Karen Lomas
October 1, 2018

UMAT to UCAT: Admissions Test for Medical Degrees

Photo by Vidal Balielo Jr.

The UMAT Admissions Test for medical degrees is changing to the UCAT, in 2019.

This is important information for any student hoping to sit the UMAT in 2019 for entry into university in 2020. There will be a new test to replace the UMAT, called the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT).

Let’s be clear, those students who sat the UMAT in 2018, nothing will change.

The new test, the UCAS is:

  • computer-based
  • 2 hour test
  • taken in test centres throughout July
  • will comprise 5 separately timed tests
  • Registration will take place in March 2019 and close mid-May.

If your child is interested in sitting the UCAT test, please refer to the weblink above. This official website for UCAT provides a list of the universities that require the UCAT test.

Other pathways into Medicine

I also need to stress here that passing the UMAT, or from next year the UCAT, is not the only pathway into medicine. Students can enter an undergraduate degree program and then study medicine at post-graduate level. This is so important for aspiring students. I would not like anyone to be discouraged if their ideal study pathway is not open to them.

You can also contact me if you have any other questions about course selection and preferences. If your year 10 or 11 student is leaning towards scientific and other health sciences courses, I can help to guide them.

Email [email protected] for everything careers and more on the change from the UMAT to the UCAT for medical degrees.


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