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In last year's UMAT, there were some changes to non-verbal reasoning questions in the UMAT. Although the structure, number of questions and broad types of questions were the same (pick the middle, missing segment, next in the sequence etc) there were three main differences: A few completely new question types that had not previously appeared in the UMAT A different approach to pick the middle questions required compared to previous years’ UMAT A shift towards more positional type questions In this blog, we will briefly go through these changes and explain how MedEntry is updating our materials to ensure our students are well prepared...
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The LMS has a fresh new look and it is even more user-friendly than before! When you log in you will see that we have made it even easier to access all those awesome UMAT resources on the LMS. Put simply, you can select to either Learn, Practice, Check or Get Help.   Learn..............instant access to the MedEntry guides, forums and extra skills development module     Practice..........instant access to the many thousands of UMAT practice questions in their various forms     Check............instant access to see how you are progressing     Get Help.........instant access to help you use the LMS, with comprehensive...
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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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Pick the Middle in the sequence Answer and Solution: Both dots start in the top position. One dot moves one space clockwise each turn. The other dot moves 1 space anticlockwise, then 2 spaces anticlockwise, then 3 spaces anticlockwise, then 4 spaces anticlockwise. The rectangle moves 90° clockwise, then 180°clockwise, then 270° clockwise, then 360° clockwise. Therefore the answer is D. The order is:...
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Understanding people in the UMAT exam. Absorbing and recalling all of the information that you need from the passages you are given in UMAT section 2 can be quite difficult, however there are ways to tackle these long and dense passages so that you are able to process them and extract the important information more efficiently and effectively and thus improve your section 2 UMAT score. How should I approach section 2 (understanding people) UMAT questions? One of the best ways to process section 2 UMAT stimuli is to break the paragraph down into simpler forms through paraphrasing. This means that...
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The following passage is an extract from a novel. The narrator comes home to find her mother has attempted suicide. Hakkim is her mother’s live in boyfriend. One Sunday afternoon in late winter, after spending the weekend at Joanne’s, I arrived home to find out house surprisingly silent. Hakkim’s car was not in the driveway and, as I walked down the hallway, it seemed that everyone was out. I put my bag in my room. In the kitchen, I was puzzled to see my mother’s purse sitting on the counter, because she never left home without taking it. I ran...
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The following is an example of a question you may expect in section 2 of the UMAT: Two Afghani women, Miriam and Laila, are married to the same abusive husband. Miriam is the older wife, and has just given some baby clothes to Laila. “Thank you, the clothes are lovely.” Laila said. “I had no use for them,” Mariam muttered. She dropped the fish on a newspaper smudged with slimy, gray juice and sliced off its head. “It was either your daughter or the moths.” “Where did you learn to clean fish like that?” When I was a little girl, I...
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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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-          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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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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Medicine at Monash (via UMAT) or Melbourne (via GAMSAT)? A dilemma facing high achievers wanting to pursue medicine is whether to choose Monash University (school leaver entry) or Melbourne University (graduate route). Many parents often ask “why did some universities abandon the school leaver entry route to medicine and which route is better?” Our view is that Monash school leaver entry is far superior for several reasons including: 1. No guarantee: Melbourne Graduate medicine does NOT have guaranteed places in Medicine, even though the university claims that it has. Even those who obtain an ATAR of 99.95 have to maintain certain GPA...
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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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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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Warning, Warning, Warning! Do Not “Read into” Things in UMAT One of the most dangerous traps smart students fall into while reading the UMAT passages is ‘reading into’ things. You should re-read in the context of what you’ve learned about the reading passage—you do not want to interpret what a passage says, or make any subtle assumptions. Restraining yourself from making unwarranted “leaps” on the passages may be something you must consciously remind yourself to do in Section 1. There’s a big difference between drawing a valid inference, and making an unwarranted assumption. Watch your step! For example, if a passage says...
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UMAT is not just a test of speed reading: it is more than that. It tests your higher order thinking skills as illustrated by Bloom’s taxonomy. However, improving your reading speed will certainly be of help in UMAT. Speed reading is a collection of reading methods which attempt to increase rates of reading without greatly compromising comprehension or ability to recall and analyse. Methods include grouping or chunking and tracking. No absolute distinct “normal” and “speed-reading” types of reading exist in practice, since all readers use some of the techniques used in speed reading (such as identifying words without focusing on each...
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Unfortunately, some UMAT prep courses try to convince students that taking the UMAT has noth­ing to do with real academic skills. They prefer you to believe that it’s all about their test-taking “secrets.” This is great marketing for them, but little help for you. Although there are a few basic test-taking skills that you should know about—process of elimina­tion, intelligent guessing and checking, testing choices, and so on—these can be learned easily in a day, and don’t earn you too many points on the UMAT. So what does get you big score improve­ments? In the MedEntry UMAT prep, you will be...
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Smart Test-Taking tips for UMAT: MedEntry UMAT Course Tips Make your MedEntry UMAT practice tests feel real – try your best to replicate the conditions in which you will be actually taking the UMAT. Time yourself with a stopwatch that will beep when your time for each section is up. Take the UMAT test in one sitting with only 10 second  breaks in between sections.  If you have difficulty concentrating for three hours, it is worthwhile building your UMAT test-taking stamina: you might want to take just one or two sections at first, and gradually build up until you are taking the full MedEntry...
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When You Need to Guess in UMAT, Beware of Your Hunches You know that whenever you can make a quick guess on a question to avoid leaving it blank, you should take the shot. The key word here is quick; you can always afford to guess, but you can never afford to waste time. So, how should you guess? Let’s be clear about something: guessing does not mean selecting a choice at random. But it also doesn’t mean selecting the choice that seems to be right. Guessing means selecting the choice that has the greatest chance of being right, regardless of whether that...
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Personal UMAT tutoring Sydney 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 and who is located in the Sydney area. You can organise when, where, and how you would like to use your tutoring sessions. Each 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...
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At the end of a season and leading up to the championship, athletes go through a “tapering phase” to make sure they perform at their peak when it counts. In a sense you’ve been a mental athlete, and you want to make sure that you perform at your peak when it counts: on the actual UMAT. For you, tapering consists of scaling back drastically the amount of preparation you’ve been doing so you can give your mind a chance to rest and rev up your motivation. During this week you should do much less work, but of a much higher...
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