Live Updates: COVID-19 and Medical School Admissions

UCAT Exam

2020-04-03

The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading across the globe and its impact is beginning to be felt for medical school admissions. Here, we provide you with a compilation of official updates relevant to medical school admissions to make sure you are all up-to-date.

Since the situation can change rapidly at any time, we are monitoring various information sources closely to update this page. So stay healthy, check this post regularly and continue with your academic studies and preparation for admission tests.

Updates on the UCAT:

On 19th March 2020, the UCAT has announced they expect the testing to go ahead in 2020.

For further information, read our blog article: COVID-19: UCAT FAQ 

Updates on the GAMSAT:

On 23rd March 2020, ACER announced that the GAMSAT exam that was planned to be sat on 21st March 2020 will be run online at the end of May 2020. You will be sitting this at your home or a private location.

For further information, read May/June Online GAMSAT - What Do We Know and What Can We Expect?.

Updates on medical school admissions process: 

Currently, no announcements have been made on significant changes to admission requirements, application process and interview process for medical schools.

However, universities may start to consider reviewing their admissions process and application timeline for their 2021 medical programmes entry but we will keep you updated here if this becomes the case. 

Updates on GCSE and A-Level examinations: 

On the 20th March 2020, the government announced that schools would close and all exams have been cancelled. A mixture of your teacher’s assessments, mock exam results, past performances in school assessments and coursework and your predicted grade will make up your final grades for each subject.

For further information regarding specific situations such as private candidates visit the government’s announcement page here.

Updates on university assessments: 

All universities are closed and all in-person examinations have been cancelled but some universities have moved their teaching and exams online. 

If you haven’t heard from your universities, please check with your course tutors for further guidance. 

Updates on the BMAT:

Cambridge Assessments have stated that they “do not expect the COVID-19 outbreak to affect the BMAT – September test session” but we will keep you updated here if any changes do occur.

For now, please take good care of yourselves and each other and make use of this quiet self-isolation time to recharge, revise and prepare for when everything gets back to normal. 

Please bookmark this page and keep checking back here for regular updates.

Be well,

Medify

Studying for the UCAT ANZ instead? Here is the link to the ANZ Live Update page.

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