On February 15th, 2022 several articles were published across Italian network sites with news regarding the Italian Test di Medicina (but not the IMAT exam), a national entrance exam, necessary in order to enroll in a Single Cycle Master’s degree program in Medicine and Surgery, in the Italian language. This exam is a complex 60 question, 100-minute exam- with divisions in topics such as logical reasoning, general knowledge, maths, and the basic sciences, held in the Italian language across several Italian state universities.
This test is, however, not to be confused with the infamous International Medical Admissions Test (IMAT). The main differences are: the language the exam is written in, and the degree programs accessible to those who pass it. The “IMAT” is held in the English language, allowing candidates to enroll in English language-based Medicine and Surgery Degree Programs, while the “Test di Medicina” is an Italian language-based exam for students interested in studying Medicine and Surgery in Italian. While these exams are almost identical, it is imperative to understand their differences.
Within the article, it was expressed that Forza Italia, a center-right political party in Italy represented by parliamentarians Jotti and Andrea Saccani, were able to pass a resolution bill in Parliament in agreement with the Ministry of Mass. This bill being, reforming the mechanisms between the final years of secondary education in Italy, and the preparations required to access the Italian degree course in Medicine. In particular, proceeding with changes to the “Test di Medicina”, beginning this year with a reduced number of questions in the General Knowledge section. It was also explained that there would be a change to the education system by the next academic year, where the entrance exam would be instead replaced with a path beginning in the fourth year of high school aided with preventative tests and free courses.
This conclusively was decided in order to increase accessibility for young pupils, interested in joining Faculties of Medicine across state universities as well as increasing places for them. And lastly, “to avoid the absence of doctors in our country and, above all, to guarantee a sufficient number of specialists, as well as general practitioners, for the public health”, concluded the parliamentarians.
This raises the question everyone is curious to understand, “Will this change also be implemented into the IMAT?”
Unfortunately, we cannot currently conclude how likely or unlikely this change is to occur. The reasons are, once again that these exams have their differences- with which programs they are accessible to and language of instruction. There have been no official decrees announced by the Italian Ministry of Education regarding the structure of the IMAT, so we have no reason to currently assume much. So while a change in the dates, number of questions, and test locations are very possible, it is no reason to stress, as it is most likely the syllabus will remain unchanged.
Our advice to anyone preparing for the exam is to continue covering the 2021 syllabus and remain collected while patiently awaiting any official decrees released by the Ministry of Education (usually around June).
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Thank you Ahd Ahmed Hamed for helping research and for writing this article.