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 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.

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.

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 all available test centre locations will be published when registration opens in March 2019.  

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 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.

Access Arrangements

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.

Preparation Materials

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.

Some of the preparation materials on the website refer to the UKCAT, not the UCAT ANZ – is this a different test?
No, although new to Australia and New Zealand for 2019, the UCAT has been used for over 12 years in the UK under the test name UKCAT.  Some of the preparation materials provided on this site, although referred to as UKCAT, represent the exact content of the UCAT ANZ test and may be used to familiarise yourself with the test format and to prepare for the test.  These preparation materials will be re-published during early 2019 to reflect the new international test name of UCAT.

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 website.



When will I receive my results?
On the day of your test.  When you leave the test centre you will be given details of how you can log-on to the Pearson VUE system and retrieve your UCAT 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. 


Other questions

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?
You should still sit the UCAT ANZ in July as our test cycle is earlier than the UK test cycle.  These candidates should contact the UCAT Office in the UK directly for further advice as we will need to liaise with you regarding results delivery.


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