Foundations UMAT Practice Course
The Foundations UMAT Practice Course (UMAT101) is a pre-medical course developed to enhance performance in all sections of the UMAT exam. The METC academic faculty designed this course. Consequently this allows students to leverage the knowledge and insights of experts in the field of medical education.
Course workload: 60 hours (16 hours attendance)
Course credits: 4 credit points
Scope: Sections I, II, III of UMAT
Delivery: Attendance and Home Study
Suitability/Eligibility: Pre-Medical students aiming to perform in all sections of UMAT
Aims of the course
The Foundations UMAT course aims to provide UMAT candidates with an intuitive understanding of all sections of the UMAT exam. Overall, the course focuses on content and complex reasoning skills habitually assessed in the UMAT exam. Members of the METC Institute pool of educational experts deliver these concepts and techniques.
The Academic Faculty of the METC Institute advises all students aiming for high-performance in UMAT to enrol in the Foundations UMAT Course.
In summary, students who complete the course should:
- Demonstrate and apply advanced reasoning skills in the domain of text-based and graphical stimuli
- Extrapolate from provisional data, and form and test plausible hypotheses based on such data via application of logical reasoning
- Identify, understand, and infer human emotions and behaviour from scenario stimuli including but not limited to excerpts of dialogue, literature, opinion pieces, and personal reflections, and finally
- Comprehend and logically deduce abstract and non-verbal problems via application of specific techniques in pattern analysis and non-verbal reasoning
The course involves a combination of attendance and self-directed home study and comprises a total minimum of 60 hours (though students may wish to complete further hours of home study).
- Attendance component: Two days of UMAT specific lectures, interactive problem based learning and a full-length UMAT practice exam. Course content focuses on the subjects of Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving; Understanding People; and Nonverbal Reasoning. Each student receives exam feedback. This provides candidates with an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses therefore allowing students to plan their exam approach prior to UMAT.
- Home-Study component: Students are to complete a set of exercises and readings they are given before UMAT 2017. These exercises and readings are specific to METC Institute and are not available anywhere else. Candidates will be able to apply techniques introduced during the attendance course. Additionally, students are expected to complete a further minimum 44 hours practicing exercises and completing recommended readings. Further exercises and UMAT practice exams are available as part of the UMAT advanced Strategies course (UMAT102).