A lot of people think because their final year of school is such a busy one, they should forget about doing the UMAT and focus on their studies instead. Some say, “Don’t worry if you are not sitting the UMAT, you can always just sit the GAMSAT during Uni and get into Medicine that way”. Whilst this is true, the graduate entry route is no doubt harder. You compete with a far wider range of test takers. The percentage of students who actually get into Graduate Medicine is also far lower than the UMAT percentage intake.
The decision to sit either the UMAT or GAMSAT is your choice. Below is a table comparing the Undergraduate and Graduate route into medicine to help you decide. For more in depth information about medicine at certain universities, please see our earlier articles comparing Medicine at Melbourne or Monash and Medicine at Usyd or UNSW.
|Undergraduate entry into medicine – UMAT||Graduate entry into medicine – GAMSAT|
|Total test duration||3 hours||6.5 hours|
|Test type||Multiple choice||Multiple choice and extended response|
|Assumed knowledge||None||Yes. You are expected to know about: Humanities Social sciences Biology Physics|
|Number of sections||One section – all three types of questions are now mixed together||Three separate sections|
|When does the test take place?||You can only sit the UMAT in you FINAL YEAR of secondary schooling or higher. Students in year 11 or lower are NOT eligible to sit the UMAT even if they are undertaking year 12 subjects||You can sit the GAMSAT if you have completed a bachelor degree, or will be in your second last year/final year of study in a bachelor degree at the time of sitting the GAMSAT|
|Criteria for entry||
Entry into undergraduate medicine has three usually equally weighted factors:
Entry into graduate medical and dental program is based on these three criteria:
|Median age of test-takers||UMAT – 18 years (Usually school-leavers)||GAMSAT – 25 years (from a wide range of backgrounds, lawyers, engineers, scientists, accountants, etc)|
If you are still undecided, consider these points:
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