New to UMAT? The Beginner's Guide to UMAT provides comprehensive information you need to start your preparation for the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test, or UMAT.
The beginner’s guide to UMAT is an in-depth tutorial on UMAT and how to prepare for it. This guide covers the process for preparing for UMAT as well as strategies and techniques you can implement to increase your chance of acing the exam.
Let’s start by understanding the basic details of UMAT.
UMAT stands for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test. It is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. It is a 3-hour test that consists of 134 multiple choice questions and tests the skills that are required in a medical profession.
There are three main broad areas that the UMAT tests:
As UMAT is an aptitude test and is not curriculum-based, 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.
Offered only once a year, UMAT is designed to assess general attributes and abilities gained through prior experience and learning.
UMAT specifically assesses your 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 health science professions.
UMAT 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. You will need a UMAT score for applications to the following university courses:
UMAT is available to any candidate whose educational level at the time of sitting the test is the final year of secondary schooling or higher. Candidates registering for UMAT2018 should have already completed or plan to complete their final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 in Australia; Year 13 in New Zealand) in 2018.
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.
The fee for UMAT2018 is $260 (GST inclusive). Registrations must be submitted online via the UMAT website: http://umat.acer.edu.au
See the UMAT 2018 Timeline below.
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.
Many students often ask advice on the most effective approach to UMAT preparation. Acquisition of the skills in critical thinking and problem solving, understanding people and abstract non-verbal reasoning is a must before the exam.
We have compiled a 3 part series on how to approach UMAT study to acquire these skills in the following parts:
Recent Matrix graduate, Jason Wan who scored 100th percentile in UMAT2017, emphasises the importance of practising UMAT questions under strictly timed conditions. If you want more handy hints and tips from somebody who aced UMAT, you should read Jason’s UMAT Hacks.
In the next part of this guide, we will give you the rundown on Logical Reasoning Problems. We’ll give an overview of this section of the UMAT exam and give some examples complete with step-by-step solutions so you can start practising!
Check your UMAT readiness with our 3 hour Practice Paper. Download the Matrix 3 hour UMAT Practice Test with 134 UMAT style questions.
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