Authored by Calem, editing by ashllis91
When I received the UMAT results last year it took me a while to work out exactly what the scores you get mean, so I thought I’d write this article so that people can quickly interpret their results as soon as they are sent out. As you probably already know, there are three sections to the UMAT, each scored separately; Section 1: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving; Section 2: Understanding People; Section 3: Non-verbal reasoning.
What does it all mean?
When you receive your results slip on the UMAT website, it should contain some identifying information, and five different numbers. These are the Section 1, 2, and 3 scores, the overall score, and your overall percentile rank. Now in terms of which is the most important to the universities, that is definitely the overall score, as the majority of the universities use the overall score in calculating your entry rank for offers. But the overall percentile rank is often more useful to you as it gives you a good indication of how you went compared to the rest of the candidates.
How is it calculated?
The section scores are calculated form your marks in each section and are generally between 0 and 100 (although depending on the scaling from year to year, scores may exceed 100). More marks are believed to be awarded to questions that fewer people got correct, less marks for questions that many people answered correctly. The overall score is a rounded average of the three sections, and then obviously the percentile is calculated from the overall score.
How well did I do then?
In previous years as well as your results, you are also provided with candidate ranking information which consists of four graphs (one for each section and one overall). These graphs allow you to work out the corresponding percentiles for raw marks. This gives you an idea of how well you went in each section, but doesn’t really help in working out how competitive your UMAT score is.
Candidate ranking information from 2011:
It is important to note that the percentiles for each raw score change every year according to the difficulty of the test; and in general the scores needed to receive interviews or offers increase by a small amount each year. This may change from 2013 as UMAT scores will only be valid for one year, so ACER may change scoring so that the competitive scores stay stable from year to year.
What is 50-50-50?
50-50-50 is an additional selection criterion used by the University of Queensland School of Medicine and the Joint Medical Program (University of Newcastle and University of New England) in their admissions schemes. To receive an interview or offer, you must have scores greater than 50 in all three sections.
Are my scores enough for an offer?
Generally universities set as their minimum UMAT 50 (~50th percentile), however this is not normally competitive (except where UMAT is not highly weighted such as Flinders University, University of Otago, or University of Auckland). The number of applicants with scores above this has generally made the lowest competitive UMAT somewhere above 60 (~85th percentile) for a non-rural applicant . I’ve created a series of tables which approximate scores needed for interviews or offers at various universities in 2011 (here, here and here), but I’ll just run through the UMAT cutoffs for interviews/offers for medicine or dentistry in 2011 for a year 12 non-rural applicant so you can get an idea. Also the cutoffs are likely to increase slightly every year as higher UMAT scores become more common.
Cutoffs using equal section weighting (cutoff=S1+S2+S3):
181 – University of Queensland dentistry offer
<190 - University of Western Australia medicine interview
195 – Monash University interview (first round)
~210 – University of Tasmania offer (non-Tasmanian cutoff)
Cutoffs using equal section weighting and 50-50-50 (cutoff=S1+S2+S3):
180 – University of Queensland medicine offer (if score was exactly 180 a section 1 score of 66 was also needed for an offer)
Cutoffs using percentile scores:
88% – University of Adelaide dentistry interview
93% – University of Adelaide medicine interview (first round)
Cutoffs using section 1 score and 50-50-50:
59 – Joint Medical Program interview
Cutoffs using UWS weighting (cutoff=S1+S2+S3/2):
149 – University of Western Sydney interview (Greater Western Sydney applicants)
155 – University of Western Sydney interview (non-Greater Western Sydney applicants)
Cutoffs using a combination of ATAR and UMAT:
Flinders University offer (90% ATAR, 10% UMAT)
Charles Darwin University offer (90% ATAR, 10% UMAT)
University of New South Wales interview (50% ATAR, 50% UMAT)
Monash University second round interview (50% ATAR, 50% UMAT)
University of Adelaide second round interview (50% ATAR, 50% UMAT)
Bond University interview
Undergraduate or provisional medical and dental schools not using UMAT:
James Cook University
University of Sydney medicine
Charles Sturt University
La Trobe University
University of Melbourne