Admission Tests For Direct Entry To Medical Schools: UCAT ANZ or ISAT

Last updated: 10/10/2023

UCAT ANZ (University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand)

The UCAT ANZ is a computer-based examination that takes 2 hours to sit. It tests aptitude rather than academic ability, and questions examine your cognitive abilities, attitudes and behaviour. Maths and literacy play important parts in the test, but school curriculum or science content are not examined.

UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) logo

Currently, the following healthcare professional courses in Australia and New Zealand require UCAT ANZ as part of their selection (medical courses in bold text):

  • Charles Sturt University: Medicine, Dental Science
  • Curtin University: Medicine
  • Flinders University: Clinical Sciences/Medicine
  • Griffith University: Dental Science
  • La Trobe University: Dental Science
  • Monash University: Medicine (direct entry)
  • University of Adelaide: Medicine, Dental Surgery, Oral Health
  • University of Newcastle/University of New England: Joint Medical Program
  • University of New South Wales: Medicine
  • University of Notre Dame: Medicine Pathway (Sydney Campus)
  • University of Queensland: Medicine (provisional entry), Dental Science
  • University of Southern Queensland: Medicine Pathway (to UQ MD)
  • University of Tasmania: Medicine
  • University of Western Australia: Medicine (assured entry), Dental Medicine (assured entry)
  • Western Sydney University: Medicine
  • University of Auckland: Medicine
  • University of Otago: Medicine, Dentistry

The UCAT ANZ consists of five sections, each with a different number of questions, question style and marking system. These are: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement.

We’ve updated all of our mocks and mini-mocks to reflect the latest UCAT ANZ changes.


Time (+1 minute for instructions)

Number of questions

Verbal Reasoning

21 minutes

44 questions

Decision Making

31 minutes

29 questions

Quantitative Reasoning

25 minutes

36 questions

Abstract Reasoning

12 minutes

50 questions

Situational Judgement

26 minutes

69 questions

Each of the first four sections aims to test a different component of cognition.

For example, Verbal Reasoning tests your ability to quickly process information by answering comprehension questions based on short passages. Decision Making requires you to apply logic to specific situations to reach a decision or conclusion. In a similar fashion, Quantitative Reasoning aims to test your mathematical abilities, whereas Abstract Reasoning tests your ability to recognise patterns and abstract logic.

The Situational Judgement Test section assesses your judgement of medically relevant situations.

Although the UCAT ANZ is an 'aptitude' test, you can significantly improve your UCAT ANZ score with the right preparation and commitment.

Medify’s UCAT ANZ Online Course has been trusted and recommended by thousands of successful medical school applicants across the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

Here are some helpful UCAT ANZ resources:

ISAT (International Students Admissions Test)

The ISAT (International Students Admissions Test) is a test for international students, developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).

The ISAT is required by some direct entry medical schools in Australia and may be required for entry to other health-related undergraduate programmes. It is a 3-hour computer-based test, consisting of 100 multiple choice questions spread out across two sections (Critical Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning).

Section scores are provided on a scale of 100-200, and the overall score is derived by averaging these scores. You receive a percentile rank too.

ISAT (International Student Admissions Test) logo

The ISAT results are released within a week of the test and are valid for two years, meaning that if you sat the exam in 2022, you can use this to apply for courses starting in 2023 or 2024. 

It costs AUD$413 to sit the ISAT, and the testing dates in 2024 run between January and November, split into four cycles. It should be noted that you must have at least 12 months between multiple sittings of ISAT.

While Medify does not currently provide ISAT courses or mock exams, students may wish to check out the official ACER website for more details about the exam.

Are you interested in attending a medical school in the UK instead of Australia or New Zealand? Check out Medify’s UK Medical School Admissions Guide.

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