Applying to medical school in Australia or New Zealand and wondering what the UCAT ANZ is? You’ve come to the right place!

In September 2018 it was announced that the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) was to replace the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test) from 2019 – so all aspiring medics wishing to apply for 2020 entry will need to take the UCAT.

UCAT ANZ comes from the consortium behind UKCAT, the exam used by most UK medical schools to assess the key skills needed to be a doctor. The consortium has said that UCAT ANZ test content will be identical to that of the UK test.

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What does the UCAT ANZ involve?

The UCAT will be used by a number of universities in Australia and New Zealand for entry to their medical, dental and clinical science degree programmes.

Like the UKCAT, the UCAT Australia is a two-hour computerised test designed to assess a range of skills needed to be a doctor or dentist – including problem-solving, communication, numerical skills, spatial awareness, integrity, empathy and teamwork skills.

The test is split into five sections identical to the format of the UKCAT. You can click on each one below to find out more:

How does the UCAT Australia differ from UMAT?

The UCAT Australia is similar to the UMAT but with new question formats and the addition of Situational Judgement (SJT), which assesses key qualities needed to be a doctor, such as integrity, perspective taking, team involvement, resilience and adaptability.

With UMAT, you could only sit this on a specified date (for 2018, this was 25th July), whereas UCAT will allow you to choose the date and time you sit the test, so you’ll have greater flexibility to sit the exam at any point over July.

In addition, UMAT scores were only released to students in mid-September, whereas the introduction of UCAT means you can access your scores immediately. This is good news – you don’t have to wait for a lengthy marking period and can apply to medical schools strategically with your score!

How many universities use UCAT ANZ?

11 universities in Australia and New Zealand will be requiring students to take the UCAT. You can see the list below:

The University of AdelaideMedicine, Dental Surgery, Oral Health
Curtin UniversityMedicine
Monash UniversityMedicine
The University of Newcastle / University of New England Joint Medical Program
The University of New South WalesMedicine
The University of QueenslandMedicine (provisional entry), Dental Science
University of TasmaniaMedicine
The University of Western AustraliaMedicine (Direct Pathway), Dental Medicine (Direct Pathway)
Western Sydney UniversityMedicine
The University of AucklandMedicine
University of OtagoMedicine, Dental Surgery
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What are the UCAT ANZ test dates and costs?

If you are applying for 2020 entry, you will need to take the UCAT in 2019. It’s also worth noting that unlike the UKCAT, which you can take from July – October, you can only sit the UCAT in July.

School holidays in Australia and university breaks in New Zealand occur in the first half of July, so the UCAT official page recommend that students use these times to sit the test.

The costs of taking the UCAT in 2019 are to be confirmed.

Here are the key test dates:

Registration and booking opens1st March 2019
Concession scheme opens1st March 2019
Concession deadline10th May 2019 5pm AEST
Access arrangement application deadline10th May 2019 5pm AEST
Registration closes16th May 2019 5pm AEST
Final booking deadline17th May 2019 5pm AEST
Testing begins1st July 2019
Last testing date31st July 2019
Results delivered to universitiesEarly September 2019

How do I register for UCAT ANZ?

There is a two-step process for UCAT registration: making your online account and then booking your test.

For registration, this opens on 1st March and closes on 16th May 2019. You’ll need to create an online account with Pearson VUE – this must be done by you, not your school or college.

Booking tests opens on 1st March at 9am and closes on 17th May 2019 at 5pm. Once you have created your Pearson account, you’ll then be sent an email with a password which you’ll use to book your test – simple!

Where do I find UCAT ANZ test centres?

There are multiple Pearson VUE test centres around Australia and New Zealand. These are as follows. In Australia, these are the centres available:

The centres in this column will be open for four weeks during July:The centres in this column will be open on 1, 2 or 3 days during July (dates to be advised in March 2019):
NewcastleWagga Wagga
DarwinPort Macquarie
Gold CoastAlice Springs
HobartMt Gambier

In New Zealand, different test centres will be open in July (specific dates to be announced in March 2019):

How do medical schools use UCAT ANZ scores?

As the UCAT is new it has not yet been announced how UCAT Australia scores will be used in the admissions process – simply that it will be used in collaboration with other elements of the process, such as academics and interviews.

Universities will provide information on their websites regarding how they use the UCAT ANZ scores later in 2019.

You can find out how UK scores work on our UCAT Scores page.


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