Important Update!

The UMAT admissions test will be replaced by the UCAT in 2019!

Applicants intending to sit the UMAT in 2019 for entry to university in 2020, will need to sit the new University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). The UMAT will now be discontinued. The UCAT is based on the internationally-standard UKCAT.

The registration for the computer-based UCAT will open in March 2019 and close in mid-May. The UCAT will be offered on a choice of dates throughout the month of July, rather than on one single date.

The best part is, Crimson Medview is best placed to maximise your UCAT performance based on our years of UKCAT experience. With our insight-oriented curriculum, individualised tutorial packages and question banks equipped with adaptive learning software, we are game changers in your UCAT preparation.

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University Clinical Aptitude Test: An Introduction

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a university admissions test that is now used in Australia, New Zealand, and abroad to help determine entry into a range of health science courses. This includes medicine and dentistry.


The UCAT is a 2 hour computer-based test which:

  • Consists of 5 separately-timed subtests
  • Consists only of multiple choice questions
  • Has no breaks between subtests

Candidates are able to choose when to sit the test from a range of permissible dates. Results will be available instantly upon finishing the UCAT.


The UCAT tests 5 different abilities: Verbal reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. These are reflected in the 5 subtests:

SubtestQuestionsTimeTime Per Question
Verbal Reasoning441 min instruction 21 min test time29 seconds per question
Decision Making291 min instruction 31 min test time64 seconds per question
Quantitative Reasoning361 min instruction 24 min test time40 seconds per question
Abstract Reasoning551 min instruction 13 mins test time14 seconds per question
Situational Judgement691 min instruction 26 min test time25 seconds per question

The UCAT tests high-order thinking skills under intense time pressure. With our insight-oriented curriculum, individualised tutorial packages and adaptive learning software, Crimson-Medview is best placed to help you ace the UCAT.


Our educational experts and consultants analyse the 5 abilities, what they actually are and break them down into our Crimson Core Competencies.

Verbal Reasoning

Verbal reasoning is the ability to comprehend, analyse, synthesise and draw conclusions from textual information. This demonstrates the application of critical reasoning skills in response to written content.

In this section of the UCAT, expect to see:

  • 11 textual excerpts with 4 questions each
  • Questions based on nonfiction texts that do not feature poetry, comics, or fictional work

Crimson Core Competencies:

  1. Recognising information types Understanding what is a statement, an opinion, or a fact. It’s important to also understand the differences between hypothetical explanations and factual statements

  2. Drawing grounded conclusions Understanding the conclusions we make from texts have to be grounded in the information provided. It is pivotal to be aware of core assumptions we make as well as the cognitive biases that subconsciously cloud our conclusions. For more detailed analysis and a thorough examination of the Crimson Core Competencies, join our UCAT program.

For more detailed analysis and a thorough examination of the Crimson Core Competencies, join our UCAT program.

Decision Making

In the UCAT, decision making refers to an umbrella of related abilities centred on drawing conclusions from diverse and complicated sources of information.

An understanding of logical arguments is key for this section in addition to being able to interpret data from text, charts, tables, graphs, and other diagrams

In this section, expect questions that:

  1. Require you to understand chains of logical reasoning
  2. Require to understand what makes an argument good or bad
  3. Require you to identify salient information from crowded sources and then draw conclusions from them

Quantitative Reasoning

Quantitative reasoning is more than numbers and mental arithmetic. It is focused on sound reasoning which is grounded in numbers: statistics, figures, and costs. All candidates will have access to an on-screen calculator.This section is comprised of 9 Scenarios with 4 questions each.

These questions will:

  • Test your comfort with using numerical information to make conclusions
  • Test your data interpretation skills using a variety of graphical sources
  • Test core mathematical concepts such as measures of central tendency (mean, median, mode)

Abstract Reasoning

Abstract reasoning tests the ability to discern, analyse, and synthesise information Students must be efficient in iterative thinking: the ability to constantly generate hypotheses and modify them dependent on their success.

In this section, expect questions that:

  1. Expect you to identify similarities and differences between images.
  2. Expect you to choose an image which best completes a sequence.
  3. Expect you to identify relationships between composite images.

Complete the Sequence, This to That and Match the Question to the Family questions are all Crimson Core Competencies. For more detailed analysis and a thorough examination of the Crimson Core Competencies, join our UCAT program.

Abstract Reasoning Type 1: Choose the set

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Abstract Reasoning Type 2: Choose which belongs

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Abstract Reasoning Type 3: Complete the Series

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Abstract Reasoning Type 4: This is to that

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Situational Judgement

Situational judgement testing (SJT) has been a part of admissions processes for more than 4 years in Australia and New Zealand for postgraduate medical selection. It will now also be featured in the application process for undergraduate medical students through its incorporation into the new UCAT exam.

Situational judgement focuses on clinical scenarios that involve university and medical students. These scenarios evaluate a candidate’s integrity and ability to respond to difficult situations. Broadly, SJT seeks to evaluate the emotional quotient (EQ) that is more applicable to future careers in health sciences.

In this section, expect questions that:

  1. Require you to evaluate the appropriateness of different responses to scenarios, and to rank them from most to least appropriate
  2. Require you to determine what the most important responses are to a scenario
  3. Require you to understand the consequences of decisions in the immediate, short, and long-term
  4. Require you to understand that an individual's motives and intentions are reflected in their overall behaviour
  5. Require you to evaluate paralinguistic cues in assessing behaviour

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