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Hi @ari

I'm a psychology graduate and thus, have no previous background in Science and Math (except for Math & Bio until IGCSE). So I'm really confused in terms of how to prioritise the subjects and their study. 

I had some questions:

1. Can I skip an entire section? for example - maybe not complete the physics questions 

2. The Pearson is hard to find right now, so would you recommend the Cambridge IB textbooks, Cambridge A Levels or Cambridge IGCSE texts for me to begin studying? 

3. Can I just learn parts from textbooks based on the IMAT portion, or would you recommend having learnt the entire textbook? 

Looking forward to hearing form you! 

Thank you, 


Topic starter Posted : 03/11/2020 7:48 am
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Ari Horesh
Noble Member Community Founder Medical Student

Hey @anushkagokani ,

You can skip as many questions as you want, but remember, the IMAT is very competitive. Each correct answer is 1.5 points, wrong answer is -0.4, and unmarked is 0. 

I would use IGCSE for chemistry and biology, but notice that they are probably not as detailed as A level books, especially for physiology and metabolism. 

Learning the entire book is low yield, and won׳t give you any benefit for the exam. 

Are you using our study planner?

I am planning on adding some books to the study planner, send the exact book names (and their edition), and I will do my best to add and edit the study planner as soon as possible (after my first semester)

For now, you should focus on the syllabus.


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Posted : 03/11/2020 9:56 am
New Member IMAT

Hey @ari

Thanks for your promt response! Yes, I am following your study planner, it is honestly great! 

So I've been working through the syllabus itself and switching amongst textbooks. 


Here are the ones I'm using:



1. Cambridge IGCSE Biology Third Edition - D G Mackean, Dave Hayward 

2. Complete Chemistry for cambridge IGCSE Second Edition - RoseMarie Gallagher, Paul Ingram

3. Cambridge IGCSE Physics Third Edition - Tom Duncan, Heather Kennett

4. Complete International Mathematics for Cambridge IGCSE Extended - David Rayner, Jim Fensom



1. Cambridge Biology for the IB Diploma - Brenda Walpole, Ashby Merson-Davies, Leighton Dann


A & As Levels 

1.Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology Coursebook Fourth Edition - Mary Jones, Richard Fosbery, Jennifer Gregory and Dennis Taylor

2.Cambridge International AS and A Level Chemistry Coursebook Second Edition - Lawrie Ryan and Roger Norris

3. Cambridge International AS and A Level Physics Coursebook Second Edition - David Sang, Graham Jones, Gurinder Chadha and Richard Woodside

Topic starter Posted : 03/11/2020 10:30 am