About UMAT

The UMAT exam consists of 134 questions (there are no breaks) drawn from three constructs given below. All questions undergo rigorous paneling, trials, analysis and then a final review in order to ensure that all elements of the UMAT – content, style and duration are relevant, reliable and fair for all candidates.

Construct 1: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving

This construct has 48 questions.

The questions are based on a brief piece of text, data/table, flowchart or graphical/visual information drawn from a range of different sources. This construct tests a student’s ability to solve problems and how fast they can interpret and critically analyse data and information.

Construct 2: Understanding People

This construct has 44 questions.

Questions in this construct are based on different scenarios, dialogue or other text that either represent or describe some kind of interpersonal situation or interaction. This construct tests a student’s ability to identify, understand and/or infer the thoughts, feelings, behaviour and/or intentions of the people presented to them in the different questions.

Construct 3: Non-verbal Reasoning

This construct has 42 questions.

The questions in this construct are all based on patterns or sequences of shapes. While the first two constructs of the UMAT require knowledge in areas of language and vocabulary, the third construct aims to test a student’s non-verbal intelligence and aptitude.


Each construct is equally weighted, however the questions within each construct are weighted differently depending on the portion of students who correctly answered them (a question most students answered correctly will be worth less than a question which very few people got correct). Once the questions have been scaled, each construct is given a mark out of 100. These marks are added to give a total score out of 300. ACER uses Item Response Theory in assessing students results. In addition, each student is given a score for each construct and an overall score and percentile ranking, which demonstrates how well they performed in relation to other students. You will also be abl e to convert your individual construct scores to percentiles by using the Score Vs Percentile chart ACER will provide for each construct and for the overall score.