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UMAT

The UMAT is part of the selection process for Australian undergraduate students entering into certain university medical and health science courses.

PLEASE NOTE that as of 2019, the UMAT examination has been replaced by the UCAT examination. For more information on the UCAT, click here.

The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test, or UMAT, is a test administered by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) in Australia. It is a part of the selection process for Australian undergraduate students entering into certain health science courses, including most medical (MBBS, MBChB, MD) and dentistry (BDSc, BDS) courses, as well as other health science courses such as physiotherapy and optometry.

The UMAT is held once a year, usually either in late July or early August, in test centers located in major cities in Australia. It is conducted in two sessions (morning and afternoon) on a single test day.

The UMAT is a 3-hour test consisting of the following three multiple-choice sections, which can be completed in any order over the duration of the test:

  • Section 1 (48 questions): Logical reasoning and problem solving
  • Section 2 (44 questions): Understanding people
  • Section 3 (42 questions): Non-verbal reasoning

UMAT scores are valid for a period of one year, after which a student will need to re-sit the test to be eligible for admission into a relevant undergraduate university course.

The UMAT is an entry requirement for all UMAT consortium universities. In Australia, these are:

  • The University of Adelaide - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Dental Surgery.
  • Bond University - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
  • Charles Darwin University - Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (articulating with Flinders University‚Äôs Northern Territory Doctor of Medicine).
  • Flinders University - Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine.
  • La Trobe University - Bachelor of Health Sciences (Dentistry)/Master of Dentistry, Bachelor of Oral Health Science.
  • Monash University - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
  • The University of Newcastle/University of New England - Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program.
  • The University of New South Wales - Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Medical Studies/Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Optometry/Bachelor of Science.
  • The University of Queensland - Doctor of Medicine (provisional entry - as of 2015).
  • The University of Tasmania - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
  • The University of Western Australia - Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Medicine.
  • The University of Western Sydney - Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

Each university obtains the results directly from ACER and determines its own cut-off scores for UMAT results.

Most universities also take into account a structured or semi-structured interview (such as a multiple mini interview) with a candidate, as well as Year 12 results. Some universities, however, such as the University of Queensland, do not use interviews as part of their selection procedure.

Because the UMAT is quite different from typical high school examinations it is difficult to prepare for. Academic excellence does not necessarily equate to an outstanding UMAT result.

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