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Note: If you'd like more information on a particular area of the ACER UMAT, follow the red links in the text below.

What is UMAT and why is it important?

Do you want to become a doctor, a dentist or have a career in health science?

Well, so do many other students.

Due to the high volume of interest in these subjects, an exam was created to help determine which students were most qualified for these fields.

Say hello to The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test, a.k.a. the UMAT.

The UMAT test helps universities throughout Australia and New Zealand determine whether or not to admit you to an undergraduate course in medicine, dentistry and/or health science.

The UMAT exam

The UMAT exam is usually held in late July, with results released around mid-September.

The UMAT consists of three parts:

  • Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving
  • Understanding People
  • Non-verbal Reasoning

Unfortunately, the UMAT does not test you on a learned curriculum. Instead, it focuses on the general skills and abilities that you have developed over the course of your education and your life.

The exam will test your response to stimuli that you may not be familiar with.

Sound a bit vague?

Let’s break it down further.

The UMAT questions are not simple multiple choice questions based off of something you learned in school, like most exams you’ve taken in the past.

Most questions will give you a practical, true-to-life situation and ask you to either draw on your logic to assess the answer, determine the way people feel in a certain situation, or look at shapes to figure out the answer to a specific question.

It's not easy.

In order to succeed, you need to be flexible, have strong critical and analytical thinking skills, be able to respond quickly to new situations and problems, and have the ability to show empathy and understanding in variety of circumstances.

Universities are looking for people who are ‘fit for medicine’, not just academic.

UMAT Preparation

Wondering how you can possibly study for an exam that isn’t based on a learned curriculum?

Good question!

The best way to prepare is to go through a wide array of critical reading, as well as working through as many practice tests under exam conditions as possible.

The more you familiarise yourself with the types of questions on the exam, the better you will do.

But remember! Speed reading skills are paramount to success in the UMAT, as well as doing this with a physical copy of the exam, are crucial to improving your results. We have developed methods to help you train this side of the exam if you feel you need to improve this area of your test competency.

As you work through the problems, try answering the questions under the same time constraints and conditions as the actual exam (more on those later).

However, critical reading and practice questions are not enough to do well on the exam, nor will they help you understand the type of answers you are expected to provide.

If you are serious about the UMAT, speaking to someone who has taken – and performed well – on the exam will help you fully prepare.

Alternatively, we have a comprehensive UMAT preparation guide on our blog

UMAT Practice Test

Looking to see how this plays out on paper? Check out our UMAT Practice Test page for sample questions you might find in an UMAT exam.

UMAT Tutoring

At Crimson we have current med students who can mentor you in the lead up to the UMAT and help you get in to your preferred medical school. You’ll get books, learning modules, constant support, customised practice and much more when you work with a Crimson tutor. Click here to read about our UMAT tutoring services.


It can be hard to keep track of all of the exams needed to get into university. Where does the GAMSAT fit in with all of this?

Let’s talk about the UMAT vs. the GAMSAT.

As you now know, the UMAT is a test to help universities in Australia and New Zealand assess students interested in gaining admission into medicine, dentistry, and health science undergraduate degrees.

The GAMSAT, on the other hand, helps universities in Australia, Britain, and Ireland test and assess candidates for entry into graduate degrees. You will need to take this exam if you want to major in medicine, dentistry, optometry, physiotherapy, podiatry, pharmacy, and veterinary science.

In order for your GAMSAT score to be considered when applying at the graduate-entry level, you must hold a recognised bachelor's degree, or equivalent.

How to interpret UMAT results?

Congrats! You finally got your UMAT results back.

So how do you interpret them?

Well, the maths behind it is quite simple. You're given a raw score for each section, which added together gives you a raw total score. Then ACER awards you a percentile score (0-100) which compares you to the rest of that year's test takers.

The percentile score shows various admissions bodies how well you performed and how they should view you compared to other candidates.

Which universities require UMAT courses?

In Australia and New Zealand, if you wish to apply to any of these following courses, you’ll need to sit the UMAT:

New Zealand:

University of Auckland:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

University of Otago:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Dentistry


New South Wales:

University of Newcastle/New England:

  • Bachelor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program)

University of New South Wales:

  • Doctor of Medicine

Western Sydney University:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

Charles Sturt University

  • Bachelor of Dental Science

Northern Territory:

Charles Darwin University:

  • Bachelor of Clinical Sciences (articulating with Flinders University’s Northern Territory Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)


University of Queensland:

  • Doctor of Medicine (Provisional Entry for School Leavers scheme)
  • Bachelor of Dental Science

South Australia:

Flinders University:

  • Bachelor of Clinical Sciences, Doctor of Medicine

The University of Adelaide:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery


University of Tasmania:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery


Latrobe University:

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences (Dentistry)/Master of Dentistry
  • Bachelor of Oral Health Science

Monash University:

  • Doctor of Medicine

Western Australia:

The University of Western Australia:

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD)

Curtin university:

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery

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