Selection for Interview
Applicants are offered an interview on the basis of the combination of their ATAR (or ATAR equivalent) and UCAT ANZ marks. Interviews are offered to the highest combined ranking applicants until all interview places have been filled (we usually interview approximately 450 local applicants each year). The overall ranking is not an average, thus to be invited for an interview, one must obtain high ranks on all selection tools – a high rank on one selection tool cannot compensate for a low rank on another.
Interviews are structured and cover a wide range of relevant issues. There will be two interviewers drawn from academic staff, medical practitioners and community representatives. All shortlisted applicants must be available to attend an interview in Sydney during the set interview period. Applicants who are unable to attend their interview on the relevant date will not be considered further.
The minimum achievements required to be considered for an interview are as follows:
Year 12 students
For applicants seeking admission on the basis of the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC), a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 96.00 or equivalent is required to be eligible for consideration.
The minimum achievements are:
- ATAR of 96.00 (NSW, ACT, VIC, SA, NT, WA, TAS)
- OP3 (QLD)
- 37 International Baccalaureate
Please check the Undergraduate Entry Table* available for minimum achievements in secondary certificates not listed above
*Note: The figures in this table are applicable to international students only and should be considered as an approximation only. Domestic applicants with other qualifications should use the Qualifications Assessments Service.
University students and graduates
Applicants who will have completed one year or more of tertiary studies at undergraduate level by the end of the year preceding their start in the Medicine program will be assessed on the basis of both high school results (ATAR or ATAR equivalent) and tertiary study results, combined at a 50:50 ratio. Applicants will be required to attain an academic rank of at least 96.00.
Applicants who will have completed less than 0.75 full-time equivalent study at tertiary level by the end of the year preceding their start in the Medicine program will be assessed only on the basis of their high school qualification (see “Year 12 students” above).
The University Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand (UCAT ANZ) is a two-hour computer-based test which assesses a range of abilities. The test consists of five separately timed subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement) which each contain a number of questions in a multiple-choice format.
For further information about UCAT ANZ and to register for the test, visit the UCAT ANZ website.
For selection, UNSW Medicine considers two marks obtained from the UCAT ANZ: (1) the overall score of Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning; and separately (2) the Situational Judgement mark. There is no minimum UCAT ANZ score as such. However, it is expected that only applicants who have reached the 50th percentile would meet the threshold to be invited for an interview.
There is no minimum UCAT ANZ score as such. However, it is expected that only applicants who have reached the 50th percentile would meet the threshold to be invited for an interview.