A few more applicants than the previous year participated in the test for admission to medical studies on Friday for the thirteenth time. 12,960 participants – about 400 more than in 2018 – participated in the nine-hour procedure in the medical universities of Vienna, Graz, Innsbruck and the University of Linz. They have a total of 1,680 places. The results will be available in August.
In Vienna, 6,490 people took part in the test, 2,297 in Innsbruck, 2,487 in Graz and 1,056 in Linz. This represents about 78% of total enrollments, with differences among universities being low. There are 740 places at the Vienna University of Medicine, 400 at the University of Medicine Innsbruck, 360 at the University of Medicine Graz and 180 at Linz, which means that nine test participants will study in Vienna, seven in Graz and Innsbruck, and seven in Graz. Linz six.
In human medicine, in all universities, 75% of study places are candidates holding an Austrian matura certificate, 20% of EU applicants and 5% of third country applicants. . In dentistry, however, this quota system has decreased this year: places are awarded, regardless of nationality, to those who obtain the best test results.
In the nine-hour written test for human medicine (MedAT-H), prior academic knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, reading and comprehension of tests as well as cognitive skills (sequence of numbers, ability to memorization and memorization, fluency of words, recognition of implications) were examined. In the test section "Socio-Emotional Skills", you will also find the "Recognize Emotions" box: Candidates must determine how their counterparts feel according to the description of a situation. New dentists also had to demonstrate manual skills rather than understanding the text and recognizing the implications.
The criticism of the admission test comes from the Austrian Students Union (ÖH). "We are clearly opposed to any restrictions of access," said President Adriana Novakovic (Green and Alternative Students / GRAS). The medical test is "the main example that confirms any fear of access restrictions". The social composition of students has declined since its introduction. The ÖH wants a free and open university entrance and asks for funding from universities. It is up to the state to create enough places to study and to propose a decent orientation phase.