Medicine may now be firmly in your sights, and to gain entry you need to pass the UMAT. What is the UMAT? What are the sections? How will I know if I need prep or tutoring? These may be some of the questions going through your minds.
ACER, the people who administer the UMAT have four preparation materials available online: three full-length tests, Practice Test 1, 2 and 3, as well as a new publication, Additional Practice Questions which is a collection of 61 questions. Answers are given for all questions, but worked answers are only included for Practice Test 1 and Practice Test 3.
ACER Practice Test 1 is included with UMAT registration and includes ‘worked answers’. This will be made available early April so the best place to begin and get some perspective on your current UMAT skills would be with ACER practice test 3 which also has answers and explanations included with the test.
The UMATs structure
UMAT is a 3 hour test with 134 questions consisting of types: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People, Non-verbal Reasoning.
Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving Materials are drawn from a wide variety of general sources and are based on a brief text or piece of information presented graphically. Questions assess your ability to comprehend, draw logical conclusions, reach solutions by identifying relevant facts, evaluate information, pinpoint additional or missing information, and generate and test plausible hypotheses.
Understanding People This construct assesses the ability to understand and think about people. Questions are based on a scenario, dialogue or other text representing specific interpersonal situations. Most passages will have several questions. The questions assess your ability to identify, understand, and, where necessary, infer the thoughts, feelings, behaviour and/or intentions of the people represented in the situations.
Non-verbal Reasoning Questions 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 2017 UMAT will be held on July the 26th
UMAT information booklet
Make sure you read the 2017 UMAT information booklet.
Register for UMAT
Don’t forget to register to sit the UMAT by the 2nd of June 2017!
UMAT costs $250 to sit, $150 if you have a valid concession card. To sit UMAT outside Australia or New Zealand, an additional overseas testing levy of $185 applies. If you decide you want to do undergraduate medicine and have to sit UMAT, dont forget to register!
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.