- Looking to study undergraduate Medicine in the UK? Either BMAT or UKCAT is required, depending on the universities you are applying to.
- Want to complete your Medicine undergrad in Australia? For most Australian universities, submitting an ISAT score is required. ICON+ also runs a workshop on PQA, which two Australian universities require instead.
- Trying for a place at the Lee Kong-Chian School of Medicine? To apply for the NTU-Imperial programme you must submit a BMAT result.
- Already graduated? If you want to enter Medicine as a graduate, the tests required varies from country to country. See more…
Like the UKCAT, the BMAT is used for admission to UK medical programs, such as Imperial, UCL, Oxford and Cambridge. In Singapore, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, more popularly known as NTU-Imperial, requires the BMAT too. Generally, candidates sit for both the BMAT and UKCAT, in order to have the widest range of medical school options.
The purpose of the BMAT is to assess test-takers’ problem solving, scientific and math knowledge as well as writing skills. The examination has three sections in this particular order: Aptitude and Skills, Scientific Knowledge and Applications, and a Writing Task. The BMAT takes about two hours to complete, and it is a pen-and-paper exam.
The BMAT is offered once a year, normally in November. Candidates must sit for the examination during the year in which they intend to apply to universities. For those who wish to register for the BMAT, they can do so at ICON+, an official BMAT test registration center.
The score range for Aptitude and Skills, and Scientific Knowledge is 1 (low) to 9 (high) each, resulting in a total score of 2.0 to 18.0. According to Cambridge University, typical BMAT candidates will score about 10.0 on these sections, whereas most of our BMAT students score 12.0 to 14.0! The Writing Task, which is assessed for quality of content (on a scale of 1.0 to 5.0) and written English (on the scale A, C, E), is scored separately.
The International Student Admissions Test (ISAT) is a multiple-choice exam mandatory for international students hoping to study medicine, dentistry, or veterinary science at a selection of Australian universities. Medical programs that require the ISAT include Monash University, University of New South Wales, University of Western Australia, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania and Flinders University.
The ISAT does not test subject-specific knowledge; it aims to test Critical Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. The 100-question exam is 3-hours long and only offered as a computer-based test in over 5,000 registered centers across the world. The test is administered between March and February each year and candidates may only sit the test once every 12 months.
ISAT scores for Critical Reasoning (CR), Quantitative Reasoning (QR) and Overall are on scales with ranges of 100-200. Many of our ISAT students score 180 and above!
Like the BMAT, the UKCAT is used for admission to medical programs in the UK, such as King’s College, Queen Mary, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Nottingham and Warwick. Typically, candidates sit for both the BMAT and UKCAT, in order to have the widest range of medical school options.
The UKCAT is intended to examine a broad range of abilities related to success in medical school and eventually, in one’s career. There are five sections of the test: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Decision Making, and the Situational Judgment Test. The UKCAT takes about two hours to finish. Due to replacing the old Decision Analysis section with the new Decision Making one, this section was unscored in 2016, but will be scored from 2017 onwards.
To keep up with the challenge, the score range for the first four sections of the UKCAT combined is 1200 (low) to 3600 (high). In addition, test-takers will also be provided a separate score for the Situational Judgment Test. The mean score for the 2015 tests was 2531. We are most proud that most of our UKCAT students score 2800 to 3100!
Aimed at Australian and New Zealand residents, the UMAT is used for selection of students into undergraduate level medicine, dentistry and health science programs in Australia and New Zealand. If you are an international applicant, you are advised to take the ISAT instead.
The UMAT is an aptitude test designed to assess the acquisition of skills across three constructs—Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People and Non-verbal Reasoning. It is a 3-hour, pen-and-paper examination conducted once a year, usually in July. Candidates must sit for the examination during the year in which they intend to apply to university.
Candidates receive a score for each of the three constructs (expressed on a scale of 0 to 100), together with an Overall Score (summation of the scores achieved on the three constructs), and an Overall Percentile rank (indication of their performance against other UMAT candidates).
Like the GAMSAT, the MCAT is a 7.5-hour computer-based test for prospective medical students in the United States, Canada and Singapore (Duke-NUS graduate program). This exam consists of four sections: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems; Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behaviour; and Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills.
Scores for each of the sections range from 118 to 132 and they combine to make the total score, which ranges from 472 to 528. Students preparing for the exam are encouraged to try to balance their section scores. For example, physical, biological, psychological and verbal scores of 125, 125, 126, and 126 respectively may be looked upon more favorably than 120, 120, 131, and 131, even though both combinations yield the same total score.
MCAT results are sent out approximately 30 days after the test. Students can take the test up to three times but medical schools generally prefer applicants’ scores to be no older than 1-3 years. The test is administered between April and September every year.
Like the MCAT, the GAMSAT assists with the selection of students to graduate level medicine and health sciences programs in Australia, Ireland and the UK. Recently, Duke-NUS have begun accepting GAMSAT scores for their graduate program. The GAMSAT is divided into three sections which are designed to assess the performance of students across three aptitude areas—Reasoning in Humanities and Social Sciences, Written Communication, and Reasoning in Biological and Physical Sciences.
The GAMSAT is approximately a 5-hour and 30-minute, pen-and-paper examination conducted once a year in March. In order to be eligible to sit the GAMSAT, candidates must be enrolled in the second-last /last year of study for a bachelor’s degree or already possess a bachelor’s degree at the time of taking the exam.
Candidates receive a score for each of the three sections, together with an overall GAMSAT score. The overall score is a weighted average of the three section scores. Each of the four GAMSAT scores is expressed on a scale of 0 to 100.
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