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Ari Horesh
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Dear community, today you took a significant step on the way to your admission to medical school; you can download IMAT 2020 Past Paper (A form) from here, feel free to download it. We will also upload the standard document with the answer sheet as soon as it is available.
In the next 24 hours, we will add detailed answers and explanations on how to solve the test.

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IMAT 2020 Worked Solutions

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For the critical thinking and problem solving, you can use Shalev׳s skill he thought on the IMAT 2020 Marathon, the same for chemistry and biology, we are going to use the 5 steps of question-solving and analyzing in order to solve these questions (you can access the 12-hour recording and files on the donators zones, and also support our non-profit on the way 😉 )

Logic and Problem Solving

Thousands of books and blogs – and quite a bit of legitimate science – sing the praises of positivity. Optimistic, happy people tend to be healthier, more physically active and more successful. They may even live longer. But as shown by research, positivity, when deployed at the wrong time or in the wrong amount, can have negative effects. For example, when it comes to waiting for the results of an exam or a job interview, ‘being prepared for the worst’ is shown to be a better strategy for protecting ourselves than categorical optimism. When it comes to health, negative thinking spurs people into seeking information and engaging in healthy behaviour. Finally, relentlessly positive people may seem dismissive or insensitive to friends who are having difficulties, seeming to make light of their problems.

Which one of the following best expresses the main conclusion of the above argument?

Question 1 Answer


  1. Positive thinking is not always helpful.
  2. Research into positivity has so far ignored its potential downsides.
  3. Being overly positive can damage our relationships with friends.
  4. Negative thinking about health can be beneficial.
  5. People who think positively live longer.

First, let's observe the prompt:

Which one of the following best expresses the main conclusion of the above argument?

First off, option B cannot be taken into consideration, as the text tells us that research on the negative effects of positivity exists when it says: "But as shown by research, positivity, when deployed at the wrong time or in the wrong amount, can have negative effects."

As we are looking for a conclusion, that allows us to strike out the option E, as that is a statement.

Now for options A, C and D, C and D are relate to specific statements made by the end of the paragraph, and are indeed, both valid answers for statements and conclusions that could be drawn from the text. However they are specific conclusions, not the MAIN one.

In fact they are exemples that serve to reinforce the main argument, which is "positivity [...] can have negative effects."

As such, they guide us towards the main conclusion which is exactly that:

Positive thinking is not always helpful.

Preciselly showing us two cases in which this is true.

Although the idea of a driverless vehicle seems like the stuff of science fiction, we are moving very close to the reality of self-driving cars. But we are so engrossed in the technology that we are ignoring the legal implications – and legislating for new scenarios takes time. A whole new set of questions is raised by the development of these machines. One example is the question of who takes responsibility when an accident happens. Given that the vast majority of crashes are caused in part at least by human error, self-driving cars should have the capacity to save lives. But they will not be perfect. So if an accident happens, who is responsible? The owner of the car, or the manufacturer of the car? The car itself cannot be prosecuted or made to pay damages.

Which one of the following can be drawn as a conclusion from the above passage?

Question 2 Answer
  1. New laws are needed to determine liability for accidents involving driverless cars.
  2. We should not continue to develop self-driving cars.
  3. All the technology needed to create a self-driving car is already available.
  4. It will be impossible to determine liability for accidents involving driverless cars.
  5. The design of driverless cars will continue to improve with time.

First, observe the prompt:

Which one of the following can be drawn as a conclusion from the above passage?

Before we go on to analise the alternatives, observe the slight variation between questions 1 and 2. Here we're not looking for a main conclusion that is built by the text. Instead, we are offered a set of alternatives from which only one could be said to be a conclusion that you could draw from reading the text. In these instances, generally the text won't have as straightforward a conclusion and you will have to infer what conclusion the author was leading you towards, without specifying explicitly. So let's see what we're dealt with:

The text argues that the technology of self driving is close to becoming a reality and that we do not have enough real life experience with the implications of this achievement. It then proposes some hipotheticals and questions what would the legal ramifications of those scenarios should they come to pass in our current legal framework.

Well, in no point does it make any mention that the technology should not move forward, it simply poses the legal dificulties we would have if it were to become available today with our current laws, so B is out.

It also doesn't state that the technology is already available, nor that the design of driverless cars will continue to improve (options C and E), it only states that driverless vehicles are very close to becoming a reality. It doesn't include or exclude the possibility of it improving over time, it doesn't even cover the topic, but it also states that it is not a reality as of yet, so we can't conclude that all of the technology is already available.

That leaves us with A and D.

D is very tempting, as indeed it strikes very close to some statements of the paragraph, which illustrates how hard it would be to determine liability with our current legal model. But this alternative states that "It will be impossible" meaning in the future, and that cannot be concluded from the text. Indeed, the text states only that we don't have the tools to determine it right now, and that creating new laws takes time. In fact, it asks us some questions to guide us through some thought experiments of the dificulties in order for us to be able to come up with answers to these problems.

The conclusion that we are to draw from the argument is that we need new laws for these kinds of situations, laws that guide us through solving the liability of trafic accidents involving self driving cars. This, is option A. 

In 1938 the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian left Paris to escape the threat of German invasion and went to live in London, where he painted what are now regarded as his best works. Mondrian had the option of moving to a more rural area in England, but chose London because of his love of the diverse and vibrant culture of big cities. This explains why London has more artists living in it than any other city in England.

Which one of the following is an underlying assumption of the above passage?

Question 3 Answer
  1. Other artists make the same choice as Mondrian for the same reasons.
  2. Artists can only create great works if they are happy and relaxed.
  3. Other big cities in England have the same attractive features as London.
  4. London is a big city because all the artists who live there boost its size and population.
  5. There is less inspiration for artists in rural areas.

We start with the prompt:

"Which one of the following is an underlying assumption of the above passage?"

An assumption is something that the author doesn't ever say in the text, but that guides them towards their conclusion, or allows them to use some sort of evidence as cohoboration to the argument they are trying to present.

In these cases we are often given options that present us with assumptions based on various parts of the text, but only one which the authors themselves made. This kinds of questions often play on our biases and previous knowledge, and the key to solving them is usually setting aside all that we know and sticking to only what's said in the passage.

For instance, options B and D are cases of such assumptions. We might think that they are true, but they have no relation whatsoever to what is present in the text.

Option C is out of the question, as nothing in the text aside from the last line covers other big cities in England. And that very last line simply says that London has more artists than other cities, so it actually works against this conclusion.

Option E might be tempting, because the exerpt does say that the painter opted for Londom due to "his love of diverse and vibrant culture of big cities". But in no point does it specify that that is what inspires him, which might have been a possible assumption. As it is, however, no such assumption was made by the text.

Option A however tackles this specific passage:

"This explains why London has more artists living in it..."

Here the author makes a statement that generalises the previously presented information which pertrained to a single artist to other artists, without presenting a link to justify that jump. This jump is preciselly an assumption and it is our answer. Option A.

In some countries, prisoners may purchase books with the money they earn by working. Hence receiving gifts of books may discourage prisoners from undertaking paid work while in prison. This work is important in building self-esteem and encouraging a work ethic among prisoners. In any case, prisoners have access to books through the prison library. Therefore prisoners should not be allowed to receive parcels containing books from friends or relatives while they are serving their sentence.

Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the above argument?

Question 4 Answer


People who take their holidays in Las Vegas love to gamble. Gerry will be going to France for his holiday so he must not like gambling.

Which one of the following most closely parallels the reasoning used in the above argument?

Question 5 Answer

LoCost sells three different types of washing powder: Zoom, Zap and Ownbrand. Zoom is a double concentrate brand needing only half the amount of powder used by the other two brands.

Which one of the boxes of powder below represents best value for money?

Question 6 Answer
  1. LoCost sells three different types of washing powder: Zoom, Zap and Ownbrand. Zoom is a

double concentrate brand needing only half the amount of powder used by the other two brands.

Which one of the boxes of powder below represents best value for money?

The question asks you to find the most convenient washing powder, and to do it, we need first to find the price for 1kg of each product.

  1. 2 kg= 2.40£ 1kg= 1.20£
  2. Zoom is a double concentrate, so buying 1kg of it equals buying 2 kg of another product. To compare its price with the other products, we will consider 0.5kg as equivalent to 1 kg of zap or own brand. 1kg= 2.50£5kg= 1.75£
  3. 2kg (Zoom)= 4.955kg=about 1.24£
  4. 1kg= 1.30£
  5. 1kg= 1.25£

Correct answer A.

36% of the contents of a tin of sweets have been eaten. Today, 25% of the remaining sweets will be eaten. The same number of sweets will be eaten on each of the following 2 days.

What % of its original contents will it then contain?

Question 7 Answer

First, 36% of the sweets are eaten. This means (100% - 36%)= 64% of sweets are left. Today 25% of 64% is eaten: 64/100 x 25= 16% of the original content of the tin is eaten. On each of the following 2 days, 16% will be eaten. The remaining sweets will be (100% - 36% - 16% - 16% - 16%)= 16%. Correct answer A.

As part of a maths project, a class of 30 children conduct a survey amongst themselves of how many brothers and sisters they have. They each write their name in the appropriate space on the chart below. No one in the class has a brother or sister who is also in the class.

How many of the 30 families involved in the survey have a total of 3 or more children?

Question 8 Answer

To have 3 or more children in a family, the child in the class needs to have at least 2 siblings. The possible combinations are: 1 brother + 1 sister (3), 1 brother + 2 sisters (2), 1 brother + 3 sisters (1), 1 sister + 2 brothers (1), 2 sisters (1), 3 sisters (0), 2 brothers (2), 3 brothers (1). The sum is 11. Correct answer A.


Jeff is looking to buy a new car. He will only be using it for commuting to his workplace for 1 year and will have a total annual mileage of 20 000. He wants to buy the car which would make his total spend over the year, including the initial cost of the car, the lowest.

Using the table above, which type of car should he buy?

Question 9 Answer

Let’s calculate the sum of the cost to travel 20000 miles (= cost to fill/charge the tank x 20000/distance on full tank or charge) and the cost of the car for each car type.

- Autogas: 30 x 100 + 10000= 13000 dollars

- diesel: 50 x 40 + 12000= 14000 dollars

- petrol: 50 x 50 + 10000= 12500 dollars

- hydrogen: 50 x 100 + 9500= 14500 dollars

- electric: 5 x 100 + 12500= 13000 dollars

Correct answer A.

A piece of paper is laid on a table in landscape orientation (i.e. the longer side running left to right and the shorter side running top to bottom).

This piece of paper is then folded in half four times, alternately by moving the left hand side across over the right hand side and folding, and by moving the top half down over the bottom half and then folding. After each fold a dot is made with a pen in the centre of the face showing on the table.

After the four folds and four dots, the paper is unfolded in the reverse sequence and is then turned over so that the four dots are showing.

What is the pattern of the dots on the paper? (Dotted lines represent the fold marks)

Question 10 Answer
General Knowledge

11 Which of the following languages is not a member of the ‘Romance’ language family?

  1. A  Bulgarian

  2. B  Spanish

  3. C  Catalan

  4. D  French

  5. E  Romanian

  1.  Which of these people did NOT win the Nobel Prize in Literature?

    1. A  Charles Dickens

    2. B  Pablo Neruda

    3. C  Harold Pinter

    4. D  Thomas Mann

    5. E  Bob Dylan



14 Which of the following books was NOT written by Primo Levi?

  1. A  Beyond Good and Evil

  2. B  IfThisIsaMan

  3. C  The Truce

  4. D  If Not Now, When?

  5. E  The Drowned and the Saved

  1. 15  The name of the German mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss is famously associated with

    1. A  the normal distribution curve

    2. B  the sine function

    3. C  the law of supply and demand

    4. D  the uncertainty principle

    5. E  Bayes’ theoren

17 Which one of the following pairs of archipelago/country is NOT correct?

  1. A  Cape Verde – Brazil

  2. B  Azores – Portugal

  3. C  Canary Islands – Spain

  4. D  Galapagos Islands – Ecuador

  5. E  Hawaii – United States of America

  1. 18  Which one of the following international organisations maintains a list of the World Heritage Sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance?

    1. A  UNESCO

    2. B  WHO

    3. C  UNICEF

    4. D  OECD

    5. E  WTO

  1.  Which of the following institutions of the Republic of Italy is democratically elected by direct universal suffrage?

    1. A  Senate of the Republic

    2. B  Government

    3. C  President of the Republic

    4. D  President of the Council of Ministers

    5. E  High Council of the Judiciary

  2. Which one of the following is NOT a principle of the sharing economy?

    1. A  Competition is dangerous.

    2. B  Access is preferable to ownership.

    3. C  Transparent and open data increases innovation.

    4. D  Stranger danger can be overcome.

    5. E  Unused value is wasted value.



I am using the steps from the marathon (go to our YouTube channel) to solve the biology and chemistry questions. Use our 5 steps to make sure you are not skipping anything!

Question 23 Answer

Let׳s go through all of the numbers one by one to understand which one of the following is hydrophobic. I am using the steps from the marathon (go to our YouTube channel) to solve the biology and chemistry questions.

Number 1: The ring structure usually suggests a sugar (maybe glucose). Sugars are polar and hydrophilic. Seems like number 1 is a glycoprotein. 

Number 2: We are looking at the head of the phospholipid, the phosphate group. The phosphate group is polar and therefore, hydrophilic. 

Number 3: This is the lipid part (see the reference above) which means, this is our hydrophobic part of the cell membrane.

Number 4: Looks like an integral protein of a membrane, also, they are referencing the outermost part of the protein (which reacts with the cytosol - water). In order for the protein to stay integrated inside the membrane - it has 2 parts, non-polar and polar, which make it "stay" in its place. 

Number 5: Same explanation as number 4. 

Question 24 Answer

It is crucial to remember the structure of amino acids for the IMAT exam. 

Common to all aminoacids - Carboxylic acid group and an amino group. (Amino-acid). 

R-group - the part that changes among different amino acids. 

Question 25 Answer

They are made up of one or more cells. - This is true and essential. Viruses, for example, are not living things (it is debatable, but remember this fact for the actual exam).

They have DNA as genetic material. - They do, all the domains of life follow the central dogma of life (DNA, RNA, Codons)

They use energy to stay alive when their surroundings change - living things yield and use energy in many chemical pathways, this is what differentiates them from objects.

They undergo phases of growth - a fact you should remember. 

All living organisms share several key characteristics or functions: order, sensitivity or response to the environment, reproduction, growth and development, regulation, homeostasis, and energy processing. When viewed together, these eight characteristics serve to define life.

Question 26 Answer

This question looks complicated but using our 4# step (drawing and sketching as much as you can on the question paper) we can make sense out of all the steps. 

First of all, ask yourself, what do you see in this picture? 

I see the process of genetic modification, specifically recombinant DNA, we know that we take genes from other species and "inject" it into another one. 

Which one of the following is the donor of the gene and the acceptor of the gene? what do we use the genes for? 

Bacillus thuringienses = BT, Agrobacterium tumefaciens = AT

If we look at the diagram, we can see that BT contains the gene for the toxin. We need this gene. we take it, while also adding a gene for antibiotic resistance (to clean our petri dish from AT that didn׳t successfully get the toxin gene from the recombination process). The plasmin is taken out of the AT, being modified, then injected back to the AT (supply the plasmin vector). 

The AT induces tumors and toxins, (cell division).

Why 3 and 4 are not correct? 

They are the source of the gene for the production of the insect toxin = BT is our source for the gene

They are the source of the gene for antibiotic resistance. = No, in genetic modification we use antibiotics from a different source (which we usually have an order to the lab and it is a generic gene for these exact processes) 

Which one of the structures listed is NOT involved in the reabsorption of water in a healthy human?

  1. A  glomerulus

  2. B  distal convoluted tubule

  3. C  collecting duct

  4. D  loop of Henle

  5. E  proximal convoluted tubule

Question 27 Answer

The majority of water reabsorption that occurs in the nephron is facilitated by the AQPs. Most of the fluid that is filtered at the glomerulus is then reabsorbed in the proximal tubule and the descending limb of the loop of Henle.

Almost all solutes, except for proteins, are filtered out into the glomerulus by a process called glomerular filtration. Second, the renal tubules collect the filtrate. Most of the solutes are reabsorbed in the PCT by a process called tubular reabsorption.

The glomerulus main function is filtration, not reabsorption. 

Question 28 Answer

All of the following are correct except "It lowers the activation energy of lipase."

Read this question carefully - lipase is an enzyme, not a substrate, and there is no reason to lower the activation energy of the actual enzyme.

Secondly, but most important, digestion of fat in the small intestine is helped by bile, made in the liver. Bile breaks the fat into small droplets that are easier for the lipase enzymes to work on.

Bile is not an enzyme.

The heart of a developing human fetus normally has a hole in the septum. The septum separates the right atrium and the left atrium.

Which one of the statements about the circulation in the developing fetus with a hole in the septum is correct?

  1. A  Blood entering the right atrium can bypass the lungs and go to the rest of the body.

  2. B  Blood in the right atrium may return directly to the vena cava.

  3. C  Blood in the pulmonary artery will go directly to the aorta.

  4. D  The maximum pressure in the aorta is the same as the maximum pressure in the contracting atrium.

  5. E  The atrioventricular node will not cause ventricular systole.

Question 29 Answer

Which row shows three structures found in a healthy human male liver cell, in order of size from largest to smallest?

[Assume that there are no mutations in the cell.]

Question 30 Answer

The X chromosome is bigger than the Y chromosome.

nucleosome is the basic structural unit of DNA packaging in eukaryotes. The structure of a nucleosome consists of a segment of DNA wound around eight histones

What is the correct order of the following events that occur immediately after acetylcholine binds to postsynaptic receptors of a muscle fibre, causing the muscle to contract?

1 Ca2+ ions diffuse into the sarcoplasm.
2 The muscle fibre membrane is depolarised.
3 The myosin binding site on the actin filament is uncovered.

  1. A  2,1,3

  2. B  2,3,1

  3. C  1,2,3

  4. D  1,3,2

  5. E  3,2,1

Question 31 Answer

The process of muscle contraction is crucial for the IMAT exam. Let׳s go through the main points and step of it!

1) depolarisation - calcium ions releases

- Action potential from a motor neuron triggered acetylcholine 

- Acetylcholine initiates depolarization of the sarcolemma, it spreads through the muscle fibers via the T tubules

- SER (sarcoplasmic reticulum) releases Ca2+!

- Calcium ions bind to troponin

2) the actin-myosin bond occurs

- tropomyosin is removed from the actin, revealing the actin to the myosin. 

- cross bridge between the actin and myosin

3) sliding mechanism (actin and myosin filaments)

4) the muscle contract (sarcomere shortens) 

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Micrometer = 1×10−6 m , so 1 cm = 10,000 μm.

1: 40000μm / 4000 = 10μm

2: 0.5 μm

3: 60000μm / 20000 = 3μm

4: 0.14mm = 140μm

5: 30000 / 400 = 75μm

Question 34 Answer
I have to say, this question gives me a good laugh. Why? because every year they aske they same kind of question with the same type of trick.
In this case, remember, the mitochondria contain circular DNA!
Question 35 Answer

All three of these processes occur in both replication and transcription, therefore, none of them could allow you to distinguish between them! 

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Elements are pure substances composed of only one type of atom, while compounds are formed by two or more different types of elements that are chemically united by ionic or covalent bonds. Molecules are neutral groups of atoms bound together by covalent and ionic bonds. Therefore Br2 is a molecule of the element bromine (answer A), held together by covalent pure bonds. The molecule is neutral so it cannot be an ion. Correct answer A.

Question 42 Answer

Sucrose is polar because it has bonds between O and H, and the O is slightly more negative. We can deduce that sugar is polar also by noticing that it dissolves in water, a polar substance: polar solutes dissolve only in polar solutions and non polar solutes dissolve only in non-polar solvents. (statement 3 false) A solution is defined saturated if, at constant temperature, no more solute will dissolve (statement 1 correct). In solutions, the melted substance is called solute and the substance in which it melts is the solvent. (Statement 4 correct) We don’t about the freezing point, but we’ve already found the two correct statements. Correct answer A.

Question 43 Answer

Water will dissociate into OH- and H+. Mg, an alkaline metal of the second group, reacting with water will produce an hydroxide (formula: Mg(OH)n) using the OH- coming from the water. Because it’s an element from the second group, it has oxidation number=+2, therefore the magnesium hydroxide will have the formula: Mg(OH)2. We now proceed to balance the reaction, we will need 2 water molecules that will produce the 2 OH- for the hydroxide and 2 H+, that will form hydrogen (H2). Correct Answer A.

Question 44 Answer

Intermolecular forces are attraction forces occurring between two or more separate molecules. Hydrogen bonds are the strongest of them, they occur in molecules containing atoms with big electronegativity difference, in particular an H atom (hydrogen donor) and an O, N or F atom (hydrogen acceptor). Therefore we can exclude answer C, D and E. Weak intermolecular forces are VanderWaal forces, the strongest are the permanent dipole-permanent dipole, which occurs between polar molecules. Between non-polar molecules induced dipole-induced dipole forces are found. Both A and B are non polar molecules (they have a symmetrical structure), so they both have induced dipole-induced dipole forces. In this case, it is the smallest molecule that has the weakest intermolecular bonds (small molecules has strong covalent bonds that hold the atoms together in its molecules, and the molecules will interact less between each other). CH4 is the smallest molecule, and the correct answer is A.


Question 45 Answer

The atomic number is the number of protons in the nucleus of an atom, while the atomic mass is the number of protons and neutrons. To find the number of protons we will have to calculate atomic mass – atomic number, so (2x + 6) – x = x+6. Correct answer A.

Question 46 Answer

- VCl 4      O.N. of Cl4=(-1)x4=-4    O.N. of V=+4

- VO2+        O.N. of O= -2   O.N. of V=+4

- VO2       O.N. of O2= (-2)x2=-4    O.N. of V=+2

- VO3–       O.N. of O3=(-2)x3=-6     O.N. of V=+5

- V2O5       O.N. of O5=(-2)x5=-10   O.N. of V2=(+5)x2=+10

To calculate the oxidation number of V, remember that the sum of the O.N. of all atoms of a molecule equals its total charge.

Correct answer A.

Question 47 Answer

Structural isomers are molecules with the same molecular formula, but with a different atom arrangement or different bonds. The molecular formula of 1) are respectively C5H10 and C5H10 (remember that cycloalkanes and alkenes have same molecular formula, CnH2n). In 2) the second molecule is just the first one rotated by 180°, so it not an isomer. In 3 both molecules have the same number of C, H and N atoms, therefore they are structural isomers. Correct answer A.

Question 48 Answer

Functional groups of

- thiols: R-SH

- alcohols: R-OH


- ketones:

- amides:

- esters: 

The cysteine contains the functional group R-SH, so it’s a thiol. Correct answer A.

Question 49 Answer

To solve this question we need to know that the Equilibrium Constant depends only on the temperature, so the only possible answers are A and C.

If the change in enthalpy ΔH is positive the reaction is endothermic, if ΔH is negative the reaction is exothermic. In this case ΔH is negative, and the forward reaction is exothermic. In exothermic reactions increasing the temperature decreases the value of the K and decreasing the temperature increases it, while the opposite happens in endothermic reactions. Correct answer A.

Question 50 Answer

Molecules are non-polar when they are symmetric, polar if they are asymmetric and there is an electronegativity difference comprised between -0.4 and -1.9. All molecules are symmetric and are able to balance their change except for NF3. Correct answer A.

Question 51 Answer

The pH is the -log[H+]. The concentration of hydrogen ions of X is 10-2, while the concentration of hydrogen ions of Y is 10-4. X has a hydrogen ion concentration 100 times greater than Y. Correct answer A.

Question 52 Answer

First, let’s calculate the number of moles of the sulfuric acid.

Don’t forget to convert the cm3 into liters(=dm3). 25 cm3= 0.025 dm3

n= M∙V= 0.4 x 0.025= 0.01 moles

For each mole of sulfuric acid there will be 2 moles of H+, so in total we will have 0.02 moles of H+ that can neutralize 0.02 moles of sodium hydroxide.

The problem asks for the concentration in g L–1, 0.02 moles of NaOH are 0.02 x 40= 0.8g (mass= n° moles/molecular mass). Don’t forget to convert the cm3 into liters(=dm3). 40 cm3= 0.04 dm3


concentration in g L–1= 0.8/0.04=20g/L.

Correct answer A.

Maths & Physics

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A beaker contains 1000 g of a liquid that is stirred at its boiling point. A 100 W electric heater is

completely immersed in the liquid. The heater provides the liquid with thermal energy, and 200 g

of the liquid changes to vapour in 1600 s.

What is the specific latent heat of evaporation of the liquid?

[Assume that no thermal energy is transferred to or from the surroundings, and no vapor

Question 59 Answer

rocket is launched vertically from the surface of the Earth. As it leaves the launch pad, the

total mass of the rocket and its contents is m. The gravitational field strength at the Earth’s

surface is g. The rocket motor provides an upward vertical thrust T to the rocket.

Question 60 Answer

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Posted : 10/09/2020 6:00 pm
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Perhaps, it was... different. I didnt do so well myself - 11 correct, 5 wrong, 2 unanswered.

The other parts seemed relatively easy; overall a score between 43.3 - 47.7.

Anyone else?

Posted : 10/09/2020 9:29 pm
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I should get 41,1 points, with some beautiful evitable mistakes but that's the game. Looks difficult for a 1st round..

Posted : 10/09/2020 11:14 pm
Eminent Member IMAT

Where's the scrambled (non "A form") version of the 2020?

Posted : 11/09/2020 3:25 am
Filipe Sant'Anna
Noble Member Team Member IMAT

@randy, I've only just got home. I had to go to São Paulo to take the test. I'll start working on it tomorrow. Though an official version will probably be published by Admissions Testing at some point as well.

Need help in any questions?
Tag me and I'll try my best to answer it as clearly as possible.

Posted : 11/09/2020 5:45 am
Ari Horesh
Noble Member Community Founder Medical Student


Should be very soon. 


Ari Horesh - The founder of, a nonprofit website with the mission of providing free, world-class education for current and future medical students all around the globe.

Posted : 11/09/2020 10:27 am
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Active Member IMAT

Does anybody know if there were less imat test takers due to Covid? 

It will be interesting to see if the situation has any impact on needed points etc. (hopefully for the better 🙂

Posted : 11/09/2020 11:50 pm
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According to this source, at least for Bologna the number of candidates went up by a fair margin (about 12%), for the exam in English alone. If that trend has repeated across Italy remains to be seen, but by it alone one could infer that interest in medicine in Italy went up. What about non-EU students, that isn't disclosed anywhere yet, so one can only guess what impact Covid played on those numbers.

But we do know that at least two testing centres didn't offer the test this year, making it harder for candidates of those countries to take part on the process. It also made travelling harder for any students that did not live in the city of the testing centre, so there's that as well.

However, it could be argued that Covid gave people more time at home, and thus more time to study, which could contribute to higher grades, balancing things out...


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Posted : 12/09/2020 7:32 pm
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Very comprehensive!

Having said that, there are about 33% more places available for Bologna for Italian language, so it should way more than offsets the 20% increase in applicants.

As to the IMAT, it might increase the score necessary to get in, but with more Italians being able to get into Italian language course, it could actually free-up some IMAT spaces.

Also, we do not know how many people actually taken the test... I noticed plenty of empty sits with the stuff needed to take the test.

I sure hope its not going to be too much higher, as I really want Bologna! 

Edit: No wonders didn't get a higher score. I think it actually about 50% increase.

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Posted : 12/09/2020 8:17 pm
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@sebastian92k, actually it seems that EU spots for Bologna went down from 75 to 70 from last year to this year.

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Posted : 12/09/2020 9:02 pm
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Thanks for the thorough explanation! There are really so many factors that play into everything, just like you explained. 

As a non-eu student I am very much hoping for the best!

Posted : 12/09/2020 9:02 pm
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IMAT, yes. Italian Med they went up significantly. And a lot of the Italian students apply for IMAT just in case, so I hope that if they get into Italian course  they will free-up the IMAT spaces.

Posted : 12/09/2020 9:24 pm
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I have a quick question regarding non-eu application in case anybody has further information about this. 

I heard that in 2017 some universities could not fill up their spots with the initial score and therefore there was a second 

call for non-eu students (I think it was at milano biccocia). As far as I understand non-eu students could then send in their IMAT scores 

to this university even if it was not their first choice. 

Has this ever been the case again during the past years 2018,19 or was this just a one time situation. Because as non-eu, as far as I understand, unfortunately only the first choice counts and you have no further chances like eu does. 

Posted : 12/09/2020 9:47 pm
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I know it is a fact that the min scores increase compared to previous year, but what are your thoughts on this year? With covid and also the exam being a bit harder than past years (at least in my opinion) I am wondering if it is possible for the min scores to stay around the same or increase just a bit, or even decrease.

Also, I can see that there has been more than one rounds of entry for eu last year, was that the case for non-eu as well? Is it ever the case? 

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Posted : 13/09/2020 2:07 am
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I think difficulty of the exam this year was similar to last year or overall easier than the previous exams.

Biology had some kind of tricky questions, but I believe that all other sections like general knowlege, chemistry, physics and mathematics were generally easier than previous exams. Especially for the general knowledge section, it was much easier.

In my opinion, the total number of applicants has fallen, but it won't have much impact on the "actual competition rate". Because those who were well prepared for the exam are anyhow expected to have taken the test despite the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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