Open Day 2024 Events for Medical Schools in Australia & New Zealand

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24/5/24

Open days provide an opportunity to learn more about medical schools that you're interested in. In this article, you'll find information about upcoming events hosted by universities that offer medical programs in Australia and New Zealand.

Note that some universities offer virtual open days, while others offer in-person open days or a mix of both. Click on the event links for further information and registration.

Medical schools list

Australian National University (Graduate)

Bond University (Undergraduate)

Charles Darwin University (Undergraduate)

Charles Sturt University (Undergraduate)

Curtin University (Undergraduate)

Deakin University (Graduate)

Flinders University (Undergraduate)

Griffith University (Undergraduate)

James Cook University (Undergraduate)

Macquarie University (Graduate)

Monash University (Undergraduate)

University of Adelaide (Undergraduate)

University of Auckland (Undergraduate)

University of Melbourne (Graduate)

University of Newcastle (Undergraduate)

University of New South Wales (Undergraduate)

University of Notre Dame (Graduate)

University of Otago (Undergraduate)

University of Queensland (Undergraduate)

University of Sydney (Undergraduate)

University of Tasmania (Undergraduate)

University of the Sunshine Coast (Undergraduate)

University of Western Australia (Undergraduate)

University of Wollongong (Graduate)

Western Sydney University (Undergraduate)

Australian National University (Graduate)

On-campus open day was on 16/03/24.

Find out more about open days at Australian National University

Bond University (Undergraduate)

  • On-campus open day on 27/07/24.
  • Virtual Open Day recording is available on-demand.

Find out more about open days at Bond University

Charles Darwin University (Undergraduate)

On-campus open day (Casuarina campus) on 17/08/24.

Find out more about open days at Charles Darwin University

Charles Sturt University (Undergraduate)

On-campus open day (Orange campus) on 25/08/24.

Find out more about open days at Charles Sturt University

Curtin University (Undergraduate)

On-campus open day was on 24/03/24.

Find out more about open days at Curtin University

Deakin University (Graduate)

On-campus (Geelong Waurn Ponds campus) open day on 18/08/24.

Find out more about open days at Deakin University

Flinders University (Undergraduate)

On-campus (Bedford Park) open days on 09/08/24 – 10/08/24.

Find out more about open days at Flinders University

Griffith University (Undergraduate)

On-campus open day on 11/08/24.

Find out more about open days at Griffith University

James Cook University (Undergraduate)

On-campus open day on 13/07/24 (Townsville) and 27/07/24 (Cairns).

Find out more about open days at James Cook University

Macquarie University (Graduate)

On-campus open day on 10/08/24.

Find out more about open days at Macquarie University

Monash University (Undergraduate)

On-campus (Clayton campus) open day on 04/08/24.

Find out more about open days at Monash University

University of Adelaide (Undergraduate)

On-campus open day on 11/08/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of Adelaide

University of Auckland (Undergraduate)

  • Online Info Evening on 25/06/24.
  • On-campus open day on 24/08/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of Auckland

University of Melbourne (Graduate)

On-campus open day on 18/08/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of Melbourne

University of Newcastle (Undergraduate)

On-campus open days on 17/08/24 and 31/08/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of Newcastle

University of New South Wales (Undergraduate)

On-campus open day on 07/09/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of New South Wales

University of Notre Dame (Graduate)

Find out more about open days at the University of Notre Dame

University of Otago (Undergraduate)

On-campus open days on 26/05/24 and 27/05/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of Otago

University of Queensland (Undergraduate)

On-campus open days on 04/08/24 and 18/08/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of Queensland

University of Sydney (Undergraduate)

On-campus open day on 31/08/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of Sydney

University of Tasmania (Undergraduate)

On-campus (Hobart) open day on 15/09/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of Tasmania

University of the Sunshine Coast (Undergraduate)

On-campus (Sunshine Coast campus) open day on 04/08/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of the Sunshine Coast

University of Western Australia (Undergraduate)

On-campus open day was on 17/03/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of Western Australia

University of Wollongong (Graduate)

On-campus open day on 22/06/24.

Find out more about open days at the University of Wollongong

Western Sydney University (Undergraduate)

On-campus open day on 30/06/24.

Find out more about open days at Western Sydney University

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Keep practising! A month sounds like a long time, but time will quickly vanish. Set SMART  (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) goals such as reaching a certain score by a certain date or time. 

Niche down even further on your weaknesses – by this stage you should just be focusing on what you find hardest. Make sure you factor in breaks and days off into your schedule, as well as any important events which you need to attend.

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The UCAT exam is two hours with no breaks in between, so practise at least two hours each time to build your mental stamina. You should also simulate the exam environment as closely as possible – this means treating every mock test as if it were a real one. 

For instance, you should sit mock exams at the same time of the day as your actual UCAT exam and ensure there are no distractions. By mirroring the test conditions, not only will it prepare you for what to expect on test day, it should also help to decrease any anxiety leading up to the exam. Otherwise, your brain has to process the ‘new’ way of completing the test.

What should I do one week before my UCAT?

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At this point, you'll know the format of the exam inside out and will have practised the questions enough times to get used to UCAT timings. Don’t give up – keep preparing in an environment where you cannot be interrupted.

Remember, a lot of your preparation will have been done in the weeks and months before this final week, so be careful not to overdo it and become too fatigued. Your motivation may drop or you might ‘peak’ before the test. Your body needs rest too. 

Now is a great time to introduce or increase self-care in your regime. Whether it’s watching Netflix, gaming, or just running a bath, it’s important to detach yourself from UCAT revision from time to time to avoid the risk of burnout.

In this week you should also prioritise your nutrition and sleep. Eat well, do not miss meals and keep hydrated. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep in the days before the test by avoiding late night cramming or staying awake into the early hours.

If it puts your mind at rest, you can check last year’s UCAT scores, but remember that this is all about your personal journey and performance, so don't get hung up on that information!

What should I do one day before my UCAT?

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We do not advise doing a mock this close to the exam. Revision won't help you much at this stage and can actually leave you worse off. Instead, use this time to wind down and get yourself into a relaxed state. This will enable you to perform at your best on test day.

Try to get to bed early and avoid things that can affect sleep, such as looking at your phone before bed. If you think that you will struggle to sleep on time, you could try doing some exercise during the day to tire yourself out. 

Exercise can boost your brainpower by oxygenating your brain, helping you learn and aid sleep. Plus, activity makes your body release endorphins, which can reduce anxiety and stress levels.

Make sure you double check your UCAT test centre information, the travel route to the test centre, the time of your UCAT exam, and so on, so you’re well prepared for test day. If someone else is giving you a ride to the test centre, it’s worth reminding them.

What should I do on the day of my UCAT?

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You should start the day off with a nutritious breakfast and give yourself enough time to arrive early to the test centre to avoid feeling flustered, rushed or stressed.

Remember that buses and trains can be late and that traffic may be heavier than you had hoped, so allow extra time whichever way you are travelling. Find out how to choose a UCAT test centre.

Make sure you know how to get to the test centre – for instance you could consider taking a map with you. If you’re using your phone for directions, make sure it’s sufficiently charged and that you have spare data (otherwise you can download the map ahead of time to use offline).

On test day you will be expected to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled test time to complete the check-in process.

You need to bring:

  • Your test confirmation email
  • Photographic ID from the approved list

When you arrive at the test centre, it’s likely that you’ll be experiencing a heightened sense of adrenaline. his is completely normal, but it could be helpful to learn some strategies for adopting a winning mindset on test day to reduce your stress levels, and enable you to perform at your best. For instance, you could focus on your breathing to help you relax.

Don’t forget, during your test there are one minute introductions between each subtest. You can skip these, but we recommend using the time to mentally refresh yourself.

If you’ve stuck to your revision plan, and followed our advice above, the best thing you can do on test day is to try and keep as calm as possible. Take solace in the fact that you have prepared for weeks/months to get to this point, and channel any nervous energy into doing the best you can during your UCAT test. 

What should I eat and drink leading up to the UCAT?

You should think about your diet well ahead of UCAT test day. Focus on foods that release energy slowly (that is, which have a low glycaemic index, or GI) which will stop you from feeling hungry. These are ideal for UCAT preparation, as well as on test day itself.

Try eating protein and low-GI carbohydrates, such as meat or baked beans, brown (whole grain) rice or pasta, or wholegrain breakfast cereals or muesli. However, do not stray far from your usual diet on the day of the test in case you feel sick. You may want to try these foods out at the same time of day a few weeks in advance.

Be wary of energy drinks and coffee. If you’re not used to them then don’t drink them, especially in large quantities. Caffeine can acutely increase anxiety, and the sugar rush of an energy drink is soon followed by insulin slamming on the brakes, leaving you feeling worse than before. These products are no substitute for a good night’s sleep, eating properly and exercising.

No food or drink is allowed in the test room so eat a healthy meal before your UCAT test and ensure you’re hydrated. While you should make sure you’re drinking enough water, do not overdo it, otherwise you might need the toilet while the timer is ticking.

Please note, access arrangements are available if you have a disability, learning difficulty or long-term medical condition. You may be entitled to extra time and/or rest breaks, and allowed certain items, such as water, at your test centre workstation. 

What happens at the UCAT test centre?

  1. At the registration desk, you will be asked to show a valid photographic ID and a printed/electronic copy of your confirmation email from Pearson VUE. 
  2. You will be asked to sign a signature pad and take a photograph.
  3. You will be given a laminated notebook and a black marker pen. You may also request earplugs.
  4. Do not take anything other than your ID into the examination room. A locker or a coat hanger will be available.
  5. Go to the bathroom if you need to.
  6. Once the staff have prepared your exam, you may enter the exam room. You may be asked to undergo a body check (e.g. turning up your pockets and rolling your sleeves).
  7. The staff will guide you to the seat, or you may be able to choose your desk. Take some time to prepare yourself and relax. Your two hours have not yet started.

What is the UCAT test environment like?

This image shows a typical UCAT test environment:

Taking the UCAT at a test centre

There is no audio element to the test, but you can request earplugs to block out any noise that might disrupt your concentration. 

You will have access to a basic onscreen calculator which may be useful for the Quantitative Reasoning and Decision Making sections.

You will be given a laminated notebook and marker pen. Consider using these for:

If you require an additional notebook and pen, you can raise your hand and ask the invigilator. Although the invigilator will check that your pen is working before the test, we advise double-checking this to avoid seeking assistance during the test.

What happens during my UCAT test?

  1. Once you are ready, follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Your exam will be in the following order:
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement
  1. You will have one minute before each section to read the instructions. You can skip it, but this will not give you an extra minute to answer the questions. Use this time to give your mind a quick break.
  2. If you have any issues, such as requiring a toilet break, you can quietly raise your hand. However, your time will continue running.
  3. After your exam, there may be an opportunity to answer a short optional survey on UCAT ANZ preparation and the quality of the venue.
  4. Raise your hand when you've finished and the examiner will guide you out of the exam room. You need to return your laminated board and marker pen.
  5. Collect your belongings and leave the test centre.
  6. Your UCAT ANZ results will be available in your Pearson VUE account within 24 hours. You will receive an email with instructions to access your score report through your account. All results will be delivered to UCAT ANZ Consortium universities automatically.
  7. If you’ve achieved the scores that you desire, well done.
  8. Even if you haven’t achieved the scores you wanted, congratulate yourself for getting through a really tough process. You've done exceptionally well just to get to this point. Plus, you can always take the UCAT again next year or consider graduate entry to medicine – do not give up on your dream!

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