UMAT 2013 Changes

The National Institute of Education for UMAT preparation aims to keep students informed of any news and changes to the UMAT that we become aware of as the UMAT date approaches.

Also, as always NIE aims to provide the highest quality of preparation resources and communication with teachers and students. This is evident in NIE’s unique approach of providing hardcopy books and resources, as well as 7 days a week 12 hours a day online UMAT chat support with our expert UMAT advice representatives, available via http://www.nie.edu.au to all teachers, students and parents. A lot of prospective UMAT candidates are already using our free UMAT live chat support line. Come online and say hello to us too 🙂

Important Dates

The registration line for the UMAT 2013 is already open. The deadline for UMAT registration is 5.00 pm, 7th of June 2013. Late registrations will incur a $65 penalty and this option will close on the 21st of June at 5.00 pm. The UMAT date is 31st of July.

UMAT Changes for 2013

Unlike last year, this year there are no extra questions, nor there will be any extra time added to the test. However, there is one major change, and this change is reflected in the Book 8 UMAT NIE 2013 Practice Tests and Book 7 UMAT NIE Update Pack, which are both available from http://www.nie.edu.au

In all previous years, there were always 3 separate sections in the UMAT, where students had to finish each section in a particular given time. Students were not allowed to go back to the previous section past the allocated time. The styles of questions for UMAT 2013 are still the same, covering logical reasoning, understanding people and non-verbal reasoning skills. However, questions are no longer divided into three timed sections. UMAT 2013 will be a 3 hour test consisting of 134 questions, the test is NO LONGER divided into sections and there are no rest breaks. Students can answer questions in any order they want.

In our understanding this can work both ways, to the students’ advantage, as well as disadvantage. Students can spend a little extra time on the areas of the test that they are confident in, and hopefully score extra marks by answering more questions correctly. However, students need to be very careful as to how they are spending their time by going through the questions that are difficult or unfamiliar to them. Naturally, when students find a particular question difficult, they tend to spend more time in attempting to solve it, but is this the right test-taking strategy for the UMAT? With this new timing structure, where the time constraints for each section have been removed, students will need to be extra careful with how they spend their time answering questions and ensure that they do not leave too many questions unanswered. Once again, we cannot stress enough, that with so many thousands of students sitting the test, every extra question answered correctly can make a very big difference at the end. Students need to practice their test-taking skills and follow through with developed strategies during the actual test.

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