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UCAT Australia: A Guide to UCAT

If you’re applying to medical school in Australia or New Zealand, you will have noticed that the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) has replaced the previous admissions test, the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test).

So – what does this mean for you? If you’re an aspiring medic wanting to apply for 2020 entry (or beyond this!), you will need to take the UCAT test.

What is UCAT?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test and is the admissions test that any aspiring medics will need to take if they want to study medicine in Australia or New Zealand.

The UCAT is a two-hour computerised test designed to assess key skills and attributes needed to be a good doctor – for example, teamwork skills, problem-solving, communication, professionalism, numerical skills and empathy.

UCAT is also the admissions exam of choice for medical courses in the UK.

UCAT replaced UMAT in 2019

Replacing the UMAT from 2019, the UCAT test is used by universities in Australia and New Zealand for entry to their medicine, dentistry and clinical science degree programmes.

UCAT ANZ is created by the team at the UKCAT Consortium. The UKCAT (also renamed UCAT in 2019) is an admissions test used by universities in the UK to assess students’ suitability for medicine and dentistry. The Consortium have said that the content of the UCAT will likely be identical to that of the UKCAT test.

What does this mean for your application?

The change from UMAT to UCAT means that you’ll have to sit an entirely different admissions exam. Where the UMAT had three sections, the UCAT is split into five areas:

Find out more about the change from UMAT to UCAT and the key differences.

How do UCAT Scores and UMAT Scores differ?

UMAT scores would be calculated based on your overall score across the three sections. You would receive a score for each of the three sections:

This would be scored from 0 to 100, together with an overall score and a percentile rank. The official UMAT site stated that the ‘overall score was an unweighted aggregate of the three construct scores statistically calculated from several decimal places’.

However – UCAT scores work differently. Across the test, you can score between 1200 and 3600 points overall.

Visit our UCAT Scores page to find out more. 

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UCAT: What are the UCAT universities?

There are 13 universities in Australia and New Zealand who will be requiring students to sit the UCAT. You can see the list below:

How do UCAT Australia test dates differ from UMAT test dates?

You can sit your UCAT test at any point in July. This is much more flexible than UMAT tests, which had to be sat on a specific date.

The UCAT official page recommends that you sit this test during the first half of July, when schools and universities are on a break.

Key 2019 UCAT test date schedule:

Registration and booking opens1st March 2019
Concession scheme opens1st March 2019
Concession deadline10th May 2019 5pm AEST
Access arrangement application deadline10th May 2019 5pm AEST
Registration closes16th May 2019 5pm AEST
Final booking deadline17th May 2019 5pm AEST
Testing begins1st July 2019
Last testing date31st July 2019
Results delivered to universitiesEarly September 2019

How do I register for the UCAT test?

Booking your UCAT test is very easy – all you need to do is create your account online and then select the date and time of your exam.

You’ll need to create an online account with Pearson VUE – don’t forget that this must be done by you, not your school or college.

You’ll be able to book your UCAT test from March. Once you have created your Pearson account, you’ll then be sent an email with a password which you’ll use to book your test.

What are UCAT Australia costs?

The costs for sitting the UCAT are listed below:

Australia or New Zealand$298 (Concession: $198)

Where do I find UCAT Australia test centres?

Whether you’re applying to medical school from Australia or New Zealand, there are UCAT test centres near you. For UCAT Australia, here are the test centres:

There are multiple Pearson VUE test centres around Australia and New Zealand. These are as follows. In Australia, these are the centres available:

Canberra 4 weeks during July
Sydney4 weeks during July
Newcastle 4 weeks during July
Darwin 4 weeks during July
Brisbane 4 weeks during July
Gold Coast 4 weeks during July
Townsville4 weeks during July
Adelaide 4 weeks during July
Hobart 4 weeks during July
Melbourne4 weeks during July
Perth 4 weeks during July
Armidale Open 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
Dubbo Open 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
Wagga Wagga Open 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
Port MacquarieOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
PenrithOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
Alice SpringsOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
RockhamptonOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
CairnsOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
Mt GambierOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
LauncestonOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
BendigoOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
GeelongOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
MilduraOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
Albury-WodongaOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC
BunburyOpen 1 - 3 days in July - dates TBC

In New Zealand, different test centres will be open in July (specific dates to be announced in March 2019):

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How can I prepare for my UCAT exam?

Practice questions are key to UCAT preparation. We’d recommend spending time reading tips on how to tackle each section, working through different UCAT practice questions to establish the areas you need to work on and then attempting some mock tests.

The Medic Portal is a global leader in UKCAT preparation, teaching thousands of students and trusted by hundreds of leading schools. We’re thrilled that we can offer our proven, doctor-created resources to a new UCAT community in Australia and New Zealand!

We offer the following UCAT preparation – click below to find out more:

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