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5 Tips For UCAT Timing

If you ask any candidate sitting UCAT what the hardest part of the UCAT is, they will inevitably say one thing: timing. All questions in the UCAT are do-able if you are given unlimited time. If sufficient time is given, most students would be able to score very highly in UCAT. However, UCAT is designed intentionally to give you less time than is required to answer UCAT questions. This is the only way the UCAT Consortium can distinguish the top performers from the rest of the pack. In fact, each year over one fifth of UCAT candidates fail to mark an...
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4 Tips for making the most of your UCAT study time

It’s easy to sit back at this point in the year and feel like you have forever until UCAT and while that might feel true, it’s definitely not. Right now is the time to be getting your head around the different question types in UCAT, finding your weaknesses and sorting them out, and working out how best to spend the next few months in preparing for UCAT. On that note, here are some tips to manage your UCAT study time. 1.  Use a calendar to plan your UCAT prep macroscopically Depending on your MedEntry package and school/university/work commitments, this will look...
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MedEntry’s Updated Medical Schools Admissions Guide Now Available!

MedEntry is delighted to release our free, printable medical school admissions guide that covers everything you need to know about getting into medicine in Australia. This guide covers: Entry criteria, including UCAT and interviews How to apply to study medicine Medical entry pathways, including undergraduate and graduate entry What you should be doing if you are in year 12, year 11 or year 10 Backup options if you don’t do well in UCAT How to choose a medical course Suggested timelines for the year This document is ideal if you are interested in medicine, but not sure where to start. Download...
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Getting the most from your UCAT practice exams

Have you completed a full length UCAT practice exam yet? If not, it is essential that you do! It is the only way to understand the extreme time pressures placed on you during the UCAT. It is essential that you develop and practice strategies that will help you answer questions accurately within UCAT time limits. Here are three tips to getting the most from your UCAT practice exams.   1.  Complete UCAT exams under simulated conditions This is absolutely essential. On UCAT test day, you will be required to sit in front of a computer screen for two hours, without a...
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5 Tips for UCAT Abstract Reasoning

Struggling with UCAT Abstract Reasoning questions? Check out this blog which outlines 5 top tips. 1.  Identify the pattern first When you are first starting out with Abstract Reasoning UCAT questions, it can be tempting to focus on the test shape and try to ‘match’ it to the sets. This wastes valuable time and is unlikely to lead you to the correct answer. Instead, start by examining the sets and looking for a pattern. Once you have identified the pattern, it will be easy to determine which set the test shape fits into.  2.  Choose your own perspective Some questions are...
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UCAT Preparation: Bookmark feature

As part of MedEntry’s commitment to provide students with personalised and effective UCAT preparation, a bookmark feature has been added to the online learning platform. This will enable students to easily save UCAT questions, UCAT guides and other resources that they find particularly useful or difficult. Students can easily return to these UCAT resources at a later stage to review them in more detail. This blog outlines how the UCAT bookmark feature works. Drills and Exams Once a drill or exam attempt is completed and during the review process, a UCAT question can be bookmarked, as shown below:   In the...
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Applying for Medicine in the UK and Australia?

UCAT is used by universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Italy for selection of students into medicine, dentistry and some other health science courses. If you wish to apply to universities in both Australia and overseas, there is a specific procedure relating to UCAT that you must follow: You will need to sit the UCAT ANZ in July. It is important that you sit this test so that your UCAT results are delivered to the appropriate Australian/NZ medical schools by their admissions deadlines (usually in September) You will need to contact the UCAT office by 15 th October...
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When Should I Start Preparing for UCAT 2019

If you wish to study medicine in 2020, you will need to sit UCAT in 2019. UCAT is a very different test to what you are used to sitting in school or university. There is no defined curriculum, and your teachers will not be pushing you to study for UCAT or creating deadlines for you. However, UCAT is a very important test, and it can be as important or more important than your high school scores in determining whether you will obtain entry into medicine. A common question regarding UCAT is: When should I start my preparation? The answer is simple:...
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UCAT 2019: Top Tips for Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning subtest of UCAT can be challenging, even for those who are proficient at maths. This is largely due to the extreme time pressure placed on students in this UCAT subtest. The commonest mistake made by students in the Quantitative Reasoning subtest is to approach it like you would approach a high school maths test – by calculating everything perfectly, checking your working and not being aware of common wrong answer traps.  To do well in the Quantitative Reasoning subtest of UCAT, you need a strategic approach. This blog outlines five key tips. Tip 1: Use the UCAT calculator...
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New UCAT Feature To Help With Timing

Most students would agree: by far the hardest part of UCAT is the timing. Very few students are able to complete every UCAT question within the time limits. In fact, every year in some subtests of the live UCAT, 1/5 of students run out of time to even make a random guess! Understanding of time management in UCAT is therefore essential. MedEntry makes this easy with personalised UCAT data analytics. After completing a UCAT exam, you will be provided with the following information: The time you spent on each UCAT question The average time spent on the UCAT question for those...
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UCAT Registrations: What Testing Date Should I Choose?

  Registrations to sit UCAT 2019 are now open! If you are planning to sit UCAT in 2019 for entry into medicine in 2020, we suggest booking your UCAT testing date as soon as possible. Remember, popular dates to sit UCAT do book out! Here are three key tips for choosing your perfect UCAT 2019 testing date. 1. Choose your UCAT date and time carefully UCAT is an important test, so it is vital that you take some time to consider the best UCAT 2019 testing date and time for you. Factors you should consider when choosing a UCAT date include:...
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UCAT Registration Now Open

As of this afternoon, registrations and bookings are now open for the UCAT. MedEntry strongly recommend that our students register and book ASAP and early in the testing window. Information on how to register an account and book into an exam can be found at https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/registration-booking/ Step 1: Account Registration To create a new account go to the  Pearson VUE account registration page . For your account you are required to use your legal name exactly how it will appear on the photo ID that you will present on arrival at the test centre, so make sure you don’t make any...
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MedEntry’s UCAT Practice Exams are optimised for UCATSEN!

What is UCATSEN? UCATSEN (University Clinical Aptitude Test Special Educational Needs) provides certain students sitting UCAT with 25% extra time when sitting the test. UCATSEN is available to students with a medical condition that impacts upon their ability to perform in testing settings such as UCAT, for example, those with learning disabilities. How do I apply for UCATSEN? If you feel you are entitled to sit UCATSEN, you should submit an application for Access Arrangements before you make your UCAT booking. The deadline for access arrangements applications for UCAT is 10 May 2019 at 5pm AEST. Candidates should submit the online...
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UCAT 2019 Registrations

Registrations to sit UCAT 2019 open: 1 March 2019 Registrations to sit UCAT 2019 close: 17 May 2019 at 11.59pm AEST You can register to sit UCAT 2019 online via the Pearson VUE website. You must complete a two-step process using the Pearson VUE online registration system to register and then book a 2019 UCAT test. Step 1: Online Account Registration You should start the registration process for UCAT 2019 by creating an online account with Pearson VUE. Note that you must register with your legal name exactly as it appears on the photo identification that you will present at the...
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WHAT IS UCAT 2019?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. Unlike traditional school and university exams which assess knowledge, UCAT 2019 assesses generic skills, including verbal aptitude, mathematical understanding and abstract reasoning. Students who wish to study medicine or dentistry in Australia or New Zealand in 2020 will need to sit and succeed in UCAT 2019. UCAT 2019 is comprised of five separately timed subtests: Verbal Reasoning Decision Making Quantitative Reasoning Abstract Reasoning Situational Judgement UCAT 2019 is a computer based test and takes a total of approximately 2 hours. UCAT 2019 will take place in various testing centres across Australia, New Zealand and...
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Mind games: motivation for UCAT study.

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 UCAT exam, you will only have to sit it once. It’s 2 hours 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 UCAT, you may have to re-sit it or be forced find alternative pathways to reach your health career goal. This...
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UCAT Practice Exams Retry Feature

One of the most efficient and effective ways to prepare for UCAT is to identify and work on your weaknesses. MedEntry makes this easy using an innovative retry feature for UCAT practice exams. The retry feature gives you the opportunity to re-attempt questions you answered incorrectly on your first attempt at the UCAT practice exam. You can do this up to four times. This process will allow you to work on UCAT questions that you find difficult, thereby developing your skills. It allows you to get the most out of your UCAT practice exams. To retry an exam, go to the...
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How To Choose The Best UCAT Prep Course

UCAT is an extremely important, ‘high stakes’ test. That is, the results of UCAT have the potential to determine whether or not you will be a doctor. It makes sense that you should choose the best UCAT preparation course to give yourself the greatest chance of success. UCAT courses vary considerably in quality. This blog outlines five key factors you should look for when choosing the best UCAT prep course. 1. The best UCAT preparation course is run by experts When researching the best UCAT course, it is important to know who is behind the organisation. Surprisingly, many UCAT prep courses...
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MedEntry UCAT Exam Percentile Rankings

UCAT scores may look complicated, but essentially all they do is compare your performance against other UCAT candidates. Therefore, to understand how you are performing in UCAT, you need an indication of how your performance compares to others. MedEntry makes this easy by converting your raw UCAT practice exam results into percentile rankings. These percentiles compare your performance against other UCAT candidates who have completed the same UCAT practice exam. You will be provided with a UCAT percentile ranking for each of the five UCAT subtests, as well as an overall UCAT percentile ranking for the exam. Your percentile rankings are...
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What is covered in MedEntry’s UCAT Courses?

MedEntry’s UCAT Courses are offered in two main forms: A two-day, in-person UCAT Course An online UCAT Course The Platinum Package, which is the most popular UCAT Course, includes both of these services. Two day UCAT Course The two day UCAT Course provides comprehensive preparation for UCAT in a fun, engaging and interactive manner. MedEntry’s UCAT Courses are run by doctors and academics with extensive experience in UCAT test development and analysis. UCAT Courses are offered across Australia and New Zealand, in all major cities and some regional areas. The following will be covered in the UCAT Course: An introduction to...
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