Unfortunately ACER does not release the marking scheme that is used determine UMAT scores. There is some speculation as to the following: answering a question correctly that is not answered correctly by the majority of UMAT candidates will be weighted more heavily. And conversely, answering a question incorrectly that most UMAT candidates do answer correctly, will be weighted more heavily against a candidate’s UMAT score. However, because ACER does not release the marking scheme or question weightings for the UMAT it is impossible to be absolutely certain of this. What is certain though, is the more questions you are able to answer correctly in each UMAT construct, the higher your UMAT score will be. Remember also, that for those universities which look at a UMAT candidate’s overall UMAT percentile rank, it is how your UMAT performance ranks against other UMAT candidates not your raw UMAT scores that will determine your eligibility for selection by those universities.
When you receive your UMAT results you will be given a score for each UMAT construct i.e logical reasoning and problem solving, understanding people, non-verbal reasoning, and an overall aggregate UMAT score. From this information, you will also be given a calculated percentile rank. Some universities will look at your individual score from each UMAT section, whilst others, such as Monash University, will use your UMAT percentile rank to help determine which UMAT candidates will be interviewed.
Each year the cut-offs for UMAT and ATAR scores vary slightly for entry into undergraduate medicine. It is not your UMAT score alone that will determine if you will be successful in gaining entry into your chosen undergraduate medicine course but a combination of your UMAT, ATAR and performance in the interview. Some universities conduct a panel interview, whilst some conduct MMI interviews. You will need to look at each university’s respective website for information on whether they require your UMAT percentile rank, overall UMAT raw score or specific raw UMAT scores from each UMAT section. Also, university’s may differ on how they weight each of the ATAR, UMAT and interview selection criteria.
MedEntry students should see the LMS for specific details on each university’s requirements under the section University Admissions Guide.
As of 2012, UMAT scores are only valid for one year. Thus, UMAT candidates who chose to defer their medical school place will need to re-sit the UMAT to have a UMAT result that is valid for the year in which they wish to gain entry into their chosen undergraduate medical course.
Yes, you can re-sit the UMAT. However, it is extremely important that should you choose to do so, you also consider the selection criteria of your chosen university. For example, the undergraduate medicine course (MBBS) offered by Monash University will only take students within 2 years of completing high school (with a sufficient UMAT, interview performance and ATAR score), and who have not started an undergraduate degree elsewhere. To clarify, this means that you cannot transfer from science or bio-medical science at Monash or any other university to gain entry into Monash Medicine. See individual university websites for details on their selection criteria.
If you scored just below the required UMAT cut-off for your desired university and consequently did not receive an interview offer, you ought to seriously consider re-sitting the UMAT. This is particularly true for candidates who did not do sufficient UMAT study and UMAT preparation. There is some evidence to suggest that there may be an advantage in the non-verbal reasoning section of the UMAT exam for those candidates who have sat the UMAT exam twice. It is unknown, however, if ACER will weight this section less heavily because of this suggested impact.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of sitting the UMAT again will be that you will not have to balance the intense study load of your final year high school subjects and the necessary practice and study required for the UMAT exam. This means that you will have significantly more time to prepare for the UMAT exam and complete UMAT practice exams. Further, you are likely to be able to study much more effectively because you will be in a less stressful environment compared to being in your final year of high school.
For more comprehensive UMAT advice please see MedEntry UMAT preparation. MedEntry UMAT preparation also offers training and practice medical interviews i.e MMIs for those candidates who have been successful in sitting the UMAT.