NMAT Exam Philippines

Know in details about NMAT Exam conducted in Philippines for MD ....

Kanika Sharma
Kanika Sharma

Dec 14, 2020 11:36:28


Do you want to pursue MBBS after your graduation? If you are desiring to achieve a fulfilling career in the medical field, pursuing an MBBS degree ahead is an ideal choice! Now, most of the students aspire to study MBBS from abroad. In that case, the Philippines is one of the most favored destinations for studying MBBS. It is a top-notch place for medical studies. Philippines offers the M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) Course that is equivalent to the MBBS course in India. For pursuing the M.D. course, you need to qualify for the NMAT Exam in the Philippines.

How you perform in the NMAT Exam can greatly define your career as a medical practitioner. Here, we will provide you all the relevant information on the NMAT Exam in the Philippines, regarding What it is all about, the Exam structure, how to register, and more!

Let's first have a small introduction.

NMAT Exam - Introduction

The National Medical Admission Test (NMAT) is a nation-wide entrance exam to get admission in any medical school in the Philippines. It is sometimes considered parallel to the MCAT conducted in the USA. You need to clear the NEET and NMAT exams for getting admission into the M.D. course in the Philippines. In India, qualifying for the NEET exam is compulsory for admission in undergraduate medical courses. After this, you need to clear the NMAT exam. NMAT happens in the Philippines in March and October. To appear for this exam, you have to travel to the Philippines and sit for this exam. You can apply for the M.D. program in the Philippines only after qualifying NEET (in India) and NMAT (in the Philippines). Here, in this article, we will cover the NMAT exam to study abroad in the Philippines.

Before discussing further NMAT, Let's discuss the Philippines, Medical Education of the Philippines, and the M.D. Course in short.

MBBS after BDS in Philippines

The Philippines

The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia that embraces a group of islands. It is officially referred to as the Republic of the Philippines. The country is geographically located amid the Western Pacific Ocean. It encompasses more than 7,600 islands. The Philippines has an abundant supply of Natural as well as Human resources. In the region of Southeast Asia, The Philippines is the biggest English language speaking country. The residents of the Philippines are referred to by the name Filipinos. They are regarded as one of the most proficient English-speakers around the globe. Moreover, the Philippines has a literacy rate of about 90%.

Medical Education in the Philippines

The medical education system in the Philippines is among the finest Asian education systems. Their education system provides high-grade medical education. For Indian students, the Philippines is one of the leading places to accomplish their higher education at affordable costs in English. Almost every famous university in the Philippines follows the education system of the USA. It is an appropriate decision for a rewarding career to pursue MBBS in  Philippines. The leading universities providing a medical degree in the Philippines are approved by:

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

  • Medical Council of India (MCI)

  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

  • World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)

  • Foundation of Advancement of International Medical Education & Research (FAIMER)

The M.D. Course

In India, the MBBS course (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) is one of the well-liked undergraduate medical courses. In the Philippines, the MBBS course is called the M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) course. The foremost sixteen months of MBBS study after the 10+2 exam will be Bachelor of Science (B.S.) as a pre-medical program. After this, the next four years will be the M.D. program. The M.D. course has a duration of four years. The Indian students, after completion of the B.S. degree in the Philippines or any Bachelor degree in medicine in India, have to appear for the NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) exam to qualify for the M.D. course. The NMAT is conducted to review the capability of the medical aspirants that are to be promoted to the M.D. program after successful completion of their B.S. program. After qualifying for the NMAT exam, the candidate can enroll in the M.D. program, i.e., equivalent to MBBS in India.

Now, Let's head towards the NMAT Exam guide.

NMAT Exam Structure

NMAT exam involves two parts. The first part is the Aptitude Test. This part measures the mental ability of candidates. It features 200 MCQs questions divided into four different sections: Verbal, Inductive Reasoning, Quantitative, and Perceptual Acuity. This part of the test has a duration of three hours. Part I is trickier among both of the Parts. It essentially relies on the aptitude of the candidate. This part needs practice since you did not study most of it in your school or college, unlike the academic subjects that are involved in Part II.

Tip: The solitary way to obtain outstanding aggregate in Part I is to practice answering as many questions as you can. Usually, most of the candidates focus on Part II, so it will give you an edge over them if you outscore them in Part I. After all, NMAT is based on percentile ranking, not on your raw scores.

On the other side, the second of the exam measures the candidate's knowledge in the domain of basic sciences. This part includes 200 MCQs from four subject areas that are considered to be the most crucial ones for the individuals preparing for medical education. These four subjects are Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Social Science. This part has a duration of two hours and fifteen minutes. 

The exam is conducted in two sessions. The first session will be the morning session, and the next one will be a noon session.

NMAT Exam Philippines: Important Points

The individuals who aspire to get admission in the medical schools of the Philippines are required to give the NMAT Exam of the Philippines.  Similar to the MCAT in the USA, the NMAT Exam of the Philippines measures the skills and knowledge of a student as in mental aptitude and subject-based knowledge.

  • Organizing Body: This exam is conducted by the CHED (Commission on Higher Education) via the CEM (Center for Educational Measurement). NMAT is organized to evaluate the aptitude and aptness of a student to pursue an M.D. Degree.

  • Time: The NMAT exam is organized by the Centre for Educational Measurement, twice a year in March/ April & October/ November in the Philippines. You can sit for the exams in test centers as informed by the CEM.

  • Fees: The NMAT Test Fee is PhP1,900.00. It includes the costs of test development, application & processing fee, test administration, evaluation of answer sheets, and the printing and delivery of test results.

  • Results: Usually, the results of the NMAT exam are out in about 15 working days. You can get admission as per the college requirements. The grading system gives percentile ranks ranging from 1- to 99+. The marks are ranging from 200 to 800.

  • Two years validity: After qualifying for the NMAT, the candidate receives the Certificate of Eligibility for Admission (CEA). Most importantly, your Qualifying NMAT score and the Certificate of Eligibility for Admission (CEA) shall be valid for two years for MBBS in the Philippines.

  • Three Attempts: A candidate has three chances to qualify for the NMAT. After three consecutive failures, an individual is not allowed to sit for the NMAT examination for the fourth time.

How to Register for NMAT Online

  • Visit www.cem-inc.org.ph/nmat

  • Click register to create your account and enter a valid e-mail address that is not previously registered with NMAT.

  • Verify your e-mail address and proceed with the registration.

  • Then choose your suitable payment mode and check your e-mail for the downloadable registration form.

  • Pay the fees as informed. Also, check your e-mail for the payment confirmation.

  • You will also receive a link to access the online NMAT resources.

Accessing the Test

You will be able to enter the testing website in the access time. There is an access time of two hours for all the candidates to enter the online test platform for their registration and verification of identity. You are required to log-in in at least one hour before the commencement of your test for the pre-test activities involving system check, identity verification, workspace inspection, and security check. On being verified once, you can immediately start giving your test.

Note- Failure to log-in on the respective date and time of the test due to any reason will result in forfeiture of your test.

NMAT Results

The e-results of the NMAT Exam is declared in about 15 working days from the test date. For accessing the results, you have to click on Test Results under the Online Options on the CEM (Centre for Educational Measurement) website to check status, view, and/or download a copy of your result. The NMAT score will be printed on the Examinee Report Form (ERF). You will receive the original hardcopy via mail at the address indicated on the NMAT Registration Form.

(In case you have not received your NMAT Result two weeks after the release, you may contact the NMAT Secretariat.)

For any general queries, you can contact - [email protected]

Good luck to all the aspirants!!

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