What is the UCAT ANZ? What you need to know for 2020

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James Gibbons

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The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) ANZ is an admissions test used by a select number of universities in Australia and New Zealand for applications to their medical, dental and clinical science degrees. Aptitude tests have been used for many years across the globe by Medial Schools to help them in their selection process for future students. 


The UCAT ANZ test will replace the UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) from 2019 (for university entry in 2020). The UMAT had previously been used as the aptitude test of choice for a number of years.

The differences between these two tests is explained thoroughly in our blog post here. And it will guide you through the differences as well the advantages of the new test. But do not worry if you have sat the UMAT before, the UCAT is testing you on very similar concepts.

Is UCAT ANZ the same as UCAT UK?

The UCAT ANZ test remains the same as the UK/EU test. The exam has the same five sections on Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. With the same number of questions and timings associated with each section of the test. 


The UCAT ANZ also offers extended versions of the test for candidates that are entitled to extra time due to a documented medical condition or disability. Information about access arrangements can be found here, providing 25% extra time with the UCATSEN (SEN – Special Educational Needs) ANZ as well as other access arrangements if required by the student.


Costs of UCAT ANZ

The costs associated with sitting the UCAT ANZ are as follows for the 2019 sitting, stated in Australian dollars:

$298 – tests taken in Australia or New Zealand

$198 – concession fee (Australia only)

$373 – tests taken overseas/ outside Australia and New Zealand

*please note additional charges may apply from your bank as this will be an international transaction as Pearson VUE is a United States merchant. Please contact your bank for more information about this. 

If you are a candidate who holds or are listed as a dependent of a current HCC (health care card) or PCC (Pensioner concession card) holders are eligible for a reduced test fee. The concession scheme opens on 1st March with the deadline for applications on 10th May, dates applicable for the 2019 examination sitting. If you are issued with a concession voucher, its expiry date will be 17th May. 

UCAT ANZ Timeline 

We have a complete article (link) breaking down the timeline for the UCAT ANZ and how this fits in with regard to your University application. This will give you a comprehensive guide of what you need to do and when. 

It is important to note that this timeline may be affected due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. We have a further article which provides updates on the current situation. You can also check the UCAT ANZ website for any further details here: https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/

UCAT ANZ Timeline

UCAT ANZ Universities 

Taking this test will allow you to apply to for fourteen of the top medical schools across Australia and New Zealand. But remember it is a mandatory part of the application process so you must complete it if you want your application to be considered. Below is a list of the Universities that require it and the course programs that is needed for: 

A list of the UCAT ANZ Universities

It is always worth double checking the relevant University website you plan on applying to prior to booking your test. 


The UCAT ANZ is one of the key stepping stones on your way to becoming a medical student. It is key in helping Universities make decisions regarding your application. And it is therefore a major part of the process for many students. It is also one aspect that you can have the most control over.

Once you understand the process and timeline, you can begin to structure your preparation. This ensures that you maximise your test performance. And will give your the best possible chance of securing a place at the medical school of your choice. 

If you have any further questions regarding the UCAT ANZ please leave a comment below and we will get back to you as soon as we can! 

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