Which medical programs require UCAT ANZ scores and how important is the UCAT ANZ? Knowledge is power; knowing what your desired and plan B medical school requirements are means you can tactfully tailor your application, be ready for any outcome and get into medical school.
The vast majority of direct entry or provisional entry medical programs in Australia and New Zealand require you to sit the UCAT ANZ.
The table below summarizes which Australian and New Zealand medical schools require you to provide a UCAT ANZ score as part of the admissions process and how the score is used for invitation to the interview and final selection. Please note that some universities offer more than one mode of entry (direct and graduate entry or provisional and graduate entry). In these medical schools, the UCAT ANZ is only required for direct or provisional entries.
* Percentage values are not specified in the bracket when the exact weighting is unknown. For invitation to the interview, it is assumed that academic requirements (pre-requisite subjects and minimum ATAR) have been met.
Other direct entry and provisional entry medical programs are available at Bond University, Griffith University (provisional entry, including entry through the University of the Sunshine Coast BMedSc pathway), James Cook University and University of Sydney. These universities do not require you to provide a UCAT ANZ score as their admissions process.
As you can see, there are broadly three groups of medical schools in Australia and New Zealand:
1. Medical schools that use the UCAT ANZ as part of both interview invitation and final selection.
2. Medical schools that use the UCAT ANZ as part of final selection only.
3. Medical schools that do not require the UCAT ANZ at all.
For now, we strongly advise preparing as much as possible for the UCAT ANZ to maximise your chances for success. The UCAT ANZ can also open up doors for a number of non-medical courses in Australia and New Zealand.
After you sit the UCAT ANZ, you should think more tactically. If your UCAT ANZ score is not so great, look for the medical schools that place less emphasis on the UCAT ANZ or do not require it at all. On the other hand, if you have a high UCAT ANZ score, maximise your chance of success by applying to medical schools that value it highly.
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