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IMAT Section 1 Sample Questions

1
Which of the following authors wrote Our Ancestors and Invisible Cities?

A Mikhail Bulgakov
B Italo Calvino
C Jane Austen
D Oscar Wilde
E Ian McEwan

Calvino is one of Italy’s best known writers – remember to go into detail on Italian literature as part of your preparation.

2
Which of the following authors wrote Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights?

A The Bronte Sisters
B Jane Austen
C Charles Dickens
D Elizabeth Gaskell
E Mary Shelley

You should know who the Bronte Sisters are, and which one wrote which of these books – Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre and Emily wrote Wuthering Heights. The third sister, Anne, was also a writer.

3
Which one of the following cities was founded by Greeks?

A Rome
B Milan
C Venice
D Naples
E Turin

Neapolis means ‘new city’ and gives us Naples.

4
In what year was Rome founded, according to tradition?

A 1000 BC
B 802 BC
C 753 BC
D 494 BC
E 305 BC

The key here – if you don’t immediately know the answer – is knowing that only one of these writers was famous for his plays (Chekhov).

5
Which of the following authors wrote To the Lighthouse?

A George Eliot
B Mark Twain
C Virginia Woolf
D Dickens
E Sylvia Plath

You should be aware of the British literary tradition, as it has had an effect on the world in turn. To the Lighthouse is one of Virginia Woolf’s best known works.

6
In around 750 BC, what civilisation was found across the centre of Italy?

A Persian
B Etruscan
C Carthaginian
D Phocean
E Greek

The Etruscans developed across much of central Italy from 800 BC onwards.

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IMAT Section 2 Sample Questions

Which of the following statements describes the characteristics of nerves and hormones correctly?

  1. A) Nerves are fast, short term, precise, and initiate electrical signals, while hormones are slow, long term, have general target, and initiate chemical signals.
  2. B) Nerves are fast, long term, precise, and initiate chemical signals, while hormones are slow, short term, have general target, and initiate electrical signals.
  3. C) Nerves are fast, short term, have general target, and initiate electrical signals, while hormones are slow, short term, have precise target, and initiate chemical signals.
  4. D) Nerves are slow, short term, have precise target, and initiate electrical signals, while hormones are fast, long term, have general target, and initiate chemical signals. 

The candidate must recall that nerves have a fast action which are short term (discrete) and precise. The nerves initiate electrical signals. This is contrasted by hormones which have slow activity, with long term effects and have a general target. Hormones are chemical messengers. This specific knowledge is listed in the Subject Guide – specification points 9.2a and 9.4.

IMAT Section 3 Sample Questions

An organic compound is 52% carbon, 13% hydrogen and the rest is oxygen by mass percent.

9.2g of a gaseous sample of this compound would have a volume of 4.8dm3 at room temperature and pressure.Which of the following compounds would this be?

(Ar: H=1; C=12; O=16)

(1 mole of any gas occupies 24dm3 at room temperature and pressure)

  1. A) CH₂O₂
  2. B) C₂H₄O
  3. C) C₃H₂O
  4. D) CH₃O₂
  5. E) C₂H₆O


The correct answer is E. Empirical formula is C2H6O, molecular mass is 46, meaning that molecular formula is also C2H6O.

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IMAT Section 4 Sample Questions

A company develops a test for people with a particular condition, which can give a positive or a negative result. However, because the test is recently developed it can be inaccurate. The test was tried on 200 people.

1/10 of the people have the condition

9/10 0f the people with the condition test positive
1/6 of the people without the condition test positive.

A randomly selected person from the group is selected and they test positive for the condition. What is the probability that they actually have the condition?

  1. 2.6%
  2. 16.67%
  3. 10%
  4. 37.5%

It would make sense to draw a tree diagram. The number of people with the condition is 20 (0.1×200). The number of people without the condition is therefore 180. The number of people who test positive who have the condition is 18 (0.9×20). The number of people who test positive who don’t have the condition is 30 (1/6 x 180). 

The total number of people who test positive are 48 (30+18). Of these, only 18 actually have the condition. 

Therefore the answer is 18/48 x 100= 37.5%

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