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Changes to UMAT results

Starting from 2012, UMAT scores can be used for admission into any of the UMAT Consortium universities. However, the scores shall be used only in the year following the test. For example, results from UMAT2012 can be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses that begin in 2013 but not 2014. Do not register for UMAT2012 unless you are planning to apply for a course commencing in 2013 and also make sure you meet the eligibility criteria specified in the UMAT 2012 Information Booklet.

Please note that the changes will not affect candidates who appeared for UMAT 2011 under the previous policy. UMAT 2011 Scores will still be accepted for courses commencing in 2013.

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HPAT Practice Questions

The HPAT – Health Professions Admissions Test is a test similar to the UMAT for students wishing to gain admissions into Medicine and Health Sciences in Ireland. It is structured just like the UMAT:

  • Section 1: Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • Section 2: Interpersonal Understanding
  • Section 3: Non-verbal Reasoning

Just like UMAT preparation Courses there are also HPAT Preparation Courses that provide various resources to help student prepare for the test. If you are looking for a little bit more UMAT help or some more UMAT resources, take a look at some HPAT Sample Questions. The similarities in the sections of the HPAT and the UMAT mean that HPAT sample questions will be just as valuable as UMAT practice questions in preparing for the upcoming UMAT exam.

Some free HPAT sample questions can be found at HPAT Resources.

 

UMAT Practice questions

UMAT Practice Question Section 1

You are treating a 60kg patient for a laceration, which you will need to suture under local anaesthetic. Given that the maximum safe dose of lignocaine is 3mg/kg, what is the maximum volume of a lignocaine 1% weight per volume (w/v) solution that can be administered safely?

A.   180µL

B.   6mL

C.   1.8mL

D.   18mL

 

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Solution:

mL = milli litres ; µL = micro litres

1 litre = 1000 mL = 1 kg = 1000 g

1% weight per volume (w/v) solution means

1 litre has 0.01 kg of lignocaine

Or 1000 mL = 10 g = 10,000 mg

Therefore,

3mg/kg X 60 kg X 1000mL/10000 mg =18 mL

The correct answer is D.

 

10 Tips for UMAT Success!

1. PREPARE! If you wanted to do well in a test, you wouldn’t walk in unprepared. The UMAT is no different, despite what ACER may say. Make sure you prepare appropriately for the test by exposing yourself to UMAT style questions that you are likely to receive on the day so that you can hone you logical reasoning and and problem solving skills as they are essential to scoring high on the UMAT.

2. UMAT Prep Courses – beware of the scams! There are many websites that claim to be UMAT prep organisations when they are actually scam websites. If you avoid these websites and go with a good quality UMAT preparation organisation, you are sure to get the quality preparation that you pay for so that you can practice your UMAT skills, gage your strengths and weaknesses and improve your ability to respond efficiently to questions in a timely manner.

3. Don’t leave your preparation to the last minute! The skills required to succeed in the UMAT cannot be learnt the night before. Make sure you don’t leave all your practice exams and questions to the last minute. If you practice consistently over a longer period of time the skills will consolidate and you will have time to improve in all areas as well as focusing on your weaknesses. If you are cramming the night before you will not be aware of your strengths and weaknesses and will most likely be wasting a whole heap of good value practice exams because you were ‘saving them for later’.

4. Speed Reading! It would be beneficial take a speed reading course as part of your UMAT preparation, particularly for sections 1 and 2. The whole of section 2 is based around comprehending large chunks of text, and in section 1 there are many questions which also involve reading a large text. You want to waste as little time as possible reading but you do not want to rush through it as you will not understand very much and you may have to go back over what you have already read. A speed reading course will help you increase your reading speed and your ability to understand and pick out the key ideas in the text whilst speed reading.

5. Be organised! Depending on the time you are allocated you may need to get up really early on the day of the UMAT and if not it is still important to be organised. Have all of the things you need (ie. pencils, admission ticket, correct identification, transportation) organised the night before (or earlier) so that you do not have to stress of worry about them on the morning. You don’t want to be printing out your ticket or searching for the correct pencils right before your exam. You want to be calm and collected going into the exam, not stressed and flustered.

6. Arrive Early! Make sure you organise to get to your designated UMAT testing centre by the designated reporting time on your admission ticket. Allow for any transportation mishaps (like missing your train or being stuck in traffic). Also, you may want to take a snack while you are lining up to go in. The lines are really long and you can’t take any food or drink other than bottled water into the test. If if the test has started and you are late you will not be allowed in (the UMAT begins once all of the pre-testing procedures – checking of Admission Tickets and identification have been completed).

7. Time management is key! One of the most daunting factors of the UMAT for candidates is the sheer amount of work that needs to be done in a short amount of time. This is where the preparation comes in. If you have practiced UMAT style questions you are likely to be faster and more efficient at answering the questions. If you feel you are spending too much time on a question, take an educated guess and move on so that you have time to come back to it at the end (do not leave it blank, because if you run out of time, you cannot go back and you will be left with an unanswered question).

8. Utilise your nervous energy! On the day of the UMAT it is healthy to be a little bit nervous. Psychological studies have shown that people perform poorly when they are not aroused or when they are too aroused. If you are extremely stressed you are likely to become easily confused and misinterpret questions. Without any anxiety you will not perform as actively as you would with slight arousal. If you have a little bit of nervous energy and you are able to harness it, your performance will be heightened and it will allow you too perform at your best level.

9. Have confidence in your abilities! If you go into the test with a negative mindset, expecting to perform poorly, this will be the case. You should go into the UMAT confident in all of your preparation with a ‘can do’ attitude in order to make the most of the UMAT and score as high as possible! A positive mindset may be a small factor, but it does contribute significantly to a person’s performance in any test.

10. Don’t try and think like the test writer! Be careful if you are trying to think like the test writer or assuming they are trying to trick you (even if they are). You could waste valuable time channelling the writer when you could be using that time to use the methods and logic you learnt and prepared in order to answer the question correctly. Beware of the endless “what do they think I will think?” cycle. You may end up completely confusing yourself and will gain no ground on selecting the right answer.