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UCAT Frequently Asked Questions

What is the UCAT ANZ?

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 schooling: Year 12 (AU) or Year 13 (NZ). 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.

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

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

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. (Information based on 2018 UKCAT).

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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