What is UMAT?
UMAT stands for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test. UMAT is a three hour test consisting of multiple choice questions o the following types:
- Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving,
- Understanding People, and
- Non-Verbal Reasoning.
Many universities require you to sit the UMAT as a requirement of entry into certain medicine and health degrees. It is important that you research the prerequisites of the degree you are interested to see if you are required to submit UMAT results.
About UMAT and ACER
UMAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on this website.
Structure and Content
The UMAT test consists of 3 hours testing time, plus 10 minutes reading time.
The test contains 134 questions, presented in one test booklet and there are no rest breaks.
UMAT is designed to measure ability in the following areas:
- Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving
- Understanding People
- Non-verbal Reasoning
All UMAT questions are in multiple choice format with 4 or 5 response alternatives, from which you are asked to choose the most appropriate. Each question has only one correct response. Some questions are in written form and may present information in visual or tabular format while other questions are based entirely on visual material.
Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving
Materials are drawn from a wide variety of general sources and are based on a brief text or piece of information presented graphically. Questions assess your ability to comprehend, draw logical conclusions, reach solutions by identifying relevant facts, evaluate information, pinpoint additional or missing information, and generate and test plausible hypotheses.
This construct assesses the ability to understand and think about people. Questions are based on a scenario, dialogue or other text representing specific interpersonal situations. Most passages will have several questions. The questions assess your ability to identify, understand, and, where necessary, infer the thoughts, feelings, behaviour and/or intentions of the people represented in the situations.
Questions may be of several kinds. All are based on patterns or sequences of shapes and are designed to assess your ability to reason in the abstract and solve problems in non-verbal contexts.
About the UMAT Provider
UMAT is developed by the Australian Council of Education Research (ACER) – information about UMAT can be found at this link: umat.acer.edu.au
UMAT Preparation Information
There are organisations that help prepare for taking the UMAT test, which you may find helpful. MedEntry is run by doctors and academics, and is the trusted leader in UMAT preparation in Australia and New Zealand. MedEntry states that some doctors have found the UMAT to be very difficult, whilst some have found it difficult to get into medicine due to low UMAT scores and state that quality preparation is essential.
ACER discourage the use of UMAT preparation, more information can be found here: umat.acer.edu.au/prepare. I strongly encourage you to read through this information.
However, if you are interested, please visit MedEntry.edu.au for more information.