The UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) is designed to assist in the selection of candidates into many Australian and New Zealand health-related programs, such as medicine and dentistry.
How is the UMAT Structured?
The UMAT is a multiple-choice, paper-based test designed to test your abilities in:
Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving
The test lasts 3 hours, with 10 minutes additional reading time. These individual constructs are mixed up throughout the exam.
What programs require the UMAT?
The University of Adelaide
Medicine, Dental Surgery
Charles Sturt University
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)
University of Tasmania
The University of Western Australia
Medicine (assured entry); Dental Medicine
University of Western Sydney
University of Auckland
University of Otago
Medicine, Medical Laboratory Science, Dental Surgery
Do international students need to take the UMAT?
Only a limited number of universities require international students to take the UMAT. Many instead require international students to take the ISAT (International Students Admissions Test). It is best to check on the university's website to make sure you are taking the correct exam if you are an international applicant. You should check with each university you are applying to.
I have already taken the HPAT exam. Do I need to take the UMAT too?
Although the HPAT and UMAT exams are similar in the question types and content, their scores cannot be submitted interchangeably.
Can I take the UMAT in Year 11?
No, the UMAT is only available to students currently in their final year of secondary school or higher.
When can I take the UMAT exam?
The UMAT is a paper-based test that takes place yearly towards the end of July.
How do I register to take the UMAT exam?
Registration opens in early December each year. Registrations take place online through Acer's website, where you will also need to pay the AU$240 registration fee. If you are taking the exam outside of Australia or New Zealand there is an additional international testing fee of AU$185.
Where do I take the UMAT?
There are a number of test centers to sit the exam across Australia and New Zealand, as well as international testing centers in the UK, USA and Singapore. Please check ACER's website for more details. All registered students will be provided with the exact address and time of their test appointment on their admissions ticket.
What will the UMAT test be like?
You will arrive at your chosen test center and go through the necessary ID checks, where you will need to provide your admissions ticket. Once this is complete you will take your seat in the exam hall and take the 3 hour and 10 minutes test, where you will be provided with a test booklet and answer sheet. There are no designated breaks during the test, although you may take comfort breaks (note that this time will eat into your testing time). Once the test is over you will need to wait for all the test booklets to be collected and for the necessary closing procedures. You will not be able to leave until this has been completed - so it's best to allow for approximately 5 hours at the test center when booking your travel.
What do I need to bring with me on test day?
You will need to bring:
Your printed Admissions Ticket
Approved current identification
Clear water bottle (no label)
These will be the only items allowed to be kept with you during your test. All other items, including mobile phones (switched off) and valuables need to be stored under your desk. There will be limited space to store bags at the centers, so you are advised to bring only essential items with you.
How is the UMAT scored?
You will receive an overall score, along with a broken down score for each of the three constructs (Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving, Understanding People and Non-verbal Reasoning). You will also receive a percentile ranking, so you can get an idea of how well you did in comparison to the other test takers.
Can I retake the UMAT?
If you are not happy with your score this time round, you can re-sit the exam at the next administration without being penalized. The UMAT is administered only once per year. The score is only valid for one year, so you can repeat it any number of times, but there is only once per year when it is administered.
When should I start preparing for the UMAT?
We recommend that our students spend at least 3-4 weeks preparing for the exam. This will give you enough time to work through the strategies and methods for the different question types and then work your way through the practice material and review the areas where you need further review. Everyone learns at different speeds and has different schedules to prep around, so just adapt to a study schedule that works best for you. Make sure you allow enough time for prep, practice and review.
UMAT is an aptitude test, how can you prepare for it?
The UMAT exam is designed to be tough for high achieving students, in order to help university programs differentiate between the many applications they receive. All standardized tests contain certain defined question types, and we have designed proven strategies for answering each of these question types for you to learn. This approach, coupled with test-like, quality practice tests to familiarize you with using the strategies, will set you on track for achieving the best score you can on test day.