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The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT)

UMAT stands for the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admissions Test. It is developed and administered by ACER – the Australian Council for Educational Research - on behalf of the universities who use UMAT to help select medical students. UMAT forms part of the selection process for most undergraduate medical courses.

The only undergraduate medical course that doesn’t use UMAT to select students is James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, some universities may consider your application without a UMAT score, but you will have many more options if you sit the UMAT.

The Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT)

GAMSAT stands for the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admissions Test. It is developed and administered by ACER – the Australian Council for Educational Research - on behalf of the universities which offer graduate-entry medical programs. GAMSAT is used as part of the selection process for all graduate-entry medical courses in Australia.

If you're an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian, some universities may consider your application without a GAMSAT score, but most will require you to have sat the GAMSAT.

If you're applying for an undergraduate entry course you won’t need to sit the GAMSAT. Most universities will instead require you to sit the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admissions Test), which is a different test.

This page was last updated on: 23/02/2011