NMAT: OWN IT WITH THESE TIPS

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WHAT IS NMAT?

Please check this link if your concern includes registration, schedules, fees, etc. I also advise you to read this carefully.

NMAT consists of two parts. Let’s start with PART I:

  • Verbal. Well, being a bookworm this part was pretty a-okay for me. There were analogies and reading comprehension tests in this one. I did not review much for this and rather focused on harder sub tests like Physics and Quantitative. If you’re a bookworm or a writer, you’re good to go.

  • Inductive Reasoning. Okay, listen carefully. Inductive reasoning. You need to ace this part. This is one of the subtests that you can really ace if you practice. The other one is Perceptual Acuity. My technique was to assign numbers to the alphabet (A=1, B=2, C=3, …) If you opt to enroll in a review center, my friend told me they teach you different techniques in answering number patterns. Anyway, just practice hard for this subtest, ok? I’ve attached some practice sets below. Do check it out and google more if you need to!
  • Quantitative. I practiced so much in Inductive Reasoning and Perceptual Acuity that I forgot to review for the Quantitative part. I scored lowest in this subtest. I could have gotten a higher percentile if not for Quantitative, oh well! If you’re good in Algebra, this part may be your forte. Practice your problem solving skills in the NMAT reviewer I will be showing below. Don’t forget FRACTIONS! Practice adding, subtracting, dividing fractions. This saved my life.
  • Perceptual Acuity. My favorite subtest! I think I scored highest in this one. The most effective technique here is elimination! Compare the original image with the first, second, third choice and leave a small mark to cross it out from your options. I would strike out the letter and erase it later because writing on the questionnaire was not allowed. BUT I read it somewhere that they won’t use the same questionnaires again. Still, better safe than sorry. TAKE NOTE of punctuation and easily misspelled words like necessary, Mississippi, you know, those words with tricky spellings. DON’T SCAN. Seriously, just focus in finding the wrong word to save time rather than scanning the whole choices.

Now for PART II:

  • Biology. Well, because of my premed, this part was okay! Study genetics, ecology, and basic biology info! You could try answering General Science questions from college entrance exams.
  • Physics. Physics was not my forte. I barely passed my Physics subject on my third year but I think I did fairly well in this sub test. Thanks to my brother who is an Electrical Engineer! Study power, current, voltage, parallel or series circuits. STUDY mirrors!

  • Social Science. I have only taken few units of Psychology so I was pretty surprised to see I scored highest in Social Science. STUDY the Social Science part in the reviewer I posted below! Seriously, I only studied using that reviewer for this sub test. That reviewer was useful!
  • Chemistry. I have observed that every year NMAT would focus either on Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry. I got Organic Chemistry. My classmates who took NMAT last April 2014 said theirs focused on Biochem and they aced it because we just finished with Biochem that semester. During my review for NMAT, I was expecting a lot of Biochem questions so reviewed my notes. BUT TA DAH,  there were only 2-3 Biochem questions and the rest were GenChem and OrganicChem. Fortunately, our prof in Microbial Metabolites reviewed us on basic Organic Chem and thank you, Sir __ because I was able to answer those questions!

And now for the useful tips that I wish someone could have told me too:

  1. Take the NMAT early. You can start taking the NMAT during your Junior Year. SERIOUSLY, TAKE IT. If you’re decided on pursuing medicine, take NMAT early. If you don’t get your goal score then you can take it again! You can use your NMAT result up to 2 years. Another thing, some medicine schools only accept NMATs taken in certain dates for example, for S.Y. 2015 – 2016, they would only accept NMAT taken during 2013 and 2014.
  2. No need to enroll in a review center. But if you have the cash and time, then go. But if you’re like me who is very kuripot and nagtitipid, then remember to stick to your review schedule. I would review after school, answering sample sets of Inductive Reasoning before I go to sleep, etc. Make use of your free time by reviewing and answering sample tests.
  3. PART I somehow decides your fate in NMAT. If you ace Part I, then there is a high chance for you to get 90+ percentile. In PART II, you’ll do great here if you took your subjects in premed seriously.

PART I = Nadadaan sa practice!

PART II = Stock knowledge from premed (but be sure to review din ha)

I know someone who’s a bit “tamad” during our premed days but practiced really hard for PART I and did not even review for PART II. I got higher scores than him in every subtest in PART II but he aced everything in PART I and got a 99+! Amazing, right?

Reviewers used:

  • NMAT Reviewer.  I just happened to pass by PRC Office in Paredes Street in Espana, Manila and I saw a lot of reviewers being sold there. I asked an ate if they have an NMAT Reviewer and she said yes, ran across the street to get it, and told me it’s Php300. I said I only have Php200 on me and she said ok. Yes, for my tawad powers! I wished I could have reviewed more using this! I only bought it just a week before NMAT.

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  • Reviewers from CEM. These are really really useful. Some people only use these to review and nothing else. TIP: In a question, google the other choices and know why they are not the correct answer.
  • Practice Sets Alternative Download Link (Dropbox)

nmat_result And yay I got 91. Could have done better if I practiced more in Quantitative but hey not bad, I can apply to SLCM now! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section!

Good luck on your NMAT!

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26 thoughts on “NMAT: OWN IT WITH THESE TIPS

  1. Hi! I’m currently having a quarter life crisis right now and is contemplating on taking a career shift. I’ve always wanted to be a doctor when I was younger but due to certain constraints (ie. the thought of studying for 10 years lol) I decided on taking another degree. Hence, I’m now a Certified Public Accountant. Recently though I’ve come across friends who are taking medicine and I felt this pang of jealousy from them. So anyway long story short, what advice can you give someone who wants to enter into a good med school (was thinking UP or nothing haha joke open to all schools), without the background of a PreMed student? I was really good in science back in High School (competed in regional and national competitions) though I may be a bit rusty since all I did in college revolved around numbers.

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    • Hello there! Sorry it took me a while to reply. I may not be able to give you advice if you apply in UP because I myself did not apply. Hehe! But I hear your credentials must be good just to even qualify for an interview (latin honors). But if you do apply in other schools like SLCM, UERM, UST, you just need to take the required units of Biology, Chem, Physics etc. That could brush up your science! 😀 Also, your NMAT grade is important! Better if you have no failures as well. In our batch, we are all graduates of PreMed courses but my friends studying at UST said they have classmates who graduated Engineering, Creative Arts, etc! And they can keep up with the PreMed people! So if you really really really want to pursue Medicine, GO! 😀 As for age, I have a 28-year-old classmate (graduated Nursing 7 years ago) who has a daughter but still manages to balance everything and you can really see she tries to keep up with the class. Please if you have any more questions, just ask!

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    • If my memory serves me right, pretty much the same level of difficulty. Same topics but different questions! That’s why it would help to know why a choice in a question is correct or incorrect.

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  2. Hi. I am think8ng about pusuing my dream to become a doctor. I am a graduate student in engineering. Do i need to take premed course for me to qualify to take NMAT?

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  3. Hi! i’m taking the exam this April so I would like to ask for some advice regarding some specific parts of the exam:

    1. QUANTITATIVE – What formula/s and/or concepts are very essential?

    2. PHYSICS – (Same as the quanti question) What are the formulas i must never forget so that i can ace this part?

    3. VERBAL- Let’s say im not a bookworm.. What do you think can help widen my vocabulary? (aside from reading pocketbooks, etc)

    Thank you!

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    • Hello there! Hmm I took my NMAT about 2 years ago so I can’t really remember the exact formulas and concepts. I wrote down everything I could remember in this blog post. Honestly, I think you cannot widen your vocabulary in just weeks of reviewing. The questions are quite random and memorizing would not help in the verbal part. Good luck on your NMAT!

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  4. hi! i can’t open the practice sets 😦 i badly want to read them huhu it says there i need to download a particular browser for me to open those i tried downloading some but not successful… can you at least send them to my email? 🙂 thank you very much!

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    • That means a lot! Thank you! As much as I want to post daily, med school demands a lot of time and I would prefer to sleep on my free time. Haha! But sure, I’ll update more soon, hopefully! 😀

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  5. Is it still advisable to go to medical school at 30 years old? Money has always been an issue before and so many dramas in life had happened including broken promises, rivalries among relatives and family members, you name it. I can’t apply for an academic scholarship because I’m not the “laude” type, not able to maintain my dean’s lister status way back in college due to teenage rebellion, neither an indigent applicant as well. But still the desire of becoming a doctor still keeps burning. There were times that I’d rather say it’s over, that I completely forgot about that MD thing, that I have moved on and so many series of rationalization and reasons to console myself but truth speaks for itself deep inside. It still creates pain of insecurity and frustration. Now that I work as a nurse, the more I realize and feel the pain of wanting to be a doctor. The job responsibilities are so far more different. The scope of practice plus the risk of agent-disease transmission due to direct patient contact and even losing your license is more critical as a nurse not to mention the underpaid salary rate especially when you work in a private hospital. However, LGU scholarship here in the city is surprisingly offered for both Law and Medical students and somehow I got the prick again to go and get it. I still need to take again my NMAT exam since it’s expired already (took it last 2014). GWA is around 87, NMAT at that time was 74% and I really did not prepare enough.I just kept on answering and reanswering the practice tests every weekend for two months and bought the MSA reviewers that I think were only used once for answering the questions but did not really comprehend and searched for the rationale of the correct answers, neither searched for the concepts of other incorrect answers. I got a 76 on one subject but technically, it’s not failing, whew… just below average. The requirements for scholarship would be GWA of at least 85 and NMAT of 60% and above, plus a deliberation of the need to be an indigent or not and of course, a no failing grade. I hope you can be transparent and honest as you can be in giving your feedback, I would definitely appreciate it. I’m looking forward to your response and God bless you. 🙂

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    • Hello! That was a long read and I appreciate your sentiments completely. One of the reasons why I pursued Medicine is because I might not forgive myself in the future if I don’t do it. There is always that desire to go to Medicine but same as you, money was also an issue for me. My family fully supported me in applying to medschools but deep down I felt guilty because I may just be a burden to them. BUT there was also that fear, what if in the future, I feel that I still want to be a doctor and I may be old at that time, have different priorities, etc.. And I felt scared so that’s that. Those what-ifs are part of the reason why I chose Medicine but I still got a long way to go before I can call myself a doctor. 🙂 As for the age, I have a classmate who was 28y/o during our freshmen year and was taking care of her 1y/o baby. She excelled and was also able to get a scholarship and she said it was all about time-management. 🙂 I think if money is not a problem anymore because of the scholarship (I really hope you get it!) and you really still want to be a doctor, pray and reflect with the Lord. Ask for directions from Him because that’s what I did during medschool applications. 🙂 Go for it! God Bless you!

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