UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. UCAT is one of three main criteria used by most universities in Australia and New Zealand to select students into high demand health-related careers such as medicine and dentistry (the other two criteria being performance in final high school exams and interviews).
The UCAT is a two-hour, computer-based test which assesses a range of mental abilities identified by universities as valuable to practicing in the fields of medicine and dentistry. It consists of five separately timed subtests, with each containing several questions in a multiple-choice format.
The UCAT is used to assist with the selection of students with direct entry into Medicine and Dentistry at the following universities:
- NSW – The University of New South Wales
- NSW – The University of Newcastle/ University of New England
- NSW – Western Sydney University
- QLD – The University of Queensland
(Note that James Cook University does not require the UCAT)
- SA – The University of Adelaide
- TAS – University of Tasmania
- VIC – Monash University
- WA – Curtin University
- WA – The University of Western Australia
- NZ – The University of Auckland
- NZ – University of Otago
Do career advisors need to register students to sit the UCAT?
No, students can register here from 2 March 2020.
Should students train for the UCAT?
Students perform better after they practice the online exam format and question styles. Students are welcome to try the free mock exam by creating an account. All students need is an email to get started!
For more information about UCAT, please refer to the 2020 UCAT Handbook link: