What is the UMAT?
The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is an exam required as a prerequisite for entry to the majority of undergraduate medical programs in Australia as well as selected schools in New Zealand. This test is designed to test abilities considered important to the study and practice of professions in the health sciences, such as logical reasoning, problem solving, understanding people as well as non-verbal reasoning.
How do universities use my UMAT score?
Universities will use your UMAT score combined with your high school exam results or ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) and then finally your MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) rating. Different universities will put a different emphasis on certain criteria.
Which schools require the UMAT?
It is worth noting that international students may be exempt from taking UMAT or may be required to sit a different test, such as the ISAT (International Students Admissions Test). You should refer to the specific university's website to confirm which test is required for international applicants.
The University of Adelaide
Medicine, Dental Surgery
Charles Darwin University
Clinical Sciences, Medicine, Vision Sciences
La Trobe University
Health Sciences (Dentistry), Oral Health Science
The University of Newcastle/
University of New England
Joint Medical Program
The University of New South Wales
The University of Queensland
Medicine (provisional entry), Dental (assured entry)
The University of Western Australia
Medicine (assured entry), Dental Medicine (assured entry)
University of Western Sydney
University of Auckland
University of Otago
Medicine, Medical Laboratory Science, Dental Surgery
What's the format of the UMAT?
The UMAT is a 3 hour (plus 10 minutes reading time) multiple-choice, paper-based test, consisting of one answer booklet. The test is designed to assess ability in the following areas:
Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving
Although questions are administered within these three areas, the test is not divided into separate sections, so the questions for each assessment area will be mixed throughout the exam. There are no breaks between sections, and students are permitted to use the bathroom during testing, although this cannot be done in the last 10 minutes of the exam.
How is the UMAT scored?
You will receive a score for each of the tested constructs, along with an overall score. You will also receive an overall percentile rank, which will give you an indication of how well you did in relation to the other exam candidates.
How do I register for the UMAT exam?
In order to register for the exam you should apply online to ACER at www.umat.acer.edu.au, where you will need to pay the AU$240 registration fee. If you are taking the UMAT exam outside Australia or New Zealand there is an overseas testing levy of AU$185 to be paid in addition to the registration fee.
Where do I take the UMAT?
There are a number of testing centers across Australia and New Zealand, as well as at a number of international testing centers. For a complete list of the test centers visit www.umat.acer.edu.au.
Key dates for the UMAT:
Registration opens: Early December 2016 Registration closes: 2nd June 2017 UMAT Exam Date: 26th July 2017 Results released: Late September 2017