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Previous IMAT test papers

Luckily the Italian Ministry of Education releases the old IMAT tests so that you could use those as a sample test and also have a better idea of the IMAT test. We’ve listed all the links to past IMAT papers below and even packaged the PDFs in a single Zip file for your convenience.

 


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Previous IMAT exams: the complete list

 

Download all previous IMAT papers 

with answers (2011-2020) as one convenient ZIP file
(.zip archive file: 14 Mb)

 

 

Next, we’ll analyze what kind of questions were presented in this exam and see how that should affect your preparation strategy.

First Part: General Knowledge and Logical Reasoning – 22

Logical Reasoning (10)

As seen in the IMAT exam topics list, this section contains mainly logical problems, text analysis, and graphs/tables interpretation questions.

General Knowledge (12)

Until 2018 this part contained 2 questions that can be considered “General knowledge” (EU Politics, History) which were increased to a whopping 12 questions in 2019 and stayed the same in 2020.

Second Part: Scientific knowledge – 38

This part is the one in which your preparation will play a crucial role. The 4 scientific topics are historically unequally divided.

This means that you will probably concentrate most of your time and effort on the first two topics (Biology and Chemistry) although it might be a smart move to go over Math because it might be helpful also in the problem-solving section. If you don’t have any background in Physics it might not be wise to spend time on it because there are often no more than 6 questions about it in the whole exam (60 questions).

Biology (18)

This section tends to be the most demanding because the questions require a good understanding of several fields. Back in 2011 when the first IMAT took place, most questions were on Genetics and Biochemistry, while from 2012 there was a more equal distribution into the 4 major topics –

Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Physiology. Which are covered in the IMAT books that we recommended here

As you can expect, many students in this field have some passion for Biology and probably had some previous experience with this topic in high school, which is anticipated by the test writers and therefore these questions there require a much more profound preparation.

Chemistry (12)

Also a pretty difficult part with a wide range of topics. Didn’t seem to change much between the years.

Math (4)

Although it’s a small part, it seems to be relatively stable between the different years. You will always find some simple questions in Geometry, Statistics/Probability, equations, and trigonometry – so it might be worth it to give a quick look over to win some easy 2-3 points.

Physics (4)

This section also was left almost the same. You can always find at least one Electricity question, and 1-2 questions regarding mechanics and Thermodynamics as well. If mastered, this section also provides a good opportunity to secure 4 questions.

 

In conclusion, with exception of the major elevation of General Knowledge questions for the expense of reduced Logical Reasoning section, no major changes took place in recent years. Biology questions tend to keep diverse in topic and require rather detailed knowledge. For the Chemistry section, a good overall understanding of the chemical concepts and their application is needed. Maths and Physics may look intimidating at first but are solid gold when it comes to securing easy points once you learn to solve them, as they tend to not vary much through the years.

 

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