NMAT: Find Out If You Passed

Thursday, April 12, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 39 Comments

If you’re wondering if you passed the NMAT, don’t worry, so are the thousands of others who took the NMAT with you. But how do you find out if you passed the NMAT? And what does your NMAT score mean?

First, let’s discuss what NMAT is and why you need to take it before you get into medical school. Read on to find instructions on how to know if you passed NMAT.

What NMAT Stands For

The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is a test that every aspiring doctor has to take. It consists of eight subtests: Quantitative, Verbal, Inductive Reasoning, Perceptual Acuity, Biology, Social Sciences, Physics, and Chemistry. There are 400 items among these subtests, which you should finish in about five to six hours.

NMAT: Its Purpose

Your NMAT score may dictate whether or not you get into medical school. Whew, talk about pressure! If you want to get into a good medical school, you are up against the crème de la crème; you will need a competitive NMAT score to stand a chance against all the honor students also clamoring to get into the medical school of your dreams.

How to Know If You Passed NMAT

So, you took the NMAT and you want to enroll in a medical school. Great! Now, it’s time to find out if you passed the NMAT. To find out what your NMAT score is, read on and follow these steps.

  • To check your NMAT score, go to this website. This is the official website of the Center for Educational Meeasurement, Inc., the agency responsible for holding the NMAT.
  • Next, indicate the date when you took the NMAT. NMAT exams are usually held twice a year: on December and again on either March or April.
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  • Enter your application number into the indicated field. You will find your application number on the stub or piece of paper that you took home with you when you registered for the exam.
  • To find out your NMAT score, click on NEXT. Follow the instructions and you will soon see your NMAT score online.

You can use the above steps about five working days after your exam. In addition, all medical schools in the Philippines will get a copy of everyone’s NMAT scores. If you need a hard copy (printed result) of your NMAT, then you can either visit the CEM’s main office a month after the exam, or wait for their snail mail after six weeks. You can also find out what your NMAT score means.

Now that you have figured out how to know if you passed the NMAT, it’s time to ask yourself this: do you really want to become a doctor? Are you prepared to go on duty for 36 hours every three days? Remember that there is a certain stigma attached to general practice in the Philippines, and that there are other questions you have to ask yourself, such as, do you have enough money for medical school and after? Are you willing to give up a big part of your social life, etc.). Tough, yes? Good luck! And may your NMAT score help you get into medical school. And if you do, read these tips on becoming a doctor.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and a cat welfare column in The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene. Add her to your circles.

39 comments:

  1. Hi! I'm Michaella Maralit, a 3rd year student of dlsu-m. I'm currently taking up Bs Marketing Management and I would graduate on October 2013. :) I have been quite confused since college of what course i would take up. I was originally taking up Bs Accountancy but i shifted in my 2nd year. After shifting and taking up some majors, I had the feeling that marketing was not really what i wanted. That it was just a course i took up to escape accountancy. Then, I realized that what I really wanted was to become a doctor. It was really my childhood dream to become a doctor. I really dont know why i wrote business and engineering courses during college applications.

    Considering that anyone, meaning anyone with a bachelor's degree could go for med, I decided to take nmat after i graduate.

    Could you give me tips on nmat considering i did not take up a premed course? Would it be better to take up pre-med even after graduating marketing?

    I'm hoping for your reply.

    Thank you!

    Michaella B. Maralit,
    BS Marketing Management
    De La Salle University-Manila

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  2. Hi, Michaella!

    Wow, finally, you know you want to be a doctor! (Just make sure you REALLY do, okay? Talk to other doctors and find out how often you have to go on duty (which is everyday starting your fourth year, your internship, and your residency years which can take 2 to 5 years). Talk to them about the politics involved, too (yes, it exists). Talk to other doctors about establishing practice: how much money, effort, and how many years it will take before you start "earning", given that you might dish out a whole lot of money before you get your specialization.

    And if you really want to be a doctor, I suggest that you focus on the subjects of NMAT. There's physics, biology, math, social science, and chemistry. If you're good in these even without a science-oriented pre-med course, then maybe all you need is a refresher course. BUT if you know nothing about torque, acceleration, different types of plants, cells, mitochondria, anthropologic theories, balancing chemical equations, and all that hullabaloo, then I suggest that you actually take extra units with those subjects (instead of just an NMAT review).

    I have seen med students who took literature and political science in college. So it's possible that you can pass the NMAT. Of course, make sure you have an edge: study on subjects which you know are your Waterloo. :)

    Good luck! And I hope my suggestions help you.

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  3. Hi Miss Stef!

    I'll be taking NMAT this coming December, and I'm embarrassed to say that it would be my third time to take the exam. My past scores were both below 50 and the reason why I still wanted to take again is to aim for a higher score so I can be qualified to enter in a good medical school.

    I've read your blog last march about how to get high NMAT scores including the comments section wherein I've also read your comment about averaging the NMAT scores. I'm aware that there will be a consequence of taking NMAT more than once but I'm not specifically aware what it is. You've mention there that, "They will average your scores if you've taken the NMAT three times. But if you are about to take your second NMAT attempt, then they will honor the results of your second exam."

    I'm really concern on how will my past NMAT scores would affect my third take.So does it mean no matter how high the score I may get, my past scores will surely pull it down if they'll average the scores right? Because of that, I don't know if I still have a chance to get the score that may qualify me to get into a good med school. I'm losing hope now.:(

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  4. Well, one thing's for sure: if you lose hope, then you're not going anywhere! Always think that there is hope. And always believe, even if you don't fully understand, that we sometimes don't get what we want because there's something bigger and better out there for us. It might not be "bigger" the way we want it (say, it might not be the yacht and mansion we envisioned in our dreams, hihi), but it definitely will be better (say, you're gonna be happier because you DIDN'T get what you wanted).

    But I'm preaching there, aren't I? Haha. To go back on topic, I don't think I can give you definite advice on whether or not you should try the third time. But you know, I remember anecdotes (which I can't verify or I might get sued for libel!) about determined students who keep coming back to the dean to show their resolve in enrolling, despite their low grades or low NMAT scores.

    If it's for you, you will get it. If it's not, you will get something better. It might not seem so in the beginning, but I am hoping and crossing my fingers that you'll leave a comment here again in the future saying, "Hey, I didn't get into med school, but you're right! I'm much happier being the President of the Philippines now!"

    Haha. Good luck, kiddo. And if you're retaking the NMAT, study your a$$ off! :)

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  5. I will definitely inform you what will happen to me in the future Miss Stef. I'm sure things will get better. Besides,I do believe that God gives us what we deserve not what we desire, 'cause maybe our desires are less but we deserve a lot.:) THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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  6. Hi Ms. Stef!

    Is it really true about the averaging thingy? I've took the NMAT thrice, well the third time already this December, and my past NMAT scores are way low... So I'm really concerned about it, and i'm very eager to study medicine. Hope for you response. :)

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  7. Anonymous #6, hello there! If you're concerned about the school averaging your scores, please ask the school. I think that's the best solution. It's better than taking my word for it because different schools have different policies. Good luck!

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  8. Hello ma'am, i just want to ask and clarify about the scores...because the school that i wanted to enrolled has at least 35% score so is it mean that i should also get 35 percentile rank or 35% from the GPS standard score?...thank you so much=)

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  9. hi ms. stef..
    just want to ask kung once a year lang po ba ang nmat exam? only december? thanks:)

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  10. what is the passing nmagt score for de lasalle health science institute?? is it 40% percentile score??

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  11. Hello there Dr. Stef! Is it a multiple choice exam? Thanks!

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  12. Oh, no, it's an essay!

    Haha. Just kidding. :) Multiple choice.

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  13. What about the physicians' licensure exams? Multiple choice? Essay? Thank you so much! :D

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  14. The board exams are a series of multiple choice tests as well. Are you a med student?

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  15. Hey Miss Steff.
    What Med School did you go? I'm a non-citizen and need to know what med school that I have to apply.

    Thank you

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  16. Unfortunately, I'm not the best person to ask for info regarding non-Filipino students who want to get into med school. Good luck!

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  17. hi ms stef! i would just like to ask what schools might accept me (ust ue feu asmph stlukes)if my nmat is 92 and my college grades are just average...thank you !!!

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  18. Hi, Tricia! Sorry, but I'm not affiliated with the admission committee of any school, so I can't answer your question. The better question is, which school do you prefer and will your scores qualify you to enroll in that specific school? Good luck!

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  19. I've been reviewing comments - sorry for approving them on my blog almost a month late because I have received over a hundred comments! It's a happy problem, actually.

    In any case, to the person asking what the cut-off score is for DLSU, I have no idea. Why don't you ask DLSU? I'm sure they'll provide accurate information. Good luck!

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  20. There's someone here also asking if NMAT is administered only in December. No, it's not; there's the April NMAT. For exact dates, visit Center for Educational Measurement online. Good luck! :)

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  21. An anonymous person also asked if the cut-off score of 35 referred to the standard score or the percentile rank. Well, a standard score of 35 would have been oh-so-low. Perhaps they meant a percentile score of 35. :)

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  22. I got 97 in my first take in NMAT and I am considering on taking it again because I want to get a score of 99. Will they average my scores or not?

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  23. Hanna, that's a high score! You're not happy with it?

    To answer your question, try asking the admissions office of the school you're eyeing. It's better than my word. Let me know what they tell you - others might want to know, too. Best of luck!

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  24. Hi Miss Steff! I want to take NMAT on April but there are still major subjects that I needed to take, so I'll probably just take it on December :(

    I've read that there is higher chance of getting better grade if you take the exam in April (Just some opinion I've read). I am thinking to take it April after I graduate so I'll have enough knowledge but I might lose a slot in the medschool I'm eyeing because they have early application. I'm so trilled to take NMAT and nervous at the same time :( Can you give me any advice. (Actually, I'm just upcoming third yr college this school yr, I'm just too excited)

    Thank you in advance! And thank you for inspiring me :)

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  25. I don't assume that you get a higher score for April - even if there were fewer people taking that test, you would still be ranked accordingly. You could get higher or lower scores, depending on where you are in the curve!

    As for advice, this website has lots! Just type "NMAT" in the search field, which you will see on the upper right corner of this website, right above my profile. You will then get a list of the many NMAT articles I wrote here.

    You might also want to read all "doctor" articles (click on the "doctor" label on my right sidebar), since you're keen on becoming one. :) Good luck!

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  26. i was also very much concerned before about some stories circulating around the web with regards to schedule of taking the NMAT and the Score you'll get. Nonetheless, I took a huge leap of faith and took the November 2014 NMAT. My worries further worsen when I see students from BIG Universities also taking the exam and there I was... a probinsyano from a humble college doubting himself if I would even get 40% rank... Come December I found out I got a 96% rank on my first attempt... the lesson is, believe in yourself have more confidence. and I also believe in Miss Stef that you really need to know the intricacies of the exam and put more effort on areas you are weak and master areas you are good at.

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  27. Mee Yaj, glad you fared well in the test! That means you will probably be an incoming med student this school year - let me know where you enroll. I'm always happy hearing from future doctors. :)

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  28. Hi maam stef. I would just like to ask if is it okay to take the nmat exam on november 2015 even if i took the nmat exam last april 2015? What I meant is, is it okay to take two nmat exam on the same year? I took the april's nmat exam. And i would like to take the nmat exam again this nov 2015. I wanted to pull my rank up kasi. :) ok lng po ba yan? Hoping for your fast reply. thanks maam stef. :)

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    1. Hi, Nina! Try contacting CEM - they are responsible for NMAT: https://www.cem-inc.org.ph/nmat/contact-us. Good luck!

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  29. Hello Doc.. I'm an Indian student doing BS BIO in Philippines.. I've got pretty good marks in NMAT but still, the MD intake for us in my university is on next year September.. I can't wait till then due to some financial issues and so that I would like to know that is it necessary to do BS for 2 years? And Can I join any other universities with my NMAT scores if I could get into MD before next September?? Hoping for your fast reply Ma'am... Thank you

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    1. So sorry for the late reply. It might be best for you to ask your med school of choice directly for an official answer. Good luck :)

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  30. Hello! I just want to ask if the april nmat is limited to metro manila only or if it's nationwide?someone told me that the december nmat is nationwide and april is for manila only. I'm from cebu.

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    1. You can check with the Center for Educational Measurement (Google them - they have a website) for an official answer on this. Good luck!

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  31. i had write on past oct 16 2016 .when i get nmat result .??

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    1. Hi. Come again? I didn't understand that.

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  32. Hi maam stef. If the NMAT cut off of a certain school is 50%, will they still entartain students who are willing to enroll even if they have a lower score?

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    1. Hello. I honestly wouldn't know as I'm not part of the admission committee. Please ask the med school of your choice. Thanks for connecting, Marc!

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  33. doc
    can i ask im currently studying BSED BIOSCIENCE and now im planning to study medicine in SLU baguio.. can I ask DR if this would be hard for me? and doc my intention is to give free medicine to isolated areas and doc can i ask that is it really hard to pass the NMAT or is it impossible for a BSED like me who always got categorized as easiest course. Doc can i ask to where is the better place to review or a tutorial for NMAT i really want to pass it i will do anything even how hard it is, if needed doc i will sacrifice one month for reviewing i want to help my family up and be a most outstanding doctor that have a heart not only a brain

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    1. If I told you it would be harder for you, would you stop pursuing your dream? :)

      Perhaps your questions stem not from a foreseen hardship, but from uncertainty. It's as if you want to be convinced that medicine will be worth your while. Unfortunately, nobody can do that... except you.

      Be honest, be true to yourself, and pursue your dreams to the best of your ability.

      As for NMAT review centers and getting a good percentile score, everything I have to say about these are already in this website. The only thing you have to do is search or click on the topic tags in the main menu.

      As for helping your family by pursuing medicine, please remember that medicine isn't necessarily lucrative. Don't be in it for the money or you might be disappointed. Don't be a doctor in hopes of becoming rich - I thought you wanted to do this because you wanted to be a doctor with a heart, not just a brain? :)

      Giving free medicine (dole-outs) is not recommended as it does not encourage independence of the community. Giving them free or affordable healthcare and affordable medicine is better.

      A month to review for NMAT might not be enough, however. Some review centers take longer to teach the basics. But don't take my word for it; ask your peers.

      Stay inspired. Refocus. Be honest to yourself. Good luck.

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