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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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|
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|
|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|
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.
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.
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.
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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