IMAT Test Day: What You Need to Know

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You’ve registered for the IMAT, prepared well, and finally the day of the test has come. So, what do you need to bear in mind as you get ready to sit the exam? Let’s look at what you need, where you’ll sit the test, and what exactly you should expect to happen on test day.

What Do I Need to Bring with Me?

You need to bring the following on the day of the test:
– First, you must have printed out and be able to show to the assessors both of the confirmation emails that you received during the registration and payment process.
– If you are not able to show both the payment receipt and online registration receipt you may not be allowed to sit the test.
– You must have a photographic form of ID. This has to be an original document that is currently valid and matches the name given to the university or universities that you have applied to.
– You must have proof of confirmation for any access arrangements that have been approved by your first choice university. This is only relevant if you have requested particular access arrangements.
– If you are sitting the IMAT outside of Italy then you’ll need to bring a black ballpoint ben (a black biro). If you’re sitting the IMAT within Italy then there is no need as the pens are provided for you.

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What Can’t I Bring?

Strangely, although you have to bring a photographic ID, you must not bring it to your desk. Per Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing, if you show photographic ID on your desk, then you will be disqualified from the exam.

You may not bring any form of electronic device into the test room. This includes mobile phones, apple watch or other smart watch, any form of digital sound recording device, mp3 players, digital cameras, tablets, etc.

Additionally, you cannot bring a calculator into the exam. This is vital information and should have been part of your preparation from the outset.

Where do I go on the day of the test?

This depends on whether you’re sitting the test within Italy or outside of it. If you’re sitting the test outside of Italy, you will be provided with further information from your test centre in August. They’ll confirm the exact details of the venue address and what time you need to arrive at. If you’ve chosen to sit the test in Italy, then you’ll need to consult either the UniversItaly website or the website of the particular university that you are applying to and will sit the test at.

No matter where you are sitting the test, ensure that you are clear on exactly where to go, the exact time that you need to be there, and how to get there in good time.

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What happens on test day?

On test day you’ll first need to present yourself with the correct documentation at the test centre to register. Ensure that you have everything listed above. When the test itself begins, you’ll go into the test room and be given a fairly complex set of instructions on how to write the test. You will be given an envelope containing all the documents for the test. It’s your responsibility to check that you have all the correct documents, and that nothing is missing. You should check this before the test begins. If anything is missing or unclear, alert an invigilator who will be able to help you – don’t wait or assume that the situation will rectify itself.

After you’ve sat the test, you should be aware that you may need to remain in the test centre for an extended period of time. Per Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing, you may have to remain in the venue for ‘up to four hours’ from the start of the test itself. We therefore recommend that you have taken this into account and have sufficient free time on the other side of the test that there is no need to stress about what happens after it or whether you can get somewhere else in time – your mind should be entirely on the test itself, with all logistics taken care of and addressed beforehand.

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