No More UMAT, Welcome the New Medicine Entry Exam – UCAT

2018 is the last year the UMAT will be held. From 2019 onwards, medicine and dentistry will require the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

The UCAT is the new admission test used by all the universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programs. This means that medicine and dentistry applicants for the 2020 intake must be advised that they will no longer be required to sit the UMAT but rather the new UCAT.

If you have sat the UMAT this year in July 2018, your score will be valid for applications this year. This was the last UMAT to be held and there will no longer be any more UMAT in the future.

For those applying in 2019 for the 2020 intake, you must register for the UCAT. Registration begins 1 March 2019. Testing takes place throughout July 2019.

Please note that the UCAT will be used for all universities that offer undergraduate entrance to medicine and dentistry. Some postgraduate universities will also use UCAT. Most universities have NOT yet updated their website to reflect this change. Here is a list of all the universities that will use the UCAT:

University of Adelaide
Curtin University
Monash University
The University of Newcastle/University of new England
The university of New South Wales
The University of Queensland
University of Tasmania
University of Western Australia
Western Sydney University
The University of Auckland
University of Otago

What’s the difference?

The UCAT is still going to be an aptitude test except now it is over TWO hours with FIVE sections. It is a computer-based test that cannot be paused for a break once started. The five sections to the test are done consecutively and you’re unable to jump between sections but have to complete them one at a time. There is a time limit for each section. There are some similarities to UMAT with the styles of questions given, however there are also some drastic differences.

For more information on how to begin preparation, check out our Beginner’s Guide to UCAT, which will be posted up shortly.

Why was UMAT replaced with UCAT?

A consortium of Australian and New Zealand universities have been discussing on a way to improve the old UMAT exam. They have recently decided to change it to the UCAT because they have deemed it more reliable in assessing the skills required for medical and dentistry students.

This information was only made public on Monday 24th September 2018 but the relevance of UMAT towards students successfully completing the medical degree has been in question for a few years and extensive research has been done. Take a read here for more detail into the research done:
https://bit.ly/2MZB4oT

What do I do now?

1. Watch out for incorrect information - There is already a lot of misinformation out there about the UCAT from a lot of private preparation providers.

2. Take note of important dates - 1 March 2019 is when registration for UCAT begins. Testing will occur throughout the month of July 2019. More information can be found on the UCAT website: http://www.ucatofficial.com/ucat-anz/

3. Keep up to date with the most accurate information – Our website will always display the latest information.

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