Ari Horesh University of Pavia, Italy4th of March, 2023
On September 13, 2022, the highly anticipated IMAT 2022 exam was released to the public as a PDF, and I had the opportunity to analyze it. As an experienced tutor, I teach my students how to confidently tackle the exam and provide helpful tips and tricks to navigate the most probable topics that might appear on the exam.
In previous years, I shared this knowledge during private lessons. Still, this year I started a class called “The 50+ Club,” where I teach students how to identify common traps and keywords for potential topics and pitfalls that are likely to appear on the exam. Over the past three years, I have had tremendous success in predicting some of the questions, topics, and traps that were likely to appear on the exam during my private lessons and free public marathons. It has become a hallmark of my teaching approach.
However, this year’s exam was slightly different from previous years, as expected. There were other exam writers and question styles, and many of the traditional traps and topics still existed, but the questions were written slightly differently. As a result, we suspect that the passing scores might be affected due to the different exam formats.
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IMAT 2022 Analysis
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
The Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving section of the IMAT 2022 exam consisted of five questions each. While my team and I did not have any specific predictions for this section, we expected to see more questions related to assumptions and the main conclusion, which did in fact appear on the exam. Overall, the critical thinking questions were focused on primary critical thinking skills, such as identifying and evaluating arguments, and were of average difficulty.
One notable aspect of the Critical Thinking section was that there were no questions related to Venn diagrams (parallel reasoning), a recurring theme on previous IMAT exams. Instead, the questions focused on areas such as identifying and evaluating premises and conclusions, logical fallacies, and identifying the assumptions in an argument. There were also a few questions that required test-takers to identify the validity of an argument or determine if an argument was well-supported by evidence.
In the Problem-Solving section, the questions focused on applying mathematical concepts, reasoning, and critical thinking to solve complex problems. These questions required a solid understanding of mathematical principles and the ability to use them quickly. The difficulty of the questions varied, with some being straightforward and others requiring more in-depth analysis and problem-solving skills.
Overall, the Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving section of the IMAT 2022 exam was challenging but manageable, with questions that tested the test-takers ability to analyze, evaluate, and apply concepts in a logical and structured manner.
As always, the General Knowledge section of the IMAT 2022 exam was challenging to predict. However, a few years ago, I created a list of potential topics that might appear on the exam and compiled them into a set of flashcards for my students to use for practice. Although there were no questions from the flashcards on this year’s exam, the questions were still focused on a wide range of general knowledge topics.
One notable question in this year’s General Knowledge section related to prizes, which required test-takers to identify the specific prize that was awarded to a particular scientist. Another question focused on Marie Curie, a renowned scientist whose work has significantly impacted various fields of study. These questions highlighted the importance of studying key figures and their contributions to their respective fields as part of the preparation for the IMAT exam.
As with previous years, the General Knowledge section of the exam required test-takers to have a broad knowledge base on a range of topics, including history, literature, art, science, and current events. To prepare for this section, it is recommended that test-takers read widely and stay up-to-date on current events, as well as review key historical and scientific figures and their contributions to their fields.
In summary, the General Knowledge section of the IMAT 2022 exam was challenging to predict, but it remained a vital part of the exam that required test-takers to have a broad knowledge base on various topics. It is essential to have a solid understanding of key historical and scientific figures and their contributions and stay informed on current events to perform well in this section.
The Biology Section
The Biology section of the IMAT 2022 exam was different this year, focusing on different topics compared to the past ten years. The exam also utilized a lot of illustrations, which was something that my students and I had anticipated. To prepare for this, I allowed my students to practice with as many illustrations as possible, but we still noticed a shift in the question style that required us to update our courses and materials to cover every ground.
Despite the shift in the question style, many expected topics were still covered in the exam. These topics included Genetics, Mitosis, Meiosis, Membranes, Organelles, and DNA. One notable question was related to the nephron, which I had anticipated as they had asked a similar question in 2020 but not in 2021. To help my students prepare for this, I created a summary of the nephron and ADH in my summer class, which benefitted my students who took the exam.
Overall, the Biology section of the IMAT 2022 exam required a solid understanding of fundamental concepts, such as genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology. Test-takers also needed to understand the workings of different organ systems, such as the renal system. To prepare for this section, it is essential to review the core concepts of biology and to practice interpreting and analyzing illustrations.
In conclusion, the Biology section of the IMAT 2022 exam was challenging but manageable, with questions that tested the test-takers understanding of fundamental concepts in biology and their ability to analyze and interpret illustrations. The shift in question style highlighted the importance of staying up-to-date with changes to the exam format and adjusting study materials accordingly.
The Chemistry Section
The Chemistry section of the IMAT 2022 exam was relatively easy and fair, with most of the expected topics and questions appearing on the exam. These topics included weak and strong acids, basic atomic number questions, basic organic chemistry, van der Waals (vdv) questions (covered thoroughly in our course), redox reactions, equilibrium, and molecular shapes.
One notable aspect of this year’s Chemistry section was the emphasis on basic concepts, which allowed test-takers to focus on the core principles of chemistry. The questions were straightforward and required a solid understanding of fundamental concepts, such as the different types of chemical bonds, basic acid-base chemistry, and the properties of molecules.
Overall, the Chemistry section of the IMAT 2022 exam was relatively easy and fair, with questions that tested the test-taker’s understanding of fundamental concepts in chemistry and their ability to apply them to solve problems. To prepare for this section, it is important to have a solid understanding of the core principles of chemistry, such as atomic structure, chemical bonds, and chemical reactions. It is also essential to practice problem-solving and to review key concepts thoroughly to ensure a strong foundation in chemistry.
In conclusion, the Chemistry section of the IMAT 2022 exam was manageable, with questions that tested the test taker’s understanding of core principles in chemistry. The emphasis on basic concepts highlighted the importance of a solid understanding of fundamental concepts to succeed in this section. It is recommended that test-takers review key basic concepts thoroughly and practice basic chemical questions from our recommended books and resources to prepare for this section of the exam.
Math and Physics Question
The Physics section of the IMAT 2022 exam was challenging, with a few new topics that had never appeared on the exam before. One notable topic was the pendulum, a new addition that proved difficult for many test-takers. However, we were able to prepare for this topic by including it in our course materials, and it served as a reminder that the section is becoming more complex every year.
Despite the challenging new topics, there were still many familiar topics that we had predicted to appear on the exam. These topics included electrical circuits, basic algebra, gas laws, and kinematics. However, these topics were at a higher difficulty level than in previous years, which is indicative of a growing trend to emphasize more on physics and math over the years.
Overall, the Physics section of the IMAT 2022 exam required a solid understanding of fundamental concepts in physics, such as mechanics, thermodynamics, and electricity. It also required strong math skills, such as algebra, geometry, and calculus, to solve problems effectively. To prepare for this section, it is recommended that test-takers review key concepts thoroughly and practice problem-solving extensively.
Updated Post – IMAT 2022 Scores
After the official scores for the IMAT 2022 exam were released, we have updated this article to include them in the interactive map on our homepage or in the specific university page using our menu. We are proud to say that our predictions were correct, even when trying to avoid predicting them.
We had received many inquiries about our opinion on the minimum scores for the IMAT 2022 exam, and although we usually do not like to predict these, we decided to share our opinion on this topic. It seems that the competition for the exam was higher this year, with a significant increase in the number of test-takers.
For Non-EU test-takers, we predicted that the scores would remain around the same as the previous year, and for some universities, they might cross the 50 mark, but not for southern universities. As for EU test-takers, there was a drop in the minimum scores last year, and although we were unsure if it would remain the same this year, it was unlikely to jump back and be even higher than before. Therefore, we recommended that a score above 45-46 should most likely be sufficient to enter most of the northern universities.
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