UMAT Is Now UCAT ANZ. But Why?

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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), a non-profit organisation, was contracted to develop, administer and facilitate the UMAT.

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; the UMAT was a test of cognitive ability, but the UCAT ANZ is a test of speed which now is an imperative skill to effectively cope with a heavy workload and an ever-growing population.

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

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A benefit of the UCAT ANZ to universities is the Situational Judgement Test (SJT), because it simulates the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) but in a computerised format which makes it cheaper, easier and quicker. This inclusion of the SJT, is cost effective for universities as it reduces the number of applicants to interview. While the costs of UCAT ANZ are your responsibility, the costs of MMI are paid by the universities. It is believed each university spends about $3,000 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.

The UCAT ANZ and the UCAT UK are identical and the only difference is the country they are taken in. Therefore, when purchasing our UCAT ANZ online course you will be taken to our UCAT UK site to complete your purchase.

There is no need for concern when you’re sent to our UK site to purchase your UCAT ANZ online course, just check your email for your confirmation of purchase and start your UCAT ANZ revision journey with us.

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Do you need help with preparing for the UCAT ANZ? Please don’t worry, head over to our Online UCAT ANZ Course and we’ll get you signed up to guide you through this whole process.

We provide you with extensive video tutorials, a huge bank of 20,000+ questions, 21 unique full mock exams, 40+ mini-mock exams and question walkthroughs, as well as performance feedback.

We’ve been lending a successful helping hand since 2009. Medify is here to support you, just reach out to us.

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