• Motivation: without carrots or sticks

    Are you having a hard time motivating yourself to study for the UMAT? The tools we often reach for when we need to get ourselves moving are carrots (rewarding ourselves once a tough job is done) or sticks (depriving ourselves of something we want if we fail to do it). These are "extrinsic rewards". ...

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    by Edward Boyapati
    Monday, 15 September 2014
  • Effective Learning in the UMAT

    Learning is not just about sitting in front of a text book and hoping the content will diffuse into your mind through osmosis. In order to learn effectively, you must learn actively, not passively. Active learning will allow you to engage with what you are learning and absorb it faster. New study st ...

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    by Edward Boyapati
    Monday, 25 August 2014
  • While you’re waiting for your UMAT scores, get back to real life

    -          For the few weeks before the test, if not longer, you've been preoccupied with the UMAT. Maybe you've let a few things slide: homework, co-curricular activities, your friends, fun. Now it's time to catch up on anything that' ...

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    by Edward Boyapati
    Monday, 28 July 2014
  • UMAT Day: Get psyched up, not psyched out

    Your UMAT scores depend on how much you know, but they also depend on how well you can apply what you know. If you are nervous, distracted, or in a bad mood during the UMAT, you may have a hard time concentrating and harnessing your knowledge. Here are some basic tips to help you control y ...

    by Edward Boyapati
    Wednesday, 25 June 2014
  • Staying in control during the UMAT

    Below are a few useful tips as to how to stay in control during the UMAT.  Distractions: One of the things you'll probably have to deal with during the UMAT is distractions. This may be someone sniffling, or coughing, or tapping a pencil. In fact there have even been stories of distractions ...

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    by Edward Boyapati
    Tuesday, 24 June 2014
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-          For the few weeks before the test, if not longer, you've been preoccupied with the UMAT. Maybe you've let a few things slide: homework, co-curricular activities, your friends, fun. Now it's time to catch up on anything that's fallen behind and to return to your normal routine after the UMAT.    We know you may be feeling a little anti-climactic after getting all geared up for the UMAT that's now over, but don't forget other tests that may be looming on the horizon. You've worked hard preparing for the UMAT and it's natural to want to relax a bit. But please, please don't blow off your Year 12 exams; they are just as important...
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Need Some help finding the right UMAT package? MedEntry has packages to suit all your UMAT needs. Simply follow the flowchart to see which package will suit you best for the UMAT.  Please note: Students will have access to the MedEntry materials from the date of purchase until the UMAT test date in July. Footnotes from flowchart:  * Previous Student = Students who had a MedEntry package in the previous year. A Last Year's Student discount applies to any consecutive year purchase. Apply discount when you checkout.  ** Current Candidate = students in the latter half of year 11 or first half...
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MedEntry offers UMAT Coaching in all parts of Australia, including Sydney. Regular UMAT Coaching Workshops are held throughout the year at the University of Technology, Sydney. Sydney UMAT Workshops:  Our UMAT lecturers offer useful tips on solving each type of problem in an effective manner. Exclusive to MedEntry, these two-day workshops in Sydney are usually split into coaching on the first day and sitting a practice exam on the second. The dates for the Sydney UMAT Coaching workshops may be viewed here. Aside from UMAT workshops, the MedEntry UMAT Coaching Program in Sydney also offers online practice questions to all package...
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A lot of people think because their final year of school is such a busy one, they should forget about doing the UMAT and focus on their studies instead. Some say, “Don’t worry if you are not sitting the UMAT, you can always just sit the GAMSAT during Uni and get into Medicine that way”. Whilst this is true, the graduate entry route is no doubt harder. You compete with a far wider range of test takers. The percentage of students who actually get into Graduate Medicine is also far lower than the UMAT percentage intake. The decision to sit either...
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How are UMAT results calculated? Unfortunately ACER does not release the marking scheme that is used determine UMAT scores. There is some speculation as to the following: answering a question correctly that is not answered correctly by the majority of UMAT candidates will be weighted more heavily. And conversely, answering a question incorrectly that most UMAT candidates do answer correctly, will be weighted more heavily against a candidate’s UMAT score. However, because ACER does not release the marking scheme or question weightings for the UMAT it is impossible to be absolutely certain of this. What is certain though, is the...
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By this stage, you will have well and truly completed your UMAT preparation. The day before the UMAT test is all about getting yourself in the right state of mind for the UMAT exam so that you can remain as stress-free as possible and perform at your best when it counts.   What should I do the day before the UMAT exam? -Make sure you know the location of your UMAT test centre and how to get there. Remember for some locations parking may be limited and inner-city traffic can be very heavy especially during peak hour.  If you’re planning on...
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Counting problems in UMAT: an essential summary. Your UMAT questions explained by the team at MedEntry as part of our new section UMAT test tactics and preparation. They may seem simple on paper, but counting problems contained within the UMAT exam can often cause much confusion among students. If you can understand the basic principles of counting problems and recognize when to apply them, you will be able to master many of the typical counting problem question types presented in the UMAT exam.   When counting elements that are in overlapping sets, the total number will equal the number in one group plus the number in the other group minus...
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Probability questions in the UMAT: you’re probably reading this sentence right now…   Your UMAT questions explained by the team at MedEntry as part of our new section UMAT test tactics and preparation.   We know what probability means, but what is its formal definition? Let’s use our everyday logic to define it. If there is no chance that an event will occur, then its probability of occurring should be 0. On the other extreme, if an event is certain to occur, then its probability of occurring should be 100%, or 1. Hence, we can deduce that  probability will be a number between 0 and...
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What you need to know about percentage % questions before starting your UMAT preparation:    Problems involving percent are common on the UMAT. The word percent means “divided by one hundred.” When you see the word “percent,” or the symbol %, remember it means 1/100. For example,   25 Percent   25 x 1/100 = 1/4   To convert a decimal into a percent, move the decimal point two places to the right. For example,   0.25 = 25% 0.023 = 2.3% 1.3 = 130%   Conversely, to convert a percent into a decimal, move the decimal point two places to the left.  ...
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Process of Elimination or POE in UMAT: the best of a bad bunch.   Comprehensive advice from the team at MedEntry UMAT preparation.   Once you have established what the UMAT question is asking you need to act efficiently and narrow down your options to reach the correct answer. Using the Process of Elimination or POE method can greatly improve your chances of scoring highly on the UMAT because it provides a way of tackling questions where there seems to be no ideal answer.   Firstly, be wary of simply picking what you perceive, at first glance, to be the correct answer. There are often several choices that are ‘distractors’: They...
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Yes, we’d all rather be on Facebook or YouTube, or twitter, or asos, but before you throw your hands up in exasperated defeat and open another tab in your internet browser, consider this…    If you do well in the UMAT exam, you will only have to sit it once. It’s 3 hours and 45 minutes of your time which can open the door to a lifelong, rewarding and satisfying career in medicine and/or the health sciences.    If you do not study for the UMAT, you may have to re-sit it or be forced find alternative pathways to reach...
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UMAT: a multiple guess or multiple choice test? You choose.   A university lecturer of mine, once made the comment prior to us all about to sit an exam, that he would cry if we didn’t answer every question because: ‘guys, it’s a multiple choice paper, so even a monkey could get one in every four questions right’.  Although I’ve never personally seen a monkey sit the UMAT exam, statistically speaking, it was a fair point to make, and for the record: not one student failed that paper.   Why prepare for the UMAT or do UMAT preparation courses? To truly succeed in...
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UMAT stands for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test.  It is an exam administered by ACER (The Australian Council for Educational Research), and is a prerequisite for selection into undergraduate medicine, dentistry and health science courses at most Australian universities. The UMAT aims to test your suitability as a medical professional by testing your ability in three areas: logical reasoning and problem solving, understanding people, and non-verbal reasoning. The UMAT is an annual three hour test, with multiple choice answers. Your UMAT results together with your high school score and your performance at an interview are the three criteria used...
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Let’s face it, in those final school years you’ve got enough on your plate without having to slot in yet another class to your already busy schedule. There’s no doubt about it, you really need to prepare for the UMAT test, and you should treat your UMAT preparation just like another school subject. The best way to prepare is in your own time – whenever and wherever you can. To have to attend yet another class would be difficult to say the least. It might clash with your other regular classes, and the venue might not be geographically ideal. A...
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As you probably know ACER has changed the format of the UMAT test for 2013. It will no longer be three separate sections each with their own time limit. Sections 1, 2 and 3 type questions will now all be mixed up together in one big exam of 134 questions and 3 hours duration. It would be a good idea to start practising with such type of questions, because that is exactly what you will now have to do in the UMAT test. The most efficient and effective approach to use in tackling such questions will also be discussed during...
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UMAT Tip: Educated Guessing in the UMAT exam. When sitting the UMAT students may face a difficult question that they can’t quite get their head around or they are running out of time and still have some questions they haven’t answered yet. Some people choose to leave the UMAT question blank. This is a problem because there is very little time in the UMAT exam to return to previous UMAT questions and UMAT candidates will often leave a UMAT question so that they can go back to it later but then run out of time. Also, a blank UMAT question on the...
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Easy UMAT questions have obvious and popular answers: how to avoid falling into UMAT answer traps! As you complete more and more practice UMAT exams you may start to notice the following UMAT trend: Easy UMAT questions have obvious and popular answers, whilst hard UMAT questions have unexpected and unpopular answers. It helps to think of UMAT questions as popularity contests. The answer to an easy question is the most popular choice. The answer to a difficult question is the least popular choice. In other words, popular UMAT answer choices on difficult questions are traps. If you think about the UMAT for...
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Medicine via UMAT or GAMSAT? For a simpler comparison of UMAT against the GAMSAT please see the following article: ‘UMAT or GAMSAT? which is harder? which is easier?‘. Our view is that UMAT route is far superior for several reasons including: 1. No guarantee: Even if you do ace your GPA and do well in GAMSAT, there is no gurantee that you will get in: there is an interview as well. 2. More stress and uncertainty: You have just finished a hard slog for your final high school exams. Do you really want to continue to do that for another 3 to 4...
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Multiple choice questions are much harder than they seem. Even though they give you the correct answer as one of the choices, selecting it amongst the others can sometimes be quite difficult. The UMAT consists of only multiple choice questions so if you learn how to ace this type of question, it will help you maximise your UMAT score. The following tips will not only benefit you in the UMAT, but in any other multiple choice questions that you may face. ANSWER EVERY QUESTION: For UMAT sections 1 and 2 you have a 1 in 4 chance of selecting the correct answer...
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Personal UMAT tutoring Melbourne will allow you to build on your strengths and improve your areas of weakness in a one-on-one environment. You will be coached by an experienced tutor who has performed exceptionally well in the UMAT, interviews and school. Each Melbourne UMAT tutoring session is tailored specifically to your needs as students are able to direct the sessions towards the areas they wish to focus on (no set curriculum for the tutors) so that they are able to get the most out of each session. In turn, this will help students with their self-directed learning when they are...
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