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My NMAT March 2012 Experience Plus Tips

I can only take this as a sign that I should really be a doctor.

This is my first hub for 2012 since I have been quite busy with being a writer, ironically. Alright, so I will be talking about my experience with NMAT, which would include my results and tips and all. For those who are not very familiar with this, let me give a brief background.

What is NMAT? It is the National Medical Admission Test which is a requirement to be taken for those who would want to apply to any Medical School here in the Philippines.

This test is held twice a year, typically, during April and December. This year, though, the test took place last March 25, 2012. The first examination for the year is held in Manila only. The one on December, on the other hand, is held nationwide. This means that more people from the province are likely to be able to take the test since not all are willing to fly to Manila just to take it.

Is there a difference? Personally, I think that it would be a tighter competition to take the test on December since there will be more people taking the test. I believe that a lot of people from the province are really industrious and will work hard to get a good score. Of course, your score will still highly depend on your efforts to prepare and to take the test seriously.

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I'll just head on to my experience already since I will be describing the test through the process, anyway. The registration started during the last week of January, which had a deadline up till March 2nd. I got registered during the 2nd week of February. Once you have paid for your test fee, which costs P1,900 all in all, you will receive a payment confirmation as well as access to the review materials.

I was able to see the reviewer even before I got it since I have batchmates who are taking Med ahead of me, this 2012. I intend on starting in 2013, by the way. One of my batchmates who took NMAT during 2011 emailed to me the reviewer, which was exactly the same as the one I got for March 2012. This brings me to...

Tip # 1 Study the reviewer!

That's right. The reviewer is really helpful when it comes to preparing for the tests, specifically for Part 1. Going through the reviewer will help you be more familiarized with how the test feels like.

Tip # 2 Practice under timed conditions.

Another helpful way to be prepared for NMAT would be to time yourself while answering the test. Part 1 lasts for 3 hours. This would include the 4 subtests (Verbal, Inductive Reasoning, Quantitative, and Perceptual Acuity). Doing so will also help you to know your game plan - which to answer first, and which to finish last. Remember that Time Management is an important key when it comes to accomplishing Part 1 of NMAT.

By the way, I was not able to finish ahead of time so I ended up shading random circles, about 5 of them, on the Perceptual Acuity.

This was my game plan for both parts, by the way. You should know what's yours too depending on your strengths.

Part 1 : Inductive Reasoning -> Quantitative -> Verbal -> Perceptual Acuity

Part 2 : Biology -> Social Science -> Chemistry -> Physics

My NMAT Result (Electronic Copy Only)

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Combined effort and faith paid off.

As you can see with my result, if it weren't for how I performed in Part 1 of NMAT, I may not have gotten the score I was aiming for. And yes, I was really aiming for that "much coveted 90+" (as others call it) since I need to land a scholarship, in addition to being able to apply in schools with high NMAT cutt-offs.

The test was held in UST, by the way. I'm from Las Pinas, which means that it will be a far commute. We were supposed to be there before 7:00AM. I left really early, at 4:30AM, and was able to arrive at 5:45AM. I felt like I was in HongKong that morning since the roads were quite damp from the previous night's raging storm, in addition to being completely spacious. Now, the commute back home was the exact opposite since the Quiapo mass caused a lot of traffic. I was feeling the pressure then since I had to play for the Church at 7:00PM that night.

Thankfully, CEM (Center for Educational Measurement - the company that hosted the exam) was very efficient in terms of starting and finishing on time.

Part 1: 8:00-11:00AM

Lunch Break

Part 2: 1:00PM-3:30PM

I know that I am getting quite random with piecing my information with the tips and the events, but in a way, just take it as a means of not getting saturated over one category since this is actually quite long. Haha.

For your information, I was not expecting to get such a score, although, I was really hoping to end up with a 90+. The results arrived online the next Sunday, April 1, 2012. The wait was not that easy to go through. I kept rethinking how I did, just as how I do with most exams I take. I knew that I practically just made a bunch of educated guesses for Part 2, except for Social Science since I am a BS Psychology major. I also knew that I did really well with the patterns and the math part. True enough, the results reflected how I thought I performed. And thank God that I had patterns and math skills. Haha.

Tip # 3 Write The Alphabet-Number Equivalent

The answer sheet for NMAT is actually like a cardboard booklet. On the front page would be the applicant information as well as his test/booklet ID #. On the 2nd page would be the answer sheet, And then the 3rd and the back page could be used for scratch. You would not be given any loose scratch so work neatly. Going back to the tip, I got this suggestion from other test takers. And it did work for me, and probably even saved me. Once you get to start, copy the alphabet with its letter equivalent on the scratch part (A=1; B=2; C=3...). Try doing it on your practice set and the letter patterns will make more sense.

Tip # 4 Make Sure The Obvious Stuff Are Taken Into Account

With this one, I'm talking about you making sure that you are able to arrive at least 30 minutes earlier so that you would be energized and less frantic during the test. Make sure you have extra pencils and erasers. Bring a sharpener too. Make sure your watch is properly synchronized and try to bank as much time early on during the test. Bring packed lunch since it is VERY inconvenient to line up with the other people to buy food. Keep yourself calm throughout the test but see to it that you do not get too lax as well.

Tip # 5 Review Wisely And Just Do As Much As You Can

I honestly think that it is impossible to plug in your head all sorts of information regarding the subtests for Part 2. I mean some people study just one field for their entire college degree. So basically, you should just make sure you familiarize yourself with general terms and concepts so you can better your understanding and means of analysis. Remember formulas as well and note how they relate with other formulas if you would need to derive and do those sorts of things.

Part 1 -> You will improve with practice

Part 2 -> You will improve with reading and familiarization

I did not buy the MSA NMAT Reviewer since I thought that it would be too costly, plus it would not guarantee a good score. Besides, there are tons of ways to access information for studying (INTERNET). I was also able to borrow HS Science books from the Parish Library. My Mom was also able to borrow a Bio book and a bunch of Reviewers from the school where she works.

HONESTLY:Although I had a lot of materials to use, I was not able to maximize them, I feel. I actually crammed into reading the Physics, Chem, and Bio books 2-3 days before the test. I played "I have photographic memory" by flipping through pages for just 2-3 seconds each. Lol. At first, I was taking slow, but I realized that it would just take me forever. I just thought that I knew bits and pieces on these from my college education.

I could ramble about a lot more on this. But in the end, I'm just very thankful for what I got. Truthfully, I want to be a doctor so I could really help people on a daily basis, and as a career. I have this view that people should learn to live not just thinking about themselves and building their own lives and making themselves rich. I believe that this world can achieve so much more if we just learn to collaborate and meet a harmonious common ground amidst the inequality. YEEEP. And that made me want to be a doctor. Haha. Such insight would, I hope, serve as a model for others in rethinking what they want to do with their lives.

And yes, NMAT is the first step, and is a make or break one. Fortunately, I got a good score, though it's not 99 due to my Sciences. Obviously, I need a lot of effort to put into studying medicine since Science is not my strong suit. But I believe I can do it. After all, it had been said that what is more important with taking Med would be that you are industrious as opposed to just having a good IQ. In short, what matters more is using the brain actively. And seeking to be a scholar all throughout, I really need to be very consistent. Oh, by the way, I did a lot of praying for NMAT before and after the test and the results. It really helps in indirect ways.

LAST WORDS:I can only hope that you found this hub helpful and informative. If you have any questions, just ask it up in the comments section below. I would be happy to answer them since I'm sure I left out a hefty amount of info too.

Good luck to those who will be taking NMAT later on and to us, aspiring doctors.

Comments

Elijah on September 12, 2016:

Sir i am from india and i graduated psychology in unp vigan city. The cut off score for unp is 40 percentile sir. To be honest i took nmat twice and i did not pass. My percentile is in single digit. I am really weak in math physics chemistry. So i am asking you that you got a good score in part 1. My question is if i practice well in part 1 especially in inductive reasoning and perceptual acuity and get all them right can i get 40 percentile. I am also preparing social science and biology on part 2. I will take the nmat again this october 16. Give me some tips on morning exam.

Bee on April 06, 2016:

I would like to know about your tips that said alphabeth is to no?

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on April 07, 2015:

Hi LS! I'm not entirely sure but I don't think the NMAT follows the right-minus-wrong system. It would have been better if you just guessed what's best or even did shotgun if you're really out of time. I hope you did not leave so many blank and that a lot of those you answered would be correct. :)) Anyway, physics is really hard for a lot of us. Haha. Now, I suggest you just pray that your results would be what you need. And you have my support. Good luck! :)

Nova on April 06, 2015:

Hello Andrei. Thanks for that info. I guess my background fits then. I will do my best to qualify for a medical school of my choice. It's good that you're enjoying your break. I'll sure update you. Til then... Thanks a lot!

LS on April 05, 2015:

Hi there! I was just wondering if you have any idea how unanswered exam questions might affect my chances of getting an acceptable score? I really had a hard time with the Physics part of the exam.

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on April 03, 2015:

Hi again, Nova. You're welcome. Oooh! I believe and can attest from class performance (not me) that your Nursing background will really be an advantage. With that said, do your best to qualify in the school/s of your choice. Once you get in, I'm sure you'll have a lot of fun.:))

Yeah. I'm enjoying my break so far. And I'm taking it slowly. Our school's one of those that had an Academic Calendar shift so our classes will resume on the last week of July. Anyway, do update me on what happens next with you. Cheers to us who are devoting our lives to healthcare! :))

nova on April 01, 2015:

andrei! thanks for that timely response. I appreciate the motivation. My folks have been telling me to pursue medicine. I am a Nurse and my brother is a doctor. It's a PITA (pain in the a**). I don't regret having this decision now since I was absolutely positive I didn't want more hospital duties that time. I felt terribly exhausted like I had much of it when I was studying Nursing. I finally decided to go back to school next year, so everything this year would be about preparing myself. It's great timing since it's summer. I still have time to find other schools and have my TOR evaluated to see if I need to take more subjects to be eligible for admission (we know that's not a guarantee still one has to take NMAT and pass the interview).

Anyway, it's summer and classes are over. I hope you are having a great time. Enjoy and rest well. Come back stronger in the next school year!

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on March 31, 2015:

Hi Nova! It looks like you did a lot of contemplating on whether you'll take the path to Medicine. :)) I think it's going to be on December... the 2nd one for the year is usually in December.

The age limit would depend on the school. I'm sure there's one that accepts up to 35. When I was in first year, the eldest in our class was 26 years old. He's blending pretty well... and is even more youthful than most of us. Haha! Don't let your age become a barrier. As long as your heart is in the right place, age will be just a number. In fact, maturity can also be an advantage at times. Good luck!

nova on March 30, 2015:

hey andrei, i am (finally) interested in taking the nmat exam and unfortunately, the first exam of the year was last sunday march 29 2015. Which month do you think would be the next exam? November or December? And, are there any age limits when it comes to enrolling to a medical school? I am already in my late 20s. I'll be waiting for your response. Thanks.

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on March 15, 2015:

Hi Frantine. The science units you have to take before studying medicine depends on the medical school you'll apply in. Some schools actually would not require any science units anymore. So it will be up to you if you'll take science courses to be 'more prepared' for your first year. As for NMAT, I'm not so sure now... but I think you can take it even with your degree in architecture. You just have to complete their application procedures. But check the official website just to be sure. Good luck!:))

***And for my previous comment to Sharp: if you can still read this, I meant to say the need for review centers in the past tense. There are people I know who did not enroll and still managed to get up to 90 and above. If you have the money, the time and effort to spare, don't let me stop you from finding a review center. :))

frantine on March 13, 2015:

Im an architect and I want to study med. Do you have any idea what subjs I should take first and how long it would take (u mentioned they require science units)before taking nmat and eventually apply in med school? thanks

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on February 22, 2015:

Hi Sharp. Personally, I wouldn't recommend review centers for NMAT so much. A lot of people I know, including myself, do not enroll and still manage to get acceptable scores. Just make sure to manage your time for reviewing wisely. :))

sharp on January 04, 2015:

Hi! Would review centers really help in the NMAT? I am still contemplating whether to self-review or to enroll in a review center

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on December 21, 2014:

Hi Phoenix. Sorry my reply is too late... as usual nowadays. But yeah. The pattern will be the same. Well, let us know, though, if it becomes different. Haha! Good luck with getting a good score! :)

phoenix17 on August 08, 2014:

this page is really helpful. im a bs bio student and im deciding on taking the NMAT exam this coming december 2014. will the pattern of the exam still the same?

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on August 04, 2014:

Hi Amshula. Congratulations on getting a 90+! For your question re the different schools and their process of admission for foreigners, it would be best to just call up their landline. This will be more direct and will be clearer for you. :)

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on August 04, 2014:

Hi Tons. I know some people whose undergrad course is Computer Science... or some other course which is far from life science. It is likely that you will have to take science units before being admitted to your desired medical school. This will be for your own good. :) For NMAT, you will be able to manage as long as you review well. Good luck!

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on August 04, 2014:

Hi Ragini. I'm actually a 'sir'. Haha. Anyway, we should know that sleep is very important for brain functioning - which includes memorizing, taking in new info, and staying alert. People tend to have varying sleep requirements. My minimum is 6 hours... so as much as possible, I try to achieve that, although sometimes I go below when I have heavy exam/s the next day.

It's normal for a lot of people not to memorize what they study right away. In such case, you need to use repetition and devise mnemonics to reinforce things in your head. I hope this helps. :)

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on August 04, 2014:

Hi Eduardo. Most medical schools require you to have a minimum number of science units during your undergrad. And it's also important for you to have a good foundation. As for NMAT, as far as I know, there are no prerequisite courses; so you can review on your own for that before taking. Good luck! :)

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on August 04, 2014:

Hi! Sorry for the late reply. Yes. The higher score will be the one considered. I know some people who scored low at first... and then got 90+ on their 2nd or latter take. So don't give up. Good luck and I hope you get to your desired school! :)

Amshula on April 21, 2014:

Thanks for your reply! I gave the nmat and got a percentile of 94 :) I wanted to know if UST and UP take foreigners. I have been doing a lot of research and found out that CIM is also a good university. How do you suggest i should go about it? Pardon me for my ignorance. I am clueless about the good and bad medical schools here except for the information i get from the internet.

Tons on March 26, 2014:

Hi Guys,

Planning to pursue MEDICINE. But of course need to take 1st the NMAT.

BTW, am a B.S. Computer Science Grad. Malayo ba for PREMED?

Enlighten me Guys...

Thanks.

ragini on March 16, 2014:

Hello mam

i wanted to ask how would you balance your sleep because studying continously overlaps your information and after reading i can't able to memorize what would suggest me i am 18 years old tell me how many hours i should sleep

Eduado on February 17, 2014:

Pardon that i am an AB Masscommunication graduate.:)

Eduardo on February 17, 2014:

Greetings!

I find this article very very very informative! Thanks! But i have a question, i have this burning desire on becoming a doctor someday, i am a BA Mass Communication Major in Broadcasting Graduate, after 2 years of soul searching i finally knew what i want in my life, it was a mistake to get a course of Masscomm for my first choice was Psychology, i was just wondering if will the med school require me to take up pre med courses? Or rather should i take up a pre med course before taking up the NMAT or NMAT is the only key for me to get to med school?:) or will NMAT require me to take up pre med courses? Sorry for the many questions. Cause im planning to take an NMAT exam with just pure self study, i know it sounds extreme but i will push it.:)

Drashti on February 15, 2014:

Hey is it possible ,for those person who got low scores in the nmat for the first time n then for the next try they got high grades they cud get up to their desired med schools...like i tried last november but i scored low ..n m trying hard for this time ..if i get more this time ..is der a chance to get admission in my desired med skul..i mean do med skuls prefer d nxt high grade score even if its second time????

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on January 18, 2014:

Hi guys! I'm sorry that you've been commenting and asking questions, but I haven't responded the soonest. It just shows how much Med School really makes you take a break from your other endeavors - for me it's blogging (which has become so short-lived).

With that, to other readers who get to drop by this blog who know the answers to the questions 'commentees' ask, please answer them if you could.

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@katerina: Thanks for your comment. It's not uncommon to take a break before realizing you want to pursue medicine. A word of advice though - the load when it comes to what you have to read once you start med school is not a joke. It will challenge you to the point where you'll question what you're meant for. But with prayer and getting a hold of yourself, you'll be fine. Another thing is that your 'formation' in an academic sense will also be of great advantage. I'm a psych major with light science subjects during undergrad - so I'm really doubling and even tripling my effort - and even then I still end up with just OK grades - which is not enough if I have to maintain a scholarship. Pardon the long sentence. Haha.

@Amshula - Many foreigners or Filipinos from other countries decide to take up medicine here because its relatively more affordable. That somehow implies that you will be able to get into your desired school with a good NMAT percentile and persuasive credentials. Good luck! :)

Guys, for tips on NMAT, you should just really practice yourselves and pay more attention to the subtests you might have a hard time with. I think all the subtests have equal weights so do not take anything for granted - and find ones which you can get perfect or almost perfect in. Haha.

And if you're taking NMAT at March, most schools will still accept you but you might not be prioritized. And if you need a scholarship, you might also be at another disadvantage. Nonetheless, you might still end up having an easy time.

Good luck to all of you! I'm happy to see so many people aspiring to be doctors. :))

joan on October 31, 2013:

hi may i ask if i will take my nmat exam dis march 2013, will i hv be enough time for me to enrol dis 2013 or is it too late, thanks

shantshan on October 28, 2013:

i would like to ask if it's possible to pay for the registration, through bank deposit, without the signature of our school head? because i'm planning to pay first before i let her sign my ID form

Mj on October 14, 2013:

I have a percentile rank last april...i wasn't able to reach the cut off for the school im about to launch..i just want to ask how'd you go about hidden figures and mirror image????

john on September 23, 2013:

hi..do you have idea where can i find the part II of http://www.scribd.com/doc/63900660/NMAT-Practice-S...

john on September 23, 2013:

hi, how do you score each subtest?

Dann P. Vestil on September 19, 2013:

Thank you for your information about NMAT exam. I know it really helps me to take the NMAT with a less pressure. And by the way, thank you also for your tips. I will practice it every now and then.

Amshula on August 09, 2013:

Hey. I am from india and im going to study b.s in cebu and later write nmat. Is getting a 90+ percentile enough to get into reputed universities like ust etc? Since im not from philippines will it be any different or difficult for me?

katerina on July 27, 2013:

Hey there Andrei! Your blog is A+mazing.. and really helpful. I'll be taking the exam this november. Well, Im a bit worried coz I graduated like 3 yrs ago. For the past years, I was c0-managing our family business(a little) and did a lot of travelling..gallivanting.. all the fun stuffs..etc.. :) I just don't want to enter med school unless im certain that it is really what I want.:) But right now, I decided to shift gears..and here I am..starting my way to take this journey with my whole heart and soul. Perhaps any other tips? ..aside from what you've mention? I'd surely appreciate it..a lot!!!

PS. When u said "Truthfully, I want to be a doctor so I could really help people on a daily basis, and as a career".. that's really something.. and that's also my reason why i wanna pursue medicine. :)

Thanks

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on July 13, 2013:

Hi ay-em! Sorry. I can't help you there. With part 1, the reviewer provided by CEM is already good. Now that I'm in med school, I think it would be wise to really review on the sciences since they will be of help to you during your first year. So if you think you would need reviewers, try to see if you can just borrow - last resort should be to buy, personally. :)) Good luck!

ay-em on June 17, 2013:

hello andrei.

do u have any idea about those dummies-reviewers? like carl balita of nursing reviewr? i saw it from my co-examiners. it's like summary,bulleted notes compiled. do u knw wer to buy that? thanks

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on April 10, 2013:

Sorry for those who had questions re the upcoming exam which I haven't answered. I've been quite busy with Church (Holy Week preparations and events) as well as with my work and other commitments.

Anyhow, I just wish you guys would get the score you're aiming for come results day. Good luck! :)

@xha: It means you could get even a flat 45. Of course, you would want it to be higher so you'll have a better chance of being considered.

Rxn on April 09, 2013:

REGISTRATION is approximately 2 months before exam date. The exam only happens TWICE, A YEAR. It's either March/April and December. Two months before, you should ALWAYS visit the CEM website for their postings regarding OPENING FOR REGISTRATION. So for March/April exam, check the website frequently from January for any announcements . As for December, check their site regularly from October. They post registration dates and deadlines.

RXN on April 09, 2013:

Next exam would be on December 2013.

cynkat on March 31, 2013:

Hello! i missed d april 2013 registration, when is d nxt exam this 2013?

Georgina on March 31, 2013:

Hi! If you won't mind, I'd like to know what specific topics in Physics appeared? You see, I really have no idea where to start. The exam is a few days away and I still haven't started studying for Physics. Hope you can give me the specifics. Thanks. :)

Shelley :) on March 15, 2013:

Hi! Just wondering, what part of each subtest should we focus on? Like in Chemistry or Biology, what particular parts should we focus on for our review? And about the Part 1 of the exam, i am quite anxious with it; knowing that i'm not that good with the perceptual ability and the word problems. Do u have any links or book suggestions which i can use for review? thnx! :)

xha on March 14, 2013:

hi sir, i just want to ask what "NMAT of 45 and above" means? do i have to score 45? or is it the equivalent score? thank you so much...

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on February 18, 2013:

Thanks for the comments! Good luck with taking the test. :))

@koi: Check their site on http://www.cem-inc.org.ph/nmat/. Registration is until March 15. The exam is on April 7. :)

cheisyre28 on February 02, 2013:

Thank you for the infos...I really appreciate it :)

herscelle on February 01, 2013:

hi! thank you for the tips :) that will be a big help for us. you are blessed!

koi on January 31, 2013:

hi can i ask something do you know what are the schedules of nmat this year? because i was planning to take early this year before 1st semesters starts

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on January 27, 2013:

@Eureka, I suggest you just check the website from time to time, maybe weekly. I'm sure they'll open the registration for NMAT April 2013 soon. Thanks for the comment!

@Keith, thanks for your input. I haven't seen what the MSA NMAT Reviewer looks like inside so it's good you mentioned something about that. Thanks!

keith on January 17, 2013:

i took the nmat the same time you did and i would have to agree with most of your tips. i also had a game plan as you did and mind you guys, it pays a lot to start with the sub-tests which are most time-consuming. as you prepare for the nmat, practice often with the sets emailed to you by cem. if you cannot really review hard for the nmat, then at least be familiar with it. i would love to suggest borrowing or buying nmat reviewers but then, as what has happened to me, i wasn't really able to understand the msa nmat reviewer i bought because although the format was the same, the questions were way a lot harder, it was actually more scholarly than the one emailed to me. but still, it was a good material to begin with. anyway, i would suggest mastering at least one subtest for part one, that is, aim to get at least one subtest with a perfect score (800) because it would help a lot in pulling your score up...

Eureka on January 14, 2013:

Hi! Your blog is really helpful! Specially for me since I'm clueless about the said exam and all I know is that I wan't to enroll Med. School this 2013 and I'm keeping my hopes high with regards to my dream. Sir, could you help me find out when is the schedule for April '13 and when is the right time to register for the said exam? Thank you so much!!! Kudos to your blog!:)

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on January 08, 2013:

Hi Ma-Fra. There are still certain schools that would accept. However, there may be surcharges for enrolling late. Also, getting a scholarship, if you're vying for one, would be by a slim chance. :)

Ma-Fra on January 05, 2013:

hey! If I take the april 2013 nmat exam will it be too late to apply to medschools this june 2013?

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on December 27, 2012:

My apologies to everyone who left questions, particularly the ones who were very eager to find out about something before they had to take the test last December 2. I've had some stuff on my plate that I couldn't whip up new entries, let alone check out the previous ones.

Hmmm. For some of the questions, it looks like reading through the content, or the comments, will help you with what you need.

@Krissy. You just have to assume the number equivalent of each letter to get the letter patterns.

For instance, A - B - D - H - __?

It can be tricky to get the next letter. But if you write the number equivalent, it would be - 1(A) - 2(B) - 4(D) - 8(H)

Since the pattern is simply x2, the next is 16, which makes it P!

I hope this clears it up. It will be more helpful for double and triple letter patterns. Cheers! :)

@cheisyre28. For the longest time, the NMAT fee has stayed at Php1.9k. As for the schools, I would usually rely on the passing rates from the boards. The ones with 80% above passing give a pretty good vibe. Then you just have to evaluate other aspects like the location, tuition fee, etc.

Congratulations to all that got a good score from December 2012 NMAT.

@mike, you can always get a retake. This April NMAT will be easier, I suppose, since it is not nationwide. I know of one who got a low score on her first, and then finally came back with a vengeance on her second take and got a 90+. With enough effort, you will get your goal. :)

Thanks for the comments everyone! Happy holidays!

mike on December 21, 2012:

I got a disappointing score in December 2012 NMAT :(

yshia on December 18, 2012:

is it ok even to have erasures on the last page of the test booklet? thanks.

maria on December 04, 2012:

is there a schedule on april?

brenda on November 24, 2012:

Hi everyone! for those who do not the nmat reviewer, you can gotdirectly to NMAT website. Go to view status/downloads part. https://www.cem-inc.org.ph/nmat/nmat/apply/status. just follow the steps and then you'll need to download the reviewers :) Thank you!

miel on November 19, 2012:

hello jay-r, is there a way that you can send us the tools or reviewers you've read.. pls pls pls..thanks much...

LIN S. on November 19, 2012:

I find your blog useful. Thankyou! :)

kitz on November 18, 2012:

Thank you so much for posting this, Sir! Now I have the motivation to prepare. #2weeksmore

Anne on November 13, 2012:

Hello! Is it okay with you if I ask for the NMAT Reviewer? I'll be taking the exam this December. Here's my email address, annemaape@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you the soonest.

kitkat on November 07, 2012:

hi! i just registered for NMAT but, i did not receive the practice test that you've mentioned. can you help me how?

Krissy on November 06, 2012:

Hello, could anybody help me figure this one out?

"Going back to the tip, I got this suggestion from other test takers. And it did work for me, and probably even saved me. Once you get to start, copy the alphabet with its letter equivalent on the scratch part (A=1; B=2; C=3...). Try doing it on your practice set and the letter patterns will make more sense."

I've been thinking about it and how it can work, but to no avail. Thank you for the help in advance! :)

cheisyre28 on November 05, 2012:

I am also an aspiring future doctor and I am planning to take the NMAT this coming April 2013...Is the venue only in UST? I am also wondering if there is a sudden increase in the NMAT fee as months goes by...I also want to know what particular part of the exam is the most difficult and what is the easiest (I hope there is ^_^) ...Do I need to study Trigonometry and Geometry that much? On your opinion what med school is the most ideal to spend your med life? Anyone knows about the tuition fees on the different med schools here in Manila & Suburbs? Is there another med entrance exam to be given during med schools admission? I hope anyone can answer my questions precisely...tnx :)

mhican_08 on October 27, 2012:

@ yummy you can get the practice exams once the CEM gets your payment...=)

mendi on October 25, 2012:

@yummy CEM usually posts the practice tests approximately 2-3 weeks before the examination :(

yummy on October 24, 2012:

i just registered 10 minutes ago but I wasn't able to receive the link or attachment for the practice test..any idea why?

rachel on October 16, 2012:

Hi, Is the period table available during the second portion of the exam?

Hazel on October 05, 2012:

Hi, I am just wondering if I take the NMAT by April, can I still be admitted by June 2013? I am about to give birth around november-december. :)

kimmmy on October 04, 2012:

Hi! I was just wondering, how long did you review for nmat? because i am panicking right now. taking the test in dec and yet I haven't finished reviewing any. thanks!!! :) what other reviewers did you use?

Nikki on September 30, 2012:

Hi Andrei,

This page has been a huge help! This may be redundant but, does that same user that uploaded the Set 1 also have the answer key? I'm currently in the US and we do not have any resources for the NMAT. In fact, I just took the MCAT here and the NMAT seems to be much more difficult especially due to Part 1. I know in your post that you maintained that you reviewed on your own using the review guide and HS biology books. How similar is the review packet to the actual exam? Do you think it's comparable in difficulty? I've read another blog which, indicated that the MSA review books are indeed tougher than the actual exams. I'm in a bit of a time crunch seeing that I am hoping to take the NMAT in December 1 (there's only one day here in the US) as in TWO months from now. Please let me know. :) Thanks for all your help! Also, where do you have your sights set on? And, congrats on the job well done!

kuhkuhbara on September 21, 2012:

Thanks for your reply. Actually a lot of people are telling me that I don't have to worry about my age. That it's never too late to enter med school. I just need to do good with NMAT!!! :)

Anyway, I browsed the link of the reviewer you sent. Does it have an answer key? Will the reviewers from NMAT contains answers? Because it's difficult to know whether you are answering the questions correctly during the practice hehehe :)

Thank you!!! :)

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on September 20, 2012:

Hi Kuhkuhbara! Thanks for your comment. This was the link I shared earlier: http://www.scribd.com/doc/63900660/NMAT-Practice-S... It contains the reviewers you'll get from NMAT.

Registration's open already so you're bound to receive them anyway. For other materials, try to look through school libraries. Some online handouts may also do. Just try to be resourceful with this part, but make sure you read through quality stuff. :)

Honestly, age 29 is not that bad. I'm sure you're a lot wiser now an that you know what you want. While other guys start early, some may get immature and not take what they're studying too seriously. Some may also have just been pushed by their parents. Haha.

One of my college batchmates who went ahead of me says there's even someone at age 40 who's just starting with Med school. So if you feel like it's for you, then go for it!

Of course, NMAT is going to be your ticket so you really need to brush up on the sciences. Take Part 1 very seriously also since you can easily gain an advantage there just by practicing. :) Good luck!

kuhkuhbara on September 20, 2012:

Hi, I am planning to take NMAT on December. I'm still trying to find scribd or any free sources over the internet with answer keys. Also, i am having a hard time finding where to borrow HS textbooks (I don't have them anymore since I am out of school for 9 years already).

Do you think its too late for me to enter Med school at age 29?

Thanks! :)

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on September 18, 2012:

I posted a link to a Scribd account above. Check it out. :)

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on September 18, 2012:

For Part 1. Just practice the reviewer. See if you can get free sources for booklets and questionnaires (try any library you have access to). For Part 2, you can go through HS textbooks and some other easy to read, but comprehensive material. Good luck!

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on September 18, 2012:

The coverage is actually very broad. I'm sorry I can't be of much help. It felt like a single topic which can be several pages long is only tackled in one or two questions. When you review, just make sure you are able to absorb the concepts and understand what they mean.

For chem, a lot of the relationships between variables are asked about. So you have to know if x and y are directly proportional or inversely proportional. With bio, there are definitely going to be questions on parts of the cell. I don't recall much on scientific names and taxonomy. I hope this helps. :)

noelle mendoza on September 09, 2012:

hi, i'm planning to take the NMAT exam this december as well.. can anyone help suggest what books or review guides to use? thanks :)

reukarya on August 25, 2012:

hi! can you tell me what topics are in? in the second part of the exams, especially chem and bio

R on July 18, 2012:

planning to take it on December.. Can you send some of your reviewer for NMAT?

Tin on June 29, 2012:

I just prepared this early because on July, my review for the December PNLE will already start. After the board exams, I barely have about 10 days to review for the NMAT :) Thank you so much Andrei! :)

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on June 19, 2012:

Calculators aren't allowed. But you know what, I think there might have been a question that would involve the use of sin, cos, tan. I'm not sure though if it's one of the common values like cos 90, sin 45, etc. being1/2, 0, 1, etc. Like I said, I pretty much just answered away during the sciences part. Just get to that part when you have time, which I think you will if you are already preparing this early. :)

Tin on June 08, 2012:

Oh, I see :) Are scientific calculators not allowed in the examinations? If so, I presume there are no questions involving sin, cos, tan? Because as of the moment, I'm reviewing physics and I though of skipping those parts so I could give more time for other topics :)

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on June 04, 2012:

Hi Tin. For Part 1, each subtest has 40 items. For Part 2, it would be 50 items each. The quantitative part is actually very basic - mostly algebra stuff. I don't recall any calculus but there were a couple of geom' and trig' items. Good luck!

Tin on May 22, 2012:

Thanks for the info, Sir :) I was just wondering, how many items do each test set have? And does the quantitative part contain geometry, trigonometry and calculus? :)

AndreiBargas (author) from Philippines on April 25, 2012:

Hi Jay-R. I looked around and I saw this - http://www.scribd.com/doc/63900660/NMAT-Practice-S...

The same user has the set 2 uploaded as well. It's always the same reviewer... and you'll be able to download your own it once you register for NMAT.

I wish you the best of luck. Who knows, maybe we'll even be batchmates on 2013? :)

jay-r on April 23, 2012:

hey! i'm planning to take NMAT on december is there any site that i could download nmat reviewer?