The UCAT is a two hour test with 233 multiple choice questions in five subtests. UCAT is administered on computer in July.
Verbal Reasoning with 44 questions: Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form. 1 minute instruction section; 21 minutes test time
Decision Making with 29 questions: Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information. 1 minute instruction section; 31 minutes test time
Quantitative Reasoning 36 questions: Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form. 1 minute instruction section; 24 minutes test time
Abstract Reasoning 55 questions: Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information. 1 minute instruction section; 13 minutes test time
Situational Judgement 69 questions: Measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them. 1 minute instruction section; 26 minutes test time.
UCAT is one of three criteria used by most Australian and NZ universities in selecting students into high demand health related careers such as medicine and dentistry:
1. UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test)
2. ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank)
3. Interview performance (Panel or MMI)
The above three criteria are weighted equally by most universities.
Most countries in the world have three such criteria which need to be met to be accepted into medical school: Academic performance in school/university; a generic skills test (UCAT, MCAT, GAMSAT, UKCAT, BMAT etc); performance in an interview.
Performing well in the UCAT is critical for students wishing to enter medicine or other health science courses.
You will find information on the specific requirements of each university here.
For more information about the UCAT, you can download our information sheet from the free downloads page.