With many students sitting UCAT and receiving their UCAT ANZ scores, a common question is: how will universities use UCAT scores?
Every university is different when it comes to entry into medicine and dentistry, and entry requirements can be complicated and confusing. Most undergraduate medical courses across Australia and New Zealand require candidates to sit and succeed in UCAT to be offered an interview or place. This blog summarises how UCAT ANZ scores will be used.
Entry requirements for medicine
Most universities use a combination of three criteria when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include:
- Performance in UCAT ANZ
- Interview performance
- Secondary school performance (ATAR / OP / IB)
Very few universities, such as James Cook University medicine and Bond University medicine, do not require students to sit UCAT.
Few universities, such as Charles Darwin University medicine, Flinders University medicine and the University of Tasmania medicine do not require students to sit an interview.
UCAT subtests used
Not all universities use all five of the UCAT subtests when selecting students for medicine. Many universities do not use the Situational Judgement Test, and only use the cognitive subtests (UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning). These include Adelaide University medicine, Charles Darwin University medicine, Flinders University medicine and Newcastle University medicine.
Medical interview offers
Offers for medical interviews are generally made based on UCAT results, with or without consideration of secondary school performance.
Some Universities will only consider UCAT performance when selecting students for an interview – these include Adelaide University medicine, Newcastle University medicine and Western Sydney University medicine.
The importance of UCAT varies depending on the university and course:
- Some universities weight UCAT performance significantly: Monash university medicine and the University of New South Wales medicine weight UCAT at 33%
- At some universities UCAT is less important: Flinders University medicine and Charles Darwin University medicine weight UCAT at 10%
Note that UCAT is critical for entry into the University of Queensland’s provisional entry program for medicine: this course only considers UCAT performance once the minimum academic threshold has been achieved.
UCAT cut-off scores
As this is the first year of UCAT, the minimum entry requirements for medicine and dentistry are not yet known. Furthermore, Universities usually do not release the UCAT cut-off scores required, and they do vary from year to year depending on the cohort of students applying.
In general, students should generally be in the top 10% of candidates sitting UCAT to be offered a medical interview or a place in medicine (lower for rural/bonded/local applicants, and lower for dentistry).
Further, detailed information regarding entry requirements for each course can be accessed by MedEntry students via the LMS – simply click on the ‘Uni Admissions’ course. Information can also be found in this blog: https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat/entry/how-will-medical-schools-use-ucat
and at: https://www.medentry.edu.au/resources/links/university-admissions