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THE ITALIAN UNIVERSITIES’
INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL ADMISSIONS TEST (IMAT)
TEST SPECIFICATION
In partnership with
Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) February 2013

Test Specification
Test Format
The IMAT will have the same structure as the existing Italian test. Candidates are allowed a total of 90 minutes to complete the test.
Section 1
General Knowledge and Logical Reasoning (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving) 30 multiple-choice questions.
Sections 2, 3 and 4
Science-based sections, covering: Biology; Chemistry; Physics & Mathematics. 30 multiple-choice questions.

All questions have five options, of which one is correct.
Candidates record their answers on a separate answer sheet. Candidates can also indicate if they have opted not to answer a question.
Candidates are allowed 90 minutes to complete the test.

Scoring
A candidate’s total score is calculated using the following formula: 1.5 points for each correct answer;
-0.4 points for each wrong answer;
0 points for each question not answered.
An overall total score will be reported, together with a score on each section.

Level of Difficulty
The level of difficulty of the test items will be targeted to discriminate effectively between applicants, including those who may have achieved the highest possible grades in school examinations.

Section 1: General Knowledge and Logical Reasoning (Critical Thinking and Problem Solving)
Section 1 will assess general knowledge and the logical reasoning skills that students must possess if they are to succeed in a course of study at the highest level. Such skills are basic to any academic studies, which often require students to solve novel problems, or consider arguments put forward to justify a conclusion, or to promote or defend a particular point of view.

General Knowledge
General Knowledge questions may address a range of cultural topics, including aspects of literary, historical, philosophical, social and political culture.

1

The World Heritage Convention, adopted by UNESCO in 1972, aims to identify and maintain a list of sites that may be considered:
A of exceptional cultural or natural importance
B of outstanding economic value
C to be characterized by a lasting peace
D to be conventionally suitable for human settlement
E to have exploitable energy resources

Critical Thinking
Critical Thinking involves reasoning using everyday written language. Questions focus on the skills involved in understanding and evaluating arguments. These include: drawing and summarising conclusions, identifying assumptions and reasoning errors, and assessing the impact of additional evidence. Summarising the Main Conclusion

2

There has been a decline in the rate of many of the illnesses of old age. The causes of this decline include such medical advances as new drugs and surgical techniques. There is, however, another factor. The present generation of 60- and 70-year-olds had much better nutrition as children than did their parents. Good nutrition in childhood is important for good health in adulthood. Since improvements in nutrition have continued over the past sixty years, we can expect that many of the illnesses of old age will continue to decline. W hich one of the following best expresses the main conclusion of the above argument? A W e can expect that improvements in nutrition will continue. B The rate of many of the illnesses of old age has declined. C Medical advances have significantly reduced the rate of diseases of old age. D The fall in the rate of many of the illnesses associated with old age will continue. E Improvements in nutrition have been very important in maintaining good health in old age.

In this type of question you have to judge which one of the statements A to E best expresses the main conclusion of the argument. The conclusion can appear anywhere within an argument - not necessarily at the end. What you are looking for is the statement...
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