The use of Year 12 results as the sole basis for med school admissions is problematic. History provides many examples of capable students possessing the ability to succeed at med school who, during their final years of schooling, have had their dreams shattered due to illness, family circumstances, personal misfortune or even natural disaster. These students need an alternate method of entry to med schools. This is one of the reasons for the introduction of UMAT.
According to a report, 83 per cent of graduates from Private providers (such as MedEntry UMAT Prep) indicate high levels of overall satisfaction with their education, compared to an average of 70 per cent among graduates from Public universities in Australia. Seventy per cent of graduates from private providers agree that their institution provides good-quality teaching, compared to 53 per cent of graduates from public universities.
On average, graduates from private providers are more positive about their skills development than are graduates from public universities, perhaps due to the small size and interactive approach to teaching and student relations that is a characteristic of most private providers. (Source ACER Higher Education Update, Sept 2010)