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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.

What is 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

*non-verbal reasoning

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!


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

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.