UMAT Is Now UCAT ANZ. But Why?



For 20 years the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) selected the best students for medicine and dentistry courses across Australia and New Zealand. The group, UMAT consortium, decided the UCAT would be a more suitable component for assessing candidates for entry into medicine.

On behalf of The UMAT consortium, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) was contracted to develop, administer and facilitate the UMAT. ACER is a non-profit organisation, which administers many other aptitude and international tests, including the Graduate Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT). 

In 2018, it was decided by the UMAT consortium to use the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) instead of the UMAT. Both tests are aptitude tests, as the UMAT was a test of higher-level cognitive ability, but the UCAT ANZ is more of a test of speed thinking which nowadays is an imperative skill to effectively cope with a heavy workload and an ever-growing population.

Moving from the UMAT which was a paper-based test delivered on a single day to the UCAT ANZ which is computerised test offered over various dates, the Consortium of Universities claims this will provide students with greater flexibility.  

One of the main advantages of UCAT ANZ to universities is it includes the Situational Judgement Test (SJT), which is basically a computerised form of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI). By including the SJT, universities minimise the number of students interviewed therefore able to reduce costs. While the costs of UCAT ANZ are borne by you, the costs of MMI are borne by the universities which cost universities about $3000 per selected candidate.

Whether your opinion is good or bad on the change from UMAT to UCAT ANZ it is a better test to assess candidates for entry into medicine and you will need to enter and pass the UCAT ANZ in order to successfully gain entry into medical school in 2021.

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