In Year 12? April 1st is the day Undergraduate Applications will open, so it is important to know how you are going to apply. We’ve broken down the process into the essential steps you need to take as a Year 12 student to start your UAC application.
Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) is the place to go if you are a Year 12 student looking to apply for university entrance in 2022. It might seem early, but it is prudent to get started with your application now.
On their website, there is information on various courses offered by universities, their start dates and information on prerequisites and academic requirements. Be sure to check these out to help inform your choice of a university course.
To start an application, click the ‘Apply or Log in’ tab on the top right of the homepage. From the drop-down menu, select the undergraduate application.
Read the information, then click “Start” to begin your undergraduate application.
Select your citizenship status, and click Yes to the next question as you will be completing Year 12 this year.
For HSC students, enter your Year 12 student number and UAC pin, which would have been emailed to you by UAC on the 1st of April.
For IB students, use your personal code and birth date as your pin (e.g. 1st of May is 0105).
You will then be taken to the personal details page. Some details may have already been added; ensure that they are correct and fill out any remaining fields.
When entering your email, ensure that you enter a personal email, as this email will be the main way UAC will contact you. Your school email may expire, so it is important that you use a personal email account.
When you click next at the bottom of the page, a UAC application number will be generated. Your UAC application number and PIN will be emailed to you. Keep them safe as you will need them to update your application in the future or whenever you contact UAC.
After clicking continue, you will be directed to the qualifications page. Your Year 12 qualification would have already been added. You have the option to add other qualifications such as employment experience and online open courses, though they most likely won’t apply to you. Don’t add employment experience unless you’ve worked full time for 1 year or more.
The next step in the application is the selection of your courses. The course preferences page is where you can choose up to 5 courses you’d like to apply for. You can always update this list later. Click ‘Search for Courses’ to get started. First, select an institution (you can select all or simply select the institutions you are interested in). Then search your course by using the six-digit course code or course name to refine your search.
Select the start date for your course choices to add them to the preference list. Once you are done, you can review your choices. Put your preferences in order of what you most like to do, as they will be considered in order. When you are done, save your changes to continue.
Now, you need to review your application to ensure that all details are correct. Click the pencil icon, to edit any details. Once you are finished, click the ‘Submit’ button, read through the Declaration, and click the box to agree with the terms. Now, you need to make the payment, either through PayPal or Credit Card or if you choose to pay later through POSTbillpay or BPay. If you choose to pay later, UAC must receive your payment before any offers can be made.
Once you pay, your application is complete. Now, you can manage your application using your UAC application number and pin, apply for Educational Access Scheme (EAS) if eligible or upload documents. It is recommended that you download the confirmation package to ensure that all your details are correct.
You can manage and edit your application whenever you like using your UAC application number and PIN by going to Undergraduate Application from the drop-down menu. From here you can track correspondence, change your pin or download your confirmation package.
Make sure to check the UAC website for up to date key dates such as Offer Round Dates.
You’ve just started university and you are finally out of school. Congratulations!
It is the start of a new era on your learning journey but wait – what is everyone talking about? If you are confused by the uni jargon flying around your ears, here is your one-stop shop to get it translated.
If you are looking for something in particular, make sure to control F or Command F your way through this page to find the appropriate definitions.
If there’s a word you’d like translated – and it’s not in this list – let me know in the comments, I’ll give its meaning and update the list.
Bachelor Degree: Usually awarded after completing an undergraduate course. It is recognised worldwide and probably will be your first degree . Most Bachelor Degrees are 3-4 years, but there are exceptions to this.
Bridging Course: This is a short, intense course designed for students before university starts (in the summer break ), to help them reach the proficiency required in a subsequent unit they may be studying in the year.
Bridging Unit: This is a unit of study that helps provide students with the required level of proficiency in a subject area or skill before undertaking further study.
Census Date: The last day you can withdraw from a subject without financial or academic penalties. So, if you can’t stand a subject, get out while you can!
Course: Is a structure of units that allow you to achieve a certificate of completion in a particular discipline. A typical undergraduate degree is 3 – 4 years of fulltime study.
Credit Points: Are allocated to each successfully completed unit. They are an indication of how much study you have completed.
Credit Transfer: Recognition of prior study at another university or work experience, that can be used as credit points – meaning that you have to do fewer subjects!
CSP: CSP stands for Commonwealth Supported Place. This means that the government subsides your fees by paying a part of it. If you are a full fee-paying student, then as the name suggests, you pay for your fees completely. The difference is quite large, sometimes in the thousands per subject.
Deferred Study: Taking a 6- or 12-month break after high school before starting your study at university. It is also commonly known as ‘Gap Year’.
Degree: Is the award given by the university after completing a course – normally for undergraduates it is the bachelor degree.
Double Degree: Combining two degrees simultaneously, so that students complete two courses effectively – but in less time. Still longer than a normal degree though.
Enrolment: The process of registering into a course.
External Study: Study that is done remotely from university. You have to come into uni very rarely for lectures, tutorials or practicals, and often if you do, these classes are bundled up.
Faculties: The academic division within which teaching and research at uni are conducted. Think of it as the subject faculties you had at school – except these include a whole diverse range of areas of learning.
Gap Year: Same as deferred study.
GPA: Grade Point Average (GPA) represents your academic standing (your marks perse). It is calculated out of 7 or 4, depending on the uni and can be important in getting into postgraduate courses. Find out more about GPA here.
Graduate: A person who has successfully completed a course at uni.
HECS: HECS is short for Higher Education Loan Program, which is a loan you can get from the government if you are enrolled in a CSP. The loan can be used to pay your tuition fees, but not accommodation, laptops or textbooks. You will need a TFN to apply for HECS. You can find out more about HECS-HELP here.
Honours: Is another award that can be earned after a year of study that is additional to the bachelor degree. It is normally as an outcome of an honours program but sometimes is based on academic performance in your studies.
Labs/Practicals: Now, labs and practicals are different depending on the universities and the courses you are completing. But basically, they can vary from anatomy labs, computer simulation lab and your typical science labs for biology, chemistry and physics (though these labs may be larger and more technically savvy than those at school!)
Lecture: Is a presentation given by a lecturer or professor on a specific topic. It often occurs in a lecture hall and there are many students (can even be in the hundreds!) You are expected to listen carefully and take notes whilst the lecturer speaks. There is little guidance from the lecturer. Some lectures are recorded, depending on the university and the unit.
Lecturer: The person who delivers the information in the lecture to students.
Major: A collection of units that are recognised by the university to substantiate that you have specialised in a certain area.
Minor: A smaller collection of units in an area of study.
Non-School Leaver: A student who begins university after more than a year of completing high school.
Online Courses: Courses that are delivered online, with little to no face to face contact between the lecturers and student.
Overloading: To enrol in more than the usual number of units in a semester (normally that is more than 4).
O-Week: Orientation Week! Your first taste of uni before those lectures start! It’s a whole week where you get to experience the uni campus, different societies and association and get free stuff. Each uni does it slightly differently but generally, you will get your enrolment sorted, along with an ID card, get to have a uni tour, an introduction lecture from your Faculty, sign up to the various clubs and societies at the uni (they will have their stalls) and get free food and goodies.
Postgraduate Student: Students that have already completed an undergraduate course and have continued their studies in another course.
Prerequisite: A subject or unit that is required before you can move onto anther unit.
Scholarship: Awards that have financial advantage, either through full or partial payment of fees. They can be awarded for a variety of reasons.
School Leavers: Students applying for admission based of their school results, that is your Year 12 ATAR.
Semester: An academic teaching period. Most universities have 2 semesters of about 18 weeks (12 – 13 weeks of teaching, 2-week holiday, a study week and 2 – 3 weeks of exam period). Some universities have trimesters, meaning there are three semesters in a year (I know! ), but they are shorter in length. Still quite intensive.
STUVAC or SWOTVAC (Depending on where you are from): STUVAC meaning study vacation as it is called in NSW, and SWOTVAC meaning studying without teaching vacation as it called in Victoria, is a just a study week. It is usually a week before the exam period starts and gives students an opportunity to study before the finals. Use it wisely!
TFN: Tax File Number (TFN) is needed to apply for HECS-HELP loan and if you ever want to work. There is a processing time for this, so don’t leave to the last minute – best to get it done in the summer holidays before you start uni (I know you want to relax after Year 12, but things have still got to be done). You can apply for it here.
Timetable: The timetable is your weekly guide as to what classes you have to attend every week for a semester. Depending on the unit, some classes will be allocated (i.e there is no other time or date for that class), whilst in others you will have flexibility. Make sure you choose a good timetable – because you will likely be stuck with it for the semester!
Tutor: Is a teacher who supervises and runs tutorial classes for a small number of students (much smaller than lectures).
Tutorial: Tutorial can differ between universities and units, but generally they are similar to a high school class. There are a smaller number of students, compared with lectures, that participate in discussion and activities.
Undergraduate: A student studying a bachelor degree is deemed an undergraduate or an undergrad.
Underloading: To enrol in less than the usual number of units in a semester (normally that is less than 4).
Unit: Is a component of study focussed on a particular subject or topic. Successful completion of a unit gives you a certain number of credit points (depending on the uni) that go towards completing your course. Basically, the equivalent of a subject at school.
WAM: Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is the average of the marks you achieve in all your completed units in your course. It is another measure of academic standing often used by certain universities instead of GPA. You can find out more about WAM here.
Starting university is exciting, but it is important to make sure that you are organised. Part of being organised is making sure that you have all the required books for the units or subjects that you have enrolled in.
There are various aspects to consider when going to purchase your books for uni; the price being an essential thing to consider, with university not being cheap.
Individual books can cost up to $200 for each unit or subject, and it’s imperative you don’t end up broke after your first semester.
First off, you need to consider which books you need for a subject. These are usually found in the Unit Guide on your university’s website or your university portal. Make sure that you are looking at the updated list, as required textbooks do change from year to year.
The other thing to look out for is whether a textbook is required or recommended. Required textbooks are essential in completing the unit or subject, whilst recommended textbooks are a good resource to consult during your studies, but are not essential. Whether you require the extra help from the recommended textbooks would be dependent on your confidence in the unit you are attempting, and whether the extra help from the recommended textbooks would be beneficial.
Once you have worked out what textbooks you need, the hunt begins.
Buying brand new books directly from bookstores is an expensive option, but means that you will have a brand new textbook. Often these books come with an eBook which can be handy. However, you will need to ascertain whether the cost is justified.
Second Hand Textbooks
The second option is to buy second-hand textbooks from other university students. There are various forums where students sell their old textbooks. One such site is StudentVIP, where you can purchase textbooks, notes and find tutors. Gumtree, eBay and Facebook are also great places to search for a bargain.
University libraries often have physical textbooks that can be loaned. However, these loan periods may not cover the entire semester and therefore require careful planning. Some university libraries also have electronic copies that can be accessed. Some university libraries even allow students to download certain chapters of textbooks. This can be a great option if you don’t require the whole textbook. Don’t forget to check out your local libraries, who may have your textbook available.
Whatever way you choose to buy or borrow your textbooks, it is important to get organised before the semester begins. This will ensure that you can start the year smoothly and without a hitch.
If you have any comments or questions, please leave a comment down below.
When you are starting university, you will often hear the phrase, O Week. But what is O Week, what does it entail and why should you participate?
O Week stands for Orientation Week. It is a week of various programs run by the university and student associations before the start of Semester 1. Each university has its own individual set up, however, most universities generally encompass the same activities.
O Week is an opportunity to get your ID card.
You will have to go to the Student Services (each Uni uses a different name, but it is the Admin) building in your university, where you will be able to take a photo, and get your ID card. This varies from uni to uni, but your ID card is very important. It gives you access to library content, is necessary to have for exams and is your proof of being a university student. You can also verify your student Opal Card here. You can also get an introduction tour of the university campus. Again, it is important to check this on your university’s website to work out when these tours are being run.
The various faculties at the university also run numerous introductory lectures and tours. This is faculty dependent, and so you will need to check if your faculty is running such programs and their timings.
You will find that there will be many stalls set up around the university campus. These stalls will be manned by various student associations. You can sign up for them and get freebies. Some associations are religious, while others may be sporting or pertaining to hobbies.
Most importantly, there will be food that you can purchase. There also is free food and other freebies from a great variety of companies prompting their products.
Basically, O Week is an opportunity for you to get yourself organised with your ID card, verify your student Opal Card, explore your campus, get to know your faculty and discover student associations and clubs you might be interested it. It is also a great chance to meet people and make new friends at uni.
HECS is short for Higher Education Contribution Scheme, which is a loan a university student can get from the government if you are enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). The loan can be used to pay your tuition fees, but not accommodation, laptops or textbooks.
Not everyone is eligible for the HECS-HELP loan. To be eligible you must:
Be enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
Be an Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV)
Submit the Request for Commonwealth Support and HECS-HELP form to your university before the census date
Be enrolled in each of the units before census date*.
Not have exceeded your HELP loan limit.
There is a limit to the amount of combined HELP loans that you can borrow, including FEE-HELP & HECS-HELP. For 2020, the HELP loan limit is $106,319. For those studying medicine, dentistry or veterinary science, or eligible aviation courses the HELP loan limit is $152,700.
Your HELP balance is renewable. You can check your balance on myHELPbalance by using your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN), a unique identifying number.
To apply for HECS-HELP you will need a tax file number (TFN) and complete and submit a Request for Commonwealth Support and HECS-HELP, which your university will provide, before the census date*.
You will need to repay your debt to the government with interest when you start working and earn above a certain threshold. This is done through the tax system. The compulsory repayment threshold is different each year. For the 2020-21 income year, the threshold is $46,620. The more you earn, the higher the repayments will be as well (but you will need to worry about this when you start working).
Make sure to contact your university or visit their website to get the exact details and HECS-HELP form.
*The last day you can withdraw from a subject without financial or academic penalties.
When you start university, you are introduced to a whole new way, your marks are represented. Whilst in Year 12, your final ATAR was how your academic standing was calculated, in university, GPA and WAM are used. For every unit or subject you do at university, you receive a mark out of 100, a culmination of your marks from assessments, projects and exams. But to find your overall academic standing, universities use two distinct systems, GPA and WAM.
Grade point average (GPA) and weighted average mark (WAM) are the two ways that universities in Australia calculate academic standing. Universities may use GPA or WAM, and some show both on transcripts. The two systems use varying ways to show a student’s academic standing.’
GPA is calculated by averaging all the grades achieved in units that a student has passed in their course. Students are given a grade, based on their performance in a unit, of High Distinction, Distinction, Credit, Pass or Fail. The table below details the general conversion of your mark out of 100 in a unit, and the grade achieved (Universities differ slightly in their grading system):
High Distinction (HD)
85 – 100
75 – 84
65 – 74
50 – 64
0 – 49
Each of these performances corresponds to a value on the GPA scale. Some universities use what is called a 4 point GPA scale whilst others use a 7 point GPA scale.
Each university has their own conversions for both of these scales, so be sure to check it, on your university’s website, however below is the general conversion:
4.0 GPA Scale
High Distinction (HD)
7.0 GPA Scale
High Distinction (HD)
Your overall GPA is calculated through the following formula:
GPA = Σ (grade value x unit credit points) ÷ Σ unit credit points
Where, Σ = Sum
WAM is the average mark achieved across all completed units in a course.
WAM is calculated through the following formula, and only relies on your mark in each unit.
WAM = Σ (grade mark x unit credit points) ÷ Σ unit credit points
Where, Σ = Sum
Why is this important to know?
Throughout your university journey, your GPA and WAM is really the only calculation to show your academic progress. Whilst, you will obviously know whether you have passed units, and whether you are doing well, your GPA and WAM give you an indication of your overall grades.
Your GPA and WAM are important in applying for postgraduate, masters or honours programs and degrees. The also form the basis of your job applications once you have graduated, however aren’t the sole factor when determining job suitability.
Your GPA and WAM can also be used to apply for scholarships, as they show your academic astuteness.
The system used differs from one university to the other. WAM allows universities to see the average mark a student has achieved, whilst GPA only recognises the effort in units that have been passed.
Make sure to check out which system your university uses!
When you use someone else’s work as part of your own work, you need to reference. But what exactly does referencing entail, why do we reference, when do we reference? And what about all the different styles you can possibly use?
What is Referencing?
Referencing is acknowledging the use of someone else’s work in your own work. Essentially, you are acknowledging the sources of information you have used in your work. Also, you are acknowledging that the information you have used, is not completely original and are giving credit to the original author.
Why do we Reference?
The main reason why we reference is to acknowledge and respect the use of intellectual property of others. With access to books and the internet, we can draw upon a myriad of ideas and research. However, it is important that we give the creator their due credit; and referencing allows us to do this.
The other reason we reference is because it shows that we have well and truly researched a subject . When you reference, you show that you have used others’ research and ideas to back up and support your assertions. By utilising references, you are showcasing your research skills in that subject area (and that’s why your teacher or marker will allocate specific marks for references!)
When do we Reference?
Now this is a tricky one, and can sometimes depend on the requirements of your task. However, the general consensus is that you need to reference any words, ideas or information taken from any source. These include books, journal articles, websites, newspapers, films, documentaries or brochures. You will also need to reference personal interviews and emails if you use them in your work. Any diagrams, illustrations or charts that you use must also be referenced. Depending on the specifications of your task, you may need to reference lecturers.
However, you do not need to reference your own observations or experiment results, your own experiences, thoughts and conclusions. This is because these things are original to you, and therefore do not need to be referenced. Common knowledge, that is, facts that can be found in numerous places do not need to referenced (eg. Canberra is the capital of Australia).
Again, it is important to verify the exact requirements of your task to ascertain whether certain pieces of information need to be referenced.
Intext citation is where you insert a reference in the body of a piece of writing. This alerts the reader to the source that has inspired or informed your writing. A full list of all the cited works is placed at the end of your work, which are referred to as a Reference List, or Works Cited.
Reference List? Works Cited? Or Bibliography?
This depends on what you present in your final list of citations.
Works Cited is generally an alphabetical list of all the sources you specifically cited in the text. All works that you have either directly quoted or paraphrased need to be included in this list.
A Reference List or References is the same thing, and should only contain all the sources specifically cited in the work.
A Bibliography on the other hand is where you list all the sources that you have consulted whilst composing your work. They include sources that may not have been referred to or cited in the text.
Your task would specify either which of these three lists are required, or will detail whether you only need to list sources cited, or all sources consulted. So make sure you read what is required of you in all your assignment or assessment tasks.
Now, this is where things start to get complicated. There are many referencing styles out there. The one you choose to use in your work depends on the specifications of your task (I knowww!). Broadly speaking the following referencing styles are the common ones:
APA (American Psychological Association)
Each referencing style has its own nuances in how the intext citation and reference list are compiled. Some the styles utilise what is known as a note system for intext citation using footnotes or endnotes, whilst others utilise the parenthetical systems, writing the intext citation in parenthesis.
In future posts, we will examine how to reference using each of the above styles. If there is a style that you are interested in, and it hasn’t been listed above, let me know down below.
Verbal Reasoning is the first subtest of the UCAT exam, and one that many candidates find challenging. It tests your ability to comprehend written information in the form a passage. Why, you may ask, is this important for a potential medical student? This ability is needed in medicine to quickly read and interpret information, which is an essential skill for medical practitioners in the workplace.
This section contains 11 passages, with 4 questions related to each passage. That means there are a total of 44 questions to complete in 21 minutes, which equates to 20 – 30 seconds per question.
There are two types of questions in this subtest:
Multiple Choice (28 questions): Four unique answer options where only one option is correct.
True/False/Can’t Tell (16 questions): The question contains a statement and you must select if it is true or false based on the information in the passage. If the information does not support the statement or explicitly disagree, then the answer is “Can’t Tell” .
There are few keys things to remember when attempting Verbal Reasoning questions. As with the rest of the question, this subtest does not have the luxury of time. It is important that you are wise with your time and use it efficiently. This means triaging certain passages to complete later on. These passages would usually be the long, complicated passages which would require time. When skipping these questions, make sure to select an answer option, flag the question so you can come back and review it (if you have time at the end) and move on. The subtest contains a variety of passages with varying difficulty, so make sure to capitalise on the easier ones .
There are a couple of different ways you can approach a Verbal Reasoning question. The first is that you read the entire passage, and then move onto the questions. This may be useful in ensuring that the you answer the question correctly, but you will be wasting a great deal of time reading the passage. The second method is to read the questions first, and then go back and have a look in the passage for the answer. This method may work for some and is highly time-efficient (most of the time), but isn’t totally accurate. I suggest a hybrid method, combining a passage-based approach and question-based approach in answering Verbal Reasoning questions. When you approach a passage, read the title (if it has one), the beginning, skim the middle part of the passage, read the ending, and then look at the question. From the question try to extract keywords, such as numbers, names, years or people. Then scan the passage to find the keywords. You should roughly know where to find it in the passage, since you have already skimmed through the passage. Once you find the keyword, slow down, read the sentence that contains the keyword, and the sentences before and after. You should be able to find the answer there for most questions.
Another key thing to remember with Verbal Reasoning questions is that you only use the information given in the passage. Even though you may be familiar with the topic of the passage, it is important to only utilise the information given.
Verbal Reasoning is often perceived as one of the harder subtests (probably because most medical hopefuls are science minded ), but it doesn’t have to be the case. By practising under timed conditions and working to improve your method of finding the answer to the questions in the subtest, you should be able to improve your marks significantly.
If you have any questions or comments about the Verbal Reasoning subtest, let me know down below!
Now that you’ve understood the scoring of the UCAT, how can you ace test? The UCAT is a highly competitive test and there are a variety of strategies and tips you should employ to achieve a great UCAT score.
Timing: The number one thing that can catch out students is the lack of time to complete questions in the UCAT. Generally, in university and school exams, students are given ample time to complete their work. However, the UCAT is a whole new kettle of fish, and as such requires you to come up with a strategy to ensure you don’t fall behind the clock. What you need to keep in mind is that all the questions are essentially worth the same amount of marks, regardless of their difficulty (except the 5-part questions in DM which are worth 2). So, you want to maximise your marks by getting the easier questions done, and bagging those marks quickly before moving onto the harder, more cumbersome questions. Guess, flag and skip the harder questions and come back to them at the end. This will allow you to make sure you capitalise on the questions you know you will get right in the shortest amount of time, before moving onto the harder questions.
Computer Skills: The exam is computer-based – so you need to know how to work that to your advantage. Get yourself used to the using the keyboard and mouse because that’s all you will have on the day. Make sure to familiarise yourself with the on-screen calculator. It is a lot more annoying to use than your hand-held calculator, but that’s what you get on the day, so you need to make sure you know how it works and runs. Make sure you know how to use the keyboard shortcuts because they can save you a lot of time in the test, which is indeed a precious commodity in such a time intensive test.
Practice: I know this is a given, but make sure you are practising for the UCAT. It is a completely different experience to any other university or school exam you have attempted, and as such requires special attention. Try to do questions on an online platform. I recommend UCAT ANZ’s own resources (which are free) as well as Medify (which is paid) as I think they replicate the most authentic test experience. Make sure to practice under timed conditions as this will ensure that you are prepared on the day.
Track your Progress: Track how you are going in your practice. Do you need to work more on Verbal Reasoning or Situational Judgement? Make sure to analyse where you are getting questions wrong. Focus on the questions you get wrong, to make sure you don’t make the same mistake again.
Those were a couple of the most important tips and strategies I believe are essential to acing the UCAT. Keep your eyes peeled for more in-depth posts on each of the UCAT subtests and how to approach them to make sure you can ace the UCAT!
The UCAT is a test used in most undergraduate medical schools in Australia and New Zealand. It is a highly competitive test, and it is important that you can stay ahead of the pack to ensure you get the offer you are aiming for.
The UCAT ANZ is a 2-hour multiple choice computer-based exam administered in July. The test contains five, separately timed subtests, and we will briefly break down each section in this post.
Verbal Reasoning (VR)
The Verbal Reasoning subtest requires candidates to critically evaluate information presented in written form. In this subtest you will be presented with 11 passages, each with 4 associated questions. Candidates are given 1 minute for instructions, followed by 21 minutes to answer the 44 questions. This section contains reading comprehension style questions and True/False/Can’t Tell questions.
Decision Making (DM)
The Decision Making subtest requires candidates to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information. In this subtest you will have 29 questions that may refer to text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams. Candidates are given 1 minute for instructions, followed by 29 minutes to answer the 31 questions. A key challenge in this subtest is the wide variety of question types. Some questions have ‘drag and drop’ answers, and come in 5 parts. They are worth 2 marks (the only type of question in the test that are worth two marks). You will get 2 marks for a fully correct answer, and 1 mark for a partially correct answer for these questions. All questions in this subtest are standalone and do not share data.
Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
The Quantitative Reasoning subtest requires candidates to evaluate numerical information. You will receive 24 minutes to answer the 36 questions in this subtest. The questions are associated with tables, charts and graphs. You need to select relevant data from the question, and then set up and solve the numerical problems. Most questions come in a set of four questions, whilst there are some questions that are standalone. An on-screen calculator is available for this section, but is not necessary for every question.
Abstract Reasoning (AR)
The Abstract Reasoning subtest requires candidates to infer relationships from a set of information using convergent and divergent thinking. This section tests your ability to find patterns in sets of shapes. There are 55 questions in this subtest to answer in 13 minutes.
Situational Judgement (SJ)
The Situational Judgement subtest assess the ability of candidates to understand real world situations and the factors that need to be considered and appropriate behaviour in dealing with these situations. You will be given 26 minutes to complete the 69 questions in this subtest. There are 22 scenarios, each consisting of between 2 and 5 questions regarding the scenario. Some questions will ask the appropriateness of possible actions, whilst others may ask the importance of possible considerations in deciding the next course of action.
Summary Table of the Subtest Breakdown
Time Per Question
11 passages with 4 questions associated with each passage
28 seconds per question
Mix of a variety of question types
64 seconds per question
Mixture of Tables, Charts or Graphs
40 seconds per question
Pattern Recognition in Sets of Shapes
14 seconds per question
22 scenarios with 2 – 5 questions associated with each scenario
22 seconds per question
The UCAT subtests each pose their own challenges and require you to work on certain aspects of your cognitive and non-cognitive skills. However, the biggest challenge is the timing of the test. Now that you know the exact breakdown of the test, you will be one step ahead of the competition.