Live Updates: COVID-19 and Medical School Admissions in Australia and New Zealand



The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt for medical school admissions in Australia and New Zealand. Here, we provide you with a compilation of official updates relevant to medical school admissions in Australia and New Zealand to make sure you are all up-to-date. Since the situation can change rapidly any time, we are monitoring various information sources closely to update this page. So stay healthy, check this post regularly and continue with your academic studies and preparation for admission tests.

Last updated Saturday 19th September 2020 6.11 AM AEST

Updates on the UCAT ANZ

The UCAT ANZ 2020 preliminary statistics have been released on 28th August 2020. Read more about this in our blog article.

On 7th September 2020, UCAT ANZ has emailed candidates sitting the exam on 14-18th September with an update.

Updates on the GAMSAT

Reminders emails were sent on 1st, 4th, 9th, 14th and 18th September to the registered candidates about the September GAMSAT. These contain important information including your admission ticket and what to bring on the test day.

Updates on medical school admissions process in Australia and New Zealand

The University of Sydney has made an announcement on 17th April 2020 that its admissions process and application timeline has been revised for the 2021 entry. A notable change includes removal of multiple mini interviews for domestic students, with a few exceptions (e.g. as an additional selection tool for equally-ranked applicants). The full details of the changes can be found in the following links: domestic students / international students.

The University of Notre Dame Fremantle has advised on 29th April 2020 that if interviews are not possible to be held, notification regarding any changes will be posted on their website.

Monash University has advised on 15th May 2020 that they are evaluating admissions procedures for 2021. International applicants will now have their interviews online. Graduate entry applicants will be allowed to choose whether 2020 Semester 1 grades contribute to the weighted average mark or not.

The University of Wollongong has advised on 20th May 2020 that there will be changes to their admissions procedures for 2021.

The University of Auckland has advised on 20th May 2020 that they are 'working on a process to accommodate changes to assessments for Semester One 2020, the UCAT-ANZ (if applicable) and any impact changes may have on selection for Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) or final offers of a place'.

Western Sydney University has advised on 20th August 2020 that MMIs for general and rural applicants will occur online.

It is possible that other medical schools will also make changes to their admissions process and application timeline. We will provide detailed up-to-date information on the medical school admissions criteria and process on this page.

On 3rd June 2020, it has been announced that changes have been made to NCEA and University Entrance in New Zealand to account for the disruption from COVID-19. For further information, please refer to this link.

On 4th September 2020, GEMSAS has advised that interview offers (successful or unsuccessful) were sent to medicine applicants.

Updates on high school examinations in Australia and New Zealand

Please refer to the following links for latest information or timetable relating to high school examinations in Australia and New Zealand:

Updates on university assessments in Australia and New Zealand

University classes are continuing to run in Australia and New Zealand (offline or online) and you should receive your grades at the end of each semester for calculation of GPA. Do keep an eye on your university website and your university email inbox for any changes to the delivery of classes and assessments.

Updates on the ISAT

On 29th August 2020, ACER has announced that Cycle 3 ISAT registrations are open.

Updates on the MCAT

In the latest update (24th March 2020) from the AAMC, it was announced that the 27th March and 4th April MCAT exams have been cancelled globally. AAMC has extended flexible rescheduling for candidates who are taking exams through the end of May. 
For more information, visit the official AAMC website.

Please bookmark this page and keep checking back here for regular updates.

Be well,


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