The purpose of UMAT is to assess the general skills and abilities developed over the course of your education and life experience that are considered by the universities to be important to the study and practice of medicine and the health sciences. To operate most effectively in these career areas graduates will need to be flexible; to have good thinking skills (critical and analytical); to be able to respond quickly to new situations and problems; and to have a well developed ability to understand and respond to patients' needs and individual situations. For these reasons UMAT has been developed as a test that is not based on learned academic curriculum or study of particular subjects, but as a test of your response to stimulus that will not necessarily be familiar.

Intensive preparation is not advisable or necessary.  However, wide and critical reading may provide helpful preparation and, as with any test, some practice in answering questions of a similar type, and under similar time constraints as those found in the real test is helpful and reassuring to most candidates. It is also helpful to practice using a machine-readable answer sheet similar to the one in the actual test.

ACER and the UMAT Consortium do not recommend or endorse any commercially available courses offering UMAT preparation. Nor do ACER or the Consortium have knowledge of the content of such courses, or any involvement in their development, or any commercial interest in the programs. Thus the UMAT Office is unable to comment on their relevance or usefulness.  It is possible that some commercial preparation courses might provide misleading information or advice to candidates.

Neither ACER nor the Consortium conduct UMAT preparation courses. ACER does however provide online practice materials and tutorials to prepare candidates for UMAT. Candidates must view and successfully complete the UMAT Registration Tutorial before finalising their UMAT Registration.

For further tips on how to answer questions, please see the information provided under Preparation strategy.