UCAT

From 2019 onwards, the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) will be replacing the UMAT as part of the admission process for students interested in studying medicine and dentistry. While the UCAT is entirely new to Australian students, it has been used by a consortium of UK universities for over 10 years. Fortunately, the UCAT website provides students with ample information about the structure and content of the test.

UCAT vs UMAT

One of the biggest differences between the UCAT and the UMAT is that the UCAT is a computerized test, where students will be invited to testing centres on an assigned date. They will also receive their results straight after their completion of the test. Additionally, the UCAT comprises of 5 subtests instead of 3 in the UMAT, and consists of a substantially higher amount of questions to be completed in a shorter amount of time.

Subtests

Description

Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a written form.

Questions

44

Time

21 min.

Description

Assesses the ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information.

Questions

29

Time

31 min.

Description

Assesses the ability to critically evaluate information presented in a numerical form.

Questions

36

Time

24 min.

Description

Assesses the use of convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information.

Questions

55

Time

13 min.

Description

Measures the capacity to understand real world situations and to identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them.

Questions

69

Time

26 min.

Aside from these differences, the purpose of the UCAT is not dissimilar to the UMAT, which is to test the cognitive abilities and behavioural attributes of the candidate. The difference in structure of the UCAT necessitates a rigorous revision of teaching approaches, yet the core focuses do not change.

Our team of high performing medical students and doctors has been working tirelessly to provide a comprehensive course for candidates sitting the UCAT for the first time in 2019. Given that Section 5, the Situational Judgement Test, requires a nuanced understanding of medical scenarios and responsibilities, our team is well-equipped to help you step into a medical student’s shoes.

Teaching Method

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Seasoned Staff

Our team of highly performing medical students have the insight into how to excel at aptitude and attitude tests. It cannot be stressed strongly enough that a successful attempt at the UCAT necessitates a deeper understanding of the concepts at hand, and our tutors will use their experience in helping you to perfect your approaches to the various subtests of the exam.

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Exam Focused

We foresee that the most difficult challenge that students will face in preparing for the UCAT are the time limits for each subtest. Therefore, it is essential that students practise in an accurate, timed environment. Our Extension and Mocks courses will be targeted at this aim.

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Personalised & Comprehensive

Our staff always go above and beyond at ACE. The structure of our classes encourage students to identify and highlight their weaknesses. Additionally, we run a number of free seminars for our students to revise and strengthen their abilities.

Course Structure

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Theory

The theory term will introduce and explain the unique learning approaches for each question type in each subtest. There will be a 2 hour theory class, in which all new theoretical knowledge is taught. This will be followed by a 1 hour “PBC” class, where students attempt and receive feedback on questions related to the newly taught material in timed conditions. Finally, there will be a 1 hour tutorial class, where tutors revise the content of the week before and offer opportunities for students to voice their concerns or queries. At the end of this course, the student will be equipped with all of the learning approaches required for each of the 5 subtests.

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Extension

We recognise that the gap in skill between learning the theory concepts to performing well in exam conditions is considerably large. Accordingly, we have introduced the extension term as a new, bridging addition to our course. The extension term will be entirely question-based, where we cycle through different subtests each week and enforce the respective time limits so that students become acclimatized to the pace and dexterity required to excel in the UCAT. This course will be another opportunity for students to seek targeted teaching and intervention.

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Mocks

The mocks term allows students to put all the concepts learnt in the theory and extension courses in practice whilst under timed conditions. Students will attempt a 2 hour UCAT exam one week, and come to a 3 hour review class the following week. During the review classes, tutors will go through exam answers, revising the concepts taught in previous courses and introducing new valuable information. The 8 week mocks term will consist of 4 mocks and 4 review classes.

Pricing

Early Bird Pricing Available

Single term only

$900 inc. GSTPer Term (Early Bird Price)
  • Includes one term of our UCAT programme - studying either Foundations, Extension or Mocks
  • Normal pricing $1,000 inc. GST

Three term bundle

$1,800 inc. GSTAll three terms (Early Bird Pricing)
  • Includes 3 terms of teaching - comprising the full ACE UCAT preparation programme

    1. Foundations
    2. Extension
    3. UCAT mock exams (one term)
  • Normal pricing $1,900 inc. GST

    (compared to $3,000 if paying term by term)

Extra mocks course

$650 inc. GSTPer Term (Early Bird Price)
  • If you've completed a full 3 terms of UCAT with ACE, you can pick up an additional term of Mocks for that extra exam practice at a discounted rate
  • Normal pricing $700 inc. GST

    (compared to $1,000 for the usual term fee)

Timetable (Current Term)

Morning Session

9:30am - 1:00pm

  • No UCAT classes on Saturday mornings
Afternoon Session

1:30pm - 5:00pm

  • No UCAT classes on Saturday Afternoons
Morning Session

9:30am - 1:00pm

  • No UCAT classes on Sunday mornings
Afternoon Session

1:30pm - 5:00pm

  • No UCAT Classes on Sunday Afternoons
Evening Session

6:00pm - 9:30pm

  • No UCAT classes on Monday nights
Evening Session

6:00pm - 9:30pm

  • No UCAT classes on Tuesday nights
Evening Session

6:00pm - 9:30pm

  • No UCAT classes on Wednesday nights
Evening Session

6:00pm - 9:30pm

  • No UCAT classes on Thursday nights

OBLIGATION-FREE TRIAL DETAILS

Tuition is a personal experience and no one classroom is the same! To give students the chance to get to know ACE, see the quality of our resources and meet our teachers, we offer an obligation-free one week trial period when starting our UCAT foundations or extension course (not available for mocks).

If the student chooses to continue, the invoiced fees will include this two week trial period. If the student chooses to discontinue, they will not be charged for these lessons.