Inside the minds of test writers

The general aim of multiple choice tests is to gain truthful information about what students have learnt. The UMAT is slightly different as it tests an individual’s generic skills rather than specific content (as multiple choice tests usually do), however, the process by which test writers create psychometric tests such as the UMAT is very similar to the processes for creating any other multiple choice test.

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New format for UMAT in 2013

ACER has made some notable changes to the format of the UMAT exam for 2013.

Previously students had three distinct sections to work through (Section 1 - 48 questions - 70 minutes, Section 2 - 44 questions - 55 minutes, and Section 3 - 42 questions - 55 minutes).

Now ACER has mixed all three question types into one three hour exam. The types of questions has not changed, but ACER now refers to them as "constructs", and refers to these constructs by the question type, namely: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People and Non-verbal Reasoning. 

The candidate will now have to complete a total mixture of these three question types in the three hour exam. 

The total number of questions remains unchanged at 134, but students should be prepared to change their thought processes from one question type to another, as they work their way through the exam.

The student is given four scores, one per test construct, plus an overall score (now reported as an aggregate rather than an average as in previous years).

There will also be a ten minute reading time (to check that the exam is complete and without error) before the commencement of the exam.

There are websites dedicated to training students according to this new format. For more information click here.

Craving additional UMAT practice?

By now, your preparation for the UMAT should be well underway. Here at UPQ, we understand that not everyone has the luxury of having access to unlimited practice questions - especially those in difficult financial circumstances. That is why we have worked hard to find you some excellent resources that you can use. We have updated our small library of practice questions providing you with some more examples of the different question styles in Non-verbal reasoning and Understanding People.

We have also found an excellent practice exam that follows the new ACER UMAT exam format (if you haven’t heard about the changes, please check out our previous blog entry detailing the changes)

Check out this FREE practice exam.

Continue to check out our blog regularly, as we will be posting new tips on how you should tackle the new UMAT exam!

Tackling the New Format

Tackling the new Format:

The 2013 UMAT exam is less than one month away! It is now halfway through the semester break for High school students, and students partaking in the UMAT exam should be well under way with their preparations. Students should be doing a mixture of practice exams as well as drills for specific constructs. A common question that gets asked is, how should we attempt the new UMAT format?  There are multiple ways you can now approach the new UMAT format. Two of those are discussed below:

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