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What is UCAT?

UCAT, also known as UCAT ANZ is a compulsory test for our Australian and New Zealand Consortium universities.  You are required to sit the test by 31 July 2019 if you are thinking to apply for entry in 2020 to a relevant course or programme listed below.  UCAT results are valid for one year only.  For example, results from UCAT ANZ 2019 can only be used to apply for courses commencing in 2020.


Below is information about the UMAT, a test which was used as a selection tool into medical degrees in Australia and New Zelaand. UMAT has been replaced by UCAT for entry into medical courses in 2019. 

UMAT is the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Science Admission Test. The test which has been designed to assess a range of non-academic personal qualities, which are considered important for the study, and practice of medicine, dentistry and other health professions. The tests are developed each year to rigorous professional and technical standards by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER - an independent national research and development organisation) on behalf of a group of universities (the UMAT Consortium) formed for the purpose of collaborating on selection testing of applicants for bachelor degrees in medicine, dentistry and health sciences. ACER is responsible for the administration of UMAT on behalf of the UMAT Consortium. Please note, ACER is the only website where you can register for UMAT. 

The UMAT is forever changing as are the ways in which it is used. The number of courses it relates to also slightly changes each year.

If you are considering university applications or entrance for Medicine, Dentistry, or Optometry at either Australian or New Zealand Universities then in most cases the UMAT must be considered as an integral part of your preparation and planning.

In many cases, the UMAT is a prerequisite for the above courses and in general, candidates must score within the top 15% of marks when compared to every other UMAT candidate for the same year. In some cases, students must score within the top 6% to be offered a first round interview.

Preparing for the UMAT

The evidence in favour of UMAT preparation is clear. Exposure to the many types and the continual practicing of questions indicative of the real UMAT exam will profit students and improve their chances of success.

Even students with high ATART / OP scores may fare poorly in the UMAT exam, missing out on a place in the course of their choice, due simply to not being aware and appropriately prepared.

Familiarisation, awareness, strategy, development, and practice are a part of the appropriate preparation for anything requiring discipline. UMAT is no different to any other test, assessment or performance. In many cases, preparing for UMAT has proven to be the deciding factor in successfully being offered an interview. For future medicine hopefuls, the UMAT exam may be the toughest and most important exam of their lives - be prepared!

UMAT can not be learned, studied or prepared for in one day, two days or even ten days. This is why we have employed specialist teachers who have academic expertise within the UMAT field and are also experts in developing competency based distance education training programs that are relevant, easy to follow and highly effective.

NIE facilitate their courses via their unique series of hardcopy UMAT preparation and training books. Get in the right frame of mind to sit this paper-based exam.

From one month to three years UMAT Prep: NIE has your UMAT study options covered!

UMAT NIE helps students gain required UMAT results for undergraduate medicine and dentistry.  UMAT NIE provides students with UMAT preparation, courses, tutoring, Books, tuition, free sample questions, test papers, forum discussions, practice tests and UMAT GAMSAT medical interview training. NIE is the UMAT Preparation Training and Tutoring Organisation. NIE is the providers of the most personalised and comprehensive UMAT preparation and Medical Interview training. Out UMAT tutoring and teaching methods are personal, effective and focused. We will help you gain a competitive UMAT score by providing you with the most up-to-date UMAT Books, and practice tests.

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