MBBS in India is equivalent to MD in Philippines. Both the courses hold the same value for an aspiring doctor. The duration of MD in Philippines is 4 years, but, one cannot take a direct admission in MD. For your knowledge and clarity, a student first needs to undergo a pre-medical course before they can take an admission in MD course.
Talking about NMAT, this course is conducted and monitored by Commission of Higher Education (CHED) which is the governing body for both private and public higher education in Philippines. This body governs all higher education institutions as well as degree-granting programs in all tertiary educational institutions in the Philippines.
NMAT is required to get admission in any Medical college in the Philippines. This remains same for both government and private colleges.
Talking about the NMAT Test, it mainly consists of 2 parts –
This part mainly exists to assess the mental ability and aptitude of the students. This is conducted in the morning with a time limit of 3 hours.
This part consists of 4 subtests, that are-
Verbal- Analogies, Reading Comprehension (40 Questions)
Inductive and Reasoning- Figure Series, Figure Grouping, Number and Letter Series- (40 Questions)
Quantitative- Fundamental Operation, Problem Solving, Data Interpretation — (40 Questions)
Perceptual Acuity- Hidden Figure, Mirror Image, Identical Information- (40 Questions)
Part – 2 –
The next part is a crucial one as it checks the academic knowledge of the students for the medical field. It is conducted in the afternoon with a time allotment of 2 ½ hours. Part 2 consists of 4 subtests, that are-
Biology- Unity and Diversity of Life, Cells and Cellular Processes, Genetics, The World of Plants and Animals Development, Life Processes: Regulation and Homeostasis, Organisms and Their Environment (50 Questions)
Physics- Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Vibrations, Waves, and Optics, Electricity and Magnetism, Modern Physics (50 Questions)
Social Science- Sociology and Anthropology, Psychology (50 Questions)
Chemistry- General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry (50 Questions)
In total (including part 1 and 2), the exam comprises of 5 hours and 30 minutes in a day and a total of 360 questions.
The results of the NMAT are out within 15-20 working days from the exam date and can be checked online. Here is the copy of a score sheet of a student for you to get an idea as to how scores are shared with students.
Part 1- consists of subtests scores and a composite score called APT
Part 2- consists of consists of subtests scores and a composite score called SA
And at the end, a full combined score of all the sub-tests called the General Performance score (GPS). The percentile is calculated based on the GPS score. This standard percentile is recommended by the CHED. However, the CHED has given flexibility to the individual college wherein they can decide the minimum percentile required for admission.
The NMAT is conducted twice a year, usually in the month of March and October respectively.
However, some people also spread tons of rumours about this test.
Rumours about NMAT
A lot of consultants in India spread rumours and wrong information about this exam being a tough one. They even go on saying that a lot of students fail this exam. However, this statement is mostly false, but can be partially true as well.
However, the truth is that the students don’t get admission in the MD course in Philippines because they get less percentile, but it is because of the overadmission in the BS course.
Is NMAT hard to crack?
Well no, the exam is easy if you have basic knowledge of the subjects taught in 11th and 12th. When compared with NEET in India, NMAT is the easier one. Any student who has Qualified the NEET exam can easily Qualify the NMAT.
Many consultants might scare the students by telling them how hard it is, however, if you have sufficient knowledge, there’s no chance you can fil it. So, the key learning here is that students should always indulge in doing their own research, rather than believing what the consultant says blindly.