What is the UMAT?

The UMAT is the Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admissions Test. For more information, read our About UMAT page.

What is ACER?

ACER is the Australian Council for Educational Research;  the organisation who administers the UMAT. Note, registration for a UMAT preparation course does not include registration for the UMAT test itself. This must be done separately though ACER, via their website.

When is the UMAT held?

The UMAT is held on the last Wednesday of July each year. UMAT 2016 is on the 27 July 2016.

Do I need to sit the UMAT?

You will be required to sit the UMAT if you are considering any of the following university courses:

If you  apply for any of these courses but have not sat the UMAT test, you will not be considered for a place.

How important is the UMAT for Medical Entry?

Very important! People often underestimate the large role the UMAT test plays in student selection for entry into undergraduate university courses. Even high achieving students can stumble in the UMAT. Students who receive perfect year 12 (or year 13 in New Zealand) results can miss out on places in Medicine due to their low UMAT scores. A student’s UMAT score will often determine whether or not they are offered an interview. The UMAT score is used in conjunction with ATAR results and interview results in order to determine entry into certain undergraduate university courses.

Can I sit the UMAT more than once?

Yes. You can sit the UMAT as many times as you like without being penalised as long as you are an eligible applicant each time.

When will UMAT results be released?

A Statement of Results is provided for each candidate at the end of September (ACER do not provide a specific date).

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How long are UMAT results valid for?

UMAT results are valid for one year only. For example, UMAT 2016 results can be used when applying for courses in 2017, but not 2018.

Sitting the UMAT

On the day of the test, do not forget to eat breakfast.  Depending on the reporting time of your designated centre, you may wish to eat a small snack before you go into the test room. You will not be allowed to take any food or drink, other than bottled water, into the test room.

Each test Section is separately timed. You are advised to work steadily through each Section. It is not advisable to spend too much time on any one question. Read through all the alternative answers to a question, even if you think the first one is correct, before marking your chosen response. If you think you know the answer to a question, mark it, even if you are not certain. Go on to the next question and come back later if you have time.

No marks are deducted for wrong answers.

If you mark more than one answer to a question it will be considered wrong.

Answers should be marked directly onto the answer sheet, not in the test book.
You may do rough work in the margins of your test book. Scrap paper is not allowed.
Grey lead pencils and an eraser are the only writing equipment allowed in the test room. Other equipment, such as pens, rulers, coloured pencils, etc. are not permitted.

Mobile phones, calculators, stopwatches, dictionaries, audio or recording devices of any kind, food and bags will not be permitted in the test room.

UMAT is in multiple-choice format. You will mark your answers by shading in ovals on a machine-readable answer sheet. It is very important that you record your answers carefully. Record your answers by completely filling in the oval, with pencil. If you decide to change an answer, erase it completely and mark the oval corresponding to your new choice.


On the test day you will be required to show one form of photo-bearing identification.

Your identification must include:

1.  your name;
2.  your date of birth;
3.  a recent photograph
4.  your signature.

Only these documents are acceptable:

  • Current passport – issued within 2 years
  • Current photo-bearing driver’s licence (learner’s permit, probationary or full licence)
  • Current photo-bearing Keypass/Proof of Age Card/18+ Card (NZ)

Student ID cards and/or expired documents will NOT be accepted under any circumstances.

If you do not present one of the forms of ID listed above, or if the identity document you present does not bear an easily recognisable photograph of you as you look on the test day, you will not be permitted to sit UMAT and will be turned away from the test centre.

Can I sit UMAT if I’m in Year 11 and taking Year 12 subjects?

No.  UMAT is only available to any student whose educational level at the time of sitting the test is their final year of secondary school, or higher.

Can I sit UMAT if I have already completed a degree?

You are eligible to sit UMAT if you have commenced or completed an undergraduate degree.  However, not all the undergraduate degree programs for which UMAT is a prerequisite offer places for non-school leavers.  Candidates are advised to check the relevant university websites for further information.

Do international students need to sit UMAT?

Only a limited number of Consortium universities require international students to sit UMAT for entry to medical and health sciences courses, and then only in specific circumstances.  Some universities require international students to sit the ISAT. For full details, candidates are advised to check the websites of the universities to which they plan to apply.