UMAT – 2015 (website www.umat.edu.au)

About UMAT

UMAT is developed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) on behalf of the UMAT Consortium universities. The test is used specifically to assist with the selection of students into the medicine, dentistry and health science degree programs at undergraduate level at the universities listed on this website.

Register

UMAT2015 will be held on Wednesday 29 July 2015. UMAT is offered once a year only.

Registrations for UMAT2015 are now open. Registrations will close at 5.00pm AEST 5 June 2015. Late registrations will then be accepted until 5.00pm AEST 19 June 2015. Late registrations are accepted on payment of a late fee of $65 in addition to the registration fee. No further registrations are accepted after this date.

You must read the UMAT2015 Information Booklet and complete the UMAT Registration Tutorial before you register for UMAT2015.

The email address with which you registered will be used for all communication from the UMAT Office, including information on how to access your Admission Ticket and results.

A tax invoice and registration confirmation will be emailed to your registered email address as soon as you submit your details online. You should read these messages carefully as they contain important information about the status of your registration and provide detailed instructions on what to do next. You should also keep copies of these messages for your records.

The Concession Registration Fee is ONLY available to candidates who hold a current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card (both issued by Centrelink), or who are listed as a dependant on the current Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card of a parent or guardian. The Concession Registration Fee is not available to candidates taking the test outside Australia.

If you pay by credit card, and you do not claim the Concession Fee, your registration is complete when you submit the online form.

If you pay by credit card, and claimed the Concession Fee, to complete your registration you MUST submit a photocopy of your concession card. A copy of your concession card can be scanned and emailed, posted or faxed, to the UMAT Office. You must provide your full name and UMAT ID number.

If you do not have access to a credit card, to complete your registration you MUST post payment (money order or bank draft).

Your payment and/or photocopy of concession card should be sent to:

2015 Registrations UMAT Office at ACER Private Bag 55 Camberwell VIC 3124 Australia

If you register but do not return your payment and/or photocopy of concession card within 2 weeks of registration or by the registration deadline (whichever comes first), your registration will be cancelled.

Prepare

The purpose of UMAT is to assess the general skills and abilities developed over the course of your education and life experience that are considered by the universities to be important to the study and practice of medicine and the health sciences. To operate most effectively in these career areas graduates will need to be flexible; to have good thinking skills (critical and analytical); to be able to respond quickly to new situations and problems; and to have a well developed ability to understand and respond to patients’ needs and individual situations. For these reasons UMAT has been developed as a test that is not based on learned academic curriculum or study of particular subjects, but as a test of your response to stimulus that will not necessarily be familiar.

Intensive preparation is not advisable or necessary. However, wide and critical reading may provide helpful preparation and, as with any test, some practice in answering questions of a similar type, and under similar time constraints as those found in the real test is helpful and reassuring to most candidates. It is also helpful to practice using a machine-readable answer sheet similar to the one in the actual test.

ACER and the UMAT Consortium do not recommend or endorse any commercially available courses offering UMAT preparation. Nor do ACER or the Consortium have knowledge of the content of such courses, or any involvement in their development, or any commercial interest in the programs. Thus the UMAT Office is unable to comment on their relevance or usefulness. It is possible that some commercial preparation courses might provide misleading information or advice to candidates.

Neither ACER nor the Consortium conduct UMAT preparation courses. ACER does however provide online practice materials and tutorials to prepare candidates for UMAT. Candidates must view and successfully complete the UMAT Registration Tutorial before finalising their UMAT Registration.

For further tips on how to answer questions, please see the information provided under Preparation strategy.

Preparation strategy

UMAT is not based on any curriculum or subject areas; therefore you do not need any special knowledge. The test is designed to measure ability in the following areas: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People and Non-verbal Reasoning. Further information about the type of questions included in the test and tips on how to answer them is provided below.

Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving Questions are based on ideas about problem solving and critical thinking as key processes in making rational decisions. Elements of these reasoning processes are considered, such as the ability to identify the problem and relevant information; to comprehend, analyse, select, transform, synthesise and evaluate information; to generate and test hypotheses and solutions; and to draw conclusions. The questions have a common general reasoning focus and employ both text-based and text-free reasoning and both inductive and deductive reasoning. Questions are based on information that is generally non-medical and non-technical. No curriculum-specific knowledge is required (beyond basic literacy and numeracy) to understand the materials and to arrive at the correct answers. However, non-specialist scientific contexts may be used and the application of commonsense, everyday scientific methodology is expected.

Understanding People Interpersonal Understanding is an ability considered important for anyone intending to work as a medical or health professional. Increasingly, patients, health professionals and the community are recognising that to treat people effectively, doctors and health workers need a high level of personal interaction skills and ability. Questions are generally based on texts or scenarios that feature personal reflections or interpersonal situations. Some passages may involve interactions between health professionals and patients, but they are not confined to health settings. No specialised knowledge is expected. The questions test a candidate’s ability to identify, understand and, where necessary, infer the thoughts, feelings, behaviour and/or intentions of the people represented in the situations.

Non-verbal Reasoning Questions consist of a sequence or a pattern comprising a number of ‘frames’ composed of a number of elements. The questions require the identification of the rules that determine the patterns and relationships between the elements from frame to frame, and the application of these rules to find the option (out of a choice of five) that most simply and logically functions as the answer. This requires the generation of appropriate hypotheses and evaluation of evidence to test these hypotheses. Note that different elements may be related by different rules, and different aspects of an element (e.g. orientation and colour) may be governed by different rules.

Three different types of Non-verbal Reasoning questions appear in the test:

  1. Next in the Series For a sequence of four diagrams, identify the option that most simply and logically comes next in the sequence.
  2. Missing Segment For a pattern composed of a number of segments, identify the option that most simply and logically fits the missing segment.
  3. Middle of the Sequence In this variant of Next in the Series, determine the correct order for the five given stages of a sequence, and identify the middle stage.

Rules involved in all three types of questions may include: • movement of elements that is either consistent (same amount each time) or progressive (by increasing amounts); • changes in size, shape or pattern of elements (consistent or progressive); • arithmetic relationships; • combination or disassociation of elements; e.g. ‘black + white = white’; ‘like elements cancel when superimposed’; • rotation (clockwise or anticlockwise) of elements (consistent or progressive); • reflection of elements; and • symmetry.

Some general hints for arriving at a solution

  1. Identify the separate elements that make up the sequence or overall pattern.
  2. Examine each element individually and observe how it is changing. For example:
    • Is the element present in all frames, or does it disappear?
    • Does the number and/or size of the element increase/decrease?
    • Does the position and/or orientation of the element change?
    • Are there changes in shading/pattern?
  3. Formulate rules for different elements and check that they ‘work’ for the whole sequence. Rules should be as ‘simple’ as possible, e.g. smallest increments in rotation or position; shortest sequence of pattern changes; addition before multiplication.
  4. For each element, use the rule to extend the pattern to determine how it will appear in the answer frame.

Note also:
• Determining rules for some elements may help eliminate some options as an answer.
• It may not always be necessary to determine rules for all elements to arrive at an answer.
• Sometimes, a definitive answer may only be arrived at by analysing the answer options.

Preparation materials

Register for an account or login to purchase UMAT preparation materials.

ACER produces the only official UMAT preparation materials. There are currently four preparation materials available in the form of online tests: Practice Test 1, Practice Test 2, Practice Test 3and Additional Practice Questions. The preparation materials can only be completed online.

Practice Test 1 will be included in your registration for UMAT and contains worked answers for all questions.

Preparation materials will be accessible in your online account as soon as your payment is received successfully. Please note: you will not receive any books in the post.

Practice Test 1, Practice Test 2 and Practice Test 3 are each equivalent to a full test and will take approximately 3 hours to complete under exam conditions. Additional Practice Questions is a collection of 61 questions.The preparation materials contain different selections of material and are designed to give examples of the types of question, skills and knowledge contained in UMAT. Answers are given for all questions, but worked answers are only included for Practice Test 1 and Practice Test 3.

In order to purchase the materials you need to create an account. Please note that no refunds will be permitted for the purchase of a UMAT preparation material.

A few example questions are included in the Information Booklet to provide candidates with an understanding of the style of questions in the test.

There are no past papers available from ACER or the UMAT Consortium universities.

Test taking strategy

All questions are in multiple choice format. It is advantageous for candidates to develop their own strategies for answering this type of question. It is recommended to work steadily through the test. It is not advisable to spend too much time on any one question. Read through all the alternative answers to a question, even if you think the first one is correct, before marking your chosen response. If you think you know the answer to a question, mark it, even if you are not certain. Go on to the next question and come back later if you have time.

Please note the following:

  • All questions have the same value, therefore by attempting as many questions as possible you stand the best chance of maximising your score. No marks are deducted for a wrong answer.
  • If you mark more than one answer to a question it will be considered wrong.
  • Answers should be marked directly onto the answer sheet, not in the test book. Answers marked in the test booklet will not be scored.
  • You may do rough work in the margins of your test book. Scrap paper is not allowed.
  • UMAT is in multiple-choice format. You will mark your answers by shading in ovals on a machine-readable answer sheet. It is very important that you record your answers carefully. Record your answers by completely filling in the oval, with pencil. If you decide to change an answer, erase it completely and mark the oval corresponding to your new choice.

Sit

Candidates should arrive at the test centre at the arrival time given on their Admission Ticket. Candidates that report to the centre after all candidates have been seated may not be admitted. No latecomers can be admitted once the test has started.

Before reporting to the test centre do not forget to eat a meal. Depending on the arrival time of your designated test session, you may also wish to eat a small snack before you go into the test room. You will not be allowed to take any food or drink, other than bottled water, into the test room.

The UMAT test consists of 3 hours testing time, plus 10 minutes reading time. All questions are presented in one test book and there are no rest breaks.

You may use the bathroom during testing time, but this will not be permitted in the last ten minutes of the test. No additional time will be granted for bathroom breaks.

Candidates that wish to query a particular test question on the day of the test should alert the supervisor of their concern and submit a written note before leaving the test centre. Queries will be reviewed by the UMAT Office and candidates will be notified of the outcome. Similarly, any complaints relating to the testing venue or physical discomfort suffered should be reported immediately to the supervisor on the test day so the issue can be addressed without delay.

UMAT is a high stakes test administered under secure test conditions. You may not leave the test centre before the full testing time has elapsed. Candidates leaving early will not receive their UMAT scores. Once a candidate has departed the test centre it is not possible to re-enter and continue the test.

Care should be taken when making return travel arrangements to allow adequate time at the test centre. You should anticipate being at the test centre for up to 5 hours.

UMAT is a high stakes test. Therefore ACER, in conjunction with the graduate-entry schools, has established security procedures which will be strictly enforced at all times.

Results

UMAT scores can be used for admission to any of the UMAT Consortium universities ONLY in the year following the test. For example, results from UMAT2015 can be used for undergraduate medicine or health science courses beginning in 2016 but NOT 2017. Do not register for UMAT2015 unless you are planning to apply for a course commencing in 206 AND you meet the eligibility criteria specified in the UMAT2015 Information Booklet.

An online UMAT Statement of Results will be made available to all candidates in late September. Candidates receive a score for each of the three constructs (Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People, Non-verbal Reasoning), together with an Overall score, and an overall percentile rank to give you an indication of how well you performed against other UMAT candidates.

The Overall score is an unweighted aggregate of the three construct scores statistically calculated from several decimal places.

Each of the 3 construct scores is expressed on a scale of 0 to 100. These are not percentage marks.

The Overall UMAT Score is calculated using the following formula:

Score 1 + Score 2 + Score 3

Please note: The Overall score is calculated to several decimal places and then rounded. The Overall score is calculated before the rounding of section scores. It is not possible for candidates to replicate this process.

Candidates will not be provided with any additional information on the scoring process. All such information remains the property of ACER and the UMAT Consortium. A candidate has no right to examination of ACER’s scoring processes and methodologies.

Under no circumstances will results be released over the phone, by fax or by email. This is to protect candidate confidentiality.

The universities will set their own UMAT cut-off scores each year. These will be the minimum UMAT scores acceptable for consideration by the admissions committees and may vary from one university to another. The universities may also choose to use the scores in other ways.

Universities

You will need a UMAT score to apply for undergraduate admission to any of the following courses*:

The University of Adelaide Medicine, Dental Surgery
Bond University Medicine
Charles Darwin University Clinical Sciences
Flinders University Clinical Sciences/Medicine, Vision Sciences
La Trobe University Health Sciences (Dentistry), Oral Health Science
Monash University Medicine
The University of Newcastle/ University of New England Joint Medical Program
The University of New South Wales Medicine, Optometry
The University of Queensland Medicine (provisional entry), Dental Science
University of Tasmania Medicine
The University of Western Australia Medicine (assured entry), Dental Medicine (assured entry)
University of Western Sydney Medicine
University of Auckland Medicine
University of Otago Medicine, Medical Laboratory Science, Dental Surgery

*Please note that at select institutions international students may be exempt from taking UMAT or may be required to sit a different test. For details candidates should refer to the websites of the universities to which they intend to apply.