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About UMAT

What is UMAT?

UMAT is an Undergraduate Medicine and Health Science Admission Test. This test is compulsory, because admission to majority of the universities which offer medicine or dentistry at undergraduate level in Australia and New Zealand requires students to submit their UMAT score as part of their application process.  Apart from UMAT score students will also need their Year 12 (or Year 13 in New Zealand) academic results. If student's UMAT and academic results meet the eligibility criteria, then applicant will be offered medical interview, which is the final step of the selection criteria into medicine or dentistry. 

When do you sit the UMAT?

The very first time you are eligible to sit the UMAT is during your final year of school. UMAT is held in July, this means you will sit the exam mid-way through Year 12 (or Year 13 in New Zealand). However, you can sit UMAT after completing your schooling as well. Regardless, whether you are repeating the UMAT, or decided that you wish to apply for undergraduate medicine or density at a later date. This also means that students who already finished school, and maybe even completed a different undergraduate degree, are still eligible to sit the UMAT. However, such postgraduate students should also consider sitting the Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT).

UMAT Structure and Content

Many students underestimate the UMAT and consider that it is just another academic assessment along  the way to achieving their dream career in health sector. UMAT is not your typical high school or university exam. Research has shown that academic excellence does not necessarily equate to an outstanding UMAT result. 

During the UMAT, students will undergo a highly controlled and specific 3 hour assessment made up of 134 Multiple Choice Questions and three specific constructs that assess a range of non-knowledge based skills and personal qualities.

UMAT Construct 1 ‘Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving’ questions covers a broad spectrum of logical and verbal reasoning, including understanding, critical thinking, thought content and organisation of thoughts.  There are also a number of analytical reasoning type questions in this construct. Questions are in the  written form but some questions may contain additional visual cues, e.g. a graph, table or figure.

Attempt sample UMAT construct 1 questions to gain a better understanding of this section entails. 

UMAT Construct 2 ‘Understanding People’ questions made up of short conversational and situational scenarios between  a range of characters. You will be asked to choose, from the four options provided, the one statement or word that best describes the feelings or actions of a character from the scenario. Some questions might be visual/picture format. This construct requires  an intuitive understanding of the differences between emotions and feelings, the depths to how they can  be depicted within the written form and an excellent understanding of the differences and definitions of  key emotional words.

Attempt sample UMAT construct 2 questions.

UMAT Construct 3 the ‘Non-verbal Reasoning’ questions simply ask you to complete a sequence of patterns or a diagram with the most logical option from the five choices offered. The type and style of these questions is virtually unlimited. Some questions though will also ask that you place a set of patterns firstly into their most logical order before selecting the required answer. This construct is divided into three styles of questions, known as, Next in Series, Missing Segment, and Middle of the Sequence. 

Attempt sample UMAT construct 3 questions.

UMAT is Administer by ACER

UMAT is conducted by an organisation known as ACER,   Australian Council for Education Research.  There is only one way to register for the UMAT, which is via the ACER website. You will need to read UMAT Information Booklet before registering for the exam. This guide usually published during early December. 

 

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Hi NIE,

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

Anna

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.

Jonathan

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

Srikanthi

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

Andrew

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

Christopher

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

Michelle

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

Edith

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

Katherine

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

Nipuni

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

Nadine

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

Miri

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

Samuel

Simon,

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

Lucas

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.

Amaryah

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

Grace

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

Allegra

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

Simon,

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

Stephanie

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

John

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

Tom

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

Adam

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

Claire

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

Ramanan

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.

Pamela

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

Travina

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

Ed

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

Barbara

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

V

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

Kevin

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

Josephine

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

Amuthan

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

James

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

Dilan

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

David

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

Anjie

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

Si

Hi,

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,

Simone

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,

Anosh

Hi,

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

Sath

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

Sachin

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

Lily

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

Hazel

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

Prerna

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

Sandra

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.

Jaimi

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

Hello,

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.

Regards,

Alexander

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