Non-verbal Reasoning

The questions in this section are all based on patterns and sequences of visual material such as shapes. There are a few different types of questions that can be asked in this section. For example:

  • Complete the Sequence
  • Pick the Middle
  • Circular Segments
  • Matrix
  • Pyramids


These questions aim to assess students' abstract reasoning ability and problem solving skills in non-verbal contexts.


Interpersonal Understanding

The questions in this section are all in written form (passages or conversations). Some questions will be based on a cartoon. Most passages/cartoons will relate to several questions.

Questions in this section of the UMAT are based on a scenario, dialogue or other text that represents different interpersonal situations and aim to assess students' ability to understand and think about people through their ability to:

  • identify
  • understand and;
  • infer the thoughts, feelings, behaviour and/or intentions of the people represented in the situations.


Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving

The questions in this section are all in written form however some information may be presented in a visual or tabular format.

These questions are all based on pieces of text or information presented graphically, drawn from a wide variety of general sources and aim to assess students' ability to:

  • comprehend
  • draw logical conclusions
  • reach solutions by identifying relevant facts
  • evaluate information and data
  • pinpoint additional or missing information and;
  • generate and test plausible hypotheses


UMAT Structure

The UMAT consists of 3 hours of test time, however it is recommended that you allow 4 to 4.5 hours from the arrival time for testing procedure (registration etc.) as well as the total test time. Depending on the testing centre and number of candidates at each centre, registration times may vary. 

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