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How Will Medical Schools Use UCAT? Here's a Summary

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With the UCAT testing period underway, many students who have sat UCAT are wondering how UCAT will be used to select applicants into medical school.

Most universities use a combination of three factors when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include:

  1. UCAT ANZ scores (either cognitive subtests* only, or all UCAT subtests)
  2. Medical interview performance
  3. Secondary school performance (ATAR / OP / IB) or GPA

*UCAT cognitive subtests include UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning

Each university is different, and given this is the first year of UCAT, some universities have not yet finalised their medical entry requirements.

Here’s a summary of what we currently know:

Course

How is UCAT used?

How is UCAT weighted?

How are students selected for interview?

How are students selected for a place?

Adelaide University Medicine

Cognitive subtests only

20% UCAT

Based on UCAT

20% UCAT

40% interview

40% ATAR

Auckland University Medicine

Total scaled score

15% UCAT

Based on GPA

15% UCAT

25% interview

60% GPA

Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Clinical Sciences

Cognitive subtests only

10% UCAT

No interview

10% UCAT

90% ATAR

Curtin University Medicine

UCAT (cut off unknown)

20% UCAT

Based on UCAT + ATAR

20% UCAT

40% interview

40% ATAR

Flinders University Medicine

Cognitive subtests only, equally weighted

10% UCAT

No interview

10% UCAT

90% ATAR

Monash University Medicine

UCAT (cut off unknown)

33% UCAT

Based on UCAT + ATAR

33% UCAT

33% Interview

33% ATAR

Newcastle University Medicine

Cognitive subtests only (aggregate score)

100% UCAT (to select for interview)

100% UCAT

Interview + PQA

University of New South Wales Medicine

Overall cognitive subtest score; separately Situational Judgement score; at least 50th centile required

33% UCAT

Based on UCAT + ATAR

33% UCAT

33% Interview

33% ATAR

Otago University Medicine

Minimum score in each subtest required

Used to select final place

No interview

UCAT + GPA

University of Queensland Medicine

UCAT (cut off unknown)

100% after academic threshold reached

No interview

100% UCAT after academic threshold reached

University of Tasmania Medicine

UCAT (cut off 50th percentile)

Threshold only

No interview

ATAR

University of Western Australia Medicine

UCAT (cut off unknown)

20% UCAT

UCAT + predicted ATAR

20% UCAT

40% Interview

40% ATAR

Western Sydney University Medicine

UCAT (cut off unknown)

100% UCAT (to select for interview)

100% UCAT (once academic threshold met)

UCAT + Interview (greater emphasis on interview)

 

Note: the information in the table above was accurate at the time of publishing

Comprehensive admissions information relating to all courses (including dentistry and postgraduate medicine) can be found on the MedEntry LMS, in the ‘Uni Admissions’ section. Some information can also be found at: https://www.medentry.edu.au/resources/links/university-admissions

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