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Admissions procedure for medical studies: 12,777 took part

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(Wien/Graz/Innsbruck/Linz/Salzburg, 21 July 2021) Out of 17,823 applicants who had originally registered, a total of 12,777 candidates took part in today's (Wednesday's) MedAT joint entrance exam for a place at the medical universities of Vienna, Innsbruck and Graz or the Medical Faculty of Johannes Kepler University in Linz.

As last year, the entrance exams were held at several locations throughout Austria. The MedUni Vienna exams were held at Messe Wien and Salzburg Exhibition Centre, the Graz exams in Graz Exhibition Centre and the Upper Austria exams in Wels Exhibition Centre. The exams for the Medical University of Innsbruck took place at various locations within Innsbruck metropolitan area.

Participant numbers in detail:
-    A total of 6,278 candidates took part in the entrance exam for MedUni Vienna – 4,697 in Vienna and 1,581 in Salzburg. The original number of applications was 8,713.

-    A total of 2,748 candidates sat today's (Wednesday's) entrance exam at the Medical University of Innsbruck. Originally, 3,951 people had registered online by the end of March.

-    Out of the 2,936 originally registered, a total of 2,242 candidates sat the exam for MedUni Graz today (Wednesday).

-    In Upper Austria (Medical Faculty of JKU Linz) 1,509 candidates sat the exam. 2,223 had originally registered their interest by the close of online applications.  

Content of the MedAT-H and MedAT-Z entrance exams
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 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 part of the test consists of five groups of exercises (assembling figures, numerical sequences, language proficiency, memory and retention and recognising implications) 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 the "Text Comprehension" section of the test is replaced by "Manual Skills" and the group of exercises on "Understanding Implications” is replaced by "Wire Bending" and "Reproducing Shapes".

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The Vice Rector of MedUni Vienna responsible for teaching, Anita Rieder, at the press conference at the start of the MedAT

A total of 1,740 university places available
There are a total of 1,740 university places available for human medicine and dentistry for the 2021/22 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 240 at the Medical Faculty of JKU Linz. At least 95% of the university places are reserved for EU citizens and those with equivalent rights of access to education and at least 75% of places for applicants with an Austrian school leaving certificate. However, this quota system only applies to the allocation of university places for medicine.