UMAT courses comparison

Below you will find an objective comparison of over fifty training attributes of the four UMAT course providers. There are also many other UMAT courses / UMAT Tutoring providers which are not reputable/established or run by inexperienced students, bankrupts etc which over-promise but under-deliver.

The comparison below is based on surveys of current medical students and practising doctors and other health professionals in Australia/New Zealand who have undergone these courses, teachers, university lecturers/professors and various UMAT forums.

(Last updated 27 Aug 2013).

No. UMAT Training Attribute MedEntry Provider A  Provider B Provider   C
1 Lecturers who have taught in universities

Y

N

N

N

2 Ability to see before you buy

Y

N

N

N

3 Free sample questions

Y

N

Y

Y

4 Latest Online Learning Management System

Y

N

N

N

5 2 day UMAT courses

Y

N

N

N

6 Online tests

Y

N

Y

Y

7 100% New Questions every year

N

N

N

N

8 Reuse trial exams anytime

Y

Y

Y

N

9 Ability to obtain percentile ranking on trial tests

Y

N

N

N

10 Reuse practice questions anytime

Y

Y

Y

N

11 Endorsements by students

Y

Y

Y

N

12 Endorsements by doctors

Y

Y

N

N

13 Endorsements by parents

Y

N

Y

N

14 Endorsements by careers teachers

Y

N

Y

N

15 Provide application review services

Y

N

N

N

16 Online calendar to assist with UMAT study schedule

Y

N

N

N

17 Interactive forums and blogs

Y

N

N

Y

18 Includes advanced trainers for Section 1

Y

N

N

N

19 Includes advanced trainers for section 2

Y

N

N

N

20 Includes advanced trainers for section 3

Y

N

N

N

21 Provide ACER’s past UMAT papers

N

N

N

N

22 E-mail support

Y

Y

N

Y

23 Phone support Australia 24h

Y

Y

Y

N

24 Phone support NZ 24h

Y

N

Y

N

25 Phone support Ireland 24h

Y

N

N

N

26 Has graduates practising Medicine

Y

N

Y

N

27 Government accredited UMAT course

Y

N

N

N

28 Registered Training Organisation (RTO)

Y

N

N

N

29 Provides University specific interview training

Y

N

N

N

30 Offers UMAT training in other countries such as NZ and Ireland

Y

N

N

N

31 Staff who are practising doctors

Y

N

N

N

32 Provides fully worked solutions to all questions

Y

N

Y

N

33 University admissions guide

Y

N

N

N

34 Offers UMAT courses in all capital cities in Australia

Y

N

N

N

35 Extent to which questions simulate UMAT – Section 1  98  60 65 55
36 Extent to which questions simulate UMAT – Section 2  90  50 40 35
37 Extent to which questions simulate UMAT – Section 3  95 70 75 75
38 Annual updates

Y

N

Y

N

39 One day UMAT course

N

N

Y

N

40 Student rating of UMAT course 99 16 20 5
41 Student rating of interview training 98 19 14 0
42 Group discounts

Y

Y

Y

N

43 Teacher nominated discounts

Y

N

N

N

44 Scholarships

Y

N

Y

N

45 Live Chat

Y

N

N

Y

46 Advice from past students who obtained 100th percentile

Y

N

N

N

47 Free online trial test

Y

N

N

Y

48 Government funded UMAT courses

Y

N

N

N

49 Initiated with Government funding

Y

N

N

N

50 Accredited by the International Test Accreditation Council

Y

N

N

N

51 Operated by Government Accredited Australian and New Zealand Institutes of Education

Y

N

N

N

52 The Organisation’s compliance standards are stringent, like a University

Y

N

N

N

53 Offers UMAT courses in rural areas of Australia

Y

N

N

N

54 One on One Tutoring

Y

Y

N

N

55 Video Guides and Video Solutions

Y

N

N

Y

56 Attention to detail (eg minimal errors) 99 50 45 40
57 Responsiveness 97 50 55 40
58 Difficulty of questions (Hard 100; Easy 0) 95 60 60 50
59 Most extensive bank of high quality questions

Y

N

N

N

60 10 plus 5 UMAT Practice exams

Y

N

N

N

61 Courses taught by practising professionals
(not students)

Y

N

Y

N