All About UMAT

Posted on January 19, 2017 by June Heo

What is UMAT?

UMAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. The test is used to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on the ACER website; or listed below (please see bottom of page).


What is the UMAT Exam?

The UMAT is an aptitude test and is not curriculum-based and presupposes no particular subjects of study at secondary level. It does not require any knowledge or skills in mathematics or sciences, or in any other area of the curriculum. It is designed to complement your academic results, not to replicate them. It is not a personality or IQ test.The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is a 3 hour multiple-choice test developed and used specifically to assist with the selection of students into medicine and health science degree programs at undergraduate level.

Offered only once a year, UMAT is divided into 3 sections and is designed to assess general attributes and abilities gained through prior experience and learning; specifically, the acquisition of skills in critical thinking and problem solving, understanding people and abstract non-verbal reasoning. These abilities are considered important to the study and later practice of professions in the health sciences.

Read: How To Study For UMAT Exam Part 1 (Logical Reasoning Techniques) 


Who should sit UMAT?

UMAT is available to any candidate whose educational level at the time of sitting the test is final year of secondary schooling or higher. Candidates registering for UMAT2017 should have already completed or plan to complete their final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 in Australia; Year 13 in New Zealand) in 2017. Students whose current educational level is Year 11 or lower are NOT eligible to take UMAT. This includes Year 11 students undertaking one or more Year 12 subjects. Year 12 students completing Year 12 over 2 years are only eligible to sit UMAT in their final year.


How do I register for the exam?

The fee for UMAT2017 is $250 (GST inclusive).
Registrations must be submitted online via the UMAT website:


When are results released?

An online UMAT Statement of Results will be issued to every candidate in late September. You will receive a score for each section, and an overall score.

Your results will also be provided to the Universities after the test for the purpose of selecting applicants for interview. Under no circumstances will results be released over the telephone, by fax or by email. This is to protect candidate confidentiality


Participating Universities

You will need a UMAT score for applications to the following courses:

      • The University of New South Wales: Medicine
      • University of Western Sydney: Medicine
      • The University of Newcastle/University of New England: Joint Medical Program
      • Charles Darwin University: Dental Sciences
      • The University of Queensland: Medicine (Provisional entry), Dental Science
      • The University of Adelaide: Medicine, Dental Surgery
      • Flinders University: Clinical Sciences/Medicine
      • University of Tasmania: Medicine
      • Monash University: Medicine
      • La Trobe University: Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry, Oral Health Science
      • Curtin University: Medicine
      • The University of Western Australia: Medicine (Direct Pathway), Dental Medicine (Direct Pathway)
      • The University of Auckland, New Zealand: Medicine
      • University of Otago, New Zealand: Medicine, Dental Surgery


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