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UCAT Preparation Australia - The National Institute of Education (NIE)

Excellence in UCAT (previously UMAT) Education and Medical Interviews training since 1999

Internationally recognised; Safety Accredited; Client Focused; Results Oriented

A Proud History Rooted in Academia and Quality of Education

National Institute of Education (NIE) was founded in 1999 on solid principles of consistency, authenticity, transparency and student empowerment. NIE is a member of the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA), and we pride ourselves on meeting all recommendations by the Department of Fair Trading for families looking for a legitimate tuition organisation to guide you on your most important journey to excellence. 

NIE is the leading provider of UCAT (previously UMAT) and Medical Interview preparation courses in Australia and New Zealand. In partnership with KAPLAN Global, leaders in UCAT preparation, and becoming an official Kaplan Certified Education Provider has once again put NIE at the forefront of the medical admission tests preparation in Australia and New Zealand. Our approach – and our high numbers of students qualifying into medical careers across the country – make us substantially different from any other types of similarly-advertised course in the supplementary education industry.

You have most likely been guided to our services from the Career Adviser at your school, so please call us directly to have any further questions about the UCAT, interviews, career in health and your exam preparation options answered.

You may also want to read further information about NIE published on My Health Career.

Prepare with UCAT Training Specialists & Education Professionals

NIE specialists are trained in areas of Medicine, Advanced Science, Education and Teaching, Psychology, Adolescent Development and Test Performance. As of 2019, all NIE teachers are also undergoing the Kaplan training and certification process under the Kaplan Certified Education Provider guidelines and programs. 

Our teachers are experienced and committed to the standards of excellence in education and teaching. NIE is supported by expert staff and advisors including teachers accredited by the Department of Education and Training, a range of Health Care Professionals, University Academics, and Practicing Clinicians. NIE's teachers are all mature-age academics and holders of WWCC card (Working With Children Check). NIE has also been endorsed by Accredited Tutor, contributors to the development of the Child Safe Standards in relation to the new child safe standards legislation that took effect 1st January 2017.


When UMAT was around...

Why did people refer to NIE as the First, Original, Authentic, and the Best UMAT Preparation Course Provider?

Nineteen years ago, before UMAT Preparation Courses became a lucrative online industry in Supplementary Education, where unscrupulous online sellers upload and sell the same electronic practice materials to aspiring medical students year-after-year, there was a different way to approach qualitative preparation for UMAT, the competitive Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test.

NIE’s Founder, Simon Christie, worked within health science areas in various Australian Universities, and after decades in academia, he found himself continually dismayed at the poor quality and misleading nature of the university preparation courses available to forward-thinking students. Apart from measuring psychological constructs, the UMAT also measures a prospective student’s ability to: perform under pressure in a familiar environment; task switch between alternating constructs (since 2012); manage their exam time; judge which questions require superficial or deeper cognition; communicate choices via analogy; recognise when to avoid or apply intuition/empathy/bias; and much more.

NIE, as Australia’s and New Zealand's longest running UMAT preparation course provider, recognised early on that a purely commercially-based paradigm would not be appropriate to this type of test preparation. As an organisation genuinely committed to seeing the best and brightest minds attain coveted medical places across all universities, coaching services must be formulated and implemented in a precise and consistent way which not only leverages those set to excel, but also polishes the ‘rough diamonds’ who simply need a science-based and psychologically-sound approach to unlocking their own UMAT potential. 

Serious scholarship and preparation can and should be applied in executing a successful UMAT result. An earnest approach towards preparation during Year 10, 11 and 12 will help students develop the knowledge, skills and strategies to gain entry to the medical field. Although most students never reach the end of UMAT in the time allowed, a student who correctly enacts NIE’s exam performance strategies has a higher chance of completing more answers and completing them correctly. Every moment is precious. Students who commit to NIE’s UMAT Preparation Program have a crucial cognitive advantage over others in time and accuracy.

How is NIE Notably Different from other Competitors?

  • Whereas other providers will not face the cost of employing specialists (in education, medicine, psychology, testing, and other areas), nor the costs of regular test development, printing of hardcopy books, worldwide postage, and individually tailored services – NIE is committed to bearing these costs yet still manages to offer some of the most affordable UCAT training programs on the market.
  • Unlike unscrupulous providers, who gather new student sign-ups by ‘ghosting’ in UMAT and UCAT forums, we depend on industry leaders, Career Advisors, health organisations and past students to spread the word about us.
  • We recognise that acquiring skills to enter medicine or dentistry does not start and end with sitting the UCAT – and we enter continuity of services to help students excel in early high school, and in GAMSAT, and Medical Interview Preparation.


I obtained scores of 98% (70 raw), 96% (63 raw), 96% (65 raw). My overall percentile was 99%. Thank you very much for all your support throughout my UMAT preparation.

My parents are... Read More


Just thought I'd let you know how I went in UMAT. I got in the 97th percentile which I'm really happy with!! I just want to say thanks for the course and the materials, they were very useful.


Hi Simon,

Kasun got very good results for his UMAT. He got 99th , 87th and 88th percentiles respectively for the three sections. His overall percentile is 97th.

These results will lead him... Read More


Hi, I scored 100 in section 1, and 96 in section 3, I'm absolutely stoked with these marks and couldn't have done it without NIE.

Still can't believe that 1st section mark, and that third section... Read More


My percentiles were 100, 67, and 89 and I got an interview for NSW. There is no way I could have done it without your NIE program. Out of curiosity, what sort of UMAT results are needed to get an... Read More


Thank you so much for your help with the UMAT preparation. I have got my results back and have done quite well, my percentiles were:

Section 1 …98 Section 2 …98 Section 3 …79.

I am very... Read More


Hi Simon,

I'm not sure whether you even remember me or not, but I did the UMAT last year and was trying to get into medicine. i know this comes really late, but well, i ended up getting in at... Read More


I thought the program was definitely helpful, although I still don't think I went too well on the UMAT. I know it would have been a lot worse had I not done the course. i probably needed to spend... Read More


Hi Simon and Miranda!!

just wanted to say the BIGGEST thankyou for all your help with the interview prep. One thing that i certainly did find at the Adelaide interview was that they really made... Read More


Hey Simon,

its Nadine here, and I have just got my umat results back. but due to living in china (and the loss of contact with actual, sane reality that inevitably follows that, lol) i dont know... Read More


Hi, my name is Miri.

You probably don’t remember me, but I was the girl at the Adelaide UMAT prep course this year 'who just couldn’t see the shapes in the puzzles' and insisted it was... Read More


Dear Simon and Miranda Christie,

My Name is Samuel Hall and I undertook the NIE UMAT Preparation Course and Mock Interview Course in 2005.

I am pleased to let you know that the wonderful advice... Read More



Your program was excellent for preparation for the UMAT, and many thanks to you and NIE. The interview booklet has also been of great help in preparation for next week's UNSW... Read More


I now have my UMAT scores, and here they are: Raw: 1: 88 2: 84 3: 67 Percentiles: 1: 100 2: 100 3: 96

So that's really good, and I want to thank you again for your course.


Dear Simon, Miranda & Daniella,

On Friday I received my UMAT results and was very happy with them. I scored well in all sections, getting on the 100th percentile in the first section, which I... Read More


Thanks NIE!

I got an interview at my first choice New South Wales! I’m delighted! Without your help I'm certain that i wouldn’t have done half as good! Although i haven't got my UMAT results... Read More


Hi Simon and Miranda,

Our children just received their UMAT results half an hour ago. They have both done quite well and we thank you for all your assistance.

Scores were 94, 67 and 96 and 99,... Read More

Beow Leng


My umat results were 56, 56, 54; with percentile of 76, 76, 74.

A bit disappointing, but when doors close others always open. Either way I wouldn’t have scored anywhere near that... Read More


Hi Simon,

Good news at my end in London:

Section 1: 59% Section 2: 98% Section 3: 96%

I'm hopeful that this might be enough to sneak in for an interview. Will let you know if I get an... Read More


Hey Simon,

Just letting you know, my percentiles were 91, 95, 65.

Thankyou very much for your assistance in the course, without the assistance in (especially in section three) I think I may... Read More


Thanks NIE, my scores did earn me an interview at UNSW.

I'm really happy with the overall quality of the preparation materials.

Without NIE I may not even earn a place for interview at... Read More


Hi, my results were (percentiles) 94, 100, 99. My raw scores were 65, 84 and 76.

It's hard exactly to say how much doing the course helped me actually get better marks but the big thing was the... Read More


Hey guys!

Just thought I should let you know that I got into Medicine at Monash (My first preference). I would just like to say thanks for the UMAT and interview help you guys gave. By the way, I... Read More


Thanks for your email, just to let you know I did make it into medicine at Hobart, which is what I wanted. Maybe my efforts weren’t that bad after all.

Thanks again.


Dear Simon,

I was one of the many students that participated in your workshop last year, and I have to say it was a great help. The UMAT workbooks and information you provided were more than... Read More


I have recently signed up for your UMAT preparation course in June, and have been working through the material you have sent over - it is such a massive help for me. I've been working through the... Read More


Hello to the (really nice) people at NIE UMAT preparation...This is Barbara, I don't know if you remember me, but I undertook your course on preparation for the UMAT exam, as well as the mock... Read More


Dear Simon/Miranda

How are you guys going?

It's V here, I'm not sure if you remember me but I attended a couple of your workshops.

Just letting you know that I did end up making Med at UNSW... Read More


Hi Simon & Miranda,

I have received all the study material and books through mail today, thanks very much. Sunday's workshop was very impressive and very helpful. I would never regret... Read More


I would like to thank you guys once again for your valuable coaching. I would recommend to all future students sitting the UMAT! Thanks,


Hi, it’s Amuthan here, you did interview training with me for the JCU interview. I thought I should let u know, that I got a first round CSP offer into Griffith dentistry and I just got offered a... Read More


Thanks to your course I was able to place in the 100 percentile for this year’s UMAT.

My raw scores were 74, 61, 82 which was roughly 100, 90, 100 in percentile terms. The NIE books were... Read More


I did the NIE course for two years.

I struggled at the start with the easiest questions in the book. I thought I could not improve my performance in the UMAT and I was never going to become a... Read More


Dear Miranda and Simon,

I am writing to thank you for helping me with my interview for Physiotherapy at Monash University. I received and have enrolled into the course. I will influence anyone I... Read More


Hi, this is Annjaleen. I just wanted to say a very very big thank you for your help and advice about all things interview and to let you know that I got a accepted to Adelaide and Monash. I was a bit... Read More


Dear Simon,

I am sure you could remember me. I came for interview practice to attend an interview in the UK, Hull York Medical School(HYMS). I am very pleased to say that I have been given an... Read More



Thank you for a very informative and interesting workshop! May I please have a copy of the answers (and explanations) to the UMAT Trial Test completed today?

Thanks again,


Thank you for a very informative and interesting workshop! May I please have a copy of the answers (and explanations) to the UMAT Trial Test completed today?

Thanks again,



My name is Sathyan and I am one of the students who attended the wokshop on July 5. Unfortunately I had to leave early and was unable to view the solutions to the practice test. I was... Read More


Dear Miranda,

Normally i have been getting 30's in the online course for section 2. However, after i did the NIE test at the workshop, i only got 18, which was of great concern to me. So i decided... Read More


Hey Simon, Miranda & Daisy.

I just wanted to say thank you heaps for the great UMAT practice day on Saturday and the brilliantly written course books & questions, they helped immensely and I'll... Read More


Hi Simon,

Thank you so much for the reassurance. The test actually went well, I know that the NIE preparation helped me enormously and really matched well with the exam question types. I... Read More


Hey Simon/Miranda :)

UMAT IS OVER WOOHOO!!!!!!!! I can finally have my life back now! Well at least one half, VCE owns the other half. I found it was a pretty okay exam - section 1 was much much... Read More


I'd like to tell you that my daughter *ML, *ML's sister, went to your course in 2003 and achieved excellent results and received medicine course offers from Adelaide Uni, Melbourne Uni, Tasmania Uni... Read More


I recently attended the UMAT workshop and it provided me with such an insight into the exam. I was quite unprepared and being there made me realise that I do need to boost my preparation, thank you.


I have done the interview training (personal one) with tutor and was great and awesome. I strongly recommend you guys to do it with NIE tutor as we can get very important information and training to... Read More

Paul Lee


I attended the UMAT lecture in Brisbane on Sunday and I feel like I gained a lot of benefit from the workshop and would like to thank all the teachers for their help.



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