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Entrance exam for medical courses: A total of 12,760 candidates

79.8 % of registrants attended the Austria-wide MedAT
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[Translate to English:] Bild: MedUni Wien/Houdek

(Vienna, 07 July 2017) By the end of March 2017, a total of 15,993 applicants had registered for the MedAT joint entrance exam for a place at the medical universities of Vienna, Innsbruck and Graz and the Medical Faculty of the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz. Today (Friday) 12,760 of them took the exam – which represents 79.8 %. The results of the exam will be announced in August.

Details of registrations and actual candidate numbers:

  • At MedUni Vienna, 8,030 people registered for the entrance exam and 6.508 candidates actually took it on Friday.
  • At the Medical University of Innsbruck, a total of 3,672 applicants registered, of whom 2,811 turned up for today's exam.
  • At the Medical University of Graz, 3,359 registrations were received and 2,712 people attended to sit today’s MedAT.
  • In Linz (Medical Faculty of JKU Linz), 932 people had registered, 729 of whom actually took the exam.

About the admissions procedure
The entrance exam for human medicine (Med-AT-H) is a multi-part written exam comprising the following elements:

  • Basic knowledge test for medical studies: Checking of previous knowledge from school in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics
  • Text comprehension test: Checking of reading ability and comprehension of texts
  • Cognitive skills and abilities: This test consists of five groups of exercises (numerical sequences, memory and retentiveness, assembling figures, language proficiency and understanding implications) and covers basic cognitive skills and abilities.
  • Social and emotional skills: This part of the exam consists of a group of exercises on "Social decision-making" and "Understanding emotions", covering important aspects of social and emotional skills.

The entrance exam for dentistry (MedAT-Z) is largely identical to MedAT-H, except that, in place of the text comprehension test and the section on understanding implications, manual skills are tested by exercises involving bending wire and reproducing shapes.

There are a total of 1,620 university places available for human medicine and dentistry for the 2017/18 academic year, 740 of these at the Medical University of Vienna, 400 at the Medical University of Innsbruck, 360 at the Medical University of Graz and 120 at the Medical Faculty of JKU Linz. The results will be announced in August.