculus, trigonometry, and other areas of math that you are totally unfamiliar with. Most colleges do not teach calculus and trigonometry to their students, which means that acing these will give you an edge.
- Take a lot of practice tests on inductive reasoning. This part of the test may rely on your testmanship. Well, your performance on the entire NMAT can reflect your testmanship skills, but it is on inductive reasoning trial tests and reviewers that you learn about patterns you never even knew existed, about number patterns and how they are supposed to appear in series, etc. You will learn many techniques that you otherwise would have never figured out without the help of reviewers that teach patterns.
Of course, to ace the NMAT, you are going to have to do great on all subtests. But with the above tips on how to pass NMAT, you are on your way there. The most ideal tip on how to pass the NMAT is this: study hard from elementary school up to college. You learn about grammar, math, basic physics, and basic chemistry during your elementary and high school years, while you continue to soak up biology and social science during pre-med school. After all, NMAT is an IQ test and an achievement test rolled into one. But at this stage, it's too late for that tip, isn't it?
There are important updates!
NMAT update #1: If you’ve already taken the NMAT and you’re not too happy with the results, you might also want to find out why you’re not getting high NMAT scores. It’s time to lay the cards on the table. Be warned: The truth might be hard to swallow.
NMAT update #2: If you’ve never taken the NMAT before, here’s a nice list of NMAT tips for first-time takers! Don’t take the NMAT when you’re not prepared; medical schools get a copy of everybody’s NMAT scores, after all. Read and be in-the-know.
NMAT Scores: What They Mean
Subtract your score from 100 – and that should indicate your ranking. For instance, if you get a percentile score of 75, subtract 75 from 100 and you get 25. This means you belong to the top 25% of all NMAT examinees.
Here's another way of looking at it: an NMAT percentile score of 70 means that you scored higher than 70 percent of all NMAT exam takers.
If you get an NMAT score of, say, 99+, what does that mean? That is actually the highest possible score you can ever get in NMAT. Put simply, an NMAT percentile score of 99+ means you scored higher than the top ten out of 1000 examinees. If about five thousand people took the test, then you scored higher than the top 50th, and so on.
I hope these tips on how to get a high NMAT score have helped you! If you get into the medical school of your dreams, then study like there’s no tomorrow! If you really want to become a doctor, try your best when taking the NMAT. Let me know if you have any more practical tips; contact me!
You are probably asking why I am doling out tips on how to pass NMAT. To answer your question, I got a percentile score of 99+ on the NMAT, something I am very grateful for. I hope that based on the fortunate results of my NMAT experience, I might be able to share what I did to get high NMAT scores. But please take these humble tips with a grain of salt; these tips might have helped me, but they may not work for you given your circumstances. Still, I sincerely hope that my experience will translate to useful tips for all aspiring doctors out there who want to get high NMAT scores! You can also read my recent article on five NMAT review tips – I hope it helps!
If you want to check your NMAT score online, you can check right here on my website! Just get your NMAT application form and take note of your application number.