Medical Entrance Exams

Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test – UMAT – Exam Details

UMAT Exam Details

Structure and Content

The UMAT test consists of 3 hours testing time, plus 10 minutes reading time.

The test contains 134 questions, presented in one test booklet and there are no rest breaks.

UMAT is designed to measure ability in the following areas:

Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving

Understanding People

Non-verbal Reasoning

All UMAT questions are in multiple choice format with 4 or 5 response alternatives, from which you are asked to choose the most appropriate. Each question has only one correct response. Some questions are in written form and may present information in visual or tabular format while other questions are based entirely on visual material. UMAT Exam Details

Some example questions are available in the UMAT Information Booklet.

Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving

Materials are drawn from a wide variety of general sources and are based on a brief text or piece of information presented graphically.  Questions assess your ability to comprehend, draw logical conclusions, reach solutions by identifying relevant facts, evaluate information, pinpoint additional or missing information, and generate and test plausible hypotheses. UMAT Exam Details

Understanding People

This construct assesses the ability to understand and think about people. Questions are based on a scenario, dialogue or other text representing specific interpersonal situations. Most passages will have several questions. The questions assess your ability to identify, understand, and, where necessary, infer the thoughts, feelings, behaviour and/or intentions of the people represented in the situations. UMAT Exam Details


Non-verbal Reasoning

Questions may be of several kinds. All are based on patterns or sequences of shapes and are designed to assess your ability to reason in the abstract and solve problems in non-verbal contexts. UMAT Exam Details


UMAT is available to any candidate whose educational level at the time of sitting the test is their final year of secondary schooling, or higher. Candidates registering for UMAT2017 should have already completed, or plan to COMPLETE their final year of secondary schooling in 2017 (i.e. Year 12 in Australia; Year 13 in New Zealand).

Students whose current educational level is Australian Year 11 or lower are NOT eligible to take UMAT. This includes Year 11 students undertaking one or more Year 12 subjects. Year 12 students completing Year 12 over two years are only eligible to sit UMAT in their final year.

UMAT Exam Details, registering to take UMAT does not constitute an application for admission to any university. Refer to the Universities page of this website for links to each of the universities’ websites and contact details. You are strongly advised to obtain a prospectus from any university to which you intend to apply.

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