Can I sit the UMAT if I already have a degree?

December 5, 2016

The UMAT (which stands for Undergraduate Medical Admissions Test) is only one of the standardised tests it is possible to take in Australia. Before you register to complete it and start the lengthy revision process, it’s important to check that it is the right pathway for you.

The UMAT is typically taken by year 12 students, which is your final year of secondary school. Even if you are studying some year 12 subjects, you cannot take the UMAT any earlier than this.

There is no upper age limit for the UMAT, however if you already have a degree and are considering a career change, the GAMSAT may be a better option for you.

Which graduates take the UMAT, and which take the GAMSAT?

Once you have already completed or are in the process of completing a degree in a different subject, it is not an automatic requirement for you to have taken the UMAT. Instead, it will depend on the institution you are applying to – some require the UMAT, and some the GAMSAT (which stands for Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test).

Universities which accept the GAMSAT

  • Australian National University
  • Deakin University
  • Flinders University
  • Griffith University
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Notre Dame
  • The University of Melbourne
  • The University of Sydney
  • The University of Western Australia
  • The University of Wollongong
  • Some universities outside of Australia accept the GAMSAT – see the full list here.

Universities which accept the UMAT

  • The University of Adelaide
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • Curtin University
  • Flinders University
  • La Trobe University
  • Monash University
  • The University of Newcastle/The University of New England (joint medical program)
  • The University of New South Wales
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Tasmania
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Western Sydney University
  • The University of Auckland
  • The University of Otago

It’s important to remember that UMAT scores are only valid for two years, so if you took the test at the end of year 12 and want to enrol much later in life you will have to take it again.