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National Institute of Education (NIE)

UCAT Preparation Australia

Medical Interview Preparation

NIE is Australia’s oldest and most reputable training organisation in our industry. With a proud history rooted in academia and quality education, NIE was founded in 1999, twenty years ago, with one goal in mind: to provide excellent assistance to medical applicants, medical students, medical specialists, and medical organisations, in partnership with career advisory and education networks throughout Australia and New Zealand.

We invest in our clients and their families, because our clients are the future of healthcare in our country. We also provide experienced support for doctors in medical specialist fields who may require medical interviews, psychometric testing, or high quality university or workplace applications, to help them attain the medical role they aspire to. With consistency in our quality services across the medical education training industry, we arrive at work every day dedicated to empowering the next generation of doctors.

We hold ourselves to the highest levels of accountability, and work hard to maintain our place as Australia’s Number 1 provider of medical interview training resources, courses, coaching and information. Our tried and tested principles include consistency, authenticity, transparency and student empowerment, with our training and teaching techniques incorporating the latest research in neuroscience, emotional intelligence, memory retention, educational design, public speaking, self development and psychometrics.

Our personalised and family-centred service has enabled us to help more aspiring medical applicants achieve entry to medical school than any of our competitors.

“NIE is an Australian institution in medical entry admissions. They helped my father gain entry to a medical program 18 years ago; they helped me do the same last year; and now they are preparing my little sister for a future in medicine as she finishes up Year 11. We feel like they are part of our family, and they support us every step of the way to reaching our dreams.”
~ Edward Tan

School Careers Advisors refer to NIE as ‘turnkey medical education training providers’ – because we look at the big picture for you and your family, and we guide you through the confusing waters of medical entry right from initial concept, through work experience and UCAT, and beyond university applications, medical interviews and psychometric testing. Our specialists travel throughout Australia, presenting at high schools on behalf of career advisory services, encouraging students to prepare for medical entry the correct way, rather than leaving their admission up to chance.

Our most meaningful moments are in following the accomplishments of our students as they progress from high school to medical school and beyond, and when clients of ours return to us as fully qualified medical practitioners, ready for guidance into their medical specialty, our whole team of experts is behind them, supporting them and cheering them on.

The first question we ask any family that engages us is the same: Are you ready to achieve your dreams of a career in medicine? And do you have what it takes?

NIE Specialist Services

National Institute of Education is renowned for our following services:

  • One-on-One Medical Interview coaching (online and in person)
  • National medical entry workshops
  • Simulated UCAT Days (SUDs)
  • Simulated MMIs (in coaching and workshops)
  • Interviews Skills Advanced Studios – immersive training experiences
  • Medical entry ‘Confidence Webinars’ – psychological help for addressing self doubt
  • UCAT resources
  • KAPLAN training
  • Psychometric Test preparation
  • GAMSAT resources
  • GAMSAT interview and preparation assistance
  • Medical program application preparation assistance
  • Parent information sessions – Support for getting your child into Medicine
  • High school information evenings – Medical Careers Advice
  • Industry Talks and Round Tables – Medical Admissions

Being established in the industry as Australia’s oldest and most trusted provider, our valued families return to NIE again and again as parents progress through the professional echelons of medicine, and children and siblings then rise to the same challenge. We believe in supporting whole families, and we do what it takes to ensure that our applicants, where possible, gain offers from multiple university medical and dental programs.

As written about us in My Health Career, National Institute of Education’s “–sound educational ethos of specific distance education supported with ongoing teacher access and finalised with the excellent NIE face-to-face workshop and tuition, has been proven year after year as a well-structured, clear, concise, practical and effective preparation tool.”

We speak throughout Australia at career development events and have ongoing relationships with some of Australia’s best schools and educational institutions to train their emerging talents for medical entry. Please do not hesitate to call our NIE Medical Career School Advisory Service if you would be interested in applying to have our doctors and medical entry specialists come to speak at your school.

Still Australia’s Number 1 Medical Education Training Provider

NIE gets more students into medicine than any other provider, and we have experienced consistency in our success rates for twenty years, despite the many changes to the medical admissions industry. Our students’ entry results, UCAT results, and the success of our NIE referral system speaks for itself. Families dedicated to successful medical entry engage NIE to help them navigate the ever-changing environment of medical admissions.

NIE is internationally recognised, safety accredited, and is a member of Australia’s peak national body representing tutoring organisations and educational tutors nationally, the Australian Tutoring Association (ATA). As members of ATA, we endeavour to work alongside lobby groups and raise the standards of tutoring in Australia using industry research, tutoring trends, best practices and the highest quality resources. ATA also contributed to the development of the Child Safe Standards in relation to the legislation that took effect 1st January 2017, and all our trainers hold WWCC cards, having completed Working With Children Checks and police clearance.

Our gold standard is emphasised in NIE’s position as official Kaplan Certified Education Providers, gaining recognition in 2019 as official partners of KAPLAN Global, worldwide leaders in UCAT preparation.

After twenty years of excellence, we have attracted to our NIE team industry specialists in Medicine, Health, Advanced Science, Education and Teaching, Psychology, Adolescent Development, Test Performance, and Gifted and Talented Education. Our staff are dedicated to the NIE ethics of diversity, accessibility, excellence, transparency and care – and we collaborate openly with our NIE families to share best practice across all aspects of our business, because your success is our success.

NIE’s one-on-one Interview Training Sessions are the only Medical Interview Coaching program in Australia that gives aspiring medical students up close access to their own educational or psychological consultant specialising in medical program admissions, who creates a tailored and personalised coaching program based on each applicant’s own aptitude, experiences, key strengths and universities of interest. We know that success begins in the mind, and many of our students gain lifelong awareness of their own capabilities during personalised training sessions.

We invest in the latest technologies to enable high quality training online from any place in the world, making you feel like you are in the same room with leaders in the medical program entry field. With advanced speaking, strategic, psychological and memory-retention skills that we humbly share with our students, we give you the option to gain excellence in medical interviews from the comfort of your own home over the internet, in our NIE offices, or in an immersive, group environment. We work in partnership with our NIE families to do whatever works best for you.

NIE are committed to excellence – to our clients, to our NIE families of clients, to our partner organisations such as KAPLAN, and to the future of the Australian and New Zealand medical industry. We hope you join us on the journey into the future of quality healthcare.

Psychometric and Interview Training for Medical Specialists

Australian medical specialists who are progressing to the next level of their education of career may wish to enquire about our psychometric and interview training packages for aspiring medical specialists.

As many medical entry interviews now ask high school leavers and undergraduate medical school applicants about their aspirations for speciality medicine, this list can also serve as a great reference for our younger clients to choose from, should they wish to focus any parts of their medical interview training on the specialty of their choice.

  • Anaesthetist – administers anaesthesia and monitors patients during surgery, and treats chronic pain syndromes
  • Cardiologist– treats heart conditions
  • Dermatologist – treats skin conditions, including some skin cancers
  • Endocrinologist– treats conditions of the endocrine system, which is a group of organs in the body that make hormones
  • Gastroenterologist– treats digestive disorders
  • GP – general practitioner
  • Gynaecologist– treats conditions of the female reproductive system and genital tract
  • Haematologist– treats conditions of the blood and blood-forming tissues
  • Neurologist– treats conditions of the nervous system
  • Neurosurgeon – performs surgery on the brain and nervous system
  • Obstetrician– treats women during pregnancy and childbirth
  • Oncologist– treats cancer and other tumours
  • Ophthalmologist– treats eye injuries and conditions
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgeon– surgically treats conditions, injuries and birth defects of the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth and jaws
  • Orthopaedic surgeon– treats injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system
  • Otolaryngologist– treats conditions of the ear, nose, throat and neck
  • Paediatrician– treats infants, toddlers, children and teenagers
  • Plastic surgeon– restores, reconstructs, corrects or changes the shape and appearance of facial and body features
  • Psychiatrist– treats people with mental and emotional health issues
  • Radiologist- uses medical imaging technologies to diagnose and treat injury and disease
  • Respiratory physician– treats conditions and diseases of the lungs
  • Rheumatologist– treats rheumatic conditions characterised by inflammation, muscles soreness or joint pain
  • Urologist – diagnoses and treats the urinary tract and the male reproductive system.

If you are interested in a specialty that is not on this list, please mention it to our friendly staff when you book your medical interview training session on 1300 974 187.


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,

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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


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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


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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


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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


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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.


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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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