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.

Country University Programme
Australia The University of Adelaide Medicine, Dental Surgery
Australia Curtin University Medicine
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.

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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. Find out more about the importance of interviews by reading our full blog here.

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: 2nd March 2020
  • Concession scheme opens: 1st March 2020
  • Concession & access arrangement deadline : 4th May 2020 at 5pm AEST
  • Registration closes: 11th May 2020 at 5pm AEST
  • Final reg window: Friday 22 May - Monday 1 June 2020, 11:59pm AEST
  • Testing begins: 1st July 2020
  • Last test date:  31st July 2020
  • Results delivered to universities:  Early September 2020

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*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: $299
  • Tests taken outside of Australia or New Zealand: $374

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.

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