Worried about the changes to UMAT? Don't be! In this post, we give you the low down on UCAT ANZ.
Do you want to study medicine or dentistry course? Did you know you now need to sit UCAT instead of UMAT from 2019? In this post, we’ll give you the down low on the new UCAT exam and what it means for you.
UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test) and UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) are mandatory entrance exams used to test students who are applying for medical and dental university courses.
From 2019, UCAT will replace UMAT.
The outgoing UMAT was a 3-hour test that consisted of 134 questions covering three broad areas:
UCAT is a similar admissions test to UMAT. Instead of being a paper exam, UCAT is now a 2-hour computer-based test. The computer exam for UCAT will have 233 multiple choice questions.
UCAT will have 5 sections:
Previously, UMAT results would take a couple of months to be released while the paper exams were marked. Now, students will receive their UCAT result immediately after finishing their exam.
UCAT is sat at testing centres around the country and in New Zealand and other international locations. These centres are run and administered by Pearson VUE.
Students will be able to book in for any date or time within July of 2019.
You can find a list of the Pearson VUE testing locations, here.
UCAT helps universities see who has the appropriate mental skills, attitudes, and abilities as well as professional behaviours to be enrolled in health-science courses.
UCAT is used in conjunction with interviews to assess candidates. A good UCAT score is equally important to a high ATAR when applying for medicine-related university courses.
You will need to sit UCAT if you wish to study any of the following 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|
Bookings for 2019 UCAT testing open in March 2019 and closes on 17th May. You must book your UCAT test on or prior to the 17th of May 2019. At this stage, the cost of the UCAT course has not been released.
The testing period begins on the 1st of July, 2019 and finishes on the 31st of July, 2019.
You are only able to sit the UCAT in July. If you can’t sit the test during this time, you will not be able to resit it at a later time. None of the member universities will grant exemptions for entry. It is highly unlikely that any university will allow applications without UCAT results.
No, you can only sit UCAT once each year. If you underperform, you will need to resit the UCAT in the following year. For this reason, it is essential that you ace it the first time.
Matrix is accepting enrolments for our UCAT courses which will commence in January 2019.
No. This is because the changes from UMAT to UCAT were only announced in mid-septebmer and the format differs significantly from the UMAT exam.
We are working with the experienced UCAT experts on developing the new UCAT Preparation course.
Matrix has helped thousands of students ace their UMAT (now UCAT) to get into the medical science degrees. Read the Beginner’s Guide to UCAT to learn more about how to study for UCAT or attend the Matrix UCAT Seminar to learn the secrets to acing UCAT.