What if I don’t do well?

To put it bluntly: if you get a poor UCAT score, you’re unlikely to get an interview offer from most universities, and hence won’t qualify for entry into their courses.

This being the case, you should focus on applying for the universities that don’t require UCAT, like James Cook University (JCU), the University of Sydney, the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), Bond University, and Griffith University (Medicine). Most of these programs require a very high ATAR, so you’ll need to do well in your school grades to have a good chance of getting in.

Alternatively, you can try one of these options:
  • Apply for a different undergraduate degree, and then try for undergraduate entry. (This is only an option at some universities—refer to this article for details.)
  • Apply for a different undergraduate degree, and then try for postgraduate entry.. (More information about postgraduate entry can be found in this article).
  • Take a gap year so that you can spend time preparing for the UCAT, then sit the UCAT again and reapply next year. (more advice on this in this article).

However, it’s also important to note that in some years, there have been people who got interviews with marks lower than what they expected (e.g. 80th percentiles). So unless your UCAT score is really extremely low, you should always still do some preparation for interviews just in case!

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