The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is an instrument designed to upgrade the selection of applicants seeking admission to Philippine medical schools. It evolved from a widespread concern to screen qualified candidates aspiring for a medical degree. It intends to improve the quality of medical education in the country and envisions to elevate the medical profession to a level of competence through a careful evaluation of student potentials for future medical studies.
Pursuant to the Medical Act of 1959, the Board of Medical Education (BME), under DECS Order No. 52 series 1985 and in consultation with the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges Foundation, Inc. (APMC), required the NMAT as a prerequisite for admission in all medical schools nationwide beginning school year 1986 – 1987.
The Center for Educational Measurement, Inc. (CEM) has been authorized to manage the affairs and activities related to the operation of the NMAT since the first administration of the test in December 1985. With CEM’s experience as an educational testing agency, it was commissioned to develop the NMAT, ensure the reliability and validity of the test, and uphold the confidentiality of results and integrity of its administration.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE TEST
The NMAT is a two-part test: Part I consists of tests of mental ability and Part II tests, of academic proficiency. The four subtests that compose Part I measure aptitudes that were found to have significant correlations with academic performance of medical students, while the four subtests that compose Part II measure subject proficiency in areas which are part of the academic background required of applicants to the medical course.
The subtests in Part I are as follows:
- Verbal. This subtest consists of two types of test items, namely, word analogies and reading comprehension, which measure verbal ability in English. Items in reading comprehension are based on the content of portions of published materials covering a wide range of topics, e.g., social, scientific, medical, philosophical, literary.
- Inductive Reasoning. This subtest consists of number, letter, and figural series and figure grouping items. These items are known to measure induction which is the ability to form and test a hypothesis directed at finding a principle with which to identify an element fitting a given relationship.
- Quantitative. This subtest consists of three types of items, namely, fundamental operations, problem solving, and data interpretation. These items are intended to measure general reasoning which is defined as the ability to organize and apply knowledge of basic mathematics and reasoning to find solutions for them.
- Perceptual Acuity. This subtest consists of three types of items, namely, hidden figure, mirror image, and identical information. Solutions to these items involve accuracy in visual perception, an ability linked to extensiveness of scanning, a cognitive style associated with meticulousness, concern with detail, and sharp, yet wide-ranging focus of attention.
The four subtests that compose Part II are Biology, Physics, Social Science, and Chemistry. Social Science includes items in psychology, sociology, and anthropology. The items in the four subtests are limited to the content coverage of the areas that are common and basic to the curricula of the degree programs considered as premedical courses. On the whole, these four subtests measure complex mental abilities because solution to the items require the use of the different cognitive skills of knowledge, comprehension, application (process), analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.More Information on NMAT Preperation, Process and Result Register Now for NMAT
- Applicant must be a GRADUATE or GRADUATING STUDENT of any baccalaureate degree at the time of the testing. Those currently enrolled in the UP College of Medicine Integrated Liberal Arts and Medicine (INTARMED) program may take the NMAT on their second year in the program. CEM shall not be held liable if an applicant is refused admission to a medical school because he/she did not satisfy this requirement.
- College graduates of local or foreign institutions are required to present a photocopy of their Transcript of Records (TOR) at the time of testing. Graduating students or those in their second year of the UP INTARMED program are required to have their NMAT Identification Form signed by their School Head.
- A valid e-mail account which you will use for your online application.
- One recent digital photo 2”x 2” or at least 600x600 pixels, with white background.
- Passport, only for foreign applicants or those taking the NMAT in foreign test centers.
- Accomplish the Application Form online. Fill up the required fields in the form. Please make sure that all information entered are true and correct.
- Proceed with accomplishing online the Student Information Questionnaire (SIQ).
- Choose your preferred mode of payment -- either by credit card or by bank payment. For applicants of NMATs that are administered abroad, only payment by credit card shall be accepted.
- Check your e-mail account -- inbox and spam mailbox -- for your NMAT Identification (ID) Form and a confirmation of your payment if you paid by credit card. Download and print a copy of your NMAT Identification (ID) Form. You will submit it to your Examiner on the day of the test.
- Make sure that all information given on the NMAT ID Form. If you need to change some or all the information given on the these forms, follow the instructions below.
Editing of application form
- Editing of NMAT ID Form can only be done during registration period. Click the Edit Registration link under the Online Options of this website and proceed accordingly. This option is automatically disabled once the registration period is over.
- If changes have been made successfully, you will receive a new NMAT ID Form. Discard immediately your old NMAT ID Form.
- If you choose to pay by credit card, you will be directed to the website of BPI SecurePay and will be instructed accordingly until payment is successful.
- If you choose to pay by bank deposit, you must go to the nearest Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch and accomplish a Deposit/Payment Slip using the bank reference number and CEM BPI account number given on your NMAT Identification Form.
NOTICE: Review centers are NOT authorized to collect or accept in behalf of CEM any NMAT registration and test fees from NMAT applicants. Any untoward incident arising from your DEALINGS with a review center, or any such entity, is solely your responsibility.
Confirmation of payment
- Credit card payments are automatically confirmed by e-mail once payment is successful. Check your e-mail account, both your inbox and spam mailbox, for your NMAT ID Form and payment confirmation.
- If you pay through BPI, you shall receive a payment confirmation e-mail in your inbox (or spam mailbox) after two (2) business days.
- All examinees shall get their CEM Official Receipt (OR) together with their official NMAT Examinee Report Form (ERF).
Go back to this website two (2) weeks before the test date and click on the link for Room Assignment to know your test site and room assignment. Download and print your NMAT Examination Permit. If your NMAT Application Number is not included in the list, call the NMAT Secretariat at (02) 813-3686 or 813-3694 to 95 loc 108 immediately.
On the day of the exam
- Report to the Test Site before 7:00 AM.
- Examinee must bring the following documents and materials:
- NMAT Identification (ID) Form (signed by the School Head if the applicant is a graduating student or attached with a photocopy of transcript of records if the applicant is already a college graduate)
- One (1) valid ID (e.g. School ID, Passport, Driver’s License, PRC ID, etc.)
- Examination Permit (to be downloaded from this website two weeks before test date)
- Pencils (no. 2 or HB)
- Long transparent plastic envelope for personal valuables and other allowed items
Applicant is also advised to wear appropriate attire for air-conditioned testing rooms.
Your NMAT scores will appear on the masterlist of test scores that will be sent to all Philippine medical schools, Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Higher Education Regional Offices (HERO), and the office of the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges (APMC).
Click on the link for Test Results under the Online Options of this website to view and/or download an electronic copy of your test results fifteen (15) working days after the test date. The electronic copy is NOT valid for admission purposes.
- For October or November NMAT result, the official NMAT Examinee Report Form (ERF) will be mailed (at the mailing address indicated on the NMAT ID Form) or be ready for pick up (at the testing center indicated also on the NMAT Application Form) six (6) weeks after the test date.
- For March or April NMAT result, the NMAT ERF will be mailed (at the mailing address indicated in the NMAT Application Form) or be ready for pick up (at the CEM Main Office) four (4) weeks after the test date.
You may request for a duplicate copy of your official NMAT ERF if you have not received your original ERF one (1) week after the official mailing date.
All NMAT examinees can personally request and pick up copies of their Examinee Report Form (ERF) at the CEM Head Office, Makati City. The NMAT examinee must present a valid ID if he/she will personally pick up his/her ERF.
If a representative of the examinee will request and/or pick up his/her ERF, the following documents should be presented:
- Authorization letter signed by the examinee
- Photocopy of the examinee's valid ID
- Valid ID of the representative