What NMAT Scores Mean

Thursday, April 12, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 50 Comments

So, you got an NMAT score of 80. Good for you! But what do NMAT scores mean? Take note: a score of 85 does not mean you got 85 percent of the test!

What NMAT Scores Mean

NMAT Scores: Percentile Scores

It’s time to understand what your NMAT score means. Don’t feel bad; you’re not the only one who doesn’t understand what NMAT scores mean. The NMAT score is actually a percentile score. It does not show what percent of the exam you got right. Instead, it shows your ranking among the rest of the exam takers. Read on for a more detailed explanation.

Put simply, your NMAT score is the percent of exam takers who scored lower than you.

Even if you got 95 percent of the test items, your NMAT percentile score will not necessarily be 95. For instance, if you got 95 percent of the exam but everybody else got 100 percent, then your percentile score will be 1. This means that that 99 percent (or 100 minus 1) of the exam takers scored higher than you.

Another example: if your NMAT percentile score is 88, this means that 12 percent of the exam takers scored higher than you. If you have an NMAT score of 74, then 26 percent of the NMAT exam takers got higher scores. And so on.

Here’s an easier way of understanding what NMAT scores mean: your NMAT score is the percent of exam takers who scored lower than you.

What The Passing NMAT Score Is

But what is the passing NMAT score? There is none. The NMAT is like a combination of an IQ test and an achievement test. Different medical schools will set different “acceptable” NMAT scores. For instance, if memory serves me right, the University of Santo Tomas sets a “passing NMAT score” of 65 for ladies and 60 for men. (Don’t ask me why as my guess is just as good as yours.)

Did you take the NMAT but have no idea what your score is yet? Read this to know if you passed the NMAT. If you want to know what the passing NMAT score is, contact the medical school you want to apply in. And before you take the NMAT, please make sure that you are prepared to take it. If you take it more than twice, all your NMAT scores will be averaged! Now that you know what NMAT scores mean, find out how to get a high NMAT score. And don’t hesitate to ask me questions; leave your comment below.

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50 comments:

  1. a good nmat score only guarantees you entrance to a medical school...it does not guarantee you finishing med school or passing the board

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  2. You are right; although a good NMAT score doesn't guarantee that you get to finish medical school or that you pass the boards, it DOES help you get into a good medical school. But who doesn't want that leverage? :)

    Getting into a great medical school is something every aspiring doctor wants. The better the medical school you get into, the better your chances of passing the boards. For instance, UST and UP always have more than 95 percent passing rates for the medical boards... but they only accept college students with good NMAT scores! :)

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  3. hi, im collins a registered nurse, im just wondering if how can i have a copy of nmat practice test for my upcoming nmat exam. bec for me that material will help me land a good score in that exam... thankxxzzz

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  4. Hi, Collins, there are NMAT reviewers available to help you. I believe they are a dime a dozen, especially when you enroll in NMAT reviews. Good luck!

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  5. WHat is I got -1 percentile rank on NMAT? What does that mean?

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  6. hi, what about if the percentile rank is 1?

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  7. If you have a percentile score of 1, it means 99 percent of those who took the exam scored higher than you. Uh-oh.

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  8. Hi dra. stef! I just got my nmat result and i was disappointed about my percentile score :C I only got 73 and I think UST needed at least 80 percent. I am a PT student of UST and I badly wanted to enter med school at UST also. Can you suggest anything because as much as possible I don't want to take my 2nd nmat anymore because it will be a conflict due to I will be an intern by april next year and I know it is hard to study many different subjects at a time.

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  9. Hello, everyone! Thank you for dropping by. Sorry for the very late response! But here they are:

    "What if I got -1 percentile rank on NMAT? What does that mean?"
    "hi, what about if the percentile rank is 1?"

    Did you just say NEGATIVE 1? Or is it just 1? I don't think negative percentile scores exist. But if you got 1, it means 99 percent of exam takers got a higher score than you! :(

    "Hi dra. stef! I just got my nmat result and i was disappointed about my percentile score :( I only got 73 and I think UST needed at least 80 percent. I am a PT student of UST and I badly wanted to enter med school at UST also. Can you suggest anything because as much as possible I don't want to take my 2nd nmat anymore."

    Hi! What suggestions are you asking for exactly? Because if you're asking for NMAT suggestions and tips, this website has a LOT of those. All you need to do is read through them. :) Good luck!

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  10. hi may i know what does it mean if the NMAT is
    General Performance Score (GPS):
    Standard Score 321
    Percentile Rank 4 ?
    i am so new to this exam.

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  11. hey may i please know what it means by this Nmat details:
    General Performance Score (GPS):
    Standard Score 321 Percentile Rank 4
    i am so new to this exam,and i dont know what does the entire results even mean.
    hope i could get some help here

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  12. Hi, Kiran. It means about 96 percent of exam takers scored higher than you. You can glean that information from the blog post. :) I recommend that you read carefully next time, not only in this case but also during your next NMAT, if you want a higher score. ;) Good luck, dear!

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  13. i am surprise as NMAT exam is mainly IQ and aptitude tool there there is no pass r fail!!! yet universities will ass for a passing score .... :) the irony nevertheless when Rome do as Romans do :D and hope that i will meet the cut of point for the university ....

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  14. Anonymous, you shouldn't be surprised. Each university will set a cut-off point based on the expectations they have. If a med school wants only the creme de la creme, then they will look only for the applicants with high IQ/ aptitude.

    To me, it makes sense. Who wants to be operated on by a surgeon who could barely pass Anatomy? Not me. Doctors have to be many things - compassionate, kind, wise - but there's no denying that they also need to be smart. ;)

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  15. Your tips helped me a lot, I am a 3rd year college student. natulungan niyo po ako sa aking pagdedesisyon, maraming salamat.
    Hindi po nila ako kasing talino, hindi ganoon kataas ang aking IQ pero I can feel it, I think I have that thing called a "calling" pero Im not yet fully decided, Maybe it's in me to answer the call or not. I'm not asking an advice po if dapat ba kong magpursue or not, I just want to thank you Dra. for your wonderful messages. May God bless you :)

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  16. Thanks, Aaron! I hope that whatever path you decide to take, it is the path you truly want. We all tend to excel in things we love to do! Good luck!

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  17. Hi Dra. Stef! Do you have any tips for those like me who will rely only on SELF REVIEW for the NMAT? I need some sort of strategy kasi, and I don't know how to start. I already have the MSA NMAT reviewer and the practice test that they give. But like I said, I really don't know how to start. You've been really helpful by the way, thanks doc. :)

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  18. Hi! Check around the website for more tips. Unfortunately - as I always tell everyone else in this website asking for very specific, "custom-made" tips - only you can say what study technique or plan is best for you.

    I've no idea how you study or what your forte is or which parts of the NMAT you need more work on. It's up to you, you, and you. :) After all, being a med student AND a doctor are about learning how to be independent, where to start, and how to better yourself. Good luck.

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  19. hello my percentile rank is 2. is there any medical school who will accept me? or is there any school who does not have required percentile rank score? thanks :)

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  20. Hi, Avonlee! Hm, I don't know which schools accept NMAT scores of 5 and below, if any. Do you have plans of taking the NMAT again? If you really want to pursue Medicine, you might want to enroll in a school that can guarantee good education, especially because you will need that education to pass the board exams. Choosing a med school that doesn't care enough to set an NMAT cut-off score might get you in trouble down the road... And I hope I've enlightened you a little bit. :)

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  21. hi im a graduate of bs architecture im kinda scared taking up nmat because i think people who took up bs bio, bs chem, nursing etc.. (those common pre med courses) are waaayyy capable of getting a high nmat score.. and st. lukes requirement is 90+ :(( i think i need all the luck in the world to ace this test.. i ask for your prayer :) thank you for this blog :)

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  22. Hi Stef,

    Where can I buy MSA NMAT reviewer?Also,are there other NMAT review series available?I stay in India,and have no clue how to go about this exam.........thanks.

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  23. I never used MSA reviewers so I'm not the right person to ask. But you can try the bookstore, of course. Also, the acronym "NMAT" in the Philippines is different from "NMAT" in India. Just in case you're not actually trying to take the NMAT exam meant for doctors-to-be. :)

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  24. hi dok, any website where i can find a good way to study the math of NMAT?

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  25. Hi, Tom!

    Unfortunately, I don't know any website that does that. Once you've mastered Algebra, touch a little on Calculus and the other maths (geometry, trigonometry) and that's it! A good algebra background will go a long way.

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  26. Hi! Kung nagtake po ng nmat on 2nd attempt, ano po macredredit na score? Ung 2nd attempt po ba or ung average ng 1st at 2nd? Thank you! :)

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  27. hello, what does it mean if you got an NMAT score of 1? does it mean you did not pass mam?

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  28. hi mam, what if you have an percentile rank of 1 does it mean you did not pass?

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  29. hi! my nmat score is less than 30..do u know any med school that accepts or considers this score for admission? thank u

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  30. Hi, Jed! Hm. Where do I begin? Have you read this blog post? Coz if you have, I believe you can answer the question yourself. :)

    I don't mean to be tough, but sometimes, it's necessary so that you can use whatever resources you have (in this case, the capacity to read and comprehend) and stand on your own two feet. I guess I'm telling you to do the legwork since the explanation has already been provided.

    If you want to be a doctor, you need initiative! :) Good luck! I hope that my comment has provided you with an enlightening answer, albeit not directly related to your question.

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  31. Annboleyn, apologies, but I'm not exactly the right person to answer that. Unfortunately, I cannot help you. I hope you find the answers soon - best of luck!

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  32. Arianne, sorry for approving your comment just now - it got buried in spam. Anyway, please ask the school of your choice as to which NMAT score they will honor as I'm not affiliated with admissions committees in any medical school.

    Thank you for visiting my blog, though! Let me know what you find out.

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  33. Hi Stef,

    Good day!

    I am planning to do i retake. Do my previous NMAT score affects it?

    Thank You in Advance!

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  34. Hello, Vince! Better if you ask the school you're interested in - they can tell you officially. :)

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  35. Hello dr.will i still get a good ranki g even i:i left 5 unanswered questions po? Thanks.

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  36. Alona, that depends! No cookie-cutter answer to your question, I'm afraid. It depends on how you fared overall and there's no way for me to predict that. In any case, how was your NMAT? Hope you fared okay!

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  37. Hi Dr. 😊 Your blog really enlightened me about reviewing and taking the NMAT. We'll be taking the test on November. Thanks again and godbless!

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  38. You're more than welcome, Merann! And best of luck!

    Thank you for dropping by - hope you come back in the future to give me the good news that you've aced the NMAT. :)

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  39. Hello po Dr Stef! :) Nung binabasa ko po yung mga sinulat niyo about NMAT especially yung tips para sa mga beginner, bigla akong kinabahan haha. Thank you po sa mga tips and na-enlighten ako ng sobra. God bless you po and More power! :)

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    1. Glad to have given some enlightenment, Kram. :) Bless you as well and good luck with your NMAT!

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  40. Hi,mam namaste !!
    I'm foreign student ,I was wrote FISRT nmat exam on October 25-2015 n I got only 1- ,what is mean it ,n can I write other nmat exam on coming march 2016

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    1. Hello, Shekh, can you tell me your percentile score? Please read the info in the blog post and use it to interpret your percentile score. I hope I've empowered you to interpret your score by analyzing data presented to you - that's something you'll be doing if and when you become a med student, by the way! :)

      Best of luck and let me know once you interpret your score!

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  41. Hi Ms. Stef! I took the NMAT exam last November 2014, and I got 400 points which I didn't know what it meant. haha.. Can you help me? Since I'm planning to take my 2nd time this year. Thank you!

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    1. Can you tell me your percentile score? Please read the info in the blog post and use it to interpret your percentile score. I hope I've empowered you to interpret your score by analyzing data presented to you - that's something you'll be doing if and when you become a med student, by the way! :)

      Best of luck and let me know once you interpret your score!

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  42. Reading your blogs inspired me a lot dra. :) thanks

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    1. No problem! I'm glad it did! Keep pushing. :) And connect with me on Instagram, okay? I'm always there.

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  43. is there any negative marks that means if i have submitted a wrong answer then will i het any detection of mark for the negative answers...?

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    1. Well, it's a test, so if your answer is wrong, it's marked wrong. So, they deduct one point from the highest possible score.

      Did I understand your question correctly? If not, kindly rephrase.

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  44. Got 31 percentile rank and no med school has this standard. Eagerly, want to proceed med school :(

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    1. Are you sure? I heard there are med schools that are less discerning when it comes to NMAT scores! Make sure you do a thorough search before throwing in the towel. :)

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