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What Are the Similarities and Differences Between UMAT and UCAT?


UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) has replaced UMAT for entry into most medical and dental courses in 2020. There are similarities and differences between the two tests, which are outlined in this blog.

Similarities between UCAT and UMAT

UCAT and UMAT are both aptitude tests which assess candidates’ generic competencies. The skills tested are considered relevant and important for the future study and practice of medicine.

  • The verbal reasoning, decision making and quantitative reasoning sections of UCAT have similarities to the logical reasoning & problem solving construct of UMAT.
  • UCAT and UMAT are both in multiple choice format.
  • UCAT and UMAT are both time pressured and difficult tests. They are very different to knowledge based exams that take place in high school and university.
  • UCAT and UMAT are both high stakes tests – that is, the results of these tests have the potential to have a significant influence or whether or not a candidate will be accepted into a medical or dental course.

Differences between UCAT and UMAT

  • UCAT consists of five sections: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement. UMAT consisted of three constructs: logical reasoning & problem solving, understanding people and non-verbal reasoning.
  • UCAT is a 2 hour long computer-based test, while UMAT was a 3 hour long test conducted in paper format
  • UCAT is administered by Pearson VUE, and results of the test are available to students immediately upon completion. UMAT was administered by ACER, and results were available several months after the test was completed.
  • There are multiple dates and times available for sitting UCAT in the month of July. UMAT took place on one day, at the end of July.

Further information about UCAT will be released by the UCAT Consortium prior to January 2019. In the meantime, you can find out more about UCAT by visiting the following links:

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