Today, the 13th of September 2022, the IMAT 2022 exam took place and was released to the public to review in the form of a PDF. In this article, I will analyze the paper and see which questions and traps we were able to “predict” before it for my class students.
Notice that this article contains questions from IMAT 2022, so if you plan on taking it for practice for IMAT 2023, you shouldn’t read it!
Every year I teach my students how to tackle the exam correctly while giving them tips and tricks on the most probable topics that might appear on the exam. In the past, I used to teach it during my private lessons, but this year I started a class called “The 50+ Club,” where I teach how to tackle common traps and find keywords of the topics and traps I believe will appear on the exam. In the past three years, I had a lot of success doing it during my private lessons and free public marathons, and it’s something I am known for at this point, predicting some questions, topics, and traps that will most likely appear on the exam.
This year the exam seems to be slightly different, which is expected from exams every x years (in our case, precisely ten years). We suspect different exam writers and question styles. Although many of the traditional traps and topics still existed, many questions were written a bit differently, which makes us believe the passing scores might be affected due to that reason as well.
To download IMAT 2022 Past Paper PDF, view it online:
All answers are A
IMAT 2022 Analysis
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
This year we had five questions on Critical Thinking and five on Problem-solving. While there was nothing specific to predict, the team and I expected to have more questions about assumptions and the main conclusion, and we were right. There were mainly questions about the main critical thinking skills. The critical thinking section was pretty average in terms of difficulty.
As always, there’s not too much we can do for General knowledge. A few years ago, I created a list of topics that might appear on the exam, and I compiled them into a set of flashcards. This year there were no questions from the flashcards, but there were general knowledge questions about prizes, familiar scientists such as Marie curie (which we always suggest reading more about)
Biology was pretty different this year, with different topics compared to the past ten years. they also used a lot of illustrations which I personally expected, and allowed my students to practice as many as possible, but there was a shift in the questions.
Because there was a slight shift in the question style, focusing on a different part of the syllabus, we will make updates and a few changes to our courses and materials based on that trend to cover every ground.
In general, there were the topics we expected: Genetics, Mitosis Meiosis, Membranes, Organelles, and DNA. There was also a question about the nephron, which I suspected they would ask again this year as they asked it in 2020 and not 2021, so I created a summary in my summer class about it, covering ADH and the nephron, which appeared on the paper.
Chemistry was pretty easy this year and very fair. We could predict most of the topics and the questions, such as weak and strong acids, basic atomic number questions, very basic organic chemistry, vdv questions (which we covered thoroughly in the course), redox reactions, equilibrium, and molecular shapes.
All of the subjects above were taught in our course this year. We believe the chemistry section was pretty fair this year.
Math and physics
This section was very hard this year, with a few new topics that had never appeared before, such as the pendulum (luckily, I had a few PDFs in my course to review this material this year, but it seems like this section is getting more complex every year) However, there were also topics that we predicted to appear, such as electrical circuits, basic algebra, gas laws, and kinematics. We expected these topics to appear this year as well, so we made sure to cover them in our course; however, they were at a higher difficulty level than in previous years. Seems like there’s a growing trend to emphasize more on physics and math over the years.
I usually don’t like to predict the minimum scores, but because so many of you asked me, I decided to share my opinion about the upcoming scores. Seems like the competition got higher this year. I do believe the scores for the Non-EU will stay around the same as the previous year, and maybe for some universities will cross the 50 (but not for southern universities). About EU, it seems like there was a drop in the minimum scores last year, I am not sure if it will stay the same this year, but it’s very unlikely to jump back and be even higher than before, so a score above 45-6 should most likely be sufficient to enter most of the northern universities.
Did you use EnterMedSchool to study this year? Comment down below which was your first choice university and what your expected scores (as a Non-EU or EU), I would love to hear from you!