National Medical Admission Test NMAT
National Medical Admission Test NMAT

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT)

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) in the Philippines is a national level examination pre-essential by the candidate for entry to any medical college in the Philippines. At the end of the day, the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is an apparatus designed to improve and advance the selection process of applicants seeking admission in any Philippines medical college.

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) examination is conducted twice every year i.e., early in the year (i.e., March or April) or late in the year (November or December). The examination dates, local and abroad, are chosen and declared by the CHED i.e., Commission on Higher Education and CEM i.e., Center for Educational Measurement. Medical Universities in Philippines also offer tutorials for International students to help them to pass through the NMAT exam with no trouble.

Why National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is required in the Philippines?

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) was created to see the capability of the candidates who are aspiring for a medical degree. The purpose behind this test was to improve the quality of medical education in the Philippines which would promote the medical profession to a total new degree of proficiency in the wake of assessing their potential which is necessary in the successful pursuit of medical education.

The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) scores accomplished by a medical student/applicant give adequate and valid information by carefully evaluating him before offering admission to any medical college. So as to get admission in the best medical college in the Philippines, the students are roused and encouraged to do well in the National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) exam which further encourages them in accomplishing the most ideal score.

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT): Requirement/Eligibility

  • Only Graduates or Graduating Students (before the finish of the present school year) of college (Bachelor’s) degree programs are able to take the NMAT.
  • After finishing 10+2 from India, one needs to enroll For the BS course (which is around 10 Months to Two years, depending upon the University). 10+2 students are eligible for the NMAT test and can select themselves for the MD course after finishing BS Course.

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT): Documents Required

Documents required for application of NMAT

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT): Application Form

The candidates are required to fill up the application form, who wants to take admission in MD, NMAT registration has been started online from 25th November’2019. The last date for registration is 20th December’2019. NMAT is a computer-based examination. The candidates are able to choose the examination dates and venue as per their preference. Here, are the steps to fill up the application form.

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT): How to Apply..?

  1. For Online Registration go to the 
  2. Click on “Register” by using a valid Email ID, click on Create new account. You will receive a confirmation mail, there you will find out the link that you have to copy and paste into your browser’s address bar.
  3. Fill up all the required fields in the form such as name, date of birth, course, name of the college etc. Students are required to fill up the form very accurately and concisely because if the form is not filled up accurately it will turn delay in your registration.*
  4. Attach your digital photo which is of 2”x2” color photo with white background in jpg format.
  5. Enter your mailing address i.e., house number, street name, name of town and city, and zip code).

If you will take the NMAT in the Philippines, please enter a local address or a Philippine Post Office box number. If you will take the NMAT in the United States, please enter either your US or Philippine mailing address.

  • Proceed with Student Information Questionnaire (SIQ).
  • Now, choose your mode of payment either by credit card or by over-the-counter bank payment.

Applicant who register from abroad and will take the test in the Philippines or in the US, can only pay through credit card.

  • Check your Email Account — Inbox and Spam mailbox — for your NMAT Identification (ID) Form.
  • Download and Print the NMAT Registration Form.
  • Preserve it for the test day.

Submission of documents required

Email the scanned file in PDF format of the required documents at before the close of registration. If you fail to do so you may be disqualified from taking the NMAT.

  • Graduate Students – Transcript of Records
  • Graduating Students – Certificate to Graduate

Note 1: They will not collect these documents on test day.
Note 2: At the time of registration some documents are required to be submitted along with the registration form such as school ID/ Govt. ID, digital photo, transcript of records and certificate of graduate. Practically it has been seen that only digital photo is required but for a hassle-free registration process you must collect all the required documents.

How you can make changes in your Registration Form?

CEM i.e., Center for Educational Measurement allows the candidates to make correction in their registration form. If any candidate wants to make changes in their registration form, they can do it. The candidates can make changes or edit information on their National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) Account by following some instructions:

  1. Click the Edit Registration link under the Online Options on the NMAT website and proceed accordingly.
  2. If changes have been made successfully, you will receive a new NMAT Registration Form on your email. Discard the old form immediately.

Important Dates at a Glance

Registration DatesNov 25, 2019 – Dec 20, 2019
Test DatesMar 1, 2020
Test ResultsAfter 20 days of test

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT): Application Fees

Mode of Payment: Over-the-counter Bank Payment and Credit Card.
Note: Do Not pay via online fund transfer, mobile fund transfer, ATM deposits.

FeesUSA ApplicantsOthers
Registration Fees$ 30PHP 500
Test Fees$ 350PHP 1400

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT): Exam Pattern

The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is a two-part exam: Part I comprise of tests of mental capacity and Part II tests, of academic capability. Altogether is 5 hours and 30 minutes exam in a day.

Part I is a 200-item test with four subdivisions, which are on Verbal, Inductive Reasoning, Quantitative and Perceptual Acuity Skills and is a three-hour test. Also, Part I measure aptitudes that were found to have critical correlations with academic execution of medical students.

Part II is additionally a 200-item test in the field of Basic Sciences, such as Biology, Physics, Social Sciences and Chemistry and is two-hour-30-minute test. Also, Part II measure subject capability in regions which are a part of the academic background expected of applicants to do the medical course.

Part IPart II
Test onMental AbilityAcademic Proficiency
Items200 items200 items
Duration3 hours2 hrs 30 mins
Conducted inMorningAfternoon
4 Subdivisions:1. Verbal
2. Inductive Reasoning
3. Quantitative
4. Perpetual Acuity Skills
(Basic Sciences)
1. Biology
2. Physics
3. Social Sciences
4. Chemistry

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT): Syllabus


  1. Organic Chemistry basics
  2. Kinetics
  3. Periodic Table
  4. Thermodynamics
  5. Solutions
  6. Gases and Gas Laws
  7. Hybridization
  8. Bonds
  9. Biological Compounds: DNA, RNA, Sugar, Proteins, Fats
  10. Acids and Bases
  11. Equilibrium
  12. Concentration (morality, molality, moles, …)
  13. Radioactivity and nuclear chemistry
  14. Solubility


  1. Fluids and fluid dynamics
  2. Linear Motion
  3. Circular Motion
  4. Vectors
  5. Optics
  6. Simple Pendulum
  7. Sound
  8. Light
  9. Gravitation
  10. Centripetal and centrifugal force
  11. Electro magnetic
  12. Nuclear Force
  13. Friction
  14. Projectile Motion
  15. Rotational Motion
  16. Thermodynamics
  17. Mechanics
  18. Efficiency
  19. Waves (electromagnetic, mechanical)
  20. Circuits
  21. Air resistance


  1. Osmosis
  2. Cell
  3. Plant tissues
  4. Animal tissues
  5. Cell Division (mitosis, meiosis)
  6. Cell Respiration
  7. Scientific Names
  8. Reproduction
  9. Embryology
  10. Genetics
  11. Circulatory System
  12. Nervous System
  13. Muscles
  14. Digestive System
  15. Immune System
  16. Endocrine System
  17. Ecosystem, community and population interaction

Inductive Reasoning

  1. Figure Series
  2. Figure Grouping
  3. Number and Letter Series

Quantitative Reasoning

  1. Fundamental Operations (mostly arithmetic)
  2. Word problems (work, power, probability, profit and loss, area, surface area, volume, percentage, basic trigonometry)
  3. Data Interpretation (Statistics)


  1. Reading comprehension
  2. Analogies
Prohibited Electronic Devices
  1. Cellular phones, smart phones, and tablets.
  2. Recording or photographic devices (i.e. voice recorders, translators, cameras).
  3. Listening devices and media players (i.e. iPods, MP3/4 players).
  4. Calculators of any kind are not allowed.
  5. Digital and smart watches, alarm watches, beeping watches, and calculator watches.
  6. Personal digital assistants, beepers, fitness-tracking devices, electronic cigarettes.
Prohibited Non-Electronic Devices
  1. Books, dictionaries, printed materials of any kind, blank sheet(s) of paper, etc.
  2. Ink pens or felt-tip markers.
  3. Rulers, mechanical pencils, mechanical erasers.
  4. Briefcase, handbags, backpacks (of any kind).
  5. Sunglasses, earplugs, hats (hoods may not be worn on the head except religious apparel).
  6. Weapons, firearms, and sharp objects.

National Medical Admission Test (NMAT): Test Result

Generally, its results are announced in around 20 working days and an applicant can get the admission according to college requirements. The grading system is percentile positioning from 1-to 99+ and marks are given ranging from 200 to 800. Essentially, the BS course is a degree course which is mandatory for admission in MD course according to American education design; In any case, in some Philippines colleges, if you did BS from a similar college and somehow didn’t get minimum 40 percentile marks in NMAT, college enables you to sit in MD, yet you will get MD degree only if you have got at least 40 percentile in NMAT.

Author: Rima Kochar

4 thoughts on “National Medical Admission Test (NMAT)”

  1. Will the percentage of NMAT effect in getting job as a doctor after completion of MBBS ??
    Will it become necessary in future expect for getting admission?
    Please reply

    1. No, NMAT is just for qualifying and getting admission in MD Courses in Philippines. Your marks in MBBS/MD (during Course) and FMGE Score will influence your chance of getting job after completion.

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