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Important Update!

The UMAT admissions test will be replaced by the UCAT in 2019!

Applicants intending to sit the UMAT in 2019 for entry to university in 2020, will need to sit the new University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). The UMAT will now be discontinued. The UCAT is based on the international-standard UKCAT.

The registration for the computer-based UCAT will open in March 2019 and close in mid-May. The UCAT will be offered on a choice of dates throughout the month of July, rather than on one single date.

The best part is, Crimson-Medview is best placed to maximise your UCAT performance based on our years of UKCAT experience. With our insight-oriented curriculum, individualised tutorial packages and question banks equipped with adaptive learning software, we are game changers in your UCAT preparation.

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University Clinical Aptitude Test: An Introduction

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a university admissions test that is now in Australia, New Zealand and abroad for admission into a range of health science courses. This includes medicine and dentistry.


The UCAT is a:

  • 2 hour computer-based test
  • Consists of 5 separately-timed subtests
  • Consists only of multiple choice questions
  • There are no breaks between subtests except for a short introduction

Candidates are able to choose when to sit the test from a range of permissible dates. Results will be made available instantly upon finishing the UCAT.


The UCAT tests 5 different abilities: Verbal reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. These are reflected in the 5 subtests:

SubtestQuestionsTimeTime Per Question
Verbal Reasoning441 min instruction, 21 min test time29 seconds per question
Decision Making291 min instruction, 31 min test time64 seconds per question
Quantitative Reasoning361 min instruction, 24 min test time40 seconds per question
Abstract Reasoning551 min instruction, 13 min test time14 seconds per question
Situational Judgment691 min instruction, 26 min test time25 seconds per question

The UCAT tests high-order thinking skills under intense time pressure. Crimson MedView with our insight-oriented curriculum, individualised tutorial packages and adaptive learning software, are best placed to help you ace the UCAT.


Our educational experts and consultants analyse the 5 abilities, what they actually are and break them down into our Crimson Core Competencies.

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal reasoning is the ability to comprehend, analyse, synthesise and drawing conclusions textual information. This is applying critical reasoning to written content.

In this section of the UCAT, expect to see:

  • 11 textual excerpts with 4 questions each
  • These questions are based only on nonfiction texts and do not feature poetry, comics or fictional work

Crimson Core Competencies:

  1. Recognising information types

    Understanding what is a statement, an opinion and a fact. It’s important to also understanding the differences between hypothetical explanations and

  2. Discerning truth and certainty

    Understanding that the gray between the dichotomy of true and false in written information. Being able to understand

  3. Drawing grounded conclusions

    Understanding the conclusions we make from texts have to be grounded in the information provided. It is pivotal to be aware of core assumptions we make as well as the cognitive biases that subconsciously cloud our conclusions.

For more detailed analysis and a thorough examination of the Crimson Core Competencies, join our UCAT program.

Decision Making

In the UCAT, decision making refers to an umbrella of related abilities centred on drawing conclusions from diverse complicated sources of information.

Data interpretation from text, charts, tables, graphs and other diagrams as well as an understanding of logical argumentation are key for this section.

In this section, expect questions that:

  1. Require you to understand chains of logical reasoning
  2. Require to understand what makes argument good or bad
  3. Require you to identify salient information from crowded sources and then draw conclusions from them

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative reasoning is more than numbers and mental arithmetic. It is focused on sound reasoning which is grounded in numbers: statistics, figures, costs. All candidates will have access to an on-screen calculator.

In this section, expect questions that:

  • 9 Scenarios with 4 questions each
  • Test your comfort with using numerical information to make conclusions
  • Test your data interpretation from a variety of graphical sources
  • Test core mathematical concepts such as measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode)

Abstract Reasoning

Abstract reasoning tests the ability to discern, analyse and synthesise information which is unbounded from language and linguistic skills.

Students must be efficient in iterative thinking: the ability to constantly generate hypotheses and modify them dependent on their success.

In this section, expect questions that:

  1. Expect you to identify similarities and differences between images.

    a. Identify which family of images to which an individual belongs
    b. Identify an individual image which belongs to a family (the inverse of the above)

  2. Expect you to choose an image which best completes a sequence.

  3. Expect you to identify relationships between composite images.

Complete the Sequence, This to That and Match the Question to the Family questions are all Crimson Core Competencies. For more detailed analysis and a thorough examination of the Crimson Core Competencies, join our UCAT program.

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Situational Judgement

Situational judgement testing (SJT) has been a part of admissions processes for more than 4 years in Australia and New Zealand. It has now been subsumed into the UCAT process and will not be a standalone as previously.

Testing on situational judgement focuses on clinical scenarios that involve university and medical students. Through these scenarios, candidates’ integrity and ability to respond in difficult settings is evaluated. Broadly, SJT seeks to evaluate the emotional intelligence (EQ) that is more applicable to future careers in health sciences.

In this section, expect questions that:

  1. Requires you to evaluate the appropriateness of different responses to scenarios, and to rank them from most to least appropriate.
  2. Require to stratify the what most important responses are to a scenario
  3. Requires you to understand the consequences of decisions in the immediate, short and long-term
  4. Requires you to understand that an individual's motives and intentions are reflected in their overall behaviour
  5. Requires you to evaluate paralinguistic cues in assessing behaviour
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