UCAT ANZ Frequently Asked Questions
Can I sit the UCAT ANZ if I'm enrolled in Year 11 and taking a Year 12 subject?
No. The UCAT ANZ is only available to any student whose educational level at the time of sitting the test is their final year of secondary school, or higher. Students enrolled in 2019 in Australian Year 11/New Zealand Year 12 or lower are not eligible to sit the UCAT ANZ in July 2019.
Can I sit the UCAT ANZ if I have already completed a degree?
You are eligible to sit the UCAT ANZ if you have commenced or completed an undergraduate degree. However, not all the undergraduate degree programs for which the UCAT is a prerequisite offer places for non-school leavers. Candidates are advised to check the relevant university websites for further information. Links to the universities' websites are given here. Information on GAMSAT and graduate-entry medical and dental courses is available on the GAMSAT website.
Do international students need to sit the UCAT ANZ?
Only a limited number of UCAT ANZ Consortium universities require international students to sit the UCAT for entry to medical and health sciences courses, and then only in specific circumstances. For full details, candidates are advised to check the websites of the universities to which they plan to apply.
Can I still sit the UMAT?
No. The final sitting of the UMAT was in July 2018 for entry to university in 2019.
Can I sit the GAMSAT instead of the UCAT ANZ?
The GAMSAT is for entry to medicine and dentistry as a graduate only. You should consult the GAMSAT website and the websites of the universities shown there to determine if you should sit the GAMSAT.
Will I be penalised for taking the test more than once?
You may only take the test once in any test cycle and any instances of multiple testing in the same year will be treated as an example of unprofessional behaviour. However, there is no penalty for taking the test again the following year. You may sit the UCAT ANZ as many times as you like, as long as you are a bona fide applicant each time.
What should I do if I cannot sit the test?
The UCAT ANZ is a mandatory entry requirement for our consortium member universities. We do not grant any exemptions from the test.
Registration and booking
How do I register for the test?
UCAT ANZ testing takes place between 1 July and 31 July 2019. You must complete a two-step process using the Pearson VUE online registration system to register and then book a test. Please refer to the Registration and Booking page for information.
Can my school register me for the test?
You need to register for your test personally – this cannot be done by your school/college.
Can I sit the test at my school?
No, the test can only be taken at Pearson VUE test centres throughout Australia, New Zealand and some international centres. Please refer to the Test Centre Locations page for information.
Can I sit the test overseas?
Yes, the test can be taken in Australia, New Zealand and at selected locations overseas. Please refer to the Test Centre Locations page for information.
How will I know the exact location of the test centre?
Full details of available test centre locations and dates will be shown when booking your test.
I have forgotten my username and / or password.
If you have forgotten your username or password there are options to retrieve these from the account login page. Please do not set up a new account as multiple accounts are not permitted. If you continue to have problems logging in then you will need to contact Pearson VUE Customer Services.
My registration email has not arrived.
This email should arrive quickly and at the very latest within one working day. Please ensure you check your junk/ spam folders of your registered email address as it may have been diverted there. If it has not arrived please contact Pearson VUE Customer Services.
How can I pay for my test?
The registration fee is payable online at the time of booking by major credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Visa debit card). If you or your parents do not have access to a Visa, MasterCard credit card or Visa debit card to pay for the UCAT ANZ test fee, you can pay by purchasing a Prepaid Visa or MasterCard. You can also check with your local bank or post shop for prepaid credit card options.
Does registering for the test mean I have applied for university entry?
No. Applying for admission to one of the UCAT ANZ Consortium universities is a separate process. After consulting the universities’ websites, you should contact the universities of interest if you have any questions about the application procedure for university admission.
My concession application has not been approved but I think I should be eligible, what should I do?
This could be because you have not provided the correct form of concession card or the concession card you have provided has expired. Only candidates who hold (or who are listed as a dependant on) a current Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card (PCC), both of which are issued by Centrelink, are eligible for a reduced test fee. The concession fee is not available to candidates sitting the test outside Australia. If you have any queries regarding this decision please email the UCAT ANZ Office with additional supporting documentation if necessary.
What if the access arrangements on offer do not meet my needs?
Please email the UCAT ANZ Office to discuss this. You should aim to do this at least 5 working days before the close of registration.
Are there any practice questions or preparation materials available?
Yes, there are extensive resources available on the Practice Tests page which are available to everyone, regardless of whether you have registered or booked your test yet. These have been developed so that you have everything you need to support your preparation, including a Question Tutorial, a Question Bank with over 1,000 free example questions and 3 free fully timed Practice Tests which mimic the live test environment.
Do I have to pay for these preparation materials?
No, all resources contained on the UCAT website are FREE. Candidates should be aware that whilst there are many commercial companies publishing books and offering coaching for the test, we do not work with any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials.
The preparation materials on the website refer to the UCAT, not the UCAT ANZ – is this a different test?
Although new to Australia and New Zealand for 2019, the UCAT has been used for over 12 years in the UK (previously under the test name UKCAT). The preparation materials provided on this site represent the content of the UCAT ANZ test and may be used to familiarise yourself with the test format and to prepare for the test.
I’ve been told I should pay for a coaching course in order to do well in the UCAT, is this true?
No. Whilst there are many commercial companies offering coaching for the UCAT, we do not work with any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials. These courses can cost candidates a great deal of money and we would advise you to be sceptical about their claims. Commercial organisations are not affiliated with UCAT. They may be using items that are not necessarily of the standard you will encounter in the UCAT and this may distort your performance whilst practising. We advise all students to prepare for the UCAT by using the free OFFICIAL practice materials available on the UCAT ANZ website.
How do I make a complaint about my test?
Please refer to the Complaints and Appeals Policy for details.
When will I receive my results?
After you have completed your test you will receive an email from Pearson VUE with instructions to access your UCAT ANZ Score Report.
When do you deliver my results?
Test results will be delivered to UCAT ANZ Consortium member universities in early September. You do not need to forward your score to your chosen universities, we take care of this. Due to the number of candidates sitting our tests each year we cannot check or confirm that individual results have been sent.
Can you tell me about the universities' selection criteria?
We cannot provide detailed information about selection criteria or cut-off scores at this time. Each university has different selection criteria and admission procedures, which can vary from year to year. Our Consortium universities will provide information on their websites regarding how they use the UCAT ANZ scores later in 2019. Once this information is published, you should contact the universities concerned if you require further information.
What is the UCAT (UK) and do I need to sit this test?
The UCAT, is an established test (under the historic name of UKCAT) predominantly used as an admissions test for UK universities. This test has now been adopted by a number of universities in Australia and New Zealand under the revised test name of UCAT ANZ. However it is identical in it's format and content to the UCAT (UK). Candidates should only apply to sit the UCAT version of the test if they are intending to apply to a relevant course at one of the UCAT Consortium member universities in the UK.
What if I want to apply to universities in Australia / New Zealand and in the UK?
If you are applying to both Australian/ New Zealand and UK universities for 2020 entry you need to sit the UCAT ANZ test during July 2019.
You then need to email the UCAT UK Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 15th October 2019 (the UCAS application in the UK) to confirm the following information:
Your UCAT ANZ ID number in the format ANZ12345678 (which you receive when you register an account for the UCAT ANZ test)
The UK universities to which you have applied.
The UCAT UK Office will then verify your UCAT ANZ score with the UCAT ANZ Office and communicate this to your chosen UK universities. Note that candidates are not permitted to sit both the UCAT ANZ and UCAT UK test in the same year. Candidates are not able to use UCAT UK results to apply to Australian/ New Zealand universities.
The website for the UCAT UK test is www.ucat.ac.uk/
Can I sit both the UCAT ANZ and UCAT UK test?
Candidates are not permitted to sit both the UCAT ANZ and the UCAT UK test in the same year. In this event only the test result obtained at the first sitting will be valid.
If you have not found the information you need here please email the UCAT ANZ Office:
Email services are available Monday - Friday. Please include your full registered name and UCAT ANZ ID number, if applicable.
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