UGM Entrance Exam

Just retelling my experience taking the UGM entrance exam.

When I first took this entrance exam, I still remember the tiring experience of searching for tips on how to pass the entrance exam. On the other hand, I have to study for my foundation examination and also my IELTS. Medic Pro Link did provided coaching classes in UM but I only went for one class since I am so busy with my own studies and my parents were away performing the hajj. Searching tips online is a total FAIL. I swore to myself that if I ever got pass the exams I would give out tips for new students after me on how the entrance exam works because NOBODY did to me. So I'll be recounting my experience in hopes that it will help others.

I registered for the entrance exam in Medic Pro Link a few months ago, while I was still doing my foundation. The agent I registered is one of the only two Official Representative for University of Gadjah Mada. Medic Pro Link is the Official Entrance Exam Co-ordinator for Universitas Sumatera Utara, Universitas Brawijaya & Universitas Andalas. Not only that they are also official agents for RSMU, MMA, University of Padjadjaran and University of Indonesia. 

If you are planning to go to Universitas Gadjah Mada, this is what they required:

Maximum age is 25 years old 

Proficient in English which is proven by:
Institutional TOEFL score of at least 500 (paper-based)
 IELTS score of at least 5.00 
Muet band at least 4

Have one of the following qualifications:
  • STPM qualification with minimum CGPA 3.00 (in 4.00 scales) / 3B for science subjects or
  • Pre-Medical qualification with minimum CGPA 3.00 (in 4.00 scales)* or
  • Foundation Programme / A-Level or equivalent qualification with the following results:
ProgrammeMinimal Grades
MUFY3.00 or 60-69
UNSW-FP3.00 or 14B

The difference between Russian and Indonesian universities is the entrance exam. Going to Russia does not require any elimination processes, but in Indonesia they do. There are some universities who guarantees instant seat when you approached them with good CGPAs such as Universitas Sumatera Utara (USU). However the old and famous universities such as Universitas Gadjah Mada or Universitas Padjajaran requires sitting an entrance exam and passing in at least of 55% to secure a seat. Every year a fixed amount of seats will be given such as for this year:

60 seats for Medicine / MBBS
30 seats for Dentistry / DDS
30 seats for Veterinary Medicine
30 seats for Pharmacy

Okay, how does the examinations go again?

Queue before entry

 Today I will be concentrating on UGM entrance exam. Well, there's one honest way to put it - its tough. Even if you have money, you can't buy your way in these examinations. UGM is a university who puts quality first from quantity, and to mark my words - even if there's only a single person who passes the exam out of a few hundred students, only that particular person will be offered the seat. Other vacant seats won't be offered to the others. This case happened this year in the pharmacy seatings. In other words, you have to pass 55% no matter what. There are certain cases where the passing mark is lowered down than 55%, but the cases are extremely rare. 

The admission test or entrance exam was hold at Saturday, 7 May 2011. The venue takes place at the Examination Hall, Library Building 6th floor,Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN).  The test schedule goes on according to this:

07.30 - 08.00 Briefing for Gadjah Mada Scholastic Test
08.00 - 10.00 Gadjah Mada Scholastic Test
10.00 - 10.30 Break
10.30 - 12.10 Academic Test I (Mathematics and Biology)
12.10 - 13.10 Break
13.10 - 15.40 Academic Test II (Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics)

All examinations are done in MCQs and in English. Sounds easy right? However everything that looks easy has its own catch. In every UGM examination, the exam is designed for the students to choose their answers carefully, making sure the answer is indeed correct 100 percent and not 'tembak'. There's a penalty in which each correct question answered four points will be given, if you don't answer the question zero points is given meanwhile if you choose a wrong answer one point will be deducted. That is to say, if you answered 20 right answers and 30 wrong answers, your total marks will be (20x4)-(30) = 50 points. Total drag down in your marks. 

There are certain cases where two points will be deducted instead of one, and many students scratched a negative mark (-xx) from the total of all 100 questions! 


I'll further elaborate about what subjects are tested in the admission test.

  Gajah Mada Scholastic Test is a test in which your IQ will be measured by picking the right answers from 100 tricky questions given in different sections A, B, C and D. Every section represents different types of questions - riddles, mathematical, general knowledge and also English language proficiency. A time limit will be given for all students to answer, section by section. For example when time for Section A is up, you can't continue to do it anymore but instead you have to proceed on the next section immediately. The goal of this test is for you to answer as much as you can in the short time limit. But no worries, no marks are deducted in this test. 

Academic Test I Mathematics & Biology in my opinion is the easiest out of the academic section. The mathematics is basic modern maths for our SPM, and I daresay the Biology is also less of a challenge. But then again, I love Biology to bits so I'm not sure. However, I answered all questions and left out only 2 questions. My advice, each section contains 25 questions each so choose carefully! Answer only the questions you know the answer confidently. Do not answer unless you are TRULY sure. If you don't know the answer, leave it. Do not attempt the question and risk having your marks deducted. Leaving the answer blank is better than picking a wrong answer, since you will not get points or get deducted either.

The last test, Academic Test II (Physics, Chemistry, Applied Mathematics) is hard. HARD. I'm not gonna lie to you. The three subjects is divided in total of 50 questions, but I remembered having 20 questions of Applied Mathematics at that time. Physics and Chemistry is normal syllabus in which you will encounter during your foundation year, so no need to stress about it so much. However, the downfall is Applied Mathematics. One glance at the first question, I didn't know what the heck the question is talking about. Second glance, I was like DANG. Third glance, I was like OK Its decided I never encounter this type of mathematics before.

So what did I do?

I left out the whole Applied Mathematics section. Yes SERIOUSLY. I answered all the Physics and Chemistry but I didn't even touch the Applied-butthurt-Maths questions. Well, the main objective of the test is to see how you pick your 100% right answers carefully instead of simply 'tembak' everything and get all the answers wrong (deducted marks). Its not important on answering just simply everything like our Malaysian exam system does but to plan a strategy on choosing the right answers only, and eliminating takpasti questions or questions you don't know at all. In simple words, in order to pass the test, you don't have to answer everything. I remembered getting out of the exam room one and a half hour before the test ends because I finished answering what I need.

One more thing, in Indonesian exams you are not allowed to bring any calculators. Only buku sifir is permitted. However in my exam, the test invigilators ended up not giving us buku sifir at all and we had to calculate everything ourselves using our own brains and a scratch paper. (More reasons to not do that Applied-butthurt-Maths questions!) Also there's another rule that you must not bring a watch in to the exams. I've seen several of my fellow friends got shooed out the exam hall before they took off their watches. You are only allowed to bring a ballpoint pen, two 2B pencils, an eraser and a sharpener. The Indonesia invigilators are extremely particular on this.

After approximately two~three weeks, you will be notified if you succeeded in the exam. There is also a website in which you can check. Usually they will publish the results like this. Then the rest you will deal with your agent. However, if you failed, its okay. Usually students takes a few entrance exams of different universities for a 'just in case' backup plan. As for me, I chose Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Padjajaran and Universitas Sumatera Utara. But since I gained a seat in UGM, my agent advised me against sitting for other exams because if I did and gained another seat by the latter universities, I won't be giving other students a deserving seat. From wasting the precious seat and just accepting to UGM, I kinda am like doing a favor to other students who needed a place there. So my exam fees burn T_T

Fuh!~ That's an extremely long and detailed info on what you would expect in the admission test. Make full use of it, if you want to pass the examination! Don't fret, dearies! The reason I wrote this tips is that I would be of use to other students who are interested in UGM. During my time, nobody gave me help or tips and I kinda have to survive on my own~

so guys, good luck for those who deserved them!

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shishi the great said...

congratulations on getting the place! I've applied for the same 3 universities and will be sitting for all of the entrance exams. I'm not too smart so I'm hoping that doing the tests would give me more practice instead hihi.

I do have a question, what are the topics covered? I'm very worried about this because i have no idea what to study and i recently just deleted most of my math lecturer notes since I've finished my foundation already :-(

what about biology, physics and chemistry?
i know that UM foundation is different and harder than UiTM foundation.

I'm sorry if this is troublesome for you, but something a little bit more detail would really help since I've forgotton most of my sem 1 syllabus and I've long left my text books and such.

please help! :-(

Unknown said...

hi aainaa...may i know how many questions are there for physics??btw,i'm a stpm leaver and i did not take physics as my optional i'm worried that i might not score well in the exam..

Aainaa Aqila Khairuddin said...



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Unknown said...

Hi Ainaa, I came across your bg and I was wondering because medic prolink said they were going to host coaching classes for the entry exam, so I was wondering if the papers and past year papers they gave during the coaching classes were helpful for the entrance exam. Also you did not mention abut your interview...

Aainaa Aqila Khairuddin said...

@Alina James:

Hello Alina, sorry for the late reply. As for my time, the papers and past years are generally helpful although of course you must have a good grip in your foundation/stpm/similar requirements for good measure. Also during my time, there wasn't an interview, just a normal one to one conversation with the university representative. The interview is a formality, and introduced recently in the years. For any other inquiries, please email to :)

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