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Why MedView

MedView surrounds you with a team of experts to develop your candidacy and prepare for medical school. Our UCAT services consist of:

  • Customised holistic guidance: instruction tailored to your specific education goals.
  • Learning Modules: thorough strategies to prepare for every section of the exam.
  • Simulated practice with feedback: Questions, tests, and feedback to replicate the actual UCAT exam.
  • Education Coordinator: easily schedule online instruction with your tutor and access progress reports along your whole journey.
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Customised Guidance
Customised Guidance

Instruction tailored to your specific education goals

Learning Modules
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Thorough workflows to prepare for every section of the exam

Simulated Practice
Simulated Practice

Questions, tests, and feedback to replicate the actual UCAT exam

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Easily schedule online instruction with your tutor

Ok, so what's in the test?

Verbal Reasoning

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

44 Questions

29 seconds per question

Example Question:

Australia found that obesity rates in Australia have more than doubled in the two decades preceding 2003. This rise in obesity has been attributed to poor eating habits in the country closely related to the availability of fast food since the 1970s, sedentary lifestyles, and a decrease in the proportion of the labour workforce.

There are many ways to classify obesity, and a traditionally used one is to assess one’s Body Mass Index (BMI). This is determined by dividing weight in kilograms by height in metres, squared. If someone is overweight their BMI will be 25 or more. If someone is obese their BMI will be 30 or more. Someone who has a BMI of under 18.5 will be underweight. However, more recently, studies have shown that a BMI alone is not a good indicator of obesity, as there are people who carry excessive weight, but their health is not compromised, so they are not considered obese. A better measure would be to combine one’s BMI and their Waist to Hip Ratio (WHR), together with consideration of their lifestyle.

Indigenous Australians have Australia's highest level of obesity. Professor Paul Zimmet at Monash University released figures at the Diabetes in Indigenous People Forum in Melbourne, estimating the rate of diabetes from poor diet at 24% of all Torres Strait Islanders, and remarked that unless extra steps are taken with these groups, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders will die out within 100 years.

According to the passage, which of the following is true?

(A) Australia has the third-highest prevalence of overweight adults in the world.
(B) Out of the English-speaking countries, Australia has the third-highest prevalence of obesity.
(C) Obesity rates have more than doubled from 1983 to 2003 in Australia.
(D) All of the above

According to the passage, which of the following is true?

(A) A sedentary lifestyle can lead to obesity.
(B) There has been an increase of poor eating habits since 1970 in Australia.
(C) The labour workforce of Australia is smaller now than it had been in 1970.
(D) Increased consumption of fast foods is one of the key drivers of the increase in obesity rates.

Decision Making

In the UCAT, decision making refers to an umbrella of related abilities centred on drawing conclusions from diverse and complicated sources of information. An understanding of logical arguments is key for this section in addition to being able to interpret data from text, charts, tables, graphs, and other diagrams.

29 Questions

64 seconds per question

Example Question:

Not everybody at the music festival enjoyed Electronic Dance Music. All that did enjoy Electronic Dance Music also enjoyed Rhythm and Blues. However, some people who enjoyed Electronic Dance Music did not enjoy Jazz. All the people who enjoyed Rock at the concert also enjoyed Rhythm and Blues.

Place “Yes” if the conclusion does follow. Place “No” if the conclusion does not follow.

Conclusion: At least some concert-goers that enjoyed Jazz also enjoyed Electronic Dance Music.

(A) Yes
(B) No

Conclusion: At least some concert-goers that enjoyed Rhythm and Blues also enjoyed Jazz.

(A) Yes
(B) No

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative reasoning is more than numbers and mental arithmetic. It is focused on sound reasoning which is grounded in numbers: statistics, figures, and costs. All candidates will have access to an onscreen calculator. This section is comprised of nine Scenarios with four questions each.

36 Questions

40 seconds per question

Example Question:

Using Goldman Exchange, how many pounds did she exchange if she ended up with $1000?

(A) 793
(B) 800
(C) 1015
(D) 1261
(E) 1280

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Abstract Reasoning

Abstract reasoning tests the ability to discern, analyse, and synthesise information. Students must be efficient in iterative thinking with the ability to constantly generate hypotheses and modify them dependent on their success.

55 Questions

14 seconds per question

Example Question:

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Situational Judgement

Situational judgement focuses on clinical scenarios that involve university and medical students. These scenarios evaluate a candidate’s integrity and ability to respond to difficult situations. Broadly, this section seeks to evaluate the emotional quotient (EQ) that is more applicable to future careers in health sciences.

69 Questions

25 Seconds

Example Question:

James and Clair are both medical students. They are observing a colonoscopy, performed by a senior gastroenterologist, Dr Michaels. After the patient is put under anaesthesia, Dr Michaels instructs both students to perform a digital-rectal examination on the patient, as he believes that it would be a valuable learning experience.

How important to take into account are the following considerations for James and Clair, when deciding how to respond to the situation.

The students did not get a chance to obtain consent from the patient for the digital rectal exam, as the patient was under anaesthesia.

(A) Very important
(B) Important
(C) Of minor importance
(D) Not important at all

The patient was consented by Dr Michaels before the procedure, during which he explained to the patient that he might perform a digital-rectal exam to screen for certain diseases.

(A) Very important
(B) Important
(C) Of minor importance
(D) Not important at all

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UCAT Scoring

UCAT Scoring: What does my score mean?

They often say the hardest part of medical school is getting in, and with tests like the UCAT, we can see why!

Since the way the UCAT is calculated is secret and changes every year based on the scores received, we can only explain how the system works, and how you can compare your scores to your cohort.

UCAT ANZ 2019 Summary Test Statistics

The UCAT scales scores for each section between 300 and 900, and from this it determines a total score for all subtests except situational judgement. What this means is your score can range from anywhere between 1200 and 3600. In 2019, the average score was 2481. It’s not clear yet what sort of scores universities will be accepting, but you can compare your score to your cohort’s using the official UCAT information, provided below.

The following table of summary statistics of the scaled scores for UCAT ANZ 2019 should assist you to understand your results in relation to those of other candidates. The scaled score range for each cognitive subtest (and the SJT) is 300 – 900 and the range for the Total Score (sum of the four cognitive subtests) is 1200 –3600.

Ucat Scoring Table 01

Decile Rankings

The following table gives the decile rank of ANZ candidates based on the Total Score. Each decile represents 10% of candidates based on their overall test performance (excluding SJTs). The 1st decile represents a score at the 10th percentile; the 2nd decile represents a score at the 20th percentile, and so on.

Ucat Scoring Table 02

What comes next?

In Australia and the UK, universities will consider your UCAT score in combination with your grades and, depending upon where you apply, personal statements or interview performance too. Often times, universities will use your UCAT score alone to offer you an interview, and then further take from that cohort only those who performed well in both. Your admissions criteria will depend on your circumstances and where you apply – many universities offer bonus credits if you are a rural or Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, and all public universities offer bonded medical places. Based on previous years, the UMAT cutoff was around the 92nd percentile and with the introduction of the UCAT, this is unlikely to change. This means to be considered for admissions at most universities you would be expected to achieve a total score of at least 2830 (not including situational judgement). With the exception of UNSW and the University of Queensland, situational judgement scores will not be considered when making a decision about your application.

In New Zealand, Auckland University will weigh your cognitive subtest score as 15% of your entry score but will not be considering SJT this year. For Otago, students will need to reach a threshold score across all 5 sections and once that is passed, students will be ranked based on their GPA alone. The threshold won’t be released until after applications are due so best to apply regardless of your UCAT score!

The next step...

Once scores are out and you’re left wondering what to do next, it’s time to start thinking about interview preparation. MedView estimates that about 50% of all interview candidates receive preparation in the form of tutoring or textbooks, and we think such preparation is fundamental to interview success. If you’d like to maximise your chances at gaining entry to your target university this year, book a free consultation with an academic advisor today, and experience the MedView advantage.

Sitting the UCAT next year?

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The proof is in the student outcomes - MedView students are twice as likely to be offered a medical interview! Studying with MedView doubles your chances of admission to medical school.

MedView is student outcome obsessed and we want to see you achieve your medical school goals. Get in touch to learn more about studying with MedView and how we can support you on your path to medicine.

UCAT Frequently Asked Questions

What is the UCAT?

The UCAT ANZ is the University Clinical Aptitude Test. It is used in Australia, New Zealand and abroad for admission into a range of health science courses including medicine and dentistry. It is modelled on the UKCAT, the British equivalent. The UCAT is a 2 hour computer based test and is divided into separately timed sections:

  1. Verbal Reasoning
  2. Decision Making
  3. Quantitative Reasoning
  4. Abstract Reasoning
  5. Situational Judgement

Who is eligible?

Students who are in their final year of high school and their first year of a health science degree at university. Students in lower year levels are not eligible.

When can I take the UCAT?

Candidates can choose when to take the UCAT on a selected day between the 1st and 31st of July. For a given academic year, the UCAT can only be taken once.

When can I register?

Candidates must use the Pearson VUE online registration system to register and then book a test. Registrations begin in March and end in mid-May.

Where can I sit the UCAT?

Candidates can choose to sit the UCAT in major metropolitan and regional sites. At major sites, candidates can choose any date from the 4 week period between the 1st and 31st of July. Other testing centres will only be open for a few dates in that period.

New Zealand
Auckland
Open for all 4 weeks
Dunedin
Open for 3 weeks
Christchurch
Open for 2 weeks
Wellington
Open for 1 week

Australia
Major Testing Centres
Centres open for all 4 weeks
Other Testing Centres
Only selected dates available
Canberra
Armidale
Sydney
Dubbo
Newcastle
Wagga Wagga
Darwin
Port Macquarie
Brisbane
Penrith
Gold Coast
Alice Springs
Townsville
Rockhampton
Adelaide
Cairns
Hobart
Mt Gambier
Melbourne
Launceston
Perth
Bendigo
Geelong
Mildura
Albury-Wodonga
Bunbury

The UCAT can also be sat overseas. Please contact the UCAT ANZ administrators, Pearson Vue, for more information.

How long do my results last?

Results are received on the day of the UCAT. Expect these results to hold currency for one year.

How much does it cost to sit the UCAT?

The cost to sit the UCAT in New Zealand is NZ$298.00, and AU$298.00 in Australia. A reduced test fee will be available for current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card holders.

How is the UCAT score calculated?

Raw scores in each of Abstract Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning are converted to a Scaled Score between 300 - 900. This means a total score of between 1200 - 3600. Situational Judgement results are expressed in Bands with the highest being Band 1, and the lowest Band 4.

When should I sit the UCAT?

The UCAT testing period overlaps Term 2 school holidays in both Australia and New Zealand. Please take into consideration other commitments such as school-based assessments or examinations when choosing when to sit the UCAT.

How is the UCAT different to the UMAT?

The UCAT has replaced the UMAT for medicine entrance. The UCAT prioritises different skills and demands a markedly different approach from prospective students. The UCAT computer-based with 5 self-contained subtests. It is not recommended to use UMAT preparatory packages to sit the UCAT.

When is the best time to start preparing?

Preparation is key to performing to your best in the UCAT. Unlike curriculum-based testing, the UCAT tests a diverse range of skills under significant duress. Whilst we believe the earlier the better, we would advise the average candidate to start preparing up to a year in advance. Most students will start preparing in the summer holidays preceding their test year.

Where can I find more information?

The official UCAT ANZ website has more information for your perusal: https://www.ucatofficial.com/

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