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Are you in Year 12? Are you keen to study Medicine, Dentistry or Clinical Sciences next year? Well, you need to sit a test this year (don’t worry, it won’t hurt a bit!) The Universities Clinical Assessment Test (UCAT).

UCAT is one of the requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Tasmania and other Australian and New Zealand universities. Visit the UCAT website ( to find out which universities and courses require UCAT.

Between March and May of Year 12 you need to create an online account and book a test. There is a booking fee, but you should check if you might be eligible for a concession. UCAT tests happen s in towns and cities throughout Australia, during July and early August. Universities receive your UCAT results in September.

UCAT is a 2-hour test that you do on a computer.  It has 5 subtests about:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement

Information about what these tests measure is available on the UCAT website –

It’s important to start early. Get familiar with the test format and the style of questions. The UCAT website has a range of resources to help you prepare, including:

  • Practice questions
  • Test tools
  • Advice from people who have taken the UCAT

Tip: See your school or college Career Advisor for:

  • Information about UCAT
  • UCAT practice textbooks
  • Mmedicine, Dentistry and Clinical Science courses throughout Australia.
  • All pathways into a career in medicine or dentistry.

You need to apply for university separately to your UCAT registration and booking. Your Career Advisor can help with that too.

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