About the UMAT
"UMAT is designed to assess general attributes and abilities gained through prior experience and learning; specifically, the acquisition of skills in critical thinking and problem solving, understanding people and abstract non-verbal reasoning. These abilities are considered important to the study, and later practice, of professions in the health sciences.
UMAT is an aptitude test; it is not a personality or IQ test. The test is not curriculum-based and presupposes no particular subjects at secondary level. UMAT does not require any knowledge or skills in mathematics or sciences, or in any other area of the curriculum. It is designed to complement your academic results, not to replicate them."
The UMAT's structure
In 2013 the UMATs 3 sections: Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving (48 Questions in 70 minutes), Understanding People (44 Questions in 55 minutes) and Non-verbal reasoning (42 Questions in 55 minutes) were fused together into a 3 hour long test consisting of 134 questions, with a 10 minute reading period to begin with.
UMAT non-verbal reasoning
"Questions in this section may be of several kinds. All are based on patterns or sequences of shapes and are designed to assess your ability to reason in the abstract and solve problems in non-verbal contexts." The three kinds are: 'continue the series', 'complete the diagram' and 'fits the middle'
What University Courses require UMAT?
Together with your high school scores and interview performance there are many Universities around Australia, New Zealand and Samoa that require UMAT for entry into their various medical degrees:
- The University of Adelaide Medicine Dentistry & Oral Health Admissions
- University of Auckland Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- Bond University Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Clinical Sciences
- Flinders University Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Medicine
- La Trobe University Dentistry (non year 12 applicants)
- La Trobe University Oral Health (non year 12 applicants)
- Monash University Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- Monash University Bachelor of Physiotherapy
- Newcastle/New England Joint Medical Program (JMP) Bachelor of Medicine
- University New South Wales Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- University New South Wales Bachelor of Optometry, Bachelor of Science
- Oceania University of Medicine Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- University of Otago Health Sciences Professional Admissions
- The University of Queensland Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- The University of Queensland Bachelor of Dental Science
- University of Tasmania Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- University Western Sydney Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- University of Western Australia Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
- University of Western Australia Bachelor of Medicine, Surgery and Arts
- University of Western Australia Bachelor of Dental Science
UMAT info booklet
Make sure you read the UMAT info booklet.
Register for UMAT
Don't forget to Register to sit UMAT by the 7th of June 2013!
UMAT results are released around the 21st of September each year; if you're still waiting for yours, check your emails or visit the ACER UMAT results page.
Visit the UMAT ACER site
More information available on the ACER UMAT site.
Try some questions:
See what you're like at UMAT non-verbal reasoning questions by having a go at the 30 question UMAT quiz.
If you need some UMAT tutorials read through the info on the tutorials page. The tutorials are one on one, and cover what you need to know, worked out by an initial conversation or as we go along.