The Beginner’s Guide to UCAT

New to UCAT? The Beginner's Guide to UCAT provides comprehensive information you need to start your preparation for the University Clinical Aptitude Test, or UCAT.

All About UCAT

The beginner’s guide to UCAT is an in-depth summary of UCAT. This guide covers what you should know about the UCAT exam and whether you need to sit the exam.

What is the UCAT?

The UCAT or University Clinical Aptitude Test is an admissions test for entry into medical, dental and clinical science degree programs used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand.

The UCAT exam replaces the UMAT exam from 2019.

The UCAT in Australia and New Zealand is a computer-based test hosted at a Pearson VUE test centre.

What is the purpose of the UCAT?

The test is used for universities in their selection of applicants with the most suitable mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours that are required for new doctors and dentists. It’s used alongside with other admission criteria including other academic qualifications (ie. ATAR) and an interview.

What’s the format of the UCAT?

The UCAT exam is a 2-hour computer-based test consisting of 234 multiple choice questions which tests a range of mental abilities identified as important for medical professions such as medicine, dentistry and clinical sciences.

The UCAT consists of 5 sections:

  1. Verbal Reasoning: Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.
  2. Decision Making: Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information
  3. Quantitative Reasoning: Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form
  4. Abstract Reasoning: Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.
  5. Situational Management: Measures the capacity to understand real-world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them

Once started the test cannot be paused for a break but before each subtest there is a timed instruction section.

The test format for UCAT ANZ is outlined below:

UCAT Subtest Questions Test Duration*
Verbal Reasoning 44 21 minutes
Decision Making 29 31 minutes
Quantitative Reasoning 36 24 minutes
Abstract Reasoning 55 13 minutes
Situational Management 69 26 minutes
*For each section, there is 1-minute instruction section

Why do we need the UCAT?

The UCAT is a compulsory entry requirement for Medicine or health-related courses at Australia and New Zealand universities.

 

It’s used to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at an undergraduate level at the following university courses:

Table: University courses requiring UCAT
University Course(s) requiring UCAT
The University of Adelaide Medicine, Dental Surgery, Oral Health
Curtin University Medicine
Monash University Medicine
The University of Newcastle / University of New England Joint Medical Program
The University of New South Wales Medicine
The University of Queensland Medicine (provisional entry), Dental Science
University of Tasmania Medicine
The University of Western Australia Medicine (Direct Pathway), Dental Medicine (Direct Pathway)
Western Sydney University Medicine
The University of Auckland Medicine
University of Otago Medicine, Dental Surgery

Who should sit the UCAT?

UCAT should be sat by applicants between 1 July 2019 and 31 July 2019 for entry into university course/programs in 2020. The UCAT results cannot be carried over from one year to the next. For example, UCAT results from 2019 can only be used for courses commencing in 2020.

How do I register for UCAT?

Applicants for the UCAT ANZ Consortium universities in Australia and New Zealand must register and book their UCAT to be sat between 1 July and 31 July 2019. There is a two-step process in the Pearson VUE online registration system. Please refer to this webpage for the latest registration instructions.

When are UCAT results released?

Upon completion of the UCAT test applicants will be provided details of how to access their UCAT Score Report via their online Pearson VUE account. These results will be sent to the UCAT ANZ Consortium universities in early September. Applicants do not need to personally submit these results.

Applicants can use their UCAT test results to better assist them with their university course preference options to maximise their success for entry into a Medicine or Dentistry program.

UCAT Preparation

Since news the UMAT exam will be replaced by the UCAT in 2018, many students have asked for advice on how to prepare for the UCAT. Our UCAT team is currently working on creating new resources for the UCAT ANZ exam and a new Matrix UCAT preparation course will run from January 2019.

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