UCAT: Everything You Need to Know

The University Clinical Aptitude Test or UCAT has replaced the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admissions Test) for entry into medical school in Australia and New Zealand. The test is an established and renowned admissions test used around the world, particularly in the UK, were it was previously known as UKCAT. The UCAT in Australia and New Zealand is known as the UCAT ANZ.

Unlike its predecessor, the UCAT ANZ is a 2-hour computer-based test available at various Pearson VUE centres in the month of July. This is a shift from the 3-hour paper based UMAT which was held only one day in July. Availability of test centres and their timings may vary between centres. To see all test centre locations and their availability visit the UCAT ANZ website.

The UCAT is necessary for most undergraduate medicine and dentistry courses, however it is important that you check the specific university’s website to confirm which test is required for admission. For application into medicine in 2021, the following courses require the UCAT.

UCAT registrations have already opened and will close on the 11th of May at 11:59 AEST. The late booking deadline is the 18th of May at 11:59 AEST and will incur a late booking fee.

The test itself contains five, separately timed subtests:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitate Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement Test

In regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UCAT ANZ and Person VUE expect testing to go ahead in 2020, thus far. Booking and registrations are still open, so candidates should proceed as normal under the current timeline. A decision regarding the situation will be made closer to July and communicated to all registered candidates according to UCAT ANZ.

It is important to get familiar with the test’s subtests and the timings of each subtest as well. Therefore, it is imperative to get studying before your test day.

Happy studying!

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