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UMAT 2018
The Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) is used by a large number of tertiary institutions as a part of their undergraduate selection processes for medicine, dentistry and some other allied health courses. In a change to previous years, registrations for students to sit the UMAT can be made now. Registrations are required by 5pm on 1 June. The registrations need to be made directly to ACER online.

Before registering, applicants are required to read the information book available on the ACER website and view the UMAT registration tutorial. Applications for special testing conditions must be made by 16 June. The test will be held on Wednesday 25 July 2018. UMAT is available to any candidate whose educational level at the time of sitting the test is their final year of secondary schooling, or higher. Candidates found to have sat the UMAT in Year 11 will have their results cancelled and be permanently banned form sitting the UMAT. Applicants are reminded that on the test day they will be required to show one form of photo-bearing identification. The requirements are:

  • A current passport
  • Current driver’s licence or learner’s permit (photo-bearing)
  • Current photo-bearing keypass, proof of age card or 18+ card (commercial ID preparation programs)

More details regarding ID. Certified letters of identification from Schools, employers or other institutions are no longer acceptable.

UMAT familiarisation
The School will be offering Year 11 and 12 boys a short three-hour workshop to introduce and familiarise them to the UMAT. The date is just being finalised, but will be held on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon before the end of this term. The session will be in a workshop format and will provide the participants with a greater understanding of the UMAT by looking at and analysing the questions and scenarios in all three sections of the test that are usually found in the UMAT. The preparation workshop is being supported and held at St Peter’s College and will be run by Medessentials at no cost to the participants. Places for this workshop are strictly limited. Final details are being arranged and all Year 11 and 12 boys will be provided with details of the course and a consent form by email.

International Student Admission Test – ISAT
International students currently studying in Australia and who are considering applying for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science or physiotherapy at some institutions in Australia, will need to sit the ISAT. ISAT is a three-hour computer-based test that can be held at various times during the year, but applicants must check with each institution to determine the deadline for the ISAT results being received.

  • Monash University, Melbourne – medicine
  • Monash University, Malaysian campus – medicine
  • Flinders University, undergrad pathway to medicine
  • University of New South Wales – medicine
  • University of Queensland – medicine and dentistry
  • University of Sydney – veterinary science
  • University of Tasmania – medicine
  • University of Western Australia – pathway to medicine and dentistry
  • University of Western Sydney (UWS) – medicine

More information on the ISAT

Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo
The Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo (TSCEA) is a comprehensive expo at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Sunday 8 April, 10.00am–4.00pm and Monday 9 April, 9.30am–1.30pm. Admission is free.

Students from Years 10, 11 and 12 will be able to meet one-on-one to discuss their study, career and employment options with a large number of representatives from over 60 exhibitors including the universities from South Australia, interstate and overseas universities/colleges, private education colleges, TAFE SA, government agencies, professional associations, local and national employers and the defence forces. A number of seminars will also be held. View the full list of the representatives. It is a very valuable one-stop event and any student considering studying at the tertiary level will benefit from attending the expo. St Peter’s College students are strongly encouraged to attend on Sunday 8 April. More information about this event.

Career-related events at St Peter’s College
The School has arranged visits from the following universities to the School during the School day so that Year 11 and 12 boys can gain information to assist them with their post-school plans.

  • Monday 9 April: University of Sydney
  • Tuesday 10 April: Australian National University
  • Thursday 12 April: Bond University

Later this term, the boys will be informed of these presentations by email and will be required to register should they wish to attend. If any student is even just contemplating interstate tertiary study options, then they should actively engage in these types of events.

Lincoln University, Christchurch NZ
Lincoln University is holding a land-the-trip competition for senior students. The competition is a chance for students currently in Year 11 or 12 to win an all-expenses paid four-night trip to Lincoln University, New Zealand’s specialist land-based university.

To enter the competition, students must submit an application directly to Lincoln University by 3 April 2018. Applicants are required to submit a one-page essay outlining why they should be selected. This would include the motivation for attending and the goals the students would like to achieve while on the tour. Application and other details have been emailed to all Year 11 and 12 boys. This is just a great opportunity for someone who considering studying in NZ or are interested in agriculture or agribusiness. Lincoln is renowned worldwide for courses in these areas. The winners will be involved in the program from 16–21 July 2018 (week 3 of the July holidays). Please note: there are IB and SACE trial exams on during that period.

The program will give the participants a unique opportunity to tour the university, hear from lecturers about the specialist courses, take part in hands-on laboratory sessions, and meet and mingle with current students. It is a great opportunity for any Year 11/12 students considering studying agriculture or in agriculture related areas at the tertiary level. The university also offers a large of other quality degree offerings. Details about the university

Letzlive is an organisation that handles the recruitment of gap tutors for schools in the UK. For details about the organisation, placement opportunities and how to apply visit Applications are required for placements in 2019 and must be received by 9 April 2018. There is an initial registration fee and selection interviews will be conducted in April and May.

Lattitude Global Volunteering is an organisation specialising in volunteering for 17-25 year olds. This includes facilitating placements as tutors in overseas schools across Europe, Africa, Asia/Pacific and the Americas. There are scholarships for placements in some areas. Priority applications close on 30 March and the mid-year deadline is 15 June. Information sessions will be held during the year and selection interviews are expected to be held in July. For details and bookings, go to, email or telephone 03 9826 6266.

Mark Colsey, Careers Counsellor