Trusted UCAT prep.



Is your son or daughter interested in becoming a doctor? Do you want to give them the best chance to succeed? Dr Edward Boyapati discusses how you, as a parent, can assist your child to achieve their goal. 

Dr Edward Boyapati is the Principal Lecturer for MedEntry, Australia’s most trusted UMAT Educational Institution. He is also the father of two incredibly successful children, Ray and Ann. Both obtained 100th percentile in UMAT, were offered places to study medicine at all universities across Australia, won full scholarships to study medicine, were successful in entering highly competitive specialties (Gastroenterology and Dermatology) and achieved the highest results Australia-wide in their final fellowship examinations, among many other accolades. Dr Boyapati shares with you how he helped his children achieve their success. 

Medicine is an incredibly rewarding, secure, well paid and respected profession in Australia. It is also the hardest course to get into. Thankfully there are ways you can provide valuable assistance to your child to ensure their success. 

1. Understand the importance of UMAT and interviews

Unlike most other courses, entry into medicine is based on much more than just a high ATAR. In fact, even those with a perfect ATAR can miss out on a place in medicine. Universities also consider UMAT score and interview performance, and at many universities, these two criteria are weighted more than ATAR! Yet many students neglect UMAT and interviews, and focus their efforts on ATAR, only to find that they do not obtain a place in medicine. 

The first step is to recognise the importance of UMAT and interviews, communicate this to your son or daughter, and then work out a plan to ensure adequate preparation time is allocated to these crucial criteria. 

2. Encourage your son/daughter to start preparing early

UMAT is very different from school exams and is not a knowledge-based test. It is a test of generic skills over three constructs:  Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People (empathy and emotional intelligence) and Non-Verbal Reasoning. It takes a total of three hours, yet is highly time-pressured so that most students will not finish every question. Most practicing doctors would agree that it is the hardest single test they ever sat in their career. It is therefore important to start preparing early, as the skills required to succeed need to be developed over time. 

It is also important to think about interviews. Interviews tend to take place after final year 12 exams, so it is tempting to ignore them until later in the year. However, interview skills also need to be developed and practiced over a period of time. Furthermore, medical schools look very favourably upon work experience, volunteer work and paid work in a hospital, General Practice or community health based setting. Your son or daughter should therefore be encouraged to engage in these activities before interviews take place. 

3. Avoid missing important deadlines

UMAT only takes place once per year (at the end of July), and applications to study medicine at various universities close before year 12 exams take place. It is therefore important to be organised so that important deadlines are not missed. You can help your son or daughter by researching these requirements for them. 

It is strongly suggested that students who are interested in studying medicine apply to all universities, including those interstate. Interviews are by their nature subjective, and therefore entry into one particular university cannot be guaranteed. If your son or daughter obtains entry into a medical course that is not in your state, there are various options available such as transfer after first year, deferring and attempting re-entry into a local course etc.

An example timeline for a student in year 12 is shown below (note that exact dates will vary depending on the particular year and university): 

December Registrations open for UMAT
Start of June Closing date to register for UMAT
End of July Sit UMAT
September UMAT results released
Late September Deadline for applying to universities and state based academic authorities (eg. VTAC, UAC)
From October Interview offers released
From November Interviews conducted
January University offers released


It is advised that you create your own specific timeline relevant to your son or daughter and record important dates in your calendar. 

4. Provide encouragement and support

Year 12 is a stressful time. Add in UMAT and the pressures of getting into medicine and stress levels can rapidly sky rocket. Significant stress can impair performance and lead to burn out. It is therefore important that your son or daughter feels encouraged and supported, especially when important exams such as UMAT are near. Ensure that they are eating well, sleeping well, exercising and engaging in appropriate stress management strategies. Make yourself available to listen to them when they feel stressed or overwhelmed. Do what you can to lighten their load – for example, read through relevant UMAT information, redistribute chores to younger siblings, create a quiet working environment and drive them to important exams. Your actions can have a significant positive impact on their wellbeing and performance. 

5. Choose a trusted preparation provider

There are many UMAT preparation companies available, and unfortunately many of them offer poor quality or outdated materials. Many are run by medical students. It is vital to choose a provider who is trusted among doctors, teachers and those successful in entering medicine, and which has a proven track record of success. 

If you would like further information, please visit where you can find a free UMAT practice exam, information about entry into medicine, blogs about UMAT and much more. You can also phone 1300 MEDENTRY and speak to a member of the friendly team. 

Helping your son or daughter get into medicine is an invaluable gift to give, and one which will secure their success and happiness in years to come. 


The Last Lap
UMAT advice UMAT Tuition Psychometric tests University fees Medicine at Monash HPAT Preparation Interview UCAT Preparation UMAT Courses New Zealand Study Tips UMAT Motivation Time Management UMAT Forums Free UMAT questions Percentage questions UCAT Preparation Courses UCAT Scores Discrimination Active learning UMAT Preparation Courses UMAT Courses USyd UCAT Prep UCAT workshop UCAT Results UMAT Skills Year 12 Applications Interview Questions UMAT Coaching Sydney UCAT 2019 Probability Medicine at Melbourne Situational Judgement Test UMAT Courses Toowoomba Resilience Sample Interview Questions UCAT Coaching mmi ethical dilemma Studying Medicine UMAT Courses Darwin UCAT Stress UMAT Queensland UMAT resources Sample MMI UMAT Test UMAT Workshops UMAT vs ATAR Ethical Dilemma Questions Careers Teachers UMAT Study UMAT Test Tips UMAT Practice questions UCAT exam University Entrance UMAT compared to school Multistation Mini Interviews Which Uni? Online UMAT Prep UMAT Test tactics Speed Reading in UMAT Counting Problems Video Blog GAMSAT UNSW Process of Elimination UMAT Prep UCAT Abstract Reasoning UCAT Exam Speed Reading in UCAT UMAT tips UMAT anxiety University Rankings UMAT Section 3 Non Verbal Reasoning UCAT Test Tips UMAT questions UMAT Coaching UCAT Tips UCAT Registration UCAT Practice Test UCAT Course Sample UMAT Questions English 2019 UCAT Registrations UMAT Problems UCAT Multiple Choice UCATSEN UCAT App ACER UMAT Tutoring UCAT Date mmi sample answer UMAT Practice UMAT Preparation UCAT Booking UMAT Medical Entrance UMAT Section 1 Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving UMAT Stress UCAT Practice UCAT Test mmi sample question UCAT Test Date Medicine Medical Interview UMAT Training UCAT Situational Judgement Test UCAT Training LMS Update UMAT Exam UCAT Study MMI UMAT scores UMAT Results mmi scoring UCAT Anxiety umat 2019 Pearson VUE UCAT advice HPAT UMAT Section 2 Understanding People MedEntry LMS Update

trhdtre tre

Get our new Free UCAT Practice Exam!