NMAT FAQ

Here are some of the questions that I frequently get asked in the comments page. Note that although I researched the answers the best I can, you should not, and cannot hold me against what I've written here. These things are merely to give you an idea of information that must always be verified with the proper bodies/organizations. So there, enough of the disclaimer. :)

What is NMAT?

The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is a mandatory exam for anyone who wants to study medicine in the Philippines. It is administered by the Center for Educational Measurement. (click the link to be redirected to their website), and is held every April and December.


How do I apply and how much is the fee?

The application period is usually a month or so before the designated testing months. For Manila residents, you may apply at their office at 24th Floor Cityland Pasong Tamo Tower, 2210 Chino Roces Ave. Makati City (It is near Don Bosco Makati). For those outside Manila, CEM usually holds satellite application and testing centers in key areas within the country. Inquire from their office where you could take the exam. As of April 2009, total exam fee and practice set will amount to 1,500 pesos.


Is there a med school that does not require you to take this exam?

The NMAT is prerequisite mandated by law, so finding a med school that doesn't require this is almost nil. However, due to the decline of enrollees to medicine, some students can negotiate a 'to follow' NMAT result for their application (note that this only happens with SOME med schools, most of the reputable schools wont accept your application without your NMAT result). Even if you do get accepted without taking the NMAT, you would have to sign a sort of contract with CHED that you would take the exam before you graduate. So there, no escape out of this one.


Why do schools have a cut off score? What is the cut off score for this and that school?

Back in the day before Nursing was fashionable and business for med schools thrived, applicants had to compete for limited slots. Needless to say cut off scores were set to select the creme de la creme from 'multitides' of aspiring students. However, with the current topsy turvying of situation, where doctors are becoming nurses and medicine is exposed for the non lucrative profession it really is (that is for the workhorses of this field aka GPs), applications to med schools have trimmed down and have continued to dwindle. Thus cut off scores have also spiralled in response to the situation.

Each school sets its own cut off score. As to what these scores are, it would be best if you call the med schools you're interested in yourself. Most med schools adjust the bar every now and then, so it would be more accurate to check with them. UPCM sets the cut off at 90.

I'm not happy with my score, can I retake this exam?

You may retake the exam as many times as you like.

How is this exam scored anyway?

I'm not an expert on statistics and the intricacies of how this exam graded. However to put it in more understandable terms, I will attempt to explain it according to how I understand it.

The number on the exam result, which med schools and other people will really care about, is your percentile rank. Percentile rank is not how many answers you got correct, (that would be the raw score) but how you fared among all the people who took the exam for that certain period. For example, if you get 74, that means you belong to the upper 26 percent of those who took the exam, and 74 percent scored lower than you. If you get 98 out of 100 items correct, but everyone else got 99, your percentile rank would still be 1 percent.

I do think the scoring is kind of unfair, as you are not judged strictly by how well you answer but how smarter or not others are compared to you. There is a running notion that the December NMAT is valued more than the April exam, as it is deemed that smarter people opt to take the test later in the year. I think the reasoning is crap. There is no mandate that directs 'smart' examinees to take the December exam or vice versa. It would be more blunt to belive that a certain month is more attractive to a certain group. If one scores 90+, it is still a 90+, no matter when he/she took it.

Unless CEM releases a paper about this matter I would not be bound to believe this hollow notion.

I want to get a 90+, how do I review?
I have written much about reviewing for the NMAT. Click on the related links for such posts.


I think I have answered most of the questions. If you have further queries, post them as comments, and I will try to answer them the best I can.


Further Disclaimer: I am not in any way associated with CEM or any particular medical school.

118 comments:

docgelo said...

NMAT scores aren't the sole basis of your future career as MD. Neither it can be a gauge of your performance in med school. It's just a requirement. I can't imagine why people running medical schools still give a damn on the NMAT scores of their applicants. Just like NCLEX in US, it should only be a requirement. A pass or fail would be sufficient.

And I agree with you that somehow the scoring is unfair and the acceptance of med schools is still biased with those applicants from high-end schools.

been there, done that. lol.

Aubrey said...

I completely agree with you Doc Gelo. I can't even imagine how this exam is supposed to 'measure' what you can do in med school. For starters, the questions do not even substantially deal with human health. WHY are we supposed to know what a Taiga and Tundra is? haha!

Our culture is kind of obsessed with rankings. I think in a way our achievement orientation always needs to be validated by what others will think or say. Very Pinoy indeed.

Thank you for the comment Doc! And congrats on your little Einstein. :)

Anonymous said...

hello po.

balak ko po kc mag med din. kinuha ko po is b.s biology. gusto ko po kasi malaman kung may binebenta ba sa mga bookstore na mga reviewer sa NMAT?

ito po email ko kung magreply po kau..

littlebuster_22@yahoo.com

thanks po!

Aubrey said...

Hi. National Book Store lang po ako nakakuha ng NMAT reviewer. And the MSA reviewer is the only one I've seen. I'm not sure if other book stores have NMAT reviewers.

xukid said...

Actually I don't think the NMET scores are unfair. In Xavier University (Ateneo De Cagayan) the entrance exam for all undergraduate studies is the CSAT. CSAT also uses the percentile ranking. The advantages of percentile ranking is that it is easier to admit students in colleges where there are overflowing applicants. Such is the case for Xavier's College of Nursing. You probably know how crowded nursing schools get these days; in my day, CSAT for Nursing cutoff scores were 60% and those having 85%+ were admitted and enrolled with high priority (I had a 92%). The reason was to bring only the best persons in.

So anyway, percentile ranking is useful in colleges where competition is stiff and if education are brutal and rigorous .In Xavier, Nursing School is brutal (We usually have 94-100 RN board pass rate), 40-60% of the class are valedictorians from allover Mindanao and 25% of them can, will and have failed (I'm talking of valedictorians). I actually failed even with 92% CSAT(I wasn't serious with my studies.

In Med School, I believe that it would even be more brutal. In Med School, I believe only those who are brilliant by birth and those diligent robots would survive to pass the board (or whatever its called). I think its better to fail NMAT than to fail at 2nd year in med school or worse graduate without a license.

This is why percentile ranking is important. To bring only the best people out there to treat patients who depend on your knowledge and skills to stay alive.

Aubrey said...

Although I agree with you that only competent ones should be entrusted with the job of taking care of the lives of others, I don't believe that percentile ranking accurately provides the gauge on a person's capability to become a good doctor.

FEU-NRMF has actually conducted a study on the correlation of NMAT scores to the performance of students in med school. They found out that there is NO correlation with the percentile rank (PR) and how well a student does in med school. This is considering that the bulk of what you learn in med school forms the foundation of what you do in practice. If that is the case, then NMAT itself proves irrelevant. But just for the case of screening applicants, then an admission test does have its utility. I believe however that using percentile ranking gives more emphasis on pitting the performance of one person against the other instead of plainly determining the ones whose mental capacities would prove fit to study medicine.

(Doc Gelo, the one who commented above, told us a story of one of his classmates who graduated cum laude in med school but earned a 30+ percentile rank. I believe that should this person be judged by his NMAT score, then it would have been easy to say that he will fail med school.)

And like you said, percentile ranking is useful for situations where there are 'overflowing' applicants. But in the case of dismal med school applications nowadays, the system does not give justice to its original purpose. Most med schools have considerably lowered their cut off scores just to fill in their classes.

I really don't see anything wrong should percentile ranking be scrapped and NMAT be a pass/fail exam. In fact I believe it would be quite beneficial.

Anonymous said...

hi Aubrey

Your articles are nice and helpful. Thanks! I'm a business ad graduate who has already worked for 3 years and I'm planning to make some career shift and...

..i just want to ask, does NMAT require certain number of units in science subjects? My course is Business Ad kasi. Do i need to enroll in science subjects so i can take the NMAT? I heard some schools already waived their pre-med and science subject requirements.

And even if there are no pre-requisities already, do you have any advice how I can get 90+ in NMAT without enough units in science? Will review centers and self-studying (plus HS subj refresh) suffice?

Thanks a bunch! =)

Aubrey said...

Hi, NMAT doesn't require a specific number of units. It is the med schools that do so. I have written quite a lot on how to get that coveted 90+, just browse around my other NMAT posts. Thanks for visiting :)

Anonymous said...

hi i scored 15 last nmat does it mean i cant get into any med school?

pls i really want to pursue medicine.. in what school should i go?

Kim said...

Greetings. I'm a 4rth year nursing student planning to push through with MED proper. I'm planning to take NMAT on April 2010, to give me ample time to prepare. Most of my classmates are taking it this December. I'm thinking about possibly taking it this December and if I don't like the results, I'd like to retake it on April. If you don't do well the first time around, are med schools notified of this? Are you blacklisted on the basis of your first NMAT results, or in the light of a second higher NMAT result, is the first exam insignificant?

Rovi said...

Hi! Thanks for sharing some awesome chunks of information for entering a med school. =) Anyway, I just wanna ask if CEM or these med schools require, aside from NMAT, that one should finish a BS course. Taking up BA Anthropology as my undergraduate degree, I'm planning to try my luck at NMAT a few years from now. Hope you could help me in this. Many thanks. =)

Anonymous said...

hi Aubrey! ur posts are really helpful, and btw I like the way u express ur thoughts, and ur writing style...

tnx sa mga posts mo.. they're very helpful and useful. I also wanted to apply at FEU-NRMF. Because of your blogs, at least I had the idea
of what to expect... tnx a lot... :)

I agree with you, NMAT is not a basis, also with that December or march thingy... for me NMAT has its own hidden agenda... "Money making" 1400+500=1900... Its more expensive than the board exam which will only cost you at around 1100..where are they bringing that huge amount. anyway its none of my business, just curious lol...

jersey27 said...

hi... i read somewhere that i have to have at least the ff. units to take the NMAT:
15 units in biological sciences
9 units in math
5 units in physics
10 units in chemistry

is this true??? because if it is, then i'm basically in trouble. i'm planning to take up med ryt aftr i graduate and i'm a bs psychology student. so if it is true, any suggestions on what i can do??? and if it's not much trouble, can u also suggest cheap med schools in the phils. medyo problema kc ang super taas n tuition ng medicine eh... tnx a lot!!!

Aubrey said...

Hi Anonymous. Personally I think it would be worth to the exam again, just to better the odds of you getting into your preferred med school. God Bless. :)

Aubrey said...

Hi Kim. NMAT is not affiliated with any med school. Thus they don't notify anyone of your scores. What the med school will see is the score you choose to submit. Good Luck on your exam.

Aubrey said...

Hi Rovi. I've heard a lot of stories about people in business courses and a myriad of other degrees pursuing medicine. I don't think it would be a problem, unless your preferred school would require you a BS course.

claire said...

just wanna ask my expiration ba ang NMAT score?..i will take the NMAT exam this dec....but, im not sure if i can enrol by nxt school yr...

so, is NMAt score this dec 2009...still valid for school year 2011-2012?...

Sean G Wright said...

I'm actually in the process of studying for the NMAT being administer on December 13th. I was wondering if you or anyone reading might know the expectations of finishing the test are (I'm mainly concerned about not having enough time to finish the quantitative and inductive reasoning sections of the test). Also is there anywhere else to get practice tests of the NMAT? I've found it difficult to find practice tests. I have the CEM prac test and I also bought the MSA reviewer (which is basically a practice test with explanations), but I was hoping to find some more, since I find actually testing seems to be the best way to prepare for any standardized test.

Aubrey said...

I wasn't able to finish the first part myself, and I randomly shaded answers towards the last minutes of the exam. I don't know maybe the second part redeemed my lousy score on the Part I. hehe. Anyway, I'm not aware of other NMAT reviewers, but from experience, the MSA reviewer was more than enough to keep me busy. (Note that I gauge this reviewer to be considerably difficult than the actual exam. Although it might be helpful for inductive reasoning and perceptual acuity) Good Luck on your exam!

Anonymous said...

hi, im reginald, a graduatin nsng student..
like Kim, i also plan on taking the NMAT this coming April 2010, two of my classmates already took the recent December NMAT...talked with them and they said it was really hard
(so much for self-confidence)
one of them, said that he had an "epic fail" on the 4th test, which was math/calculations
he spent too much time on the 3rd test since it was hard, and ended up not having enough time on the 4th test where he had his epic fail
also, i'd like to verify, he said that the NMAT was a two part exam..
in the morning, for 3 hours, they had to answer a 400 items test, then in the afternoon, for 3 hours again, another 400 items..
is that true? im a bit skeptical of what he said...but not when both of them said it was hard
tnx a bunch

Aubrey said...

Hi Reginald. The quantitative exam could be quite challenging (the third exam on the first part). Thus one strategy to use is to jump from exam to the other instead of going through it chronologically. And yes you have to answer a total of 800 items for the first and second part.

Preparation is always the key to taking exams. Don't worry too much and just do your best to review. You can read around for some entries I wrote on preparing for the exam. Thanks a bunch for visiting! Good Luck

oh_so_faerie said...

hello everyone! i just saw my nmat score and i only got 89 percentile. is 89 already good for med school or should i take the nmat again this april? thanks :)

daniel said...

I'd just like to say thank you for all the helpful tips you gave on your blog. I got a 99 on my first take last December.

dawn said...

hi aubrey!you're heaven sent, your blog is so helpful for us rookies. by the way i'm dawn, I am a newbie in this whole MD course and I would just like to ask some few questions regarding the National Medical Admission Test, so here it goes:

What are the requirements in applying for the test?

Is it true that during April examinations, the test is only held in Manila? because i'm from Mindanao.

Would it be ok if my dad would work on the application for me since he'll be in Manila?


Thank you for taking time to read and I hope you could answer my questions.*_*

Anonymous said...

i am currently in NJ and i would like to attend med school in the phils.. can i take NMAT in NY? pls give me the website or contact info where I can get more info on taking NMAT outside phils..thanks

Aubrey said...

Hi Daniel. I'm so happy for you. Such a good start for med it is! :)

Aubrey said...

Hi Dawn. Thank you very much for such kind words. I'm sorry I couldn't give you definitive answers, since your questions are quite specific and I don't want to mess things up for you. Hehe. I suggest that you have your dad call up CEM instead. Here are their numbers:

Telephone: 894-5536 | 813-3686 | 8133691 | 813-3694 to 95

Fax: 894-1392

Hope I helped somehow. Thanks for visiting.

Aubrey said...

Hi Anonymous. CEM administers exams in certain parts of US, here is the web ad: http://www.cem-inc.org.ph/

Sean said...

Anonymous, unfortunately you can only take the test in Chicago or Cali. I'm from NJ myself and looked into taking the test on the east coast, but I found no way to do that. I actually wound up taking the test here in the Philippines.

Anonymous said...

hi aubrey i only got 51 on my nmat but i dont have any failed units, my course was BS pharmacy and my GWA is just average, will i have a chance to enroll in ustmed knowing that they have a 65 nmat cut off??

mae said...

greetings..i'm aspiring to study medicine this year and i was planning to take the nmat this april.. i have checked the schedule for the examination, requirements that needs to be submitted, unfortunately everything's still a blur.. i still don't know how, when, where to take/register for the nmat..i was hoping u could help me..tnx a bunch..

Aubrey said...

Hi Anonymous. With the number of applicants that they receive, I think it would be a little difficult if you don't outrightly qualify. They impose a quota and applicants are ranked accordingly to the number of slots to be filled.

Aubrey said...

Hi Mae. NMAT Registration (for April 2010) at CEM's website is still inactive. I think it would commence around late February or early March.

Anonymous said...

this may be too much but i hope you could help me out.. unlike dawn, i don't have a relative who's in Mnla.. so i hope that probably, you could in any way, clarify whether it's true that APRIL NMAT is to be taken only in Manila??

i also plan on taking NMAT this April.. thank you very much...

Aubrey said...

Hi. Can't say so definitively. Better check CEM's website around February for the testing locations.

Nic said...

Hi. I'm aspiring to take medicine this year. tho as of now, i still have no idea when is the end of registration. I still have no idea when the deadline would be. Or the start of the registration. Tho i already know what to bring and where to register, the only problem i have now is when. Thanks and more power.

dioartagnan@yahoo.com

harley said...

Hello all!
I am also wondering when the registration for the NMAT exam will be available on the CEM website. I have emailed the contacts as listed on their site. I hope to get some clarification on the test date and registration process. I hope to see yall there. God Bless and I wish everyone the best! =)

Lyza said...

I've read sa isang thread sa pinoy.md na Feb 15 daw ang registration. Then ung exam daw is on April 11 ..


Nice blogs Aubrey! Fellow nurse here! batch 2007 ako sis! ikaw?

Aubrey said...

Thanks Lyza. Batch 08 ako eh. :) Glad you're going to med too. Good Luck on NMAT.

karl said...

hi! aubrey.. ur articles are really helpful and inspiring... i am an RN for about a year..and now i am still confused if i want to pursue med school.. i started appreciating med kasi when i was assigned at the OR.. napaisip ako na nice talaga ang med especially becoming a surgeon. so at least ngaun mejo na enlighten ako dahil sa mga articles mo.. so maybe i should try it..by taking the nmat exam this april. thanks!

a'bren said...

hi.. thank God i found your blog.. i took the exam last december 2009 and i'm not satisfied with my score.. i'm planning a retake this april but CEM's online registration isn't active yet.. is there enough time to enrol if i take the april exam?

Aubrey said...

Hi a'bren, actually it's still a bit early. I checked CEM's website and the online registration for the April exam isn't active yet. I hope you get a better score this time around. :) God bless.

Anonymous said...

guys, i emailed the NMAT secretariat and here's what i got:

Nmat exam is on April 11, 2010
Registration is going until March 16, 2010. she told me that we can register online via cem's website but there's no option there. i would suggest that you guys visit the nearest CEM office in your area.

edz said...

Hi! Thanks for your blog. It did helped me a lot. You rekindled my desire to take up med. :)
I was actually thinking last week that I'm too late for the NMAT application, turned out I'm not. Thanks again, and more power to you! :)

kellyboi said...

gud day..

i just want to ask po kung merong sort of 'expiration'ung NMAT kasi im planning to take lng muna because i dont have the financial capability as of now para pumasok sa med skul..

thnk u so much and godbless po..

Aubrey said...

It depends on the school you're applying for. Usual validity is 1-2 years.

Anonymous said...

if i decide to take the nmat on december (since the april one is too near for my taste), would i still be able to apply in med school for sy 2011-2012? or will i be too late?

Aubrey said...

Yes it would be perfectly okay. Just make sure to pass your med applications on time and inform them that your results would be 'to follow'

Jay said...

Hey Aubrey,

Is it required that you're on your 4th year undergrad (atleast) to take or can I take it now? I'm currently a 3rd year student. I just wanna take it early so that I wont be hassled in taking it again if I get a low score on my 4th year.

Aubrey said...

Yes Jay you can already take it on your third year.

Anonymous said...

hi everyone, im going to take nmat this sunday.. pls pray for me.. thank you very much...

ate aubrey, you're such a great help.. a million thanks to you...

goodluck in everything you do,, you inspires me..

--sean

Aubrey said...

Good luck Sean! I wish you the best! :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post..

Im a 4th year nursing student and would like to take Med, Can I took up medicine?? or I still need to take up this ff req. subjects?

15 units in biological sciences
9 units in math
5 units in physics
10 units in chemistry

I saw this from FEU-NRMF pamphlets


I'm a bit confuse bcoz other school allows Nursing to go straight to Med, while others not..

Pls reply:: rothie_09@yahoo.com
Thanks

Aubrey said...

Except for PLM and Ateneo, other schools are not that strict with their required units. Better call FEU up and check with them first. :)

kaycee said...

hey, aubrey. this is katie from la salle school- bacolod.. can i just ask how long does NMAT result be valid? let's say, i am taking the exam this december 2010, and i'm graduating in 2012 of march. is it still valid for the june 2012 application? ive been enjoying your page since then. thanks a lot!

email: katemarquez19@yahoo.com

Aubrey said...

If you're enrolling June 2012, then you should be applying around Dec to Feb. For most schools, the NMAT result is valid for two years, so that should just be in time for your application. God bless kaycee. :)

Mya said...

Hi Aubrey,

I just want to ask if there are required units/subjects I should take before I can qualify to take the NMAT? I'm a music graduate and I don't think I have a lot of science units.

Thanks! Hope to hear from you soon. :D

Anonymous said...

Hi Aubrey,
I've been to your blog many times before. Unfortunately, it was only after I already took the NMAT. I thank God that I passed anyway. But I found your blog very helpful. A lot of my friends are planning on taking the NMAT and I've referred them to your blog.
Anyway, I'm currently enrolling for Med School right now but I've lost my original copy of my NMAT that the CEM sent. I was wondering if you know how I could get another copy of my NMAT result. I'm from Visayas so I will have to communicate with CEM through mail or email. Any ideas?
Thank you so much for any help you could give.

nuyelitico said...

Hi, I want to take the NMAT so that I can go to medschool. i noticed that i still lack some units but I am an RN now. woyuld it be possible that i can take the nmat exams and in the event that i made the cut, will it be only valid for year i passed and where could i take review session for this? thanks.

Anonymous said...

hi, ms. aubrey, im mis T. ive been reading ur blog since then, i am a graduating student for this 2011 from mindanao, may i ask, when would be the best time to take the NMAT exam from 2010-2011. is it true that the most difficult part in getting in to med school is the interview from that school and the entrance exams? THANKS a lot! i always read your blo. ^__^ hundred times already.

maye said...

I enjoy reading your blog..tHANK YOU talaga sa mga info "ate"..
now i know, thats the way ang scoring pala ng NMAT... takot naman ako bigla. By the way, im a college student taking up BS Biology here in MSU-GSC and planning to take NMAT this December, wanna be called as "Doc" din someday.Ang malas ko naman cguro if ang makasabay kong examiners ay puro creme of the crop.Self review pa naman lang ako.. hopefully i can manage and get a good score..

Aubrey said...

Everything is possible with correctly channeled energies and a clear motivation. You can do it! Hope I helped. :) God Bless with your plans.

Aubrey said...

Hi Mis T. I think the best time to take the NMAT would be sooner than later. Next to consider is whether you have adequate time to review. Although it doesn't solely determine your admission to med school, it would greatly help with the rankings, especially if you're eyeing a school that imposes a quota on students (which most good schools do btw).

In a sense it's not really the hardest. Getting in is hard, but staying is more difficult. :)

Thanks for always dropping by. Good Luck!

Aubrey said...

I'm not sure about the units but most people I know didn't have issues with taking the exam, regardless of whether they meet the units or not. BRAINS offer NMAT review classes, but a friend tells me that it could become quite overwhelming at times.

Aubrey said...

Hi Anonymous. Thanks for telling your friends about this humble blog of mine. :P CEM responds promptly to e-mails so I guess that could work for your inquiries.I hope it works out. Thank you very much!

Aubrey said...

Hi. A lot of people are asking about the required units for the NMAT. Can't really answer for certain so I suggest you call CEM instead. Big apologies! Thanks for visiting :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Miss Aubrey. I am planning to take the NMAT this December 2010. May I know when is the earliest possible registration for the exam? I will be enrolling in the next school year 2011-2012.

Btw, did you finish BSN in FEU-Manila?

Thank you!:)

Aubrey said...

Registration will probably start late October.

And yes I'm a true 'green and gold' proud Tamaraw. :)

Anonymous said...

hi..ask ko lng..paano ba magparegister for NMAT? I'm planning to take it this dec 2010 sana, kaso d ko alm kung anong gagawin...

Anonymous said...

Hello Ms. Aubrey :) I got a percentile of 82 last April NMAT. Is it already a good score to go to med school? I'm planning to take up medicine at UST and I'm in my 4th year BSN course at the same university.

Thank you :)

Anonymous said...

Hi... Basically I took NMAT already and got an unwanted score. I took up med but I didn't finished it. Now, I'm planning to take another test. Can I still take NMAT?

Aubrey said...

There is no cap in taking the NMAT, especially since your result was too long ago. Although I believe you might encounter problems with your med school applications since most of them require that you do not have prior med units. It's worth to hear from them though. Wish you the best!

jepoy said...

ei guyz.. may alam ba kayo na sattelite office sa davao for the registration for the exam?

Michaela Nicole said...

Hi Ms. Aubrey! I typed NMAT and your blog topped the search! I was wondering if the rumors are true that once you take more than two NMATs, your scores (including the first two you took) will be averaged. I took the NMAT twice and passed but I still want to try my luck and get a 99+. Hope you could help me out! Thanks a lot and more power to you! :)

Anonymous said...

hi. until when is the scheduled application for this exam? and when is the scheduled NMAT exam?

Aubrey said...

Hi Michaela. NMAT scores taken during different periods would not be averaged. So go get that 99+ :)

Anonymous said...

hi aubrey, very informative blog, i just have a few setbacks which i hope u can enlighten me with: Im also a BSN grad '07 and been working for almost 2 years now. Im not from ust but I really want to pursue my medicine there, what do u think of my chances? My grades were just average and I will take the nmat this december. Thank u very much in advance. :)

steph said...

hi ms.aubrey, im stephanie just wanna ask something, can we take the NMAT exam even though we just have 3 units in physics?thanks!looking forward for your reply..

Nikki said...

Hello, Aubrey! It's nice to know there are people like you who helps us future NMAT takers.

Just want to ask something. I am currently a third year student (1st semester pa). Umm, is it possible for me to take the NMAT this coming April? Will it be okay if the OTR that I will submit would only consist of my grades during my three years in college? I really want to take the NMAT this April so that I would be able to apply for UP College of Medicine (if I get lucky with my NMAT, that is). You see, UP's deadline for the submission of application forms is around December 11--which means that I should not take the NMAT that'd be scheduled for December next year. I'd really appreciate your help.

:)

Aubrey said...

Hi Nikki. I'm sorry I can't give a definitive answer. Please call UP College of Med instead, although I think if you're planning to enter UPCM by time you graduate you would need to have taken NMAT around your third year.

All the best!

Aubrey said...

Hi Steph, It's the schools who are particular with the number of units. CEM (the one who administers the NMAT), not so much.

Aubrey said...

Hi Anonymous. Admission to UST is not really about good grades and your NMAT score. It's been a baffling barrage of speculations and assumptions on who really gets to be accepted to UST as some of their graduates don't get in, and others, with stellar grades to boot, are turned down. It's always worth trying as long as you clinch their cut-off NMAT score.

jr said...

maam anu po requirements ng NMAT???i just graduated last march lng maam nd took my NLE last july and pass..I am very interested to study med kasi maam eh..your advices will be a big help to me maam...

Anonymous said...

hi aubrey. your blog has been so useful for me in finding info regarding NMAT. im currently a nursing senior student and will be taking the NMAT exam this coming december 12 2010. i already processed my application form etc. i plan to take the nursing board exam first batch then take my lacking subjects/units second sem of s.y. 2011-2012. i know it's a bit hassle on my part but i think taking the exam way way ahead will benefit me later on. i can always retake the whole thing whenever i want right? i'm doing self review right now since i was late in inquiring for any review classes offered. most of my friends will be taking the exam april of next year. wish me luck. i hope the results will be good. i have a hard time recalling high school lessons mostly. it's been like four years since. :)

Anonymous said...

HI aubrey! i really like your blog. Im a nursing graduate last oct 2010 and ever since i always plan to become a doctor. i just took my local board last december.. do i have to pass the board first before taking NMAT? or it doesnt matter? and my other question: is there a CEM site near fairview?? ty hope u reply!!

moimoi said...

can i take NMAT even I am a graduate of BSHRM??? thanks po sa sasagot...

Anonymous said...

can i get computer science in NMAT T at 813 rank

Anonymous said...

Hello! I just want to ask if a junior student is already entitled to take the NMAT exam this coming december. I'm a bit confused regarding this requirement because in a cetain website (http://www.cem-inc.org.ph/nmat/), the first requirement says that applicant can either be a graduate of any baccalaureate degree or graduating at the time of the testing. The way I understand it, I must be a senior student in order to take the NMAT, however, I read here in your blog that a junior student can take the NMAT. So, whuch is which?

Thank you for your future reply.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I just want to know if a junior student is already entitled to take the NMAT exam. From what I've read from a certain website (http://www.cem-inc.org.ph/nmat/), the first requirement says that an applicant should either be a graduate of any baccalaureate degree or graduating at the time of the testing. However, I read here(your blog) that a junior student can take NMAT, mandated by a certain school . So, if I take the NMAT during my junior year, does this mean that my score is only valid for that certain school (considering I met the cut-off) or is it also valid for other med schools?

Thank you for your future reply.

Anonymous said...

Hello! I just want to know if a junior student is already entitled to take the NMAT exam. From what I've read from a certain website (http://www.cem-inc.org.ph/nmat/), the first requirement says that an applicant should either be a graduate of any baccalaureate degree or graduating at the time of the testing. However, I read here(your blog) that a junior student can take NMAT, mandated by a certain school . So, if I take the NMAT during my junior year, does this mean that my score is only valid for that certain school (considering I met the cut-off) or is it also valid for other med schools?

Thank you for your future reply.

Anonymous said...

Hi Aubrey! I'm in third year now, taking up AB Psychology. I'm just worrying if I could still enter med school knowing that med schools require required number of units in certain subjects, and NMAT might be difficult for me. Cause I feel I lack background. Yet I really want to pursue med. Help me! How could I eneter med school if I didn't take the required number of units in specific subjects?

Anonymous said...

kailan ulit ang NMAT registration this year?? Pls reply thank po...

Anonymous said...

hi!i am BSN graduate and just took my licensure exam and fortunately I passed the exam. im worried,kase i don't have high grades when I'm still in my college years,i'm just average student,and i failed on 2 subjects. natatakot ako na hindi ako matangap sa med school na gusto ko.. (FEU O UERM),im wondering if they consider the school that you graduated?if the school is generous in giving high scores or not. Please please help..thanks

Anonymous said...

hi there!! do you have any idea how long is the validity of NMAT? i han mine 2010, can i still use it on 2013, am a nurse here in Saudi now, thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

I am a third year college student. I already registered for the NMAT exam this coming december 4, 2011. I just want to ask: do I still need our school head to sign in the NMAT Identification Form considering that in the form it says that for graduating student?. If no, then is it fine if I'll just leave that portion?thank you for those who will answer.

raindrop-symph said...

Hello po..I'm Cham..Tanong ko lang po kung ilang years ang validity ng NMAT result..I took the exam lasy December 2010..thank you po.. cham_spring29@hotmail.com

AspiringDocZeph said...

Hey Anonymous dude..
Considering the fact that you are a third year undergrad, yea, you should have your NMAT form signed by your school head, twice.. Your school head will confirm your identity along with the picture you will provide (his/her signature will overlap a portion of the picture in the middle). Dont forget also to have the bottom part signed to certify your Identification form.. :)

mona said...

ms. aubrey im just quite confused if i will be taking nmat for april 2012 would there be schools available this yr that would accept me? =P

Anonymous said...

ms. aubrey im just quite confused if i will be taking nmat for april 2012 would there be chance that we could enrol also this june 2012? on what schools?

jhejhe said...

TWO THUMBS UP FOR THIS BLOG!!! Absolutely great! It helps and inspires a lot of people esp. those who come to visit.. Lots of queries were answered! hindi ko pa nga tinatanong, sinagot na! Amazing!
-MORE POWERS! GOD BLESS...;)

Anonymous said...

Can a third year college student take this exam? My mom keeps on telling me about it? Im a psychology major. And the exams are on going. Is it going to have another batch?

Anonymous said...

Hi miss Aubrey..I got a percentile rank of 9 on my Nmat result last march 25, 2012... What does that mean?Should I take the next Nmat again? Pls reply... Tnx.. God bless always..:

JTZep said...

Hi Miss Aubrey! Thank you for these helpful blogs. I would like to pursue din po medicine din sana and i am using your stories po as my inspiration. Tanong ko lang po, when po ba nagsstart ng application for NMAT exams for December? And ano pong mga requirements? Thanks po ate! :)

norwinx3 said...

Good day miss aubrey.

You mentioned about some med schools that accepts "to follow" NMAT score. Would you mind telling me the name of the schools that you heard accepts such a case?

I really want to enroll at a med school this coming June but i haven't taken the NMAT yet. I am 30 now and I'm afraid that waiting another year would be such a waste of time considering my age.

princess said...

hello po! okay lang po ba my drop marked sa TOR if i'll pursue medicine. or take the nmat. pls comment back. lot of thanks po! :)

TOMASINOAKO said...

hello aubrey! i saw your blog when i was looking for NMAT. your blog page is on the top page. i really like your page. it answered some of my questions BUT I read some wrong info also. Maybe, because you made this entry long time ago.

i took BS nutrition and dietetics at UST and i just passed ^_^. since i'm on my vacation for more than a year, i'm planning to take NMAT this coming december 2012 with my friends. i'm planning to enter in UST,La Salle- Das Ma, or San Beda College. I'm also considering FEU, UERM and UP.

My other batchmates told me that UST's requirement for NMAT score was 85, 90 for PLM and UP, 60 for DLSU. They also told us that those people who want to enroll to PLM should take ANOTHER EXAM for PLM Med school. it also bothered me when my blockmates told me that you can ONLY TAKE NMAT 3 TIMES. are all of these true?

HOPE YOU CAN ANSWER SOME OF MY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION AND TIPS.

Franchine Kim said...

Hey Aubrey!!

I've been reading your blog for a quite sometime now and just like you I want to be a doctor too. I am currently finishing my undergrad and I'm at the third year of nursing. I would like to ask you if the NMAT is similar to NLEX? and can you post on the expenses that you encounter while your in med school? thank you so much

-Kim

Franchine Kim said...

Hey Aubrey!!

I've been reading your blog for a quite sometime now and just like you I want to be a doctor too. I am currently finishing my undergrad and I'm at the third year of nursing. I would like to ask you if the NMAT is similar to NLEX? and can you post on the expenses that you encounter while your in med school? thank you so much

-Kim

Anonymous said...

hey, i had given my nmat exam but i lost my admit card and i had deleted all my inbox from hotmail. Is there anyway that i could retrieve my nmat result??

Robbie Franco said...

Late payment for NMAT?

Anonymous said...

I took nmat last Dec. 2 without preparations but sadly, my score is only 7% .. It seems discouraging but I'll still pursue my dreams of being a doctor.. Do you think there are schools that would accept my score?

Anonymous said...

Hello, i'm really ashamed of my NMAT score... 29. It made me feel like im so stupid. Now all my dreams and hope went down the drain all because of the score i got. I really wish that NMAT score is not a basis for Med schools. What about a student who got a low NMAT score but is pretty outstanding in his/her Pre-med course...

Anonymous said...

I got 99+ on my NMAT! I'm proud of it. I took it on December 2, 2012.

Anonymous said...

hey aubrey! i'm interested on pursuing medicine too but i don't know or where to start.. i'm currently taking up BSN 4th year student graduating this april.. wil you please help me start up..how will i register to apply for NMAT and when will i take the exam..thanks a bunch..

CEO@Raj said...

Hi,

This blog is highly informative. My brother is B Sc Graduate from India and planning to Go for MD in June 2013 to Philippines . I pan to write NMAT in Apr. I visited the CEM site. Registration is closed. Could you pl let me know when is the ;ast date to apply for NMAT Apr 2013.

Any Med school will admit my brother into Medicine Program with a condition that he will submit the score december.

I really appreciate if you can send me answer on this to vysettyg@gmail.com or Post this so that some body can answer.


Thanks you in Advance



james abram said...

Naku, this is the first time I've read about the basics of NMAT. Ngayon ko lang nalaman na bago ka pala makapasok sa isang med school need mo muna pumasa ng NMAT. Isa pa, di ko sukat akalain na yung grading system ay nakabase kung gano ka nagffair sa mga kabatch mo. My cousin is planning to take up made school kasi kakagrad palang nya, according to other blogs that I've read only MSA offers an NMAT reviewer.

Anonymous said...

Hello po miss Aubrey! I'm sorry but this is the first time that I've encountered this site. I just want to ask if how many times can I take the NMAT? Actually, I took it last October 2015 but I'm not happy with the result. Now I'm losing hope that I can make it in med school considering that my undergraduate course was Bachelor of Public Administration and is not even a pre-med..... :( :( :(

YohanKaei_ said...

3 is the maximum takes :)