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UCAT ANZ 2020 AND CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): SHOULD I WEAR A MASK AND GLOVES?

UCAT ANZ 2020 candidates who are sitting UCAT in Australia and New Zealand have been advised that they may wear a mask and gloves if they wish when sitting UCAT. This is not mandatory. Note that UCAT testing centres will not supply a mask and gloves. Masks and gloves brought by candidates to UCAT testing centres will be inspected by UCAT testing staff for security purposes. Candidates sitting UCAT ANZ 2020 in an overseas testing centre (outside of Australia and New Zealand) have been advised to bring a facemask, as some testing centres require students to wear one when sitting the...
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UCAT ANZ 2020 AND CORONAVIRUS: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

  There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on UCAT ANZ 2020. You may be wondering, will UCAT go ahead? When will UCAT be taking place? What should I be doing now in terms of my UCAT preparation? This blog answers some common questions.   Will UCAT ANZ 2020 be going ahead? Yes! UCAT ANZ 2020 will not be eliminated as a requirement for entry into medicine. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, universities will still need to select students who have the qualities required to be empathetic and skilled health professionals. UCAT ANZ was introduced in...
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COVID-19 & UCAT 2020: We are with you, every step of the way

If you are aiming to enter medicine in 2021, we understand you might be feeling anxious. And for good reason: year 12, UCAT and medical interviews are stressful enough without having to deal with a worldwide pandemic. Furthermore, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding assessments, including school exams and UCAT: will they be deferred? What will that mean for me? What should I be doing now? We wish to reassure students that we are here to support you throughout your medical entry journey. Here’s how: 1. Providing regular updates and tips MedEntry is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and how they...
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COVID-19 and UCAT 2020: What Should I Do?

With the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid escalation of cases across Australia and New Zealand, you may be wondering how this affects UCAT ANZ 2020 and your UCAT preparation. This blog answers some frequently asked questions.  Will UCAT ANZ 2020 be going ahead? At this stage, it is unclear whether UCAT ANZ 2020 will be proceeding as planned in July, given the evolving situation. UCAT UK (which is administered by Pearson VUE and the UCAT UK Consortium) has made the decision to postpone UCAT UK registrations for students in the United Kingdom, and acknowledged that testing for UCAT UK is likely to...
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Bushfire charity partnership

We are shocked and saddened by the impact of the bushfires across Australia which are destroying lives, homes, land and wildlife. We are grateful to all of the individuals and organisations who are working hard to fight fires, support local communities and assist those affected. Our charity partner for 2020 will be the Red Cross' Disaster Relief and Recovery, which is providing invaluable assistance to bushfire affected communities. Donations can be made on the MedEntry website via the shop, and MedEntry will match every donation, dollar for dollar. Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this terrible event, including...
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UCAT Forums

You will find numerous forums on the internet discussing UCAT and medical entry. Many of them are run anonymously and contain a lot of misinformation, posted by ‘nameless-faceless people’ with vested interests, so it is important to be sceptical when reading posts on such forums. You may find that MedEntry is not mentioned on third party forums, because we have our own learning forums. Furthermore, many posts on such forums are made by UCAT companies posing as students and spruiking their own courses. It is important for students to consider only trusted reviews (for example, Google and Facebook) when researching potential...
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Med Entry test is the UCAT

Summary  The Consortium of Australian School-Leaver Entry Medical Schools has decided not to renew their contract with ACER. This means that the UCAT (University Clinical Assessment Test) is now the medical entry test. MedEntry has intimate knowledge of UCAT and will be providing high quality UCAT resources for our students.   What is UCAT? UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. It is similar to the previous test, and assesses the same type of skills. UCAT is a computer-based test and comprises five sections: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement. You can find further information about the UCAT here https://www.medentry.edu.au/what-is-ucat-and-how-to-prepare-for-it.The official...
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Response to Mistruths

Unfortunately MedEntry has been forced to create this page to refute mistruths that are posted and spread by Dallas Gibson - an unscrupulous operator, serial bankrupt and con-man. Among others, there are two allegations that are made by Gibson on the internet and on various forums using his numerous aliases. If you find posts with these allegations, bad mouthing MedEntry (or 'missed entry') and making references to his own websites, you can be sure that they are written by Gibson, using his various alias email addresses. a) MedEntry falsely claimed endorsements in the past. If you read the Federal Court judgement, you will...
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IRRELEVANT TEST, Australian Doctor (9 March 2007)

EDITOR: It is not surprising that the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) is not a good predictor of students' performance in medical school ('Graduate med school test doubts', 9 February). However, a more important question that should be investigated is whether GAMSAT is a good test for predicting whether selected students become good medical practitioners. If practising doctors in Australia were to sit the tests without preparation, at least 70% would pass the UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) -- a test for school leavers -- whereas only about 1% would pass the GAMSAT (a test for graduates). This is...
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NOT ALL ENTRY TESTS EQUAL, Medical Observer (16 February 2007, Page 17)

The debate about whether school leaver entry or graduate entry is better for medicine will continue for a long time because there are winners and losers in either scenario (Inside Story, 24/11/2006; Letters, 8/12). The graduate entry pathway has the following disadvantages: 1. Many highly able students who would otherwise have become excellent doctors will be lost to other professions, because they may be reluctant to obtain another degree after graduation. 2. Graduate medical programs reduce the productive working life of a doctor. 3. The longer duration of study is likely to result in increased cost of services to patients on...
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MEDICAL TRAINING, The Education Age (21 November 2005 Page 10)

Throughout the ages and in most countries medicine has been a profession with special privileges, hence demand to study medicine is high. In fact the demand to supply ratio is higher for medicine than for any other course in Australia, which is one reason for the use of criteria other than ATAR scores for entry (The medical Maze, Education Age, 7/11/2005).  Since medical knowledge is growing at an exponential rate, it is essential that future doctors have critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving and interpersonal skills. Far from making the system sick, the selection process ensures that doctors are able, affable and...
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CHANGING TIMES, Australian Doctor (16 June 2006, Page 2)

Perhaps Dr Andrew Griffiths is not aware of the numerous changes in medical student selection that have taken place during the last ten years (Selection fails, 19 May). His criticisms about the inadequacies in the medical student selection are therefore not valid today. These days, one does not need to get very high ATAR score to get into medical school, since almost all medical schools have now instituted three criteria for selection, only one of which is the ATAR score. The second is the results of an aptitude test called the UMAT (now UCAT). The third is the personal interview, which assesses the qualities Dr...
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MED STUDENTS PASS TEST, Australian Doctor (28 May 2004, Page 20)

Medical professionals across Australia are doing their bit to help disadvantaged year 12 students prepare for the UMAT (now UCAT).  Under the name of the group MedEntry, they will offer a two day intensive workshop to high school students from disadvantaged areas who are generally under-represented in medical school. The group’s website is www.medentry.edu.au. 

TO COACH OR NOT......, Australian Doctor (15 April 2005, Page 31)

Dr Kerri Parnell asks whether coaching for tests such as UMAT (now UCAT) helps ('Medical School Pick of the Crop may be Missing the Point', Gut Feelings, 25 March).  If UCAT coaching is not useful, the logical conclusion is that coaching for selective/private school entry/scholarships tests is also not useful. Yet parents spend enormous amounts having their children coached for such tests.  Further, while the final high school exams admittedly test both knowledge and ability, the fact that people spend money on tutoring and send their children to 'better' schools is evidence that coaching helps improve performance.  Coaching certainly improves a person's ability to some...
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FEDERAL COURT FINDS DALLAS GIBSON OF MEDICAL-ENTRANCE GUILTY!

MedEntry has comprehensively won the Federal Court case against Dallas Gibson for breach of copyright and breach of the Trade Practices Act (Claim number VID1289-2004).The court found that Dallas Gibson flagrantly violated the Commonwealth Copyright Act. Dallas Gibson's cross-claims against MedEntry were dismissed by the Judge as spurious. MedEntry was awarded a significant sum in court costs (please click here). In addition, damages are yet to be pursued. This will result in Gibson becoming bankrupt for the fourth time.  The Judge was scathing of Gibson. Her Honour labelled him 'dishonest', criticised his qualifications as 'slight', described his conduct as 'reprehensible' and concluded that...
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DALLAS GIBSON OF MEDICAL-ENTRANCE BANKRUPT

Dallas Gibson of Medical-Entrance/Eglobamed/Icarus/Premed is currently bankrupt. He has now been bankrupt on three separate occasions (1988, 2000 and now). You can view the Federal Court ruling of his bankruptcy by clicking here. Alternatively, you can go to the Federal Court website (under Bankruptcy -> Court Events and Orders): https://www.comcourts.gov.au/public/esearch/file_details/Federal/P/MLG1354/2007 For evidence of his 1988 bankruptcy, please click here. For evidence of his 2000 bankruptcy, please click here. In addition to being sued by MedEntry, Dallas Gibson was sued by Middletons (his ex-lawyers - Claim U02414246) and by Doherty & Colleagues Solicitors (acting for Maxim P/L) in the Melbourne Federal Magistrates court. Grievances...
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MedEntry wins Foundation For Young Australians Grant!

We are extremely delighted to announce that we have been offered a generous grant by the Foundation for Young Australians to pursue the MedEntry Prep initiative. After a competitive selection process, the Foundation has deemed that our initiative, is worthy of funding to enable us to offer our courses and materials to you. The aim is to enhance youth participation and create opportunities for the development of young people.  Specifically MedEntry UCAT Prep aims to help Australian and New Zealand youth keen to pursue a career in the medicine.

STUDENTS MATURE ENOUGH TO MAKE CHOICES (Sunday Age 4 October)

Compared to their peers a generation ago, today's young people are maturing earlier, physically and mentally. Yet Melbourne University claims that 18 year olds cannot make up their minds about career choices (5/10) and is attempting to keep them at university for longer, thereby increasing their income from fees.  Due to current government policy, universities are unable to charge full fee for undergrad students, but can do so for postgrad students. By moving its high demand courses such as Medicine to graduate level, the university is taking advantage of this anomaly and increasing their income further.  Highly able students mature earlier...
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MedEntry Presents at Careers Expo

MedEntry is invited to speak at the VCE Expo in Melbourne every year. At the Careers Forum, MedEntry addresses students on the topic 'Working in medicine'. MedEntry also presents very popular seminars on 'Medical Entry' and 'Acing the med entry test'. (Source: The Age VCE & Careers Expo). MedEntry also presents the same seminars on 'Medical Entry', 'Working in medicine' and 'Acing the entry test' (the UCAT) at the HSC Expo in Sydney every year (Source: The Sydney Morning Herald HSC and Careers Expo).

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