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Online registration for entrance exam for the allocation of university places to study medicine and dentistry opens on 01 March 2021

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(Vienna/Innsbruck/Graz/Linz, 24 February 2021) As from 01 March 2021, candidates can register for the 2021 entrance exam to gain a university place to study medicine or dentistry at the medical universities of Vienna, Innsbruck or Graz or the Medical Faculty of Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) on the website: Applications to sit the entrance exam, which will be held on 21 July 2021 (approx. 8:00 – 17:00 hrs) close on 31 March 2021.

All details of the admissions procedures and all study locations are available on the joint website, together with answers to FAQs. Due to the pandemic, the entrance exam for Vienna will be held at two venues, as it was last year. Applicants will be allocated to the venues based on their stated home address: as in 2020, the exam will be held in Salzburg Exhibition Centre for applicants from Western Austria and Germany and in Messe Wien for all other applicants, including those applying to study dentistry.

To help you prepare for the exam, the website provides numerous examples of exercises and information about the individual elements of the exam and task groups, together with general working hints and instructions. You do not need to provide a school leaving certificate to register online or to take part in the MedAT entrance exam. This only has to be produced at the time of admission, once the results have been announced in August – probably at the end of calendar week 33.

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".

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 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 human medicine.

In order to confirm your registration for the entrance exams, you are required to pay a fee of €110 as part of the online registration process. This registration fee is used to cover the universities' costs associated with the admissions procedure. The entrance exams will take place at all venues on Wednesday, 21 July 2021.

Timetable for admissions procedure for human medicine and dentistry 2021:
01 to 31 March 2021: online registration and payment of registration fee
Wednesday, 21 July 2021: MedAT entrance exam in Vienna/Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz and Linz
End of calendar week 33 2021: announcement of exam results