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Entrance exam for medical studies: a total of 12.552 people took part

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(Vienna/Graz/Innsbruck/Linz, 06 July 2018) By the end of March 2018, a total of 15,880 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) 12,552 of them took the exam – that is to say 79,04 %. The results of the exam will be announced in August.

Details of registrations and actual candidate numbers:

  • At MedUni Vienna, 7,451 people registered for the entrance exam and 5,945 candidates actually took it on Friday.
  • At the Medical University of Innsbruck, a total of 3,766 applicants registered, of whom 2,897 turned up for today's exam.
  • At the Medical University of Graz, 2,969 registrations were received and 2,441 people attended to sit today’s MedAT.
  • In Linz (Medical Faculty of JKU Linz), 1,694 people had registered, 1.269 of whom actually took the exam. This year Linz has 180 university places to allocate rather than 120.

About the admissions procedure
The entrance exam for human medicine (MedAT-H) is a multi-part written exam comprising the following elements:
Basic knowledge test for medical studies: checking existing knowledge from school in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics
Text comprehension: checking reading ability and understanding of texts
Cognitive skills and abilities: this test consists of five groups of exercises (assembling figures, numerical sequences, understanding implications, memory and retentiveness and language proficiency) and covers basic cognitive skills and abilities.
Social and emotional skills: this part of the exam consists of a group of exercises on Reading Emotions and Social Decision-Making, 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 section and the group of exercises on Understanding Implications, manual skills are tested by exercises involving bending wire and reproducing shapes.

There are a total of 1,680 university places available for human medicine and dentistry for the 2018/19 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 180 (2017:120) at the Medical Faculty of JKU Linz. The results will be announced in August.