FAQ About NMAT

1. How does one get a high % NMAT (National Medical Admission Test) rank?

Plan ahead and be honed by a well-designed REVIEW Program with Learnfast
Review and Tutorial Hub.

Premed Students preparing for the NMAT have three options:
(1) self-study;
(2) enroll in review center; or
(3) do both of the above (for those who want to get a good 90+ percentile rank).
Self-study is very challenging, requiring good self-discipline and concentration if one is determined to get a top score in the exam. The second option helps you progress more consistently in your review and provides the company of other students who are keen to learn like you.

Learnfast Review and Tutorial Hub offers a review program which ensures that the money you pay for the review gets you the best results, provided you are serious and put in the time and effort required in the review. People who have taken the NMAT in the past can give you good advice regarding the nitty, gritty and peculiarities of taking the NMAT exam. Never ever take the NMAT unprepared or untrained, or you will surely get a very low percentile rank. Students taking the NMAT must aim to get high scores to be competitive.

2. What makes Learnfast NMAT Review unique and effective?

Diagnostic tests and formative assessment tools are given before, during, and at the end of each review session. Different types of test strategies are designed and demonstrated by the founder of Learnfast.

Very systematic and well organized review programs are provided. We tackle all the review topics in only four to five hours per meeting, complete with lectures and discussions of the diagnostic and formative assessment modules.

Our review consists of very clear and engaging lectures with active class participation. We don’t give long eight hours of slide presentations which tend to sedate students and make them passive and unengaged.

Our lecturers are competent, experienced, and friendly. We help our students be prepared psychologically and spiritually for the exams.

Our review materials are always updated and simulate the actual NMAT exam.

3. What makes Learnfast Review and Tutorial Hub the best center for NMAT Review?

Our teachers:

  • Have a deep sense of purpose;
  • Have expectations of success for all students;
  • Handle student ambiguity positively;
  • Demonstrate a willingness to adapt and change to meet student needs;
  • Are comfortable with not knowing all the answers and always seeking to learn;
  • Reflect on their work;
  • Learn from a variety of models;
  • Enjoy their work and their students.
 

4. Why do students of Learnfast Review and Tutorial Hub excel and top the NMAT?

 

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5. Why do applicants fail to get into their target medical school?

Every year, applicants get confused and are in the dark about why their applications have been rejected by medical schools. They do not know what they did wrong or what they need to do differently when they reapply. Whether you are a premed student who is trying to make sure to do everything right in your re-application or a premed student who has yet to apply to a medical school, it may help to know what applicants who are not accepted to medical school have in common. Many of these problems are easy to avoid while others need a little more time and effort to rectify.

Applicants fail to be accepted to medical schools again and again due to one or more of the following “Top Six” reasons. How a school weighs each of these factors is determined by each applicant’s unique profile and situation and the criteria and admission process of each particular school. Always remember that each medical school considers every candidate individually and there are many things you can do to improve your chances of success.

I. Taking NMAT several times. Top medical schools prefer applicants who have taken NMAT only once. Never ever take the NMAT unprepared or untrained, or you will surely get a very low percentile rank. Students taking NMAT should aim to get high scores to be competitive.

II. Having only an average academic profile. You have done “okay” in your college and your NMAT, but is this performance good enough to gain admission to medical school? Most medical school admissions committees “screen” applications: if your grades or NMAT do not reach the set threshold, you are automatically rejected. Other medical schools use a school-specific formula” that takes into account your academic grades and NMAT score and determines whether or not your application will be reviewed based on a minimum score. The general rule of thumb is that you must have a minimum overall undergraduate General Weighted Average (GWA) with a strong performance in the sciences and a very impressive NMAT rank to gain admission to medical school, although this rule has variations.

For example, if your GWA is lower than 2.5, your NMAT is above 90% and you have outstanding list/letters of reference (LOR), documents, and good interview skills, you could still gain admission to medical school. Medical schools also consider the rigor of your academic course load, undergraduate institution competitiveness, outside pressures (such as financial difficulties), and upward grade trend over your college years when evaluating your application. Many students perform poorly as freshman in college; however as they adjust to college life their grades steadily improve as their study and time management skills improve. This is considered by the admissions committee.

The evaluation of the applicants is also subject to other nuances. For example, the student who attended a competitive undergraduate institution and pursued a difficult major, with a GWA of 2.0 and a 90% NMAT score might be viewed more favorably than the student who attended a less competitive college, pursued a less rigorous major and had a GWA of 1.8 but earned a 94% NMAT. In other words, admission committees also consider the competitiveness of your undergraduate institution and your course load.

However, you need to realize that an applicant’s NMAT is the only measure admissions committees have which compares “apples with apples”. This is why an exceptional NMAT performance is important regardless of which college or university you attended.

III. Applying to a narrow range of medical schools. Perhaps many have told you that you are a great applicant and you should have no concerns. Premed advisors, friends, and family may advise you to reach high and that you do not need to apply to more than two medical schools. While it is good to “aim high” and to have only dream schools in mind, being realistic is also important. The competition for medical school admissions is fierce. So unless you have outstanding grades, top NMAT scores, LORs, experience, written application materials, and great interview skills, it is extremely important to cast a wide net and apply to a broad range of medical schools. Sometimes applicants (or their advisors) overestimate their competitiveness and apply to only top-tier medical schools. These applicants are later surprised when they are not accepted in any of them.

The bottom line is that, even if you are a top-notch applicant, you must consider applying to a broad range of medical schools to improve your chances.

IV. Submitting poorly composed written documents. Regardless of your record and strengths, composing a persuasive application is essential for success. Whether you are a competitive applicant seeking acceptance to the most prestigious medical schools in the country or a “borderline” applicant with lower than average grades, limited experience, or low NMAT scores, your experience descriptions and personal statement must convince the people reviewing your application that you are worthy of an interview and an acceptance. This is especially important during the first stage of medical school admission process when the admissions committee decides whether or not to extend an interview invitation. The committee bases their decision on the objective material you present (such as your academic profile), but your written application and letters of reference (LORs) also make a big difference. You don’t have control over the content of your LOR, but you do have a complete control of what you write in your application. Written documents that clearly express the development of your interest in medicine and demonstrate reflection and thought are more likely to motivate the admissions committee to click the “interview” box.

V. Submitting a late application. You are an outstanding applicant but submitted a late application. Though this problem may be easy to “fix”, you should understand why it’s important to avoid it. By submitting an early application you will be considered within a smaller pool of applicants early in the season. In contrast, applicants who wait until the deadline date to submit their application materials are often considered within a larger pool of applicants. In addition, because early applicants have been invited for some of a school’s finite number of interviews, those who apply late are competing with a larger number of applicants for fewer interview slots. This means that even if you are a competitive applicant, the medical school may not have any more interviews to offer. This is why many good applicants who submit late applications, receive “hold”, “reject”, or “wait list” decisions rather than acceptances.

VI. Poor interview skills. Once an applicant reaches the interview stage, the interview remains as the most important determinant of success. Typically, interviewees with great interpersonal and emotional skills generally perform well. Applicants who are not comfortable speaking about themselves can under-perform during the interview. Contrary to what most medical school applicants anticipate, medical school interviews are typically relaxed dialogues; the interviewer is trying to get to know each applicant, assess if he/she has the qualities and characteristics the school is seeking in medical students, and if he/she is fit for the school. While a certain degree of subjectivity influences every interview experience, applicants can perform well if they practice speaking about themselves before the interview and learn to clearly express their motivation and experiences that influenced their decision to study medicine.