UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test which has now replaced Australia’s UMAT exam. It is the same pre-medical test in the United Kingdom (UKCAT which has been changed to simply UCAT) which and for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ).
The UCAT ANZ and UKCAT are two-hour computer-based tests which assesses a range of mental abilities identified by universities as important in the fields of medicine / dentistry / clinical sciences for students in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
UCAT consists of five separately timed subtests (as shown in the table below) which each contain a number of questions in a multiple-choice format as well as other formats such as true and false, multiple option answers and correctly ending answers. Once started the test cannot be paused for a break but before each subtest there is a timed instruction section.
Candidates either sit the standard test or an extended version of the test if they are entitled to extra time due to a documented medical condition or disability.
|UCAT Subtests 2019||Questions in actual test||UCAT ANZ and UKCAT (standard test)||UCATSEN ANZ and UKCAT (extended test)|
|Verbal Reasoning Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.||44||1 minute (instruction section) 21 minutes test time||1 minute 15 seconds (instruction section) 26 minutes 15 seconds test time|
|Decision Making Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.||29||1 minute (instruction section) 31 minutes test time||1 minute 15 seconds (instruction section) 38 minutes test 45 seconds test time|
|Quantitative Reasoning Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.||36||1 minute (instruction section) 24 minutes test time||1 minute 15 seconds (instruction section) 30 minutes test time|
|Abstract Reasoning Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.||55||1 minute (instruction section) 13 minutes test time||1 minute 15 seconds (instruction section) 16 minutes test 15 seconds test time|
|Situational Judgement Measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.||69||1 minute (instruction section) 26 minutes test time||1 minute 15 second (instruction section) 32 minutes 30 seconds test time|
|Total no. of questions||233||2 hours||2 hours 30 mins|