Previous IMAT test papers


Luckily the Italian Ministry of Education releases the old IMAT tests so that you could use those as a sample tests and also to 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 (2011-2018) as one convenient ZIP file

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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

As seen in the IMAT exam topics list, this section contains mainly logical problems, text analysis and graphs/tables interpretation questions. Until 2018 this part contained 2 questions which can be considered “General knowledge” (EU Politics, History) which were increased to a whopping 12 questions in 2019.

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).


This section tends to be the most demanding because the questions require good understanding in several fields. In 2011 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 shool, which is anticipated by the test writers and therefore these questions there require a much more profound preparation.


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


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.


This section also was left almost the same. In 2011 there were more basic physics questions than in 2012. Anyway you can always find at least one Electricity question, and 1-2 questions regarding mechanics and thermodynamics as well.

In conclusion it seems that the IMAT in 2012 was adjusted a bit, the questions appeared in a more grouped way in the first section, so that you didn’t have to jump from text to logic back and forward when following the normal order of questions. The General knowledge part will be brought back in 2019 most likely. was removed completely and the questions in biology were more equally distributed between the major fields.

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