Introduction of the University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ)
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by the UCAT ANZ Consortium of universities in Australia and New Zealand for their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes.
The test helps universities to select applicants with the most appropriate mental abilities, attitudes and professional behaviours required for new doctors and dentists to be successful in their clinical careers. It is used in collaboration with other admissions processes such as interviews and academic qualifications.
It is also an opportunity to stand out from other applicants and demonstrate aptitude for a demanding programme of study.
The UCAT ANZ is a computer-based test delivered in Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, New Zealand and at some overseas locations.
Please note that some pathways to medicine / dentistry / clinical sciences will not require the UCAT. For some applicants a different test may be required. For details candidates should refer to the websites of the universities to which they intend to apply.
New admissions test announced for future healthcare students
A group of leading universities in Australia and New Zealand, including the Universities of Otago and Auckland, are embarking on an exciting new collaboration with similar universities in the United Kingdom.
From 2019, students interested in studying medicine, dentistry and identified clinical science courses at a member university of the UMAT Consortium will sit the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) as part of their admissions process.
The UCAT is a well-established and internationally respected test, used widely in the UK since 2006 (under the name UKCAT) to select students to medicine and dentistry courses at the majority of UK universities.
The new test, which will replace the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test), offers many benefits to students and to the universities adopting the test:
- The UCAT is a 2-hour long computer based test.
- Candidates receive their score immediately after the test without waiting for a lengthy marking period.
- Within a specified test window, candidates can now choose the date and time they sit the test.
- Candidates have access to a wide network of test centres across Australia, New Zealand and internationally.
- The test is similar to the UMAT but with new question formats and the addition of a test of Situational Judgment (SJT) which measure attitudes and behaviours identified as desirable for successful healthcare professionals.
- Research shows that the test is a reliable and valid predictor of performance at Medical School.
- Consortium member universities in Australia and New Zealand also benefit from the flexibility of the testing process and the inclusion of additional constructs relevant to their admissions processes.
“We look forward to working collaboratively with our counterparts at UK universities in the future development and use of the test.”
Professor Sandra Nicholson, Head of the UKCAT Research Group says she is pleased to see the establishment of the UCAT arising out of the collaboration between universities based in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
“We are confident of providing a high quality testing experience for candidates and further developing our test according to the outcomes of the most robust research,” Professor Nicholson says.
Pearson VUE, an international leader in computer based testing, with a long established and successful track record of delivering and developing high stakes admissions tests will deliver the test.
In partnership with the UKCAT Consortium, Pearson VUE has provided a secure on-line test for more than 12 years, delivering over 280,000 tests to candidates in their approved test centres across 140 different countries. The UMAT Consortium anticipates a successful partnership with Pearson VUE in delivering the UCAT in Australia and New Zealand.
The UMAT Consortium has been established for almost 20 years and includes 11 universities in Australia and New Zealand which all use the UMAT (to be renamed UCAT in 2019) as an entry requirement for students wishing to study medicine or dentistry at their university. The UMAT test score is considered alongside other entry requirements such as academic grades and interview scores.
A list of UMAT Consortium member universities can be found here:
Notes to Editors
- The UKCAT Consortium has been established since 2006 and includes 28 UK universities who all use the UKCAT (to be renamed UCAT in 2019) as an entry requirement for students wishing to study medicine or dentistry at their university. The UKCAT test score is then considered alongside other entry requirements such as their academic grades, and university application / personal statement. Further information about the UKCAT Consortium can be found here: https://www.ukcat.ac.uk/about-us/
- From 2019 there will be an expansion of test centres to 30 across Australia and New Zealand - 26 in Australia and four in New Zealand, plus some overseas centres for people who happen to be away.
- In the major centres, candidates will be able to book their test any working day in the month of July. Smaller centres will be open between one and three days in July, giving considerable flexibility to candidates, particularly as school and university breaks occur during July.
- The UCAT website is www.ucatofficial.com. The answers to some Frequently Asked Questions can be found at www.ucatofficial.com/faqs/
- Bio for Professor Wayne Hodgson: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/healthed-institute/about/affiliates/wayne-hodgson
- Bio for Professor Sandra Nicholson: http://ihse.qmul.ac.uk/staff/centre-for-medical-education/sandranicholson.html
Applying to Medical School: UMAT tutorials
In Australasia, a UMAT score is required when a student applies for further studies in health science courses such as medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy and pharmacy. It is the acronym for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test. It’s an indication of a candidate’s English skills, logical reasoning and empathetic ability.
Since 2007, SCE has designed the best tutorial program based on the opinions and suggestions form education experts throughout Australasia. We have a mock exam, which comes with its very own scholarship, at the beginning of our course. It begins at March and ends at mid-July with more mock exams and review sessions. This six months tutorial is one of our most popular courses and reaches its maximum enrollment capacity every year.
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Important details are as follows.
- The entrance exam is on the 24th of February (Saturday) for Y13 level students and University students. There will be 5 scholarships worth a total of $1000 and more available for the 5 students who gain top score in the Entrance exam.
- The scholarship is for the UMAT preparation course. You must pay the full fee before sitting the entrance test. If you obtain the scholarship, you will be refunded in cash.
- The classes are located at 29 Great South Rd, Epsom.
- There is a total of 23 tutorial sessions, including 2 interview preparation sessions.
- There are 4 full-length mock exams, each followed by an explanation sessions. The overall review is about 7 hours on each Saturday or Sunday before the UMAT exam.
- Total course fee is $1480.
- Each class is limited to a maximum of 25 students to maintain the quality of student-teacher interaction.
- All tutors are current medical students who scored well above the 95 percentile for the section that they are teaching.
- More than 80% of our students achieve at least 70 percentile from UMAT and that is sufficient for many medical school admission interviews in New Zealand and Australia.
- On average, 20 to 30 students achieve above 90 percentile from UMAT. Every year some students also managed to score 100 percentile.