Understanding the UCAT exam for getting into Medicine or Dentistry

Getting in to Australian medical schools is competitive. Here's how to do it...

Being accepted into Medicine is an exciting prospect, and the UCAT can help you get there! The UCAT or the University Clinical Aptitude Test is an online computer-based assessment designed to test your abilities across a range of different criteria. This examination period runs from July to mid-August each year and lasts 2 hours*, with various amounts of time being divided across 5 subsections:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Decision-making
  • Quantitative reasoning
  • Abstract reasoning
  • Situational judgement.

*Students with documented medical conditions or disabilities may apply for Access Arrangements to sit an extended version of the test.

What is it used for?

The UCAT is used for the direct entry (undergraduate) pathway into medicine and dentistry. The UCAT is used to help rank students who apply to each degree, alongside their ATAR and in some cases an interview. The exact requirements vary a bit between universities, but they all use a combination of these assessments with different weighting given to each component.

How is it scored?

For each section, you will get a score between 300 (the lowest possible) and 900 (the highest possible).

A larger pool of questions gets used each year, which are selected and presented randomly to each student to neutralise the possibility of cheating.

This cumulative score, which will be between 1200 and 3600 is the score most universities look at, with some universities placing a higher or lower priority on individual sections.

Overall, what is deemed a ‘competitive’ UCAT score varies each year and is hard to pinpoint exactly because the score is combined with ATAR and interviews. As a ROUGH guide, a score over 3000 sits in the ‘incredible’ range, a score between 2800-3000 will give you a red-hot chance for an interview, a score 2600-2800 gives you a fighting chance, and a score below 2600 should act as good motivation to get the highest ATAR possible.

Again, this is a very broad approximation – don’t count yourself out until the offers are released because scoring is multi-factorial, and you never know what will happen.

How do I prepare for the UCAT?

Check out our blog about exactly how the UCAT works, where we go through UCAT in-depth - such as how you can best prepare for it, exam advice from one of our top UCAT tutors, as well as the alternative pathways to getting into Medicine or Dentistry. Here are some additional free resources you can also use, where we explore the little-known tips and tricks to preparing for your UCAT exam.

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The UCAT can be a confusing journey to navigate, especially for students balancing UCAT studies with ATAR studies. However, we're here to help, if you need extra support with your UCAT studies, we have Australia's top-scoring Medical students in one place - KIS Academics. Our tutors are knowledgeable and can assist you with understanding exactly how to score top marks and land your dream university course.

Explore more of our topics below or browse some of Australia’s top-scoring UCAT tutors here. ‍

Understanding the


system 🧠

The first thing we recommend you do is understand how the curriculum works. This will help you choose subjects, understand marking schemes and how it all impacts what university course you can do:

Calculating your



Once you've got an idea of what subjects you want to do and how you'll approach your studies, you can experiment with a predicted ATAR using an ATAR Calculator.

Get your


Marked ✅

In-school assessments are a common and important part of your final ATAR score. If you want an expert to look over your work and provide feedback before your teacher does, you've come to the right place!

Getting the right


resources 📚

Knowing how things work is only half the challenge. You'll need to make sure that you find the best resources available for each subject you choose to do. Here are some of the most popular resources for common subjects:

Finding the best


tutors 🎓

The best way to improve your chance of success is by finding a great mentor or tutor. Finding a good one can be difficult, but we recommend looking for a tutor who:
1️⃣ is young and relatable so lessons are engaging
2️⃣ has a good academic record, achieved a high ATAR themselves is an expert at your subject
3️⃣ loves teaching and genuinely cares about their students.
Here are some of our most popular tutors who fulfil all three criteria themselves:

Brooke Ellis


Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Brooke, and I’m currently studying Medicine at Monash University, after having graduated second in my cohort with an ATAR of 99.75. If you’re looking for a friendly tutor who will unlock your potential and help you achieve your goals, you’re in the right place! Aside from a comprehensive knowledge of the subjects I tutor, I understand that every student is different and I’ll do my best to provide you with highly personalised lessons, study skills, and exam tips.

I had to work super hard to get into Medicine, but fortunately I found a balance and that didn’t mean studying all day and all night. Throughout VCE I played two instruments, the trumpet and the piano, at a high standard, and was heavily involved in my school’s music program as the Senior Music Captain. I also participated in interschool sports and even found time for learning a bit of Spanish on Duolingo. I believe maintaining extracurricular hobbies is so important, and I’d love to share the effective study strategies I found with you!

I offer tutoring in VCE Maths Methods (raw 45) and Year 5-10 Math. I absolutely loved these subjects and, if you choose me as your tutor, I’ll use my experience teaching students difficult concepts and my communication skills to deliver highly engaging lessons.

Whatever your goals are, I’d love to help you achieve them, so don’t be shy to get in touch with me!

Haseeb Riaz



Having completed my WACE with an ATAR of 99.90, a General Exhibition and as a UWA Fogarty Scholarship recipient, I know exactly how much of a load all the work can be, and through hopefully providing you with unique past test/exam resource and insightful explanations, I can aid in taking some of the stress of your shoulders as an affable and amiable tutor. I'm a first year undergraduate med student, and I hope I can aid in any problems you may have.

- I have tutored with both Hale School and private tutoring companies like the Funtrack Learning Centre and have a current clientele of a couple of regular weekly students.

- I tutor Chemistry, Physics, Maths Methods, Maths Specialist, Maths Application and General Maths for WACE subjects in Year 11/12 and can do Literature and Japanese: Second Language as well on the humanities side.
- For Year 7/8/9/10 students I can tutor any broad Science or Maths subjects and also aid in NAPLAN tutoring.
- On top of this, I can aid in Mock Trial preparation, Debating preparation and Public Speaking preparation as well.

Ben Du


Hi there! I'm Ben and I graduated as part of the first QLD cohort to "guinea pig" the new ATAR system. I graduated from Brisbane Grammar School as a Prefect of the School and with an ATAR of 99.85.

I've been tutoring students from a variety of different year levels (7-12) for over two years now. As a tutor, I endeavour to instil confidence into the subjects students are tackling. High school can be a tough gig, but I'm here to help you develop and practice good study habits, give you tips and tricks with exams and share my experiences (some funny ones!) and journey throughout high school.

I've just completed my Bachelor of Medical Science at Griffith University with a final GPA of 7.0 and am progressing into the Doctor of Medicine in 2023.

Apart from university work, I enjoy playing guitar and piano (I'm currently writing a song but it isn't really getting anywhere haha – I'll keep you posted though 😁), and I love a good game of basketball.

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