IMAT test 2017: Application, Test Structure, Reserved Seats, Test Locations

An updated, 2018 version of this decree is available here: IMAT 2018 Decree

The Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) recently released the updated rules for the 2017 IMAT exam, reserved places, admissions, and related matters.

DISCLAIMER: The following translation was made for free, to the best of my abilities, with my best intentions and is provided as is without any guarantee of completeness, correctness, usefulness or anything else. You can check the source in Italian here.

Quick Summary:

  • New Universities this year: Bologna, Turin, Siena (Not medicine, only English Dentistry)
  • New test location in Barcelona, Spain; Location changes are marked with bold
  • Exam will be written (not computer based as rumored)
  • 60 questions (2 culture, 20 logic, 18 biology, 12 chemistry, 8 physics and math)
  • 5 answer options; 1.5 points for correct answer, -0.4 for wrong, 0 points for no answer
  • 100 minutes exam time
  • 14 September exam date
  • Online Enrollment for exam from 03 to 25 July 2017 (until 15:00) in one single central website for all Universities
  • 20 points minimum rule stays only for EU candidates, falls for non-EU
  • English Language Certificates are optional (can help in a rare case when two candidates get same imat score and compete on last position in list)
  • Preparation books are listed here

Quick jump links:

Available seats
Admission Test structure (IMAT)
Test locations
Rankings, threshold minimum score and evaluation of the exam
Candidates with disabilities and learning disabilities

Online application procedure

Structure and content of the entrance examination for the degree course in medicine in English 2017

source: The Ministery of Education, University and Research


1. For the 2017/2018 academic year, admission of students to the degree course in Medicine and Surgery in English ( from now on “the course”) is based on the result of the IMAT test.

2. The available places, for enrollment to the course for Italian students and non-EU residents who reside in Italy, are allocated to every University according to the following table. Foreign students residing abroad have reserved places.

 Available seats for the academic year 2017 – 2018

University EU (and non-EU citizens resident in Italy) Non-EU candidates
Bari 22 8
Bologna (new) 50 10
Milan (IMS) Statale 34 16
Milano Bicocca 25 5
Napoli “Luigi Vanvitelli” (aka. seconda U.) 8 52
Naples Federico II 15 10
Pavia 60 40
Rome “La Sapienza” 35 10
Rome “Tor Vergata” 20 10
Torino (New) 70 31

Private Universities, (with much higher tuition fees) were also mentioned (EU/Non-EU): Milano Cattolica (20/30), Milano Humanitas (80/50). Also Siena started to offer an English-language Odontoiatry (Dentist) courses with 26 EU and 4 Non-EU places based on same IMAT results.


Admission Test (IMAT)

1. The entrance examination for the the course will be taken by both Italian and foreign candidates.

2. It shall be organized by the Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) which uses Cambridge Assessment.

3. The procedures for conducting the test are given in Appendix 1, which forms an integral part of this decree.

4. The admission test consists of 60 questions that have five response options. The candidate must identify the one correct answer, discarding the wrong, arbitrary or less probable answers.

Based on the curriculum in Annex A, the IMAT exam will contain: 2 questions of general culture, 20 of logical reasoning, 18 biology, 12 chemistry; 8 of physics and mathematics.

5. The admission test takes place on September 14, 2017 at the Italian universities, and foreign offices (see below). Registration for the test can be done from 03 July 2017 to 25 July 2017 at 15:00 (GMT +1) for all locations.

The duration of the IMAT test is 100 minutes.

Test locations

On September 1, 2017, the exact addresses of the venues where the IMAT test will be held, including classroom names, will be published on the websites of the Ministry of Education and the universities.

6. The IMAT test will begin in several overseas locations as shown in the following table.

Country City Centre Name

Start time
(local time)

Argentina Buenos Aires Buenos Aires Open Centre 1


Brazil Sao Paolo Winner Idiomas


China Beijing School of International Education, Beijing Foreign Studies University


Cyprus Nicosia Pascal Education


France Paris British School of Paris


Germany Munich Münchner Volkshochschule


Spain Barcelona Exams Catalunya S.L


Greece Athens Hellenic English Council


India Haryana Planet EDU – ExtraExams

UTC + 5.30

Israel Tel Aviv British Council, Tel Aviv


Italy Bari Università degli Studi di Bari


Italy Milan Università degli Studi di Milano; and Milano-Biccoca


Italy Naples Università  di Napoli Federico II


Italy Naples Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II; and Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”


Italy Pavia / Bologna / Torino /Siena Università degli Studi di Pavia; and Bologna; Torino; Siena


Italy Rome Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”


Italy Rome Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”


Poland Warsaw Lang LTC


Portugal Lisbon International House Lisbon


Qatar Doha British Council, Doha


Saudi Arabia Jeddach British Council, Jeddach


Spain Barcelona Exams Catalunya S.L.


United Arab Emirates Dubai British Council, Dubai


United Kingdom London Mobile testing solution LTD


USA New York International House New York


Article 3

Rankings, minimum threshold score and evaluation of the exam

1. All EU candidates have to reach a minimum score of 20 points in order to be inserted in the ranking list.

2. For the evaluation of the test, a maximum of 90 points may be given using the following criteria:

a) +1.5 points for each correct answer;

b) -0.4 (negative) points for each wrong answer;

c) 0 points for each not answered question ;

3. Cineca will form a single national list for EU students (including foreign residents that reside in Italy) according to the procedures in Annex 2 (see below). The ranking list for extra-EU foreign residents will be defined by the universities.

4. In case of a tie between two candidates in ranking, the following criteria apply to resolve the situation (see original paper in Italian).

5. The condition “suitable non-winner” (idoneo non vincitore) refers only to the selection procedure of current year: it grants you no rights regarding access to the course in following years.

Article 4

Candidates with disabilities and diagnosed learning disabilities

1. The IMAT exam shall take into account the individual needs of students with disabilities.

2. Candidates diagnosed with specific learning disabilities (SLD), must present appropriate certification issued by no more than three years from accredited facilities in the country of origin. These students are granted up to 30% additional time.

3. Cambridge Assessment organizes the test in foreign sites and takes into account the situations of disability or SLD students.

Annex 2:

Online Application procedure

Every candidate has to apply online to take the IMAT exam. The online application is done exclusively via the Universitaly website www.universitaly.it.
[See medschool.it’s youtube video guide for creating a new user.].

The online application will be active from June 3, 2017 until August 4 at 15:00 (GMT +1).

During the online application, the candidate will select a university preference order. This choice cannot be changed after July 25.

In September, a list of all IMAT scores will be published on accessoprogrammato.miur.it. On October 6, your IMAT score will be available in your log-in area on Universitaly website.

Alex Ochakovski (Pavia)
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