by Jeff Liu (Guest Blogger)
Passing the IMAT can be a challenging and time-consuming process. However, you have the ability to get a high mark if you adequately prepare and strategize before sitting for the exam.
A little bit about my background before I share my experience in applying to IMS Milan: I only really started preparing for IMAT two months before the exam. I was born in Taiwan but grew up in Canada, so my experience might be helpful to both North American and Taiwanese applicants alike.
1. Preparing for the logic section
This section is most important section to work on since it is worth half of your mark and easy to improve the most. The best book to start with is 400 BMAT Practice Questions since it has explanations to go with the answers. Just keeps practicing any logic questions you get your hands on. If you are stumped, always ask for help on forums or Facebook groups. I am sure there are other bloggers that have talked about this so I won’t elaborate on it too much.
2. Preparing for subject section
For high school students, the subject section should be pretty straightforward, if you finished grade 12 courses in those subjects. Try out some past IMAT exams to identify your weaknesses and strengths of each subject. If there is anything you are weak on, How to Master the BMAT has a pretty good review section to jog your memory, as well as mock exams to test if you understand the concepts. If all else fails, you can always grab a Course-Notes or Examkracker to help you quickly familiarize with the subjects.
3. Days leading up to the exam and getting to the test site
Just relax and do past IMATs a few times with a timer. If possible, always arrive at the city of the test center a day or two in advance to familiarize with the environment. I think last minute cramming won’t help much on the exam, so instead go to the famous tourist spots, or do something that helps you relax. Many of us have never been to the city where we take our exam and will not likely visit again in the near future. So take this opportunity to enjoy the city. On the day of, or the day before, the exam, you should always visit the classroom where the exam will be taking place so you won’t feel anxious trying to find the room at the last minute. Arrive early so you can make friends who might be your future classmates, and encourage each other.
4. Beijing Test Center
I took the IMAT at the School of International Education at Beijing. What is confusing about the whole process is that they tell you the test center is at International Plaza, West Campus of Beijing Foreign Studies University… but it doesn’t show that on Google Maps. It took me a while to found out that it is the first building on the left side when you go in the west gate. If you want to find administrative help, you can go into the building and look for IELTS, to give you direction on where to take the exam. Since there are very few examinees at the test center, the administrative staff told us just to come an hour beforehand. But if you arrive early, there are several classrooms open for you to relax in before the exam.
Jeff Liu is expecting to enter IMS Milan this fall, 2016.
Erik Campano is a consultant to the English medical school of the University of Turin and doing a Master's degree studying artificial intelligence applications in global health at the University of Umeå, Sweden. He completed his Bachelor’s of science in Symbolic Systems at Stanford University, and then he worked for about eight years as a radio news anchor, before moving to biomedical scientific study and research at the University of Paris and Columbia University. His goal is to develop AI technologies for international emergency humanitarian aid organizations like Doctors without Borders, and to combine medicine and journalism. Erik grew up in Connecticut, and is a citizen of the United States and Germany.
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