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“But as for you, be strong and DO NOT GIVE UP, for your work will be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7
Go get that P99+ | Go get that MD
Written by Jayson P. Lobis, LPT
98 NMAT Percentile Rank
LET National Topnotcher
Foreword
Hello, future doctor! I am glad you find this NMAT Study Guide. If you are selfstudying for your NMAT, I will be your companion through this study guide. I have
written this during the pandemic (year 2020) to help aspiring medical students like you
in preparing for NMAT (National Medical Admission Test). This is also a product of my
whole duration of NMAT review and experience in taking the NMAT.
Before you proceed to the rest of this study guide, allow me to share my NMAT
story. I took the NMAT last August 16, 2020, after several times of rescheduling of CEM
or Center for Educational Measurement Inc. (the authority which conducts the NMAT)
because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Our NMAT was originally scheduled March 1,
2020. Then, the pandemic occurred, so it was first moved to April 26, 2020. I did already
reviewed for the March NMAT since my registration in December 2019, but because of
the agony of so much waiting I have lost my drive in taking the exam. Then again, the
NMAT was postponed, but this time the date was not yet ascertained. During that time, I
have decided to take another gap year in going to med school. I was also currently
employed that time, and in those trying times it was difficult to sacrifice my job for my
dreams because as the eldest, my family depends on me.
Finally came the month of June, CEM started giving updates of the final schedule
of the supposed-March-April NMAT. It was also announced that NMAT will be
conducted online. I became more excited in starting again my review, because it is now
possible to take the exam even when I am at home. For someone like me who is
financially-challenged and has average grades in college, having a high percentile rank
in NMAT is my motivation because I see it as an opportunity to be accepted to any med
school and possibly receive a scholarship. So, I spent my quarantine life working during
the day and reviewing for NMAT at night and weekends.
The day of NMAT came and I believe that I have studied enough. I have also
taken care of other important things for the exam. I had the computer set up a day
before, my exam area cleared from distractions and unnecessary objects, and my
whiteboard and markers ready for the computation for scratch papers were not allowed
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in the exam. Since I was scheduled for the afternoon exam, I spent my morning
meditating and praying. The Online NMAT was conducted in a secured browser and we
were also closely monitored by a live proctor so that cheating will be avoided by the
examinees. It would take almost 4 hours to finish the test with a 10 minute break
between part 1 and part 2. I did the best I could to finish the test on time, because the
time pressure of the exam was undeniably nerve wrecking. I did not even bother biting
my snacks because I have to be hyper-focused in the entire duration of the exam.
After two weeks of anxiously waiting for the results, I have learned that I got a
percentile rank of 98, which was higher than my expected percentile rank. It was the
first time in history that CEM conducted their Online NMAT; it was also my first time
taking the NMAT that time not to mention being it online, which is why I understand that
it could be a factor to my exam performance. By making this study guide for your Online
NMAT Review or maybe in your pen-and-paper NMAT preparation, I hope this could be
of help for you to get some of my insights and substantial tips for you to survive NMAT
with confidence of having your desired percentile rank. If you are yet to take the NMAT
or have little to no knowledge about how to prepare for it, keep on reading this study
guide for your reference. It is also best if you have already done your research about
NMAT registration and relevant information before diving into your NMAT review.
This study guide will not guarantee your success in NMAT but your hard work
will. I only hope that you get my authentic and honest insights of what I have
experienced in my review and in the actual exam. You can always do what you believe
is effective for your preparation, yet you can always refer to this material if you want to
read a lengthy discussion of how I prepared for NMAT that got me the score I desired.
I hope all the best in your journey to medical school. As future colleagues, I want
you to be reminded that you are not alone in this journey, and it is always best to
surround yourself with a healthy environment and supportive people. The path to our
dream profession may be an arduous process; nevertheless, I hope we will not forget
our personal reasons for why we started aspiring for those two letters affixed at the end
of our names, because life will be a waste of time if we are anything except when we
are what we want to become. So go! Get that PR99+; Get that MD!
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Table of Contents
Comprehensive Tips in Preparing for NMAT------------------------------------------------5
Review Guide for NMAT Part 1---------------------------------------------------------------10
Verbal---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10
Inductive Reasoning & Perceptual Acuity-----------------------------------------11
Quantitative-------------------------------------------------------------------------------13
Review Guide for NMAT Part 2---------------------------------------------------------------15
Biology-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------15
Physics-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------18
Social Science----------------------------------------------------------------------------21
Chemistry----------------------------------------------------------------------------------24
Personal Tips and Experience of the Actual NMAT-------------------------------------27
Before NMAT-----------------------------------------------------------------------------27
During NMAT-----------------------------------------------------------------------------29
Other things----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------33
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Comprehensive Tips in Preparing for NMAT
One should not underestimate the NMAT. Since all medical student aspirants
came from different undergraduate degrees, the NMAT becomes the great equalizer.
Being said that, every NMAT taker has his/her own edge depending on the major
subjects he/she concentrated in college. Additionally, norm-reference scoring is used by
CEM in determining your percentile rank after the exam. This makes the NMAT a
competition of who qualifies to be chosen first before others when thousands of
students are applying in many medical schools. Latin awards or having an impressive
GWA is not enough to qualify for the best medical schools here in the Philippines, so to
earn a great impression on your desired medical school, learn the nature of NMAT and
plan how you are going to face it. I hope at this point, you have already done your
research regarding NMAT matters of registration and such because what I will share to
you are my personal experiences and information relevant to your NMAT preparation.
1. I would like to make an assumption, that you have already gathered tons of
reviewers from your friends and people you know who have already taken the
NMAT. You may have even downloaded enormous amounts of materials from
the internet that you think are useful in your review. Well, that’s a great start! But
the question is how are you going to put all of that in your brain? My advice
before diving in your review is to evaluate first your life and state of mind. You
must allocate at least 3 to 4 hours in your review days (or more), where you are
totally focused. It is also important to make a time table in which you have a
considerable amount of time reviewing before the NMAT comes; consequently,
you should not start reading unless you know what will be covered in the exam.
So do yourself a favor and research the specifications of the NMAT. This will also
give you an opportunity to set up your state of mind before formally starting your
review. My professional advice as a licensed teacher, you should be at least
reviewing 2 to 3 months before your scheduled NMAT. Learning should not be
hurried; hence it should be planned and well-adjusted to your lifestyle.
You may take inspiration from my study timeline in the link that follows→
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sH1BHkLiN1j3qZkGlwWM94k0i9ctCwDf/view?usp=sharing
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2. Now that you have already spread out your review in your preferred timeline, it is
best to organize your review materials according to their content, categories, and
schedules you want them to be studied. Reading might be an overrated way of
studying, but I am confident to say that there are different ways that you can
retain information instead of just reading. You must also take into account that
you are taking a test, a test that will be time-pressured so better enhance your
thinking speed as well. The practice tests given by CEM upon registration
resemble the NMAT. These practice sets are very important because it will give
you a familiar feeling of what your actual NMAT would be like. They are also
quite useful being used as diagnostic tests to predict your future performance in
the actual exam, yet it is not advised by CEM that you memorize the practice
sets because they will not appear on the actual exam.
3. NMAT is a speed test. It is a test of how many items you can answer correctly
given a short amount of time. Training your mind to think fast can be achieved by
consistently answering mock tests and timing yourself. One consolation about
NMAT is that it is a standardized test. The questions you will meet on the exams
are about the topics you have encountered in your high school and college years.
It is also important to bear in mind that NMAT measures your ability to answer
application and conceptual questions. They are mostly how and why questions
not what, when, or who questions. I am confident that if you religiously hone your
testmanship by answering and rationalizing as many questions as you can,
NMAT will be a piece of cake for you.
4. After you have determined your strengths and weaknesses in any diagnostic
tests you used. It is up to you to decide the order of the subjects you will study in
your review. However, I would like to suggest that you start studying the NMAT
Part 2 subjects, the Academic Proficiency subjects (Biology, Physics, Social
Sciences, Chemistry). You may opt to choose studying first the subjects you find
most difficult, and in my expert opinion you must allocate more time mastering
the following subjects: Quantitative, Chemistry and Physics. Since most test-
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takers usually get lower scores in those subjects, thus giving you an advantage if
you will get higher scores than them in the said subjects. The key here is to know
your edge and use it to your advantage, but also paying attention to every side of
the blade that needs sharpening.
5. The secret of making the most out of your limited hours in studying is being free
from any distractions. It is fitting that you find yourself a space that you can be
totally focused
in your review. Well-lit,
well-ventilated,
and
noise-free
environment are the things you should prioritize in setting the mood as you dive
into your review. If you like some music you can have some too, for some people
can focus on a task if there’s a noisy surrounding. In my experience, I used some
extra time at night to study because it’s the quietest time in our house. I also
even bought a wide table so that I can have a study area. I like studying on wide
tables because I like my reading materials, snacks and other things spread on
the table when I am studying (it sets the “study mood” for me skl). Do whatever
you can to be hyper-focused on your review. Set up your study space or suffer
from learning frustrations.
6. The review strategy I used for NMAT was combining two to three subjects in a
day. For example I mixed Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics all together. This
helped me connect the concepts and applications in Mathematics to different
subjects. I find it hard to focus on only one subject in a day or in a week, so as
much as possible I use the spaced repetition study technique. If you keep your
momentum you will get the groove of reviewing. Do not wait for an inspiration or
motivation to come to start your review; remember time is not our friend. In
retrospect, I had already experienced sleepless night of reviewing for my board
exam. Unfortunately, reviewing for NMAT requires a different approach for
studying because the demands of the NMAT are for us to be well-rounded in
mental ability and academic proficiency.
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7. If you feel like nothing is being absorbed by your brain, maybe you should
explore on other learning styles. As I have mentioned, reading is not the only way
for people to learn. You can also try to write your own summary notes, watch
online tutorials on YouTube, verbalizing, using active recall techniques, making
flashcards and so on. Be creative with your review and make no excuses. If you
cannot understand a particular topic/subject it would not do harm for you to ask
some help from your peers, former teachers and experts. I have been told that in
med school, in order to survive you must collaborate with one another. Another
thing, if you already have a well-established study habit, you may stick to that
because it will save you a huge amount of time rather than exploring the study
techniques you are not that confident to use. Know what works and what does
not, in the end the effort does not always equate to productivity. Cliché as it may
sound but study smart not study hard.
8. Aside from reviewing all the subjects in NMAT, you must also hone your
testmanship. In analogy, review is to forge a sword, and testmanship is to learn
how to wield it. If you are preparing for the online NMAT the alternative way of
developing your testmanship is to always time yourself when answering
questions, since in the online NMAT timer is available on the screen to keep you
time-conscious.
I
would
also
advise
to
read
everything
whatever
information/downloadables CEM will provide you. It is not enough that you rely
on instructions given to you by your fellow NMAT takers or peers; you should
always check the reliable information/instruction given by CEM. Should you have
questions; the contact details of CEM will always come in handy whenever you
have technical/personal concerns, so always keep them by your side. You will be
surprised how responsive they are.
9. Since you want to repeatedly test yourself, I suggest you start practicing on
parallel items in UPCAT/SAT reviewers and CSE reviewers (if you have more
time) because they contain the same coverage and difficulty in NMAT. Not to be
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counterintuitive, but don't expect the NMAT will give extremely difficult items.
Based from experience, they try to test for our general knowledge of each topic.
So don't concentrate on answering the hardest questions about a singular topic.
You can go back and study them in greater detail if you have the time, but if not,
it's better to have a grasp on the important parts of each topic.
10. The online NMAT allows its test takers to use a white board marker, whiteboard
(A4 size or double A4 size), and whiteboard eraser when doing calculations. The
use of scratch papers, other external devices, gadgets, calculators and other
writing tools are prohibited. In the online exam, you must do your calculations in
front of the webcam so that the proctor knows what you are writing, and after
doing the next calculation you must erase your previous writings. You should
also fix your eyes on the screen in the conduct of the exam. It’s kind of a hassle
to do write-erase-write and your eyes nailed on the screen for almost four hours
but in order to develop your testmanship in the online NMAT you must be
acquainted with it. Finally an important thing to remember in the online NMAT is
never leave an item unanswered. You can always revisit the item if you still have
time but never leave an item unanswered. Next, if you are preparing for the
traditional pen-and-paper NMAT, you must practice shading when answering
practice questions. The dexterity and endurance of your hands and fingers are
crucial to pen-and-paper NMAT, because it’s not enough that you know the
answer, you should also make the proper shading or else your responses will be
invalidated by the scantron. To help you further, I have prepared a sample
answer sheet that you can download, revise and use for improving your
testmanship in pen-and-paper NMAT. Click the link that follows→
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1W5bf91VUOZUugTReaQcSP_E8xNCsJjOM/view?usp=sharing
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Guide for NMAT Part 1
In my experience, I reviewed the subjects under the first part of NMAT for only a
month and on the later part of my review timeline. It is safe to say that the subjects
within this part are skills based, so my only regret in my review is that I should have
allotted more time in honing my quantitative skills, and perceptual/inductive skills.
Though I received above average grades for the Part 1, I guess it was the reason why I
fell short with my NMAT performance. The verbal component on the other hand, is the
only subject I am confident in getting a high score so I paid less time for it. Below are
my specific review guides and hot takes on my online NMAT Part 1 experience. You
may follow some of my guides or only take what is applicable to your studying
personality.
During my online NMAT, I just followed the order of the subjects presented on
the exam (verbal, inductive, perceptual, and quantitative). In that way, I have used my
time more efficiently, answering questions in an orderly fashion rather than consuming
my time figuring out how I should answer the Part 1 in the order which I preferred. Some
of my advices are limited only to my online NMAT experience but I believe some
suggestions can be used for pen-and-paper tests.
Specific Guides
NMAT Subjects
Verbal
● Allocate time to expand your vocabulary by reading books
and seeking help from a dictionary whenever encountered
with an unfamiliar word.
● Be familiar with answering word analogy questions. The
key in perfecting this part is to find the matching
relationship of the given pair of words to come up with the
missing word or match. You can increase the chances of
being correct if you will eliminate obvious incorrect
choices.
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● It is futile to study the whole thesaurus or the dictionary for
anyone to be prepared for the word analogy part, so trust
your prior knowledge in this one.
● When reviewing for reading comprehension, always
practice skimming so that in the actual exam you won’t be
intimidated by long passages. Also, avoid lip reading or
murmuring every word in the selection as you read, for it
increases the time you spend in a particular passage. It is
better to silently read them in your mind.
● Always remember not to be too fascinated with a particular
selection, because as much as you are interested with the
topic of the passage, you must remember that you are in a
time-pressured exam.
● Recall the most common figures of speech, such as simile,
metaphor, personification, and hyperbole. Practice also
how to determine the purpose of writing such as
informative, descriptive, narrative and argumentative.
When being asked about the author’s tone or mood in the
selection avoid choosing extreme emotions.
● While it is best to read the whole passage, it is better to
understand the passage even by just skimming over it. Try
to read the questions first before reading the passage, so
that you can easily find explicit information whenever
asked.
● These are the two dreaded subjects of people who are not
Inductive
Reasoning &
gifted with spatial intelligence and clear eyesight. I have
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Perceptual Acuity
worn eye glasses ever since high school and I am not
surprised that I have experienced much difficulty in
perceptual acuity because of my poor eyesight. However,
you can ace these parts of the test if you practice
answering and rationalizing questions from these areas.
By consistently challenging yourself you can develop skills
in perceptual acuity and inductive reasoning.
● Since these areas measure your skills in finding patterns,
finding hidden figures, grouping same figures, identifying
mirror images, and locating errors, the process of
elimination is very helpful to me when I was taking these
parts of the exam.
● In the online NMAT, we were not allowed to lean forward
on the monitor to have a closer look at the figures. We are
also not allowed to use our fingers pointing on the screen.
The options are also not presented altogether, you have to
scroll down to see options D and E. Honestly, I find it hard
to compare all the options altogether to have an
elimination during the exam.
● It really hurts, the way the questions and options are
presented on the screen in the perceptual and inductive
were not convenient for answering. So just be extra careful
in choosing your best answer. Find a landmark, an
element, pattern, or a unique part in the figure that you can
use as a point of comparison among the choices.
● For the number and letter series, you may rewrite the
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question/pattern vertically on your white board to
manipulate and predict the next letters/numbers in the
series.
● Generally, it is best to answer the number series first
because you can easily make intuitive guesses for this. In
the case of letter series, you have to write the whole
alphabet first in your scratch paper/white board to facilitate
easy answering. Unfortunately in the online NMAT, I have
to write-erase the alphabet every time I answer a new item
in the letter series. I am glad I learned my alphabet well in
kindergarten sksks.
● For the pen-and-paper NMAT, you can use the advice of
using erasers when covering eliminated options, thereby
narrowing your options only to two.
Quantitative
● This is the final subject of Part 1 in the online NMAT and
most people do not reach this part. Maybe people spend
too much time on Verbal, Inductive reasoning, and
perceptual acuity. Most people who have already taken
the NMAT would advise someone who is yet to take
NMAT to never dally on difficult questions. Learn to let go
of questions which in your judgment will require more time
in figuring the answer. However, we want to avoid
guessing all the answers in the actual NMAT that is why
you should come prepared.
● Quantitative is divided into three parts: Fundamental
Operations, Word Problems, and Data Interpretations. It is
wise that you memorize basic formulas in geometry,
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trigonometry, business mathematics and algebra. Ever
since math has been a difficult subject for me. Thanks
God! I have surpassed the quantitative part.
● Brush up your mathematics skills because no calculators
will be allowed during NMAT.
● Exercise on answering word problems, because most
often than not, this will be the most difficult part of the
quantitative if you are impatient with analyzing the
problem. Learn about work problems, age problems, etc.
● You will thank yourself later if you practice more on
Algebra, specifically on simplification of equations. Pay
also attention practicing on conversion of percentage to
decimal to fraction, rationalization of radicals, and laws of
exponents. You will sail smoothly through quantitative if
you are fast enough in doing calculations and making
intuitive guesses.
● Data interpretation is considered by some to be the
easiest part of the quantitative subject, so make sure you
get to reach this part or you may choose answering this
part first before the fundamental operations and word
problems under the quantitative.
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Guide for NMAT Part 2
In the Part 2 of the NMAT, the important thing is your familiarity with the four
academic areas in Science namely Biology, Physics, Social Science and Chemistry.
Thus, learning will be systematic if you know what you will be dealing with by having a
general view of all topics you need to study. With that, you may refer to the coverage of
the exam in the table below. I have also included the specific topics and general tips
that you need to digest, that I believe when you master them in a short period of time
you can ace your NMAT.
The scope of my general tips for NMAT Part 2 will be limited only to my personal
experience, opinions about learning, the process of how I prepared for them, and how I
surpassed them in the actual NMAT. I obtained the highest standards score in Biology
and surprisingly Physics. Additionally, I expected my Social Sciences score would be
higher than Chemistry yet I got a higher standard score in Chemistry. You may use the
column of the NMAT Part 2 coverage with the tick boxes to mark whatever topics you
already confident about. At the end of each subject, I have included an enumeration of
important topics that are highly suggested by previous NMAT takers because they
frequently appeared in the past NMAT. But due to the evolving characteristic of NMAT
every season, you should expect that new topics will appear and some may be retained
in your actual exam.
NMAT Part 2 Subjects
General Tips
and Coverage
Biology
❏ Anatomy
❏ Circulatory System
❏ Respiratory System
❏ Nervous System
❏ Digestive System
❏ Endocrine System
❏ Excretory System
❏ Reproductive System
❏ Physiology
❏ Enzymes
❏ Cellular Transport
● Biology is an enormous subject and you
have a clear advantage if you graduated
with a science-heavy program in college.
● If your knowledge in Biology dates back to
high school, you should start reviewing
ecology. Study all kinds of Biomes and
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❏ Blood Clot Formation
❏ Blood Pigments
❏ Cellular Tonicity
❏ Cellular Biology
❏ Cell Cycle
❏ Mitosis
❏ Meiosis
❏ G1, Synthesis, G2
Phases
❏ Types of Cell
❏ Prokaryotic Cell
❏ Eukaryotic Cell
❏ Parts of the Cell
❏ Animal Cell
❏ Plant Cell
❏ Cellular Respiration
❏ Ecology
❏ Hierarchy of Life
❏ Food Chain
❏ Terrestrial Biomes
❏ Aquatic Biomes
❏ Ecological Succession
❏ General Freshwater
Biomes
❏ Genetics
❏ Central Dogma of
Molecular Biology
❏ Mendelian Mode of
Inheritance
❏ Non-Mendelian Mode
of Inheritance
❏ Pedigree Analysis
❏ Chromosomes
❏ Plant Physiology
❏ Parts of the Plant
❏ Kinds of Plants
❏ Plant Hormones
❏ Reaction to Stimulus
❏ Plant Bacteria
Symbiosis
❏ Photoperiodism
❏ Taxonomy
❏ The 5 Kingdom
Scheme
❏ 3 domains of life
❏ Ontogeny
❏ Growth and
Development
Symbiotic Relationships.
● Make sure to have a quick review of your 11
organ systems, basic processes in each
system
and
corresponding
common
diseases.
● In Biology, you can encounter items that will
ask you to sequence a hierarchy, process or
pathway. So make sure to familiarize
yourself with the hierarchy of biological
organization,
trophic
levels,
ecological
succession, pre-natal development, pathway
of breathing in the respiratory system, canal
of the ear and more.
● Read about Mendelian and Non-Mendelian
Genetics then walk your way through
Genetics then to Central Dogma of Biology
and types of mutations.
● Familiarize yourself with recessive and
dominant
traits,
as
well
as
diseases
associated with it. There are also Sex-linked
diseases that you should read about. Having
enough knowledge of how to use Punnett
Square can save you from difficulty in
analyzing pedigree analysis.
● Botany is one of the branches in Biology that
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appears most often in NMAT as well as
Cytology. So make sure you know all
organelles of the cell and their function.
Include in your study how to determine longday and short-day plants
● Have a quick visit to Cellular transports,
because there can be a lot of concepts that
may be asked about them.
● Never forget to understand the concept and
process of Photosynthesis and Cellular
Respiration, as well as their function in the
ecosystem.
● The Cell cycle and Cell Divisions: Mitosis
and Meiosis are frequently asked questions.
Make sure to remember the important
process occurring in each stage and the
number of cells produced each stage.
● In general, Biology will not mostly ask
questions that will require you to name or
define something. It will ask questions that
will trigger your mind to make inferences and
apply your knowledge. Do not be surprised if
you will be asked to analyze data and
graphs.
● In summary I advise that you study the
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following topics in Biology (not in order):
Pedigree analysis; Difference between DNA,
RNA, and functions of mRNA, tRNA, rRNA;
Central Dogma of Biology; Mendelian and
Non-Mendelian
Genetics;
11
Organ
systems, concepts and processes; Blood
Type;
Immune
Transmission
resistance;
analogous
Natural
system
of
Diseases;
Diversity
and
responses;
Antibiotic
and
evolution,
homologous
structures;
Selection;
Photosynthesis
and
Cellular respiration; Plant Hormones and
Plant Photoperiodism; Ecology, Symbiotic
Relationships, Ecological Succession; Food
web and Food chain, Trophic Levels;
Osmoregulation in fishes; Three processes
in Ontogeny; Cell Biology; Prokaryotes and
Eukaryotes;
and
Cell
Cycle
and
Cell
Division.
Physics
❏ Motion
❏
❏
❏
❏
❏
❏
❏
❏
❏
Linear Motion
Free Fall Motion
Projectile
Uniform Circulation
Motion
Newton’s Law of
Universal Gravitation
Laws of Motion
Normal Force
Friction
Tension
❏ Kepler’s Law of Planetary
Orbits
❏ Work
❏ Power
● Trust me! Physics can be easy on the actual
NMAT if you will repeatedly solve Physics
problems. Memorizing formulas would be
useless if you do not know how to use it and
manipulate it. Better write all the formulas
that you have encountered on just one sheet
for easy remembering during your review.
● Ensure that when memorizing the formulas
you also remember corresponding constant
values. Sometimes the constants are given
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❏ Energy
❏ Potential
❏ Kinetic
❏ Momentum
❏ Impulse
❏ Fluids
❏
❏
❏
❏
❏
❏
❏
❏
Density
Specific Gravity
Pressure
Pascal’s Law
Buoyant Force
Bernoulli’s Principle
Torricelli’s Theorem
Venturi Effect
❏ Laws of Thermodynamics
❏ Heat Capacity
❏ Change in Phase
❏ Thermal Processes
❏ Conduction
❏ Convection
❏ Radiation
❏ Electromagnetism
❏ Electricity
❏ Coulumb’s Law
❏ Ohm’s Law
❏ Resistors
❏ Capacitors
❏ Light and Sound Waves
❏ Magnets
❏ Magnetic Field
❏ Magnetic Force
❏ Waves and Optics
❏ Electromagnetic
Spectrum
❏ Properties of Waves
❏ Mirrors
❏ Concave
❏ Convex
❏ Lenses
❏ Concave
❏ Convex
❏ Light Waves
❏ Refraction
❏ Diffraction
●
Nuclear Physics
○ Radioactivity
in the question and sometimes it is assumed
that you already know it.
● Remember all the formulas of Power. You
may also want to learn how to read a circuit.
It can be very useful if you know the
formulas of current, capacitance, voltage,
and resistance between parallel and series
circuits. My technique is I convert the
parallel circuits to series circuits for easier
calculations.
● Never ever forget Q=mcΔT and
mcΔT=-(mcΔT) because you can also use
this
in
Chemistry.
Work
out
your
mathematics skills by applying to similar
problems in the NMAT practice sets.
● Memorize the four kinematic equations and
learn which equation can be used in a
particular problem. In solving a problem,
always write the given first so that you will
easily know what variable you should find.
● There is a secret to accurate guessing in
Physics especially in problems that include
measurement units. Look at the options first
and you will already know what information
is missing using the appropriate formula. For
example in the options you see the units are
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all in meters, and the given in the problem
are in m/s and s, therefore you must use the
formula of speed. v=d/t. Make sure to
manipulate the formula to d=vt to find the
distance.
● Know also the different formulas in Gas
Laws, for they are fundamental in Physics
and Chemistry. Alongside with this, enhance
your skills in converting one unit into
another. Before you proceed with solving,
you have to make sure that every value has
their respective unit to agree with your
formula, because sometimes they are not
readily available in the given problem.
● Do
not
underestimate
the
power
of
estimation. You do not always have to get
the exact value to be correct. I have survived
getting the most answers in Physics by
deciding to round off the values in the given
when doing my calculations and after I got
my solution, I check the closest value among
the options.
● As a conclusion, you may refer to the
enumerated topics in Physics that you
should study (not in order)
based on the
recent topics that appeared during our
NMAT: Radioactive decay, alpha, beta, and
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gamma;
half-life;
pressure
underwater,
above sea, vessels, and pipes; Gas laws;
conversion of temperatures; free-fall, linear,
and projectile motions; Solving for work,
coefficient of power, power (heat or charge),
and work efficiency; Coefficient of (Length,
Volume) Expansion due heat absorption;
Acceleration and velocity; Force, Momentum
and Impulse; Ohm’s Law; Types of Circuits;
Optics, Mirrors and Lenses (Convex and
Concave); Heat transfers; Time dilation;
Angular Acceleration and Moment of Inertia;
Types of Waves; Intensity, Frequency,
Speed of light, Planck’s constant; Identifying
algebraically relationships between variables
(by using formula); and vector and scalar
quantities.
Social Sciences
❏ The Role and Scope of
Sociology
❏ Nature of Sociology
❏ The Task of Sociology
as Science
❏ Sociology and Social
Science
❏ Elements of Sociological
Analysis
❏ Culture
❏ Society and Social
Structure
❏ Socialization
❏ Social Disorganization,
Deviance and Social
Control
● Psychology, Anthropology, and Sociology
are under the Social Sciences part of the
NMAT. It is basically a subject that covers
everything. You should definitely start to
review a topic you are most unfamiliar with
or interested study about.
● This part is heavy with Psychology theories
and sociology jargons, but if you can easily
pick up the gist of situational/theoretical
questions you can survive this part. Since,
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❏ Social Inequalities
❏ Social Institutions
❏ Family
❏ Religion
❏ Types
❏ Norms
❏ Education
❏ Economy and Work
❏ Factors that respond
to economic systems
❏ Economy systems
❏ Politics and
Government
❏ Forms
❏ Social Change and Current
Trends
❏ Forms of Collective
Behavior
❏ Types of
Crowd
❏ Theories of
Crowding
❏ Types of Social
Movements
❏ Stages Leading to
Eventual Acceptance
by Society
❏ Social Chance and Future
Trends
❏ Factors of Social
Change
❏ Theories of Social
Change
❏ Important Figures in the
Development of Sociology
❏ Sociological Terms
❏ Psychology
❏ Schools of Thought of
Psychology
❏ Contemporary
Psychological
Perspectives
❏ Biological
❏ Behavioral
❏ Cognitive
❏ Psychoanalyti
c
❏ Phenomenolo
common sense can be applied to some
questions in this subject.
● This part may ask simple definition and
conceptual questions, so if you are a
graduate of Sociology or Psychology, expect
that you will encounter familiar theorists and
their contributions. Some of us might have
encountered
Social
Sciences
subjects
during college because they were our minor
subjects. In a way everyone can have an
his/her own advantage with this one.
● During our NMAT, many questions came
from
Psychology
specifically
from
the
domains of learning and development. Pay a
visit to Sigmund Freud, Erick Erickson,
Albert Bandura, Lawrence Kohlberg, Jean
Piaget
and
other
theorists
on
human
development.
● Classical
Conditioning
and
Operant
Conditioning may appear on your exam. So
learn about them in detail.
● I also advise to study about the people
behind
theories
on
personalities
and
emotions. It is not enough that you know the
title of their work but also the application of
it.
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gical
❏ Nervous System
❏ Parts and Functions of
the Brain
❏ Central Nervous
System
❏ Peripheral Nervous
System
❏ Sensations and
Perception
❏ Consciousness
❏ Sleep Disorders
❏ Dreams
❏ Psychoactive Drugs
❏ Memories
❏ Long and short-term
❏ Explicit and Implicit
❏ Motivation
❏ Emotions
❏ Principles of Growth and
Development
❏ Piaget’s Model of
Cognitive
Development
❏ Kohlberg’s Theory of
Moral Development
❏ Learning
❏ Pavlov’s Classical
Conditioning
❏ Skinner’s Operant
Conditioning
❏ Schedules of
Reinforcement
❏ Instrumental
Conditioning
❏ Theories of Personality
❏ Sheldon’s Body Types
Theory
❏ Jung’s Behavioral
Types Theory
❏ Body Chemistry
Theory
❏ Freud’s
Psychoanalytic Theory
❏ Freud’s Psychosexual
Theory
❏ Erikson Psychosocial
Stages Theory
❏ Jung’s Analytic Theory
● The
works
of
Sigmund
Freud
are
fundamental since he is the father of modern
Psychology.
Try
to
understand
his
Psychoanalytic theory that contains the
concepts of Id, Edo, and Superego. In
connection with this, study all the defense
mechanisms of human since they are often
ask in NMAT.
● For social science I recommend that you
study the following topics (not in order) to
have a considerable amount of knowledge
useful
in
your
NMAT:
Marxism,
Functionalism; Types and Approaches in
Research; Modes of Cultural Transmission
and
Adaptation(Assimilation
and
Acculturation); Differences between laws,
mores,
folkways
and
Maslow’s
norms;
Hierarchy of Needs; Economics; Defense
Mechanisms; Gestalt Psychology; Theories
in Emotions and Personality; Types of
Attention;
Fields
in
Psychology,
Behaviorism, Neo-Behaviorism, Cognitivist,
Humanistic;
Classical
and
Operant
Conditioning; Theories in Learning; Theories
in
Human
development,
Psychoanalytic,
Psychosexual,
Psychosocial,
Moral,
Cognitive, Bio-ecological; Notable people in
Psychology
and
Sociology;
History
of
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❏ Pavlov and Skinner’s
Behavioral Approach
❏ Bandura’s Social Learning
Theory
❏ Piaget’s Cognitive Approach
❏ Maslow’s Humanistic
Approach
❏ Phenomenological
Approach
❏ Anxiety Disorders
❏ Mood Disorders
❏ Personality Disorders
❏ Psychotherapy
❏ Frustrations, Conflict, and
Stress
❏ Responses to Frustrations
❏ Abnormal Reaction to
Frustration and Stress
❏ Neuroses
❏ Psychoses
❏ Psychotherapy
❏ Social Psychology
❏ Social Behavior
❏ Defense Mechanism
Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Primitive
man
and
evolution;
Parasympathetic and Sympathetic Nervous
system;
Types
of
Government;
Social
Structures; and Various Religions.
● General Inorganic Chemistry, analytical,
organic Chemistry, and Stoichiometry are
among the major topics in Chemistry that
❏ Matter
❏ Properties
❏ Intensive and
Extensive Properties
❏ Types of Matter
❏ Properties of Elements
❏ Properties of
Compounds
❏ Properties of Mixtures
❏ Atoms
❏ Atomic Theory of
Matter
❏ Atomic Models
❏ Components of an
Atom
❏ Properties of an Atom
❏ Electronic
Configuration
❏ Hunds,
Aufbau, and
Paul
❏ Quantum Mechanics
appeared on my NMAT.
● I experienced the most difficulty in Chemistry
since it is a broad subject and I do not have
enough time to learn everything especially
under Organic Chemistry. What I did was I
filtered the topics that I believe will appear
on my exam and start learning it.
● I familiarized myself with the order periodic
table of elements and memorized the
corresponding atomic mass of the common
elements in Chemistry just to make sure I
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❏ Elements
❏ Periodic Table of
Elements
❏ Classification
❏ Groups and Families
❏ Periodic Trends
❏ Compounds
❏ Oxidation State
❏ Types of Chemical
Bonds
❏ Representation of
Compounds
❏ Percent
composition
❏ Molecular Geometry
❏ Intramolecular Forces
❏ Relationships of
Organic Compounds
to:
❏ Boiling Point
❏ Melting Point
❏ Solubility
❏ Acidity
❏ Gases
❏ Ideal Gas Law
Concept
❏ Gas Laws
❏ Chemical Reactions
❏ Types of Reactions
❏ Fundamental Law of
Chemical Reactions
❏ REDOX reactions
❏ Stoichiometry
❏ Limiting and
Excess
Reagents
❏ Chemical Kinetics
❏ Chemical Equilibrium
❏ Properties of
Exothermic Reaction
❏ Properties of
Endothermic Reaction
❏ Le Chateller’s
Principles
❏ Dissociation of Compounds
❏ Acids and Bases
❏ Definitions
❏ Properties
will
get
correct
answers
when
doing
calculations in stoichiometry.
● When reviewing for Chemistry, ensure that
you have a chart of Periodic Table. Deduce
the trends in the Periodic Table of Elements
are as you familiarize yourself with order of
elements.
● Know that the easiest topics are the ones
with mathematical equations since in Math
there can only be one correct answer. That
is why I focused on learning topics in
Chemistry that involve Math instead of
learning
the
different
mechanisms
of
chemical reactions.
● In items that have chemical equations, make
sure that before you proceed with your
calculations they are balanced. When an
item asks you to choose the correctly
balanced equation among the 4 complex
chemical equations in the options; the secret
is to only count at the Oxygen molecules in
the reactant side and product side.
● Make sure to know by heart how to solve for
molarity, molality, and normality. Calculating
for concentrations should be one of top
priorities in reviewing Chemistry.
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❏ Strong and Weak
Acids and Bases
❏ Computations
❏ Dissociation of Acids
and Bases
❏ Thermochemistry
❏ Thermal Properties of
Matter
❏ Heat and its Effects
❏ Radioactive Decay
❏ Concentrations of Solutions
❏ Molality
❏ Molarity
❏ Normality
❏ Colligative Properties of
Solutions
● Limiting and Excess reagents can be easily
solved when you first determine the molarity
of each reactant and product. The balanced
equation is also crucial.
● You should practice determining Chemical
Formulas, such as Empirical Formula and
Molecular Formula.
● Familiarize or memorize common functional
groups and linkages because you might be
Organic Chemistry
❏ Common Properties
❏ Resonance and
Hybridization
❏ Isomers
❏ Saturated hydrocarbons
❏ Unsaturated hydrocarbons
❏ Aromatic compounds
❏ Functional Groups
❏ Nomenclature
❏ Common Reaction
Biochemistry
❏ Carbohydrates
❏ Lipids
❏ Proteins
❏ Nucleic Acids
❏ Biochemical Tests
asked to identify one. No matter how difficult
chemical reactions can be, do not neglect
learning about them at least the most
common ones.
● YouTube tutorial channels and Google
helped in my review especially in topics I
cannot fully comprehend.
● In summary you must study the following
under Chemistry (not in order): Periodic
trends; balancing chemical equations; acids,
bases,
and
neutralization;
molarity
of
products (given moles); properties of atoms
(atomic mass, atomic number, sub-atomic
particles); molecular and empirical formula;
naming
structural
(ring
and
isomerism;
linear
set
structures);
of
quantum
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numbers;
compounds
with
benzene;
radioactivity and half-life; states of matter
and transformations; identifying chemical
reactions; and analyzing data given in
tabular or any schematic diagrams.
Personal Tips and Experience of the Actual NMAT
Before NMAT
1. It is already given that you review intensively before that NMAT. By the time
you have already registered or even before it, you should have planned your
review schedule. Religiously follow your review plan, and that effort will pay off
when you receive your desired PR. Always choose to study the parts that are
actually relevant in NMAT, with so much information to learn, always look at the
coverage of the NMAT to give you direction. My mantra during my NMAT review
is that it is impossible for me to learn everything in a short span of time, so what I
have to do is only focus on things that really matter for the NMAT. With that
acceptance of the truth, that we can only be knowledgeable to some extent has
made my review more pragmatic and effective.
2. You have the choice to enroll or not to enroll in a review center. It may be
expensive to enroll in review centers or even hire a private tutor for your review,
however if you think it will give you extra confidence in your NMAT then have
some canvassing first then enroll at your preferred review center. Utilize the pool
of information on the internet during your review. Join NMAT Facebook review
groups so that you won’t feel alone while waiting for your NMAT day.
3. Manually write all the formulas you encounter during your review into one
sheet and try to memorize all of them in order to ensure that you don’t forget any
of them during the exam. Instead of reading formulas, try to use them while
solving so that you can develop a sense of connection with them.
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4. Avoid being mental blocked during your exam day by giving yourself time to
rest a day or two before your scheduled NMAT. Take care of your mental health
as well as your physical health. Everyone experiences anxiety before an exam,
but you can defeat it by overcoming and not succumbing into it. When you let
your anxiety run your mind it will force you to study even in the day before your
exam. That is why you should keep yourself provided with enough sleep with
balanced study allocation. You have to give up cramming as well, because you
are not in college anymore where you review last minute before your exam.
Remember that as a future medical student, the NMAT can also be an agent of
change to your study habits.
5. Have a designated exam area. You need to have a distraction-free area where
you will be taking your online NMAT. Choose a place or a room in your house
that will be less visited by your family members but also with strong internet
reception. Remove unnecessary objects like reviewers, books, other gadgets,
posters or pictures on the wall, etc. The proctor will also check the surrounding
during the exam by asking you to have a room tour in your exam area. Better be
prepared because you may be asked by the live proctor to carry your
laptop/webcam to have a glimpse of your exam area. Any form of cheating during
the exam will be warned or worse will tantamount to disqualification from taking
the NMAT.
6. CEM will send you a simulated Online NMAT just like the practice sets that they
have provided you upon registration except it will be answered on the actual
browser you will use on your exam day. It is important that you utilize this, so that
you will be well-acquainted with its interface. Do not memorize the practice
sets and simulated Online NMAT because they will not appear on the exam;
nevertheless, the topics will be parallel to the actual NMAT.
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7. Days before the Online NMAT kindly prepare your valid IDs (at least 2) because
your registration will be validated during the day of the exam. Also, memorize
your application number because you will input that during the initial part of the
exam.
8. Make sure you also have your computer/laptop is set properly in your
designated exam area away from all distractions. Double check whatever you will
need on the day of the exam, you do not want to take the exam again because
your complacency to fix your computer setup ahead of time. An important
reminder that the exam browser of the NMAT is compatible with Windows
operating systems only and you should find a solution in advance if you are an
Apple/Mac IOS user.
9. In addition, secure strong internet connectivity and prepare for an emergency
internet backup. Talk to your family members that if possible, allow you to solely
have the Wi-Fi connection for only four hours in the duration of the exam. I am
sure they will understand.
10. Be updated with the schedule of power or signal interruption in your area. Do
not worry if during the exam you suddenly lose electrical power, because you will
be given 20 minutes to resume your exam, but if it comes to worst you can
reschedule your exam to a later date given by CEM just contact them
immediately regarding your concern.
During Online NMAT
1. Wake up early on the day of the exam. It does not matter if your exam is
scheduled in the afternoon and needless to say if your exam is in the morning.
Take a cold shower, wear something comfortable, and have a good meal before
your exam. Make sure that one hour before the exam, you are already facing
your computer setup, so that you can condition yourself and have time to pray.
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2. Make sure that you have your valid IDs on your side and your application
number in your mind. After the validation of your registration and few
instructions, you will be immediately brought to the part 1 of the test. Be hyperfocused and try to stay facing the screen at all times. The first subject will be
verbal, so make sure to finish this subject as fast as you can so that you can
allocate more time with the proceeding subjects.
3. Read everything with full understanding such as the instructions given on how
are you going to input the answer. There will be times that your answer should be
encoded. Remember to only input the letters only without a comma or anything
(A B C D E) corresponding to your answer. Do not also forget to scroll down
because the last options are sometimes not readily available on the screen. That
is why it is important that you should have taken the simulated online NMAT,
because it will give you an exact feeling of how an online NMAT would be like.
4. Whiteboard, whiteboard marker and board eraser should be ready in your
exam area. If possible, have some extra markers on your table, because you
cannot leave your seat once the exam has already started except on the 10minute break. When doing calculations and scratch work on your whiteboard
make sure you are viewable to your live proctor. You must raise your whiteboard
in the level of your webcam while doing your scratch work and not having the
whiteboard lying flat on your table.
5. There will be a live online NMAT proctor on the exam and you can
communicate via a live chat icon located on the lower left part of the screen.
Make sure to respond to your proctor whenever a message from him/her pops in.
6. There will be a 10-minute break after the part 1 of the exam, use this
opportunity to your preferred activity. You may take a quick visit in the restroom
or rehydrate yourself. Please avoid checking your phone in front of the monitor
because even on a break, the proctor can still see you.
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7. Time management is crucial. Though you already know this, you must also
strategize your way through the exam. Do not dwell too much on questions you
do not know the answer to. Trust your intuition when making shotgun answers.
Just remember, C is for Christ when your intuition is not cooperating. You have
240 items to answer in the online NMAT unlike in the pen-and-paper NMAT
which contains more items and whole day to finish the test. The eight subjects in
the online NMAT will each have 30 items. Four subjects in the Part 1 and another
4 subjects in the Part 2. You have 4 hours (inclusive of the 10-minute break) to
finish the whole test. However, you should expect that in the actual NMAT you
will have less than 4 hours to finish the test. Not to scare you but in reality you
must anticipate, that each part must be answered within 1 and a half hour, in total
that is 3 hours.
8. If you are not yet sure about some items, you can click the REVISIT ICON (↺)
just above the respective item, so that they will marked and you can easily revisit
them again when you want to change your answer. One important tip is NEVER
leave an item unanswered; always use that revisit button to stay on track with
unsure items if you still have time at the end of each part.
9. DO NOT PRESS THE “FINISH TEST” button even if you are done with the first
part of the exam. This button is located on the upper right hand corner of the
screen beside the timer. The only time you can click this button is if you are
already done with the WHOLE NMAT. If you click that button accidentally,
immediately inform CEM via their contact numbers. Some of my friends
accidentally clicked that button, so they have to reschedule to take the online
NMAT and retake the NMAT again in the same week.
10. After you are finished with Part 1, it’s now time to move on because there is still a
Part 2. It is composed of academic subjects that will test your proficiency. It
means it will measure your knowledge and mastery in the following subjects:
Biology, Physics, Social Sciences, and Chemistry. This now the time to dig your
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memory and apply whatever you remember in your review. The questions under
part 2 are mostly conceptual questions that require higher order thinking skills.
11. Immediately after the exam, feel free to do whatever you want. You can shout as
I did, or have a good rest because NMAT can really suck your energy and soul.
Finally, when your NMAT is finished do not forget to pray. Know that you did well
and now you wait for your results.
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About the Author
Hello, future doctor. I hope you appreciate this study guide I have made
especially for you. Now, allow me to share a short narrative about myself hoping that I
could inspire you to strive for your best no matter how many obstacles you are facing
right now.
I am a graduate of Ateneo de Naga University with a non-premed degree of
Bachelor in Secondary Education Major in Biology. After high school, it was a challenge
for our family to send me to college because of financial incapacity. At that time, I
thought I could never enter college. Thankfully, God has given me a strong spirit and a
very supportive family. My mother, who is a single parent and works as a
manicurist/pedicurist, supported my dreams as I applied for scholarships to different
universities. Fortunately, I was granted with full scholarship that could sustain my
education until graduation. After years of academic struggling, I have successfully
obtained my bachelor’s degree with flying colors.
After I took my board exam, I was announced as a 6th national placer among the
one hundred thousand test-takers in the PRC Licensure Examination for Teachers.
However, I did not stop there. As I work for a few years as an educator, I relive my
dream to pursue medicine because of the love of learning. That is why I decided to take
the NMAT and take my chances. Right now, I could have been already in medical
school already but I chose to keep my employment first because as the eldest my family
depends on me in these trying times. Next year, I will apply for admissions and keeping
my hopes high that I qualify to my dream medical schools.
For your reference, I have attached my NMAT result to give you a glimpse of my
performance (sorry had to cover some information for safety purposes) and for you to
see how an NMAT result looks like. I hope you will inspired because I know you can
score better than my percentile rank, if you just believe in yourself and take NMAT
seriously.
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To give you a background of what NMAT scores are all about, you may refer to
the information below provided by CEM.
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“But as for you, be strong and DO NOT GIVE UP, for your work will be rewarded.”
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