The Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admissions Test (UMAT) is a test that is specifically designed to contribute to the selection process for students aiming to enter degrees in areas such as Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at an undergraduate level at participating universities.
The UMAT runs for three hours and consists of multiple choice questions for testing an individual’s aptitude (it is not an IQ or personality test). There are no prerequisite studies required to sit the UMAT, rather the test aims to assess a student’s general attributes and abilities gained through learning and previous experience. This allows the results of the UMAT to accompany a student’s academic results as opposed to replacing them all together.
The standardised test scores for the UMAT make up one of the 3 essential components of a student’s Medical school entry. The other main components are the ATAR score and medical entrance interviews. The UMAT can only be sat if you have completed or plan to complete your final year of secondary school in the year you are sitting the UMAT (ie. Yr 12 in Australia and Yr 13 in New Zealand). Students whose educational levels do not meet these requirements are not eligible to sit the UMAT (for example, students in Yr 11 or lower in Australia are not eligible to sit the exam even if they are taking a Yr 12 subject).