The Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) just released the official decree for the IMAT 2019 exam, which contains reserved places, admissions, IMAT test centres and all the essential information for studying Medicine in English and Dentistry in English in Italy!
If you’re planning to sit the IMAT this year, the IMAT test 2019 decree is the must-see piece of information because it contains all the official details about the upcoming exam – and what you should expect afterwards.
In the next few paragraphs we’ve reported all the information from the decree, translated from Italian, so as to give you a complete overview on what’s new and what’s not.
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 original text in Italian here.
All the following information is updated at 29/06/2019
Quick jump links:
Admission Test structure (IMAT) and exam scores
Minimum score threshold
Candidates with disabilities and learning disabilities
Online application procedure
There have been rumors regarding the possibility of a new Italian Medical School opening a course in English, namely the University of Padova (Padua). This could be great news because Padua houses one of the best medical schools in Italy, and in fact the Italian Ministry of Education has announced that this school will actually be born in 2019!
It is noteworthy that the University has had for quite some time now a dedicated page for it’s medicine in English course, with the number of seats available for EU and non EU, the course program etc. Check their website for a sneak peek!
The Padova medschool will feature 54 spots for EU candidates, and 9 for non-EU students! Furthermore, the number of seats available in the other universities have been increased. To find out how many seats have been allocated to each university, keep scrolling!.
Unfortunately, no new Dentistry in English university has been created, leaving Siena as the only one offering such a degree in Italy.
Available seats for the academic year 2019 – 2020
|University||EU (and non-EU citizens resident in Italy)||Non-EU candidates|
|Milan (IMS) Statale||34||16|
|Napoli “Luigi Vanvitelli” (SUN)||40||40|
|Naples Federico II||15||10|
|Rome “La Sapienza”||38||10|
|Rome “Tor Vergata”||25||10|
|Torino / Turin||70||31|
|Padova / Padua||54||9|
You can sit the IMAT either in Italy or in 20 countries worldwide. The complete list of all the test centres is published here or also at the bottom of this page. A bit disappointingly, only two new test centres were announced in the IMAT test 2019 decree, the only two changes being the addition of the University of Padova and a test centre in Lahore, Pakistan.
Nonetheless, the list of exam locations is still rich, including countries like the US, the UK, India, Israel, Brazil, China, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. For European candidates, several EU countries like Germany, France, Spain and Poland do offer one or more test centers, meaning that it’s going to be pretty easy to sit the IMAT close to you.
In the table we just linked there is also the starting time for the exam in each test centre for every time zone. The precise classrooms where the test will be held will be announced on September 2nd, 2019. In any case we’re you can also find the complete list in this table:
|Brazil||Sao Paolo||Winner Idiomas||
|Canada||Toronto||Global Village English Centre||09:00|
|Cyprus||Nicosia||Pascal Education Ltd||
|China||Beijing||School of international education, Beijing Foreign Studies University||
|France||Paris||British School of Paris||
|Germany||Essen||Stevens English Training||
|Spain||Madrid||CESMA Business school||
|Greece||Athens||Hellenic English Council||
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong||ITS Tutorial School||
|India||Gurugram||Planet EDU – Pvt Limited||
|Israel||Tel Aviv||Mobile Testing Solutions||
|Italy||Bari||Università degli Studi di Bari||
|Italy||Milan||Università degli Studi di Milano||
|Italy||Milan||Università degli Studi di Milano – Bicocca||
|Italy||Naples||Università di Napoli Federico II||
|Italy||Naples||Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”||
|Italy||Pavia / Bologna / Torino / Siena / Messina||Università degli Studi di Pavia; and Bologna; Torino; Siena||
|Italy||Padova||Università degli Studi di Padova||
|Italy||Rome||Università degli Studi di Roma “Sapienza”||
|Italy||Rome||Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”||
|Pakistan||Lahore||British Council Lahore||
|Turkey||Istanbul||British Side English Language School||
|Saudi Arabia||Jeddah||British Council, Jeddah||
|South Africa||Johannesburg||British Council Johannesburg||
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai||British Council, Dubai||
|United Kingdom||London||Mobile testing solutions LTD||
|USA||New York||OHC New York||
As for previous years, the test will be a multiple-choice quiz with 5 options per question, lasting 100 minutes for 60 questions in total (that is roughly 1.6 minutes per question!). Each correct question will grant 1.5 points, incorrect answers will cost you 0.4 points, while no answer results in 0 points.
We already hinted in one of our previous posts that the IMAT structure might change in 2019, and here we have the official confirmation! According to the IMAT test 2019 decree, the exam will be structured as following:
- General knowledge – 12 questions
- Logical reasoning – 10 questions
- Biology – 18 questions
- Chemistry – 12 questions
- Mathematics and Physics – 8 questions
Until 2018 the General knowledge part comprised just 2 questions and now this has been increased to a whopping 12! On the other hand, from 20 Logical reasoning questions, the number fell to just 10.
So what does this all mean?
General knowledge is commonly regarded by applicants as the most unpredictable section; questions revolve around a variety of topics, from recent events to history, literature, and so on. It’s not easy to prepare for this subjects, and generally it requires lots of reading newspapers and high school textbooks.
Do not despair though! Keep in mind that this change will affect all applicants, and so the average minimum score for being accepted is expected to rise or decrease for everyone, not just you.
If you still however want to maximize your chances of ranking very highly on the IMAT 2019 score, we at MEDschool.it have our very own online course held by expert IMAT teachers, for a fraction of the price of hard courses that are held in some parts of Italy. Check out the IMATschool website for more information on how to subscribe and what is offered!
Exam dates and enrollment deadlines:
We already published a complete step-by-step guide for how and when to enroll to IMAT, and there are no huge changes to announce. As previously established, the IMAT will be held on Thursday September 12th, 2019. As for last year, enrollment will be possible starting from July 3rd all the way to July 2019, until 3 p.m. (GMT+2).
It sounds like there’s loads of time, right? However if you consider all the bureaucracy involved in the application process these 3 weeks will be over before you know it! Remember to keep an eye on the calendar.
This is something that hasn’t changed again in the last few years, but it’s still worth noticing. For EU candidates, given the fact that the IMAT syllabus is based on the Italian high school subjects, there is a minimum entry score for every candidate of 20 points. This means that, if you have scored less than 20 as a EU students, there is no possibility of being accepted, irrespectively of the ranking.
The same concept goes for non-EU citizens, but with quite a different threshold: it is enough to score more than 0 points (even 0.1 is enough!) in order to be eligible for admission. It might sound strange, but since there are negative points for incorrect questions there is also the possibility of getting a negative final score if you give too many wrong answers!
As for previous years, English language certifications are not required to enroll to IMAT. They do come into play in case of equal scores between two applicants, but not always!
According to the IMAT test 2019 decree, if two candidates score equally, the single scores for the different test sections will be calculated: the one who has scored higher in the General knowledge and Logical reasoning part will be ranked higher; if this score is the same, they will look at biology. If also the two biology scores are the same, then chemistry will count moer, then mathematics and physics at last.
If all the scores for each section is the same, then the candidate who possesses the higher English language certification will prevail. You can see that this possibility is highly unlikely, isn’t that right?
For this year as well, all the applications must be sent through the Universitaly website, again from July 3rd, 2019 to July 25th, 2019. When you subscribe to this website and send in your IMAT application, you will also have to point out your University choices, from the first to the last. Remember that you must also provide at this moment your email address and any English language certification you may possess.
You’re still confused about which university should be your first choice? Feel free to consult our page comparing all the Italian medical schools in English to find out which one suits you best!
Now, a few rules you definitely should keep in mind:
- For Non-EU candidates, pretty much only the first choice matters, because of all the pre-enrollment procedure (don’t know what I’m talking about? click here!)
- During this step you must also indicate your test location
- If you wish to sit the IMAT in Italy, you will necessarily have to take the exam in your first-choice university
- Here is when you should pay the entrance fee
Feel free to read through the official regulations (including the test rules) which I’m linking here. They’re obviously in Italian, unfortunately, but we’re currently working on a translated version.
Finally, if you need help with enrolling to Universitaly, try and watch our Youtube video guide from a couple years ago.
Conclusion (and a quick summary):
This is it for the IMAT test 2019 decree! This document has been long-awaited but it did grant a lot of surpises. A little bit further down the post you’ll find a small recap of every new and old detail about this decree, but first remember to subscribe to our email newsletter to remain up to date with all the news about IMAT.
We’d also love to get your feedback, so feel free to discuss with us and with other perspective and current students on our Facebook page. We hope you enjoyed reading this post, and we thank you all for the support this wonderful community is giving us.
Study well, and give it your best.
- New Universities this year: Padova
- More seats available for Italian medschools
- New test centres in Lahore (Pakistan), and Padova (Italy)
- Exam will be written (not computer based)
- The format of IMAT is changed:
- 60 questions (12 culture, 10 logic, 18 biology, 12 chemistry, 8 physics and math)
- 5 answer options, only one is correct; 1.5 points for a correct answer, -0.4 for wrong, 0 points for not answering
- 100 minutes exam time
- The IMAT test date is 12 September 2019 (falls on a Thursday)
- Online Enrollment for exam from 3 to 25 July 2019 (until 15:00) in one single central website for all public Universities
- EU candidates must gain at least 20 points at the IMAT, Non-EU candidates have to obtain more than 0 points.
- 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)
Raw translation of the IMAT test 2019 decree:
Reporting the articles of the IMAT test 2019 decree in the correct order, the source being the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research:
1. For the 2018/2019 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 (check the table at the beginning of the post). Foreign students residing abroad have reserved places.
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: 12 questions of general culture, 10 of logical reasoning, 18 biology, 12 chemistry; 8 of physics and mathematics.
5. The admission test takes place on September 12, 2019 at the Italian universities, and foreign offices (see below). Registration for the test can be done from from July 3th, 2018 until July 25th 2019 at 15:00 for all locations.
The duration of the IMAT test is 100 minutes.
On September 2, 2019, 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 (the time indicates the local time).
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.
1. Testing is administered taking into account students with disabilities
2. Candidates with a diagnosed disability can benefit during the test from compensating measures or increased available time; for this they must make a specific request via the modalities provided in this decree
3. The candidate must present a medical certification of the disability and may obtain an increase in available time of at most 50%; for those who have specific learning disability, the maximum increase in available time will be 30%; if the learning disability is severe, the university may provide the student with instruments such as a non-scientific calculator or an assistant for reading the test. The disability must have been certified at most 3 years before the test or after 18 years of age.
4. Foreign students affected by disabilities must present their medical certificate with a sworn translation to either Italian or English
Online Application procedure
The online application will be active from July 3, 2018 until July 25 2019 at 15:00.
During the online application, the candidate will select a university preference order. This choice cannot be changed after July 25.
Alex is a graduate of Harvey Medical course in English, taught in Pavia University and the founder of MEDschool.it. He currently pursuits his carrier in Ophthalmology and ophthalmic gene therapy research in Germany.
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