What is the Imperial Mechanical Engineering Admissions Test?

A Guide for Prospective Students

Imperial College London is one of the most prestigious universities in the world, and their Mechanical Engineering programme is no exception. Situated in South Kensington, Imperial places 8th in the world for Mechanical Engineering by QS World University Rankings (2023).

Imperial College London’s admissions process for its Mechanical Engineering programme is highly competitive, and one of the key components of that process is the Imperial Mechanical Engineering Admissions Test (IMAT). This article explores what the IMAT is, what you can expect to encounter on the test, and some tips on how to prepare for it.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The IMAT has been discontinued. Applicants must now take the Engineering and Science Admissions Test (ESAT). We will be releasing an article on this shortly, so please keep an eye out. Information regarding the ESAT is available here. You can contact our expert admissions test tutors for tailored support.

Who takes the IMAT?

Imperial’s Mechanical Engineering Admissions Test is typically taken by students who are applying for the Mechanical Engineering degree at Imperial College London. The test is intended for students in their final year of secondary school, who have completed or are currently studying A levels or an equivalent qualification in Physics and Mathematics.

For general advice on how to get into Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London, check out our previous blog.

What is the IMAT?

All of the Engineering disciplines at Imperial are very different, therefore each one has its own entry requirements and selection process. Some courses have admissions tests, while others do not. If you’re interested in the Mechanical Engineering degree at Imperial College London, you must take the Imperial Mechanical Engineering Admissions Test (IMAT).

The IMAT is designed to assess your knowledge, practical skills, and understanding of key concepts in Mathematics, Physics and Engineering, and is an important part of the application process for the Mechanical Engineering programme at Imperial College. The test is designed to determine whether you have the necessary academic skills and potential to succeed in the Mechanical Engineering programme at Imperial College London.

Ensure that you prepare for the test to maximise your chances of success! Thanks to our network of experienced tutors, many of whom are top UK university graduates and ex-admissions officers themselves, we have the very latest and best knowledge on what Imperial is looking for in top Engineering applicants. Get in touch with us today to chat with a member of our team about how we can help you.

What are the contents of the IMAT and how does it work?

The IMAT is largely based on A level Maths and Physics. The questions require you to enter a numerical or multiple-choice answer online and are designed to be challenging. The IMAT requires you to apply your knowledge and understanding to solve complex problems, although you will be allowed to use a calculator.

Imperial College London released a list of topics that could be included in the IMAT:

  • Algebra and Functions
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Sequence and Series
  • Trigonometry
  • Exponentials and Logarithms
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Vectors
  • Data Presentation and Interpretation
  • Probability
  • Statistical Distributions
  • Kinematics
  • Forces and Newton’s Laws
  • Mechanics
  • Mechanical Properties of Matter
  • Electric Circuits
  • Waves

If you’d like some more information on the IMAT topics, see here.

The IMAT will be divided into two sections:

  • Section 1: The first section of the IMAT is focused on mathematics and contains multiple-choice questions. The questions are designed to test your knowledge and understanding of key mathematical concepts.
  • Section 2: The second section of the IMAT is focused on physics and engineering and contains multiple-choice questions. The questions are designed to test your knowledge and understanding of the key concepts.

Shortly after completing the test, you must upload a scan or photo of your written work. A few days before the actual test, Imperial will send you instructions for a short readiness test/practise test (including the submission of the scan or photo) so that you can familiarise yourself with the platform in advance.

Overall, the IMAT is designed to be a challenging test that assesses your academic potential and ability to think critically and creatively. By preparing thoroughly and familiarising yourself with the structure and content of the test, you’ll be well prepared to tackle the IMAT and demonstrate your potential to succeed in the Mechanical Engineering programme at Imperial College London.

We recommend that you also work with a specialist tutor who has in-depth knowledge of Imperial’s specific Mechanical Engineering Admissions Test and the wider application process to maximise your chances. This will offer you more tailored guidance and preparation support.

Please note: Specific questions and topics covered on the IMAT may vary from year to year, so it is recommended to check the Imperial College website for the most up-to-date information. To prepare thoroughly, review the specific topics covered.

How long is the IMAT?

The IMAT is a 60-minute online admissions test.

How do I register for the IMAT?

The good news is that all of Imperial’s admissions tests for Engineering courses are internal, meaning you do not have to register for them before you apply.

If your UCAS application passes initial screening Imperial will invite you to take the IMAT. The test is administered by Imperial internally, so details inviting you to this admission test will be sent to you by email from the university itself. The email will contain information on the test date, time, and location. You should receive this email in late January. Be sure that the email address you provided in your application is valid and that you inform Imperial if you need to change it. If you have not received the connection details by the first week of February, contact Imperial to alert them.

In the event that you are unable to take the IMAT at the scheduled time, it is necessary to inform Imperial College. Additionally, you have the option to request reasonable accommodations by responding to the invitation email.

Hence you don’t need to register for the IPAT before applying, however, you will need to prepare to ensure you achieve the best score possible.

When do I take the IMAT?

Usually, the IMAT test is on two dates. For applications before October 15th, the test date will be in early November. For all other applications, the test date will be in early February.

The upcoming IMAT date for this year (2023) is Friday the 10th of February. However, test dates can vary, so ensure that you check the IMAT date on Imperial College London’s website and verify it against your application date. Once you apply, your specific test date should be confirmed via email but you can also contact Imperial directly with any queries.

What happens after the IMAT?

Your UCAS application and IMAT test result will be considered together to determine whether you are selected to be invited for an interview. Imperial claims that there is no fixed weighting applied to these two components, and it is not possible to indicate a minimum score or average score of applicants invited for the interview.

It is probable that you will receive information regarding the status of your application in March, once all the interviews have been conducted.

Please note: there is a widening participation admissions scheme that guarantees an interview to some home applicants. Information about this can be found here.

How do I prepare for the IMAT?

Preparing for the IMAT is essential if you want to succeed. Here are some tips to help you:

Review the topics covered: Make sure you have a thorough understanding of the topics covered in the IMAT. Use textbooks, online resources, and practice tests to help you prepare.

Practice problem-solving: The IMAT is designed to test your ability to solve complex problems. Practice solving mathematical and physics problems to improve your problem-solving skills.

Time management: The IMAT is a timed test, so it’s important to manage your time effectively. Practice taking practice tests under timed conditions to get used to the pace of the test.

Seek help from a tutor: If you are struggling with any of the concepts covered on the test, consider seeking help from one of our expert Mechanical Engineering tutors.

The IMAT is an important part of the application process for the Mechanical Engineering programme at Imperial College London. But if you prepare for it effectively, you can increase your chances of success and pave the way for a successful career in Mechanical Engineering.

Here at The Profs, we have a dedicated team of tutors who are experienced in admissions as well as Mechanical Engineering tests. Many of our outstanding tutors have attended Imperial College London themselves, and/or helped their students to gain admission there. 95% of our students gain a place at their first or second-choice university. So, don’t be daunted by the IMAT. If you have your sights on Imperial, reach out to us today.