Local applicants

Selection for Interview

Applicants are offered an interview on the basis of the combination of their actual ATAR (or ATAR equivalent) and actual UMAT score (total raw score). Interviews are offered to the highest ranking applicants until all interview places have been filled (we usually interview approximately 450 local applicants each year).

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:


Academic merit

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.

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 Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is designed to assess general attributes and skills gained through prior experience and learning. The three sections in UMAT assess the acquisition of skills in critical thinking and problem solving, interactions with others, and abstract non-verbal reasoning. The sections are equally weighted. For further information about UMAT and to register for the test, visit the UMAT website.

Please note that we use the actual raw scores for the three test components, not the percentile rank. The minimum overall UMAT raw score required for selection is 150. There is no minimum score for individual test components.


From 2019, students interested in studying Medicine, Dentistry and identified Clinical Science courses at a member university of the UMAT Consortium will sit the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) as part of their admissions process (instead of UMAT).  More information on how the results will be used for admissions purposes will be provided in 2019. 


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