For the few weeks before the test, if not longer, you’ve been preoccupied with the UMAT. Maybe you’ve let a few things slide: homework, co-curricular activities, your friends, fun. Now it’s time to catch up on anything that’s fallen behind and to return to your normal routine after the UMAT.
We know you may be feeling a little anti-climactic after getting all geared up for the UMAT that’s now over, but don’t forget other tests that may be looming on the horizon. You’ve worked hard preparing for the UMAT and it’s natural to want to relax a bit. But please, please don’t blow off your Year 12 exams; they are just as important to your admissions chances as the UMAT.
Considering a career in medicine?
Then you need to know about the UMAT.
UMAT stands for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test.
It is a three hour exam administered by ACER (The Australian Council for Educational Research), and it tests your ability in three areas:
*logical reasoning & problem solving
*understanding people, and
Most Australian and New Zealand Universities use your UMAT score, together with your high school results and your performance at an interview, in their selection of students for medicine, dentistry and health science courses.
There is help available to students who want to get the best possible results in the UMAT. Online courses such as those offered by MedEntry can greatly assist your preparation for the UMAT.
Registrations for the July 2013 UMAT test are already open, so you had better get your skates on!
In 2013 ACER have made some important changes to the UMAT format.
Whilst the type of questions will not change, the structure of the exam will.
Previously the exam consisted of:
Section 1 (Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving), 48 questions, 70 minutes
Section 2 (Understanding People), 44 questions, 55 minutes
Section 3 (Non-verbal Reasoning), 42 questions, 55 minutes
Now the exam no longer has separate timed divisions for each of Sections 1, 2 and 3.
A ten minute reading only time is given at the start of the test to check for printing accuracy etc. The three test “constructs” as ACER now terms them, are mixed up throughout the three hour exam.
Students will still receive a score for each “construct” (previously “section”), however this year students’ scores will be reported as an aggregate, rather than an average.
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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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To be successful in the UMAT, timing is just as important as anything else. You should aim to pace yourself throughout each section so that you finish the last question just before time runs out. If you finish early, not only would you have wasted valuable time twiddling your thumbs but you may also have ultimately sacrificed your precision for speed.
Students frequently argue that they wanted to finish early so they could check over their answers. Let’s be honest, it would be impossible in the remaining time to check through every one of your UMAT answers for that section thoroughly enough to alleviate any mistakes you made the first time around. If you made an error because you rushed the first time, then it is likely that by rushing through the second time you will make the same mistakes again. In order to minimise rushed errors, it is important to prepare leading up to UMAT 2013 so that you are familiar the type and style of questions you will be asked in the UMAT.
If it happens that you finish a UMAT section with time to spare and you decide to go over your answers, beware of second guessing yourself as this can be a mistake. Most often if you are unsure about a UMAT question you should stick to the answer that you first came to. If you begin to over-think and second guess your answers you may only confuse yourself more and you are more likely to change your answer and consequently may get it wrong.
Ultimately, if you do not pick up your mistake, just before you make it, while you make it or just after you make it, it is unlikely that you will pick it up later when you ‘check over your answers’. In general students will just end up flicking through the pages of the section and glance quickly at all of their answers before sitting back and waiting until everyone else finishes. This could have a real negative impact on your UMAT score.
UMAT Preparation is essential for allowing students to manage their time throughout each section of the UMAT as this is a pitfall for many student who sit the UMAT. Courses provide students with UMAT help not only regarding answering the questions but they approach the UMAT in a holistic manner, covering all facets of the test including things like timing and confidence. Many of the skills taught in UMAT courses are not only relevant for the UMAT, but for life in general. Have a look at the timing for each section on the UMAT and prepare accordingly to achieve UMAT success!
Information released to candidates by ACER along with their UMAT results:
Q Have I passed or failed the UMAT?
A There is no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ for UMAT. The Universities use UMAT Scores differently and set their own UMAT cut-off scores each year. These are the minimum UMAT scores acceptable for consideration by the University, and vary from one University to another. The ACER UMAT Office will not give information regarding cut-off scores.
Q Do my UMAT Scores show the number of questions I had right?
A No. The number of questions you had right in UMAT has been scaled to obtain your UMAT Score on each Section.
Q What is the maximum possible UMAT Score?
A The maximum possible UMAT Score can differ from one Section of the test to another, and from one year to another. Most UMAT Scores are between 0 and 100.
Q Why are my UMAT scores scaled?
A UMAT tests can differ slightly in difficulty from year to year. Scores are adjusted (scaled) to take account of year-to-year differences in test difficulty. Each Section of UMAT measures a separate attribute or skill and is reported on its own scale.
Q What does the percentile rank mean?
A A percentile rank indicates how a candidate performed in relation to all other candidates who sat UMAT in the same year. Percentiles do not allow comparison between candidates who sat the test in different years.
Q How is the Overall Score calculated?
A The Overall UMAT Score is an unweighted average of the three Section scores, statistically calculated from two decimal places. It is not possible for candidates to replicate this proces.
While students get high scores in Section 1 and 3, they rarely get high scores in Section 2.
UMAT Scores showing the Statement of Results will be made available to all students in late September. This will be made available online. You will get an email from ACER about the release of UMAT Scores. You then login to the ACER’s UMAT site using your UMAT ID number and your email address. You will then be able to view your UMAT Scores online.
The Statement of Results contains a score for each section of the test, and an overall score. It also provides information on percentile ranks.
Under no circumstances will ACER release the results over the phone, by fax or by email. This is to protect candidate confidentiality.
You will receive a UMAT score for each section of the test, and an overall UMAT score. You also will be provided with information on your overall UMAT percentile rank. Unfortunately ACER will not be provide any additional information on the scoring process.
The universities will set their own UMAT cut-off scores each year. These will be the minimum UMAT scores acceptable for consideration by the admissions committees and may vary from one university to another. The universities may also choose to use the UMAT scores in other ways.