What is UMAT?
UMAT stands for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test. It is a test developed by ACER and used to help select students into medicine, dentistry and other competitive health science courses at university.
The UMAT consists of questions in three main categories: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People and Non-Verbal Reasoning.
What courses require UMAT?
For a full list of courses that require UMAT, please visit https://umat.acer.edu.au/universities
How long is UMAT?
The UMAT takes a total of approximately 3 hours. There is also 10 minutes of reading time before the exam commences.
When is UMAT?
UMAT will take place in late July.
How do I register for UMAT?
Registrations for UMAT open in early December and close in early June each year. You can register for UMAT by visiting https://umat.acer.edu.au/
Note that enrolment in MedEntry does not mean you are registered for UMAT.
Is UMAT important?
Yes! UMAT is often as important, and in some cases is more important, than your ATAR in determining whether or not you will get into medicine. Even if you achieve a perfect ATAR of 99.95, this does not guarantee you a place in medicine at all universities. Some universities do not even consider your ATAR in deciding whether or not you will be offered an interview for medicine – they only consider UMAT initially.
Is UMAT hard?
Yes! Many practicing medical specialists believe that UMAT was the hardest test they ever sat. The questions are completely different to those you will have encountered at school or university, and there is a strict time limit which means that the vast majority of students do not finish the exam. It is a three-hour long test requiring extreme concentration.
The good news? It is possible to prepare for and do well in UMAT.
How can I prepare for UMAT?
Successful preparation for UMAT can be summarised in five key steps:
- Understand the importance of UMAT
- Familiarise yourself with UMAT-style questions
- Learn strategies for tackling each type of question
- Attempt full length practice exams under timed conditions
- Identify your weaknesses and work on them
What UMAT score do I need to get into medicine?
The UMAT score that you need to get into medicine or other health science courses depends on the university to which you are applying. In general, a UMAT percentile of at least 85 will usually secure you a medical interview offer. This may seem achievable or even easy, but remember you are being compared not against your school peers, but against smart and highly motivated students who wish to study medicine.
Broadly, you will receive two types of score:
- UMAT overall score: this is out of 300, although in practice anyone who receives a score above 200 will have done exceptionally well in UMAT. This is a sum of your section scores. ACER does not release how it calculates UMAT scores.
- Percentile: this is an easier concept to understand. If you receive a percentile of 90, it means that you have performed better than 90% of students and 10% of students have performed better than you.
Where can I get more information?
You can find more information about UMAT from:
- This detailed page: https://www.medentry.edu.au/what-is-umat-and-how-to-prepare-for-it
- This FAQ page: https://www.medentry.edu.au/faq/umat
- The ACER website: https://umat.acer.edu.au/
- Contacting MedEntry