Students call to end UMAT prep courses

Medical students are calling for an end to commercial courses that claim to prepare students for Undergraduate Medical Admissions Tests (UMAT), because there is little evidence they boost the likelihood of acceptance to medical school.

The Australian Medical Students’ Association issued the warning on Wednesday as thousands of Year 12 students sat the UMAT - many of whom had paid up to $2000 for preparatory courses in the hope of improving their scores.

AMSA says course providers are preying on vulnerable high school students by making claims such as “we get you into medicine”,