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Lowering UMAT exam anxiety

Lowering your UMAT exam anxiety

Let’s face it. From here on in, we will be surrounded by exams, the UMAT, end of year 12 exams, not to mention all the University exams looming not so far into the future. So with all these exams, it is important to develop techniques to reduce and deal with UMAT anxiety. Below are some helpful techniques to help you deal with anxiety in the lead up to the UMAT.

Set up a UMAT study group

Studying with others is an effective way of lowering UMAT anxiety. However, the people you choose to be in your study group influence how effectively the study group will function. Be wary of choosing your friends to be part of your UMAT study group as you may get easily distracted and lose sight of your purpose. Instead, choose people with similar goals and aspirations as you.

Plan a revision schedule for school and UMAT

Make sure you include all your extra-curricular activities such as work commitments. You also need to allocate time for re-revision and going over any areas of the UMAT exam that you are unsure of. The key part of making a revision schedule work is ensuring that the goals you hope to achieve are manageable and realistic.

Planning a UMAT study sessions with breaks

Set a goal for each UMAT study session. Breaking down revision into more manageable goals makes revising less overwhelming. Most people can only concentrate for 20 minutes. Once you fail to absorb any more information, it’s time for a break. Short frequent study periods with breaks helps retention and recall.

Also, half hour time slots are useful for quick revision. If it takes a half hour train trip to get to school in the morning, why not try to work through some UMAT questions you have been having difficulty with or memorising techniques that will be useful for answering certain types of UMAT questions.

Find out the exam details

This will make you feel more comfortable before actually sitting down to do the UMAT. If you learn the details before hand, you won’t be thrown on the day.

Find out what to do if you get stuck on a UMAT question.

If you get stuck on a question during the UMAT, your anxiety level will rise. Fortunately, the UMAT consists of multiple choice questions. If you get stuck, choose an answer, mark the question and move on. If you have time at the end, go back and try to work through the question again. If you run out of time, at least you have a 1 in 4 or 1 in 5 chance of getting the right answer. Don’t let being unsure throw you, the answer is there, you just have to deduce which one it is.


Interested in studying Medicine?

If you are, then you need to sit the UMAT. The UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions) test is required for entry into most undergraduate medical courses and health science courses.

The UMAT is not a test of knowledge. It tests your skills in three different areas: Logical reasoning and problem solving, understanding people and non-verbal reasoning. These three areas used to be divided into three separately timed sections and completed sequentially during the exam.

However, since last year, questions from the all three areas have been mixed together to form one large exam. This change actually makes the test harder, so it is even more important now to go into the UMAT with an effective test taking strategy.

Should you prepare for the UMAT?

Would you go into your end of year exams without preparing? Entrance into some universities usually have 3 equally weighted criteria: your UMAT score, ATAR score and performance in an interview. So your UMAT score actually plays a significant role as to whether you get into medicine. 

Even though the UMAT isn’t knowledge based, you can dramatically improve your scores by learning new thought processes and familiarising yourself with the types of questions. This will also lower your nervoursness on the day, because you have already encountered UMAT-styled questions. Many other students are treating UMAT preparation as another school subject, except it has an exam earlier in the year! You’ll be at a huge disadvantage if you don’t prepare yourself.

In fact, UMAT prep is even more important now with the new changes to UMAT. Speed reading, and learning how to decode patterns quickly are essential to doing well in the UMAT.

UMAT 2013 Results

UMAT 2013 Results

UMAT Results are usually released around 20 September every year. Please click here to view your results.

The 2012 UMAT results were released on Friday 21 September 2012. The Statement of Results will contain a score for each section of the test as well as an overall score and it will also provide you with information about your percentile ranking (how you did in comparison to the rest of the students who sat the UMAT). Other than this, you will not receive any further information about the scoring process.

This score will be valid for admission into an undergraduate medicine or health science course in 2014 ONLY (for admission into a course in 2015 you will need to sit the UMAT again next year).

Universities set their own UMAT requirements each year (the minimum scores acceptable for consideration by the admissions committees). These could differ between universities.

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UMAT Results

UMAT results are normally released around 20 September every year.

You can access your results by visiting the following link:


You will need your email address and UMAT Candidate Number to access your UMAT results.

Your UMAT Results statement will show four different numbers: Section 1 UMAT score, Section 2 UMAT score, Section 3 UMAT score, an overall UMAT score and a UMAT percentile rank.

These three Section UMAT Scores are averaged to obtain your Overall UMAT Score.

The UMAT Percentile Rank gives an indication of how your Overall UMAT result compares to other students. For example, if you obtain a Percentile Rank of 70, this means that 30% of students have performed better than you.

A UMAT Percentile of at least 85 is normally required to be offered an interview. Some universities use a combination of UMAT results and ATAR scores in determining who is offered an interview.

The UMAT results required to obtain an interview varies between universities and the exact UMAT results required are often not released.