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What is the UMAT test?

UMAT stands for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test.  It is an exam administered by ACER (The Australian Council for Educational Research), and is a prerequisite for selection into undergraduate medicine, dentistry and health science courses at most Australian universities. The UMAT aims to test your suitability as a medical professional by testing your ability in three areas: logical reasoning and problem solving, understanding people, and non-verbal reasoning. The UMAT is an annual three hour test, with multiple choice answers. Your UMAT results together with your high school score and your performance at an interview are the three criteria used...
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Let’s face it, in those final school years you’ve got enough on your plate without having to slot in yet another class to your already busy schedule. There’s no doubt about it, you really need to prepare for the UMAT test, and you should treat your UMAT preparation just like another school subject. The best way to prepare is in your own time – whenever and wherever you can. To have to attend yet another class would be difficult to say the least. It might clash with your other regular classes, and the venue might not be geographically ideal. A MedEntry...
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As you probably know ACER has changed the format of the UMAT test for 2013. It will no longer be three separate sections each with their own time limit. Sections 1, 2 and 3 type questions will now all be mixed up together in one big exam of 134 questions and 3 hours duration. It would be a good idea to start practising with such type of questions, because that is exactly what you will now have to do in the UMAT test. The most efficient and effective approach to use in tackling such questions will also be discussed during the ...
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UMAT Tip: Educated Guessing

UMAT Tip: Educated Guessing in the UMAT exam. When sitting the UMAT students may face a difficult question that they can’t quite get their head around or they are running out of time and still have some questions they haven’t answered yet. Some people choose to leave the UMAT question blank.  This is a problem because there is very little time in the UMAT exam to return to previous UMAT questions  and UMAT candidates will often leave a UMAT question so that they can go back to it later but then run out of time. Also, a blank UMAT question on...
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Easy UMAT questions have obvious and popular answers: how to avoid falling into UMAT answer traps!

Easy UMAT questions have obvious and popular answers: how to avoid falling into UMAT answer traps! As you complete more and more practice UMAT exams you may start to notice the following UMAT trend: Easy UMAT questions have obvious and popular answers, whilst hard UMAT questions have unexpected and unpopular answers. It helps to think of UMAT questions as popularity contests. The answer to an easy question is the most popular choice. The answer to a difficult question is the least popular choice. In other words,  popular UMAT answer choices on difficult questions are traps. If you think about the UMAT...
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UMAT or GAMSAT? Which route is better?

Medicine via  UMAT  or GAMSAT? For a simpler comparison of UMAT against the GAMSAT please see the following article:  ‘UMAT or GAMSAT? which is harder? which is easier?‘. Our view is that UMAT route is far superior for several reasons including: 1. No guarantee: Even if you do ace your GPA and do well in GAMSAT, there is no gurantee that you will get in: there is an interview as well. 2. More stress and uncertainty: You have just finished a hard slog for your final high school exams. Do you really want to continue to do that for another 3...
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Tips for UMAT Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple choice questions are much harder than they seem. Even though they give you the correct answer as one of the choices, selecting it amongst the others can sometimes be quite difficult. The UMAT consists of  only  multiple choice questions so if you learn how to ace this type of question, it will help you maximise your UMAT score. The following tips will not only benefit you in the UMAT, but in any other multiple choice questions that you may face. ANSWER EVERY QUESTION: For UMAT sections 1 and 2 you have a 1 in 4 chance of selecting the correct...
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UMAT Tutoring Melbourne

Personal UMAT tutoring Melbourne will allow you to build on your strengths and improve your areas of weakness in a one-on-one environment. You will be coached by an experienced tutor who has performed exceptionally well in the UMAT, interviews and school. Each Melbourne UMAT tutoring session is tailored specifically to your needs as students are able to direct the sessions towards the areas they wish to focus on (no set curriculum for the tutors) so that they are able to get the most out of each session. In turn, this will help students with their self-directed learning when they are studying...
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UMAT or GAMSAT? Which is easier?

This is a difficult question because it depends on so many things. Overall, they are both equally hard. Some students may have strengths in some areas and it may suit certain tests. For example some students may find the writing exercise in GAMSAT matches their strengths. For some students, the abstract reasoning may be their strength and find Section 3 of UMAT particularly easy. Overall both are competitive tests but the cohort of people sitting the tests are different. Most people who sit the UMAT are school leavers whereas those who sit GAMSAT come from a wide range of backgrounds (new grads, postgrads, PhDs,...
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UMAT Tutoring Sydney

Personal UMAT tutoring Sydney will allow you to build on your strengths and improve your areas of weakness in a one-on-one environment. You will be coached by an experienced tutor who has performed exceptionally well in the UMAT, interviews and school and who is located in the Sydney area. You can organise when, where, and how you would like to use your tutoring sessions. Each UMAT tutoring session is tailored specifically to your needs as students are able to direct the sessions towards the areas they wish to focus on (no set curriculum for the tutors) so that they are able...
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My friend did a UMAT course but didn’t get into Medicine!

My friend did a UMAT course but didn’t get into Medicine! Performance in UMAT depends on what UMAT course you do. There are over fifty UMAT course providers and most of them are of poor quality, and he/she may have done one of those. Furthermore, since interview scores count for about a third of the selection criteria for medicine, interview training is important too. Your friend may not have done medical interview training. We can guarantee that MedEntry’s UMAT program works. That is, we can guarantee that students will perform better after doing the course, compared to if they had not...
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UMAT Courses Darwin

Studying Medicine in Northern Territory is now possible, with the first two years at the Charles Darwin University and the final four years at Flinders University.  However, competition for the limited number of places available is fierce and the bar has been raised regarding UMAT scores and other entry requirements such as the ATAR. This means that success in the UMAT is a  MUST  if students wish to study Medicine in Darwin from an undergraduate level. Provided you attain a thresold ATAR set by Charles Darwin and Flinders universities, you are ranked on the basis of your UMAT scores. Minimum ATAR...
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How to do UMAT Practice

How to take a UMAT  practice  test With that fateful UMAT day looming, no doubt you will have already done many UMAT practice exams. You may have done these tests to check the skills you still need to learn, to see if you’ve improved or simply to help you feel more comfortable performing under test conditions. Whatever the reason, there are few simple measures that you can follow to ensure that you can get the most out of your practice tests. When doing a UMAT practice test try to imitate what it will be like to actually sit the test. Start...
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UMAT Tuition

MedEntry offers one on one UMAT Tuition as part of the Diamond UMAT package. This most comprehensive package is for those looking for UMAT & Interview training. It includes absolutely everything you need to excel in the UMAT and medical interviews. This package has hundreds of hours of study for the UMAT and interviews and includes resources such as:   UMAT Two Day Course   10 Full Length UMAT Practice Exams   Supreme Section 1 UMAT Guide   Supreme Section 2 UMAT Guide   Supreme Section 3 UMAT Guide   General Skills UMAT Guide   Medical Interview Guide   Eureka! for...
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Medicine at Monash or Melbourne?

Medicine at Monash (via  UMAT ) or Melbourne (via GAMSAT)? A dilemma facing high achievers wanting to pursue medicine is whether to choose Monash University (school leaver entry) or Melbourne University (graduate route). Many parents often ask “why did some universities abandon the school leaver entry route to medicine and which route is better?” Our view is that Monash school leaver entry is far superior for several reasons including: 1. No guarantee: Melbourne Graduate medicine does NOT have guaranteed places in Medicine, even though the university claims that it has. Even those who obtain an ATAR of 99.95 have to maintain...
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UMAT test tips

Ignore these Two Voices in Your Head We want to warn you that during the test, two tiny invisible fairies will be sitting on your shoulders, whispering in your ears. You’ll hear only one of the fairies, and you won’t be sure which one it is until the test starts. One of the fairies whispers gleefully, “I can’t believe how easy this test is.” The other fairy whispers ominously, “This is by far the hardest test I’ve ever taken.” There aren’t really fairies whispering in your ears, of course, but we promise you that you will hear one of those two...
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UMAT test tips: Entering the Exam Room

Entering the UMAT Exam Room Don’t just wander into your UMAT exam room casually. Try to be one of the first students into the exam room so that you can choose a good seat (assuming seating is not assigned, as it sometimes is). A good seat is one that gives you a clear view of the supervisor and of the central clock in the room and where you are least likely to be faced with distractions. When I took exams I always preferred seats in the very back of the room because I didn’t like the feeling that something was going...
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The Night before the UMAT Test

<p The Night before the UMAT Test   It’s fine if you want to see a movie or hang out with your friends until the early evening, but then get home. Before you get too tired, lay out everything you’re going to need tomorrow morning: a photo ID, your digital watch, your pencils, maybe a sharpener and your water bottle. You will not be allowed to use scrap paper during the exam, so you won’t need to bring that. Set out the clothes you’ll wear for tomorrow, including any good luck items. It’s a good idea to dress in layers so...
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UMAT Sample questions

Pick the Middle in the sequence Answer and Solution: Both dots start in the top position. One dot moves one space clockwise each turn. The other dot moves 1 space anticlockwise, then 2 spaces anticlockwise, then 3 spaces anticlockwise, then 4 spaces anticlockwise. The rectangle moves 90° clockwise, then 180°clockwise, then 270° clockwise, then 360° clockwise. Therefore the answer is D. The order is:

Speed Reading in UMAT

UMAT  is not just a test of speed reading: it is more than that. It tests your higher order thinking skills as illustrated by Bloom’s taxonomy. However, improving your reading speed will certainly be of help in UMAT. Speed reading is a collection of reading methods which attempt to increase rates of reading without greatly compromising comprehension or ability to recall and analyse. Methods include grouping or chunking and tracking. No absolute distinct “normal” and “speed-reading” types of reading exist in practice, since all readers use some of the techniques used in speed reading (such as identifying words without focusing on each...
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