What is UMAT?

Posted on October 25, 2012 by Matrix Education

What is UMAT?

UMAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. The test is used specifically 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 http://umat.acer.edu.au/; or listed below (please see bottom of page).

Changes for 2013

From 2012 UMAT scores can be used for admission to any of the UMAT Consortium universities ONLY in the year following the test. For example, results from UMAT2012 can be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2013 but NOT 2014. You can not register for UMAT2012 unless you are planning to apply for a course commencing in 2013 AND you meet the eligibility criteria specified in the UMAT2012 Information Booklet.

Please note that the change will not affect candidates who sat UMAT2011 under the previous policy. UMAT2011 Scores will still be accepted for courses commencing in 2013.

What is the UMAT Exam?

The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is a 3 hour multiple-choice test developed and used specifically to assist with the selection of students into medicine and health science degree programs at undergraduate level. UMAT is divided into 3 sections and is designed to assess general attributes and abilities gained through prior experience and learning; specifically, the acquisition of 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 professions in the health sciences.

Who should sit UMAT?

Only candidates who have already completed or plan to complete their final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 in Australia; Year 13 in New Zealand) in 2013 can register for UMAT2013. Please note that at select institutions international students may be exempt from taking UMAT or may be required to sit a different test. For details please refer to the websites of the universities to which you intend to apply.

How do I register for the exam?

The fee for UMAT2013 is $210 (GST inclusive).
Registrations must be submitted online via the UMAT website:


When are results released?

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. Under no circumstances will results be released over the telephone, by fax or by email. This is to protect candidate confidentiality

Participating Universities

You will need a UMAT score for applications to the following courses:

  • The University of Adelaide: Medicine, Dental Surgery
  • Flinders University: Clinical Sciences/BMBS, Vision Science
  • Charles Darwin University: Clinical Sciences
  • The University of Newcastle/University of New England: Joint Medical Program
  • The University of New South Wales: Medicine, Optometry
  • University of Western Sydney: Medicine
  • Bond University: Medicine
  • The University of Queensland: Medicine (Provisional entry), Dental Science
  • Monash University: Medicine, Physiotherapy
  • La Trobe University: Health Sciences (Dentistry), Oral Health Science
  • University of Tasmania: Medicine
  • The University of Western Australia: Medicine, Dental Medicine
  • The University of Auckland, New Zealand: Medicine
  • University of Otago, New Zealand: Medicine, Medical laboratory Science, Dental Surgery, Physiotherapy

Download a set of complete UMAT Exam Papers now! Or test your skills with sample UMAT questions on the Matrix UMAT Page!


Read the latest article All About UMAT 2017 for updated information.

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