I have heard most people say that NMAT is not that difficult. As for me, it is difficult. If you’ve read my post about my NMAT experience, you’ll understand.
First and foremost, I recommend that you take NMAT seriously. It is true that NMAT is not the hardest test you’ll ever take your entire life. But NMAT has a huge role in your journey to becoming a medical doctor. Getting a low score would cause you delays and inconveniences.
So here it goes…
1. Study the NMAT Practice Set from CEM. I suggest that you register for the test early so that you have a longer time to study the practice test they’re gonna send upon registration. Most of the concepts in the actual exam are similar to those in the practice test. So study the practice test well. Know the concepts and rationalize the answers for each question.
2. Focus on Physics and Quantitative. NMAT scores are computed based on how you performed compared to the rest of the examinees. It will be a huge advantage to do well on subjects that most of the examinees don’t usually perform well.
3. Memorize formulas. The formulas you’ll be needing in answering the questions in the practice test are more likely the same formulas needed in the actual exam. So memorize those formulas and practice solving. By the way, calculators are not allowed during the test.
4. Save the hardest for last. Since the exam is time pressured, it is a wise move to answer easier sets first. For example, I prioritized answering Inductive Reasoning and Perceptual Acuity over Quantitative and Verbal Analogies because even if I focus on Quantitative I know that I will less likely get the correct answers.
5. List down the alphabet on your scratch paper. It will save you much time figuring out patterns in the number and letter series.
6. Mock Exams. Time yourself while answering the Practice Set using the time allotments for each subject. It will help you budget your time on the actual test.
7. Buy the MSA NMAT Reviewer. It’s kind of expensive but it will give you more ideas on what the actual test would look like.
8. Study at least a month before. Cramming is not a good idea. The test is made up of questions about concepts and principles we’ve learned back in elementary and high school. I, personally, needed a lot of time to recall those topics.
9. Have a NMAT Review Notebook. If you have chosen not to enroll in a review school, I suggest that you buy a notebook where you write all the principles and concepts you need to learn. During my personal review, I used a University Notebook I entitled “Everything I Need To Know” to keep all my study notes.
10. PRAY. No matter how much preparation you did, all your efforts are in vain without the Lord blessing it. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Here are some links that helped me in studying:
Psychology – http://www.sparknotes.com/psychology/
Sociology – http://www.sparknotes.com/sociology/
Biology – watch YouTube videos about Cells, Photosynthesis, DNA, etc.
Physics and Chemistry – MCAT Study Guides (concepts are similar)
Try visiting this blog too: Med School Today, Doktor Bukas
All the best to you! God bless 🙂