What is UMAT?

UMAT is an aptitude test produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). These guys make the tests independently of the Universities for whom they provide the tests (a bit like how NCEA is made for high schools). Because of this, no one gets much insight into the inner workings of UMAT. No one sees papers from previous years. We cannot tell you how scores are added together, how your final marks are determined, or even whether some questions are more important than others*. There isn't a lot of information out there about the test in general, let alone how it is marked behind closed doors by ACER.

UMAT is designed with what is often called "the professional courses" in mind (here meaning Medicine, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Med Lab Sci, Pharmacy). The questions in UMAT will loosely revolve around assessing your ability in areas which are deemed relevant to these fields of study - especially Medicine. This may help you in understanding why so many seemingly irrelevant questions are being asked.

But don't worry... UMAT needn't be too daunting. We'll break it down for you, and, along with a bit of preparation, hopefully you'll feel like a million bucks going into that exam, ready to smack it for 6.

* However, we can tell you that Otago Medical School weights your scores in the three sections differently when considering your application, so if you're applying then check out our professional course entry advice for Medicine for further details.