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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 / 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 some universities change their medical entry requirements at short notice. Further, they are often not transparent about the weightings of various subtests of UCAT, UCAT/ATAR weighting for interview selection, and UCAT/ATAR/Interview score weighting for final offers. 

Here’s a summary:

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

Cognitive subtests only

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

Approx 90th percentile+

40% UCAT

60% ATAR

(To select for interview)

Based on UCAT + ATAR

 

interview Score

Flinders University Medicine

Cognitive subtests only, equally weighted

10% UCAT

No interview

10% UCAT

90% ATAR

Monash University Medicine

Approx 90th percentile+

33% UCAT

Based on UCAT + ATAR

33% UCAT

33% Interview

33% ATAR

Newcastle University Medicine

Cognitive subtests only

100% UCAT

(to select for interview)

100% UCAT

Interview + PQA

University of New South Wales Medicine

Overall cognitive subtest 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

Threshold

No interview

GPA

University of Queensland Medicine

Cognitive subtest score, SJ and VR used as secondary and tertiary selectors, respectively

Not specified

UCAT

ATAR/UCAT: 25% each

Interview: 50%

University of Tasmania Medicine

Cognitive subtests only

(cut off 50th percentile)

Threshold only

No interview

ATAR

University of Western Australia Medicine

Approx 90th percentile+ 

(lower for certain categories)

33% UCAT

100% UCAT

(once academic threshold met)

33% UCAT

33% Interview

33% ATAR

Western Sydney University / Charles Sturst University Medicine

Approx 90th percentile+ 

(lower for GWS students)

100% UCAT

(to select for interview)

100% UCAT

(once academic threshold met)

UCAT + Interview

(greater emphasis on interview)

Note: You are advised to check relevant uni website for latest information.

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

The Medical Entry Handbook on the MedEntry website has additional information.

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