How to study Maths and Physics for IMAT

Only eight questions but two very vast syllabi. How should you approach these subjects for the test? 


The programmes of Maths and Physics include topics that are typically covered in high school: 

  • Physics: from measure units and vectors to hints of electromagnetism
  • Mathematics: from numerical sets and algebra up to probability and statistics


Since the average student generally devotes very little time to this section of the test, you might see a big difference in terms of ranking positions if you score high enough. 


One peculiarity of this topic is that the types of exercises are always the same, and the level of difficulty is nothing but high. Therefore, M&F quizzes are within everyone’s reach, regardless of the subjects you took in high school. 

If you have a strong basis, you’ll need to revise less and focus more on practice. If you didn’t study much Maths or Physics, you’d have to work a bit harder. 

If you fall in the first category, aim for 12 points. If you are in the second one, 6-8 points would be a more realistic goal. 


Anyone who has attended our classes knows the Testbusters advice: practice beats theory. 

Exercises need to be selected carefully. Choose standard ones instead of those that appear to be too specific and entangled: on the test, you will rarely find exercises that need more than two steps to reach the result.


Try to summarise each type of exercise with its solution formula or a specific strategy. We strongly believe in explained solutions. If you do not have a book that has them, try to write them yourself. Presenting a topic is the best way to learn and, above all, to understand it.


For the theoretical part, use high school books that you already know and are familiar with. Use them to correct your exercises and recall the different concepts, but do not proceed to a useless and exhausting full reading.


Once you are confident with the basic concepts, briefly revise by creating some schemes and summaries. 

Make sure to go through all the topics of the Ministerial Decree. 


Say goodbye to your calculator: try not to use it for ANY calculation, even in your daily life. All test subjects require good mental calc skills. It will save you many precious minutes. 

Most importantly: don’t give up! Maths and Physics can – and should – be a way for many of you to earn some easy points. It is unlikely that you will be surprised by strange topics. 

The path to med school is long and hard, but it is doable! 


After the test, you can forget the whole thing… or nearly so.


Good luck!