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 and how to prepare for the UCAT exam. It covers what you should know about the UCAT exam and whether you need to sit the exam.
There are 5 parts in the Beginner’s Guide to 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.
The UCAT exam 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.
Once started the test cannot be paused for a break but before each subtest there is a timed instruction section.
It assesses a range of mental abilities identified as important for medical professions such as medicine, dentistry and clinical sciences.
The UCAT exam is divided into 4 cognitive and 1 non-cognitive subtests.
As illustrated in the flowchart above, the UCAT exam consists of 5 sections:
The test format for each UCAT subtest 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|
2019 UCAT should be sat by any Year 12 students who are seeking entry into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs in 2020.
From 1 March 2019, applicants for the UCAT ANZ Consortium universities in Australia and New Zealand can register and book their UCAT to be sat between 1 July and 31 July 2019 .
The UCAT timeline for 2019 is shown below.
There is a two-step process in the Pearson VUE online registration system. Please refer to this webpage for the latest registration instructions.
The last testing date for UCAT ANZ is 31 July 2019.
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.
The UCAT results cannot be carried over from one year to the next.
UCAT results from 2019 can only be used for courses commencing in 2020.
The UKCAT is the UK version of UCAT and the best representation of how marks may be allocated for UCAT. It is based on number of correct answers you give. You are not penalised for incorrect answers and all questions are independently marked and have no influence on other subsequent questions.
There are different number of questions in each of the four cognitive subsets (please see below) hence you cannot directly compare the raw marks between them. Instead they are translated into scaled marks that share a range between 300 – 900. The individual scales of each subset generate a total scale that ranges from 1200 to 3600.
All questions are worth one mark each except in decision making – the questions in this subset with multiple statements are worth 2 marks. 1 mark is given to partially correct responses on these types of questions with 2 marks allocated for a fully correct answer.
|Cognitive Subtests||Questions||Scale Score Range|
|Verbal Reasoning||44||300 – 900|
|Decision Making||29||300 – 900|
|Quantitative Reasoning||36||300 – 900|
|Abstract Reasoning||55||300 – 900|
|Total Scale Score Range||1200 – 3600|
For the Situational Judgement Test,you receive full marks for correct answer and partial marks for answers that are close to the most correct answer. The raw scores fall into one of four bands.
Situational Judgement Test*
|Band 1||Those in Band 1 demonstrated an excellent level of performance, showing similar judgement in most cases to the panel of experts.|
|Band 2||Those in Band 2 demonstrated a good, solid level of performance, showing appropriate judgement frequently, with many responses matching model answers.|
|Band 3||Those in Band 3 demonstrated a modest level of performance, with appropriate judgement shown for some questions and substantial differences from ideal responses for others.|
|Band 4||The performance of those in Band 4 was low, with judgement tending to differ substantially from ideal responses in many cases.|
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.
Do not enrol into any UCAT preparation courses until you have checked that it satisfies the new UCAT exam content and format.
Our UCAT team is currently working on creating new resources for the UCAT ANZ exam. New Matrix UCAT preparation courses will be available from January 2019.
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