What is the UCAT ANZ?
Everything you need to know about the test, explained.
The UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. It now replaces the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admissions Test) for medical school entry in Australia and New Zealand where it is known as the UCAT ANZ. This test is an established and respected clinical admissions test in other parts of the world (primarily the United Kingdom where it was previously known as the UKCAT).
Unlike the 3-hour, paper-based UMAT, the UCAT ANZ is a 2-hour, computer-based test available at various Pearson Vue test centres in Australia and New Zealand between July 1st - 31st (another difference to the UMAT which offered just one July test date). The opening times and availability of UCAT ANZ test centres vary within this period. Visit the UCAT ANZ website to see all test centre locations and their availability.
Which Universities require the UCAT test?
It is worth noting that international students may be exempt from taking UCAT ANZ or may be required to sit a different test, such as the ISAT (International Students Admissions Test). You should refer to the specific university's website to confirm which test is required for international applicants.
|Australia||The University of Adelaide||Medicine, Dental Surgery|
|Australia||Flinders University||Clinical Sciences / Medicine||Australia||Monash University||Medicine|
|Australia||The University of Newcastle/ University of New England||Joint Medical Program|
|Australia||The University of New South Wales||Medicine, Optometry|
|Australia||The University of Queensland||Medicine (provisional entry), Dental (assured entry)|
|Australia||The University of Western Australia||Medicine (assured entry), Dental Medicine (assured entry)|
|Australia||University of Tasmania||Medicine|
|Australia||University of Western Sydney||Medicine|
|New Zealand||University of Auckland||Medicine|
|New Zealand||University of Otago||Medicine|
What is tested on the UCAT Test?
The UCAT ANZ test consists of 5 sections. The time granted to answer the questions in each section is reflected below. The table specifies the additional time granted per section to read instructions.
|Section||Questions||Standard Timing - UCAT ANZ||Extended Timing - UCATSEN ANZ||Scoring|
|Verbal Reasoning||44||21 mins + 1 min instruction time||26:15 mins + 1:15 min instruction time||300-900|
|Decision Making||29||31 mins + 1 min instruction time||38:45 mins + 1:15 min instruction time||300-900|
|Quantitative Reasoning||36||24 mins + 1 min instruction time||30 mins + 1:15 min instruction time||300-900|
|Abstract Reasoning||55||13 mins + 1 min instruction time||16:15 mins + 1:15 min instruction time||300-900|
|Situational Judgement||69||26 mins + 1 min instruction time||32:30 mins + 1:15 min instruction time||This will be considered in a different way to the cognitive subtests|
What is a good score on UCAT ANZ ?
Candidates will receive their result immediately at the end of their exam, with a score between 300-900 for all test sections, except for Situational Judgement which is scored differently. A percentile score is also provided for test-takers of the UCAT ANZ.
On average (based on UKCAT test taker statistics since 2006), the overall mean score is usually around 630 or 640, and an ambitious 90th percentile score usually starts around a mean score of 720.
How will universities use my score?
Universities will use your UCAT ANZ score combined with your high school exam results or ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) and then finally your MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) rating. Different universities will put a different emphasis on certain criteria.
When do I sit the UCAT ANZ?
Below are the key dates for the UCAT ANZ in 2019 ( for 2020 entry to medical school).
- Registration opens: 1st March 2019
- Concession scheme opens: 1st March 2019
- Concession deadline: 10th May 2019 at 5pm AEST
- Access arrangement deadline: 10th May 2019 at 5pm AEST
- Registration closes: 16th May 2019 ay 5pm AEST
- Testing begins: 1st July 2019
- Last test date: 31st July 2019
- Results delivered to universities: Early September 2019
Access our free practice resources* to familiarise yourself with the test. Resources include:
A Kaplan UCAT ANZ free practice testGet Access
*Please note, practice materials will refer to the test name UKCAT, which includes exactly the same content as the UCAT. The UCAT is derived from the UKCAT which has been running as an established clinical aptitude test since 2006.
How much does the UCAT ANZ cost?
- Tests taken in Australia or New Zealand: $298
- Tests taken outside of Australia or New Zealand: $373
Students can refer to the UCAT ANZ Concession Scheme to see their eligibility for a lowered fee. Candidates who take their test outside of Australia will not be eligible.
For further information about the UCAT ANZ test and to register* please visit the UCAT ANZ website.
*We encourage all students to register early for the UCAT ANZ, particularly if you would like your preferred testing date and location. Test centres can fill up quickly, so book early to avoid having to travel to an alternative test centre.
Is the UCAT similar to the UMAT?
Some of the initial UCAT announcements indicated that the UCAT is similar to the UMAT. This is true only in a very limited way. Both tests differ widely in structure, as the UCAT consists of 5 timed sections, and the UMAT consisted of 3 untimed sections testing competency in 3 areas. There are some perceived similarities in the test content of both tests, however, with a deeper understanding and observation, these test questions are not so similar in style. Find out more about the test content differences of both exams.