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Is UCAT getting more competitive? Will UCAT 2021 be even harder?

The UCAT score required for a given percentile has gone up in 2020 compared to 2019. For example, last year a score of 2850 translated to 90th UCAT percentile whereas a score of 2920 was required for the same UCAT percentile ranking in 2020. This is in spite of a small drop in the total number of students sitting UCAT.There are many reasons which contributed to this increase. They include a better prepared cohort of students due to a better knowledge of the UCAT, and Pearson Vue underestimating the level of preparedness of the candidates sitting UCAT this year. Does this mean...
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MEDENTRY FREE TRIAL NOW AVAILABLE!

Want to get a taste of what you can expect as a MedEntry student? Check out our new complete free trial! This trial is absolutely free, and comes without obligations or the need for a credit card.It provides you with valuable resources to kick start your UCAT preparation, including:A full-length UCAT practice exam covering all five UCAT subtests. Once completed, you will receive fully worked solutions to all questions as well as diagnostic feedback, allowing you to see where you stand and understand your strengths and weaknessesSample UCAT drills. This will allow you to see MedEntry's UCAT testing platform, which exactly replicates the...
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UCAT ANZ TEST STATISTICS AND PERCENTILE CALCULATOR NOW AVAILABLE!

Interim test statistics for UCAT ANZ 2020 are now available on the UCAT ANZ official website.This blog describes what they mean and how to interpret them.What data is shown?The UCAT ANZ 2020 preliminary test statistics displays the following data:the mean scores for each UCAT subtestthe mean overall UCAT cognitive scorethe scores required to achieve a particular decile for each UCAT subtesthow overall UCAT cognitive scores translate to percentilesThe data is based on the scores of the majority of UCAT candidates (approximately 14,000 students) who have sat UCAT in the 2020 testing cycle. Due to COVID-19 / coronavirus and the resulting lockdown...
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Distributed Practice and the UCAT: What you need to know Part 2

In part 1 of this blog, we looked at why it is important to study with distributed practice for the UCAT. In part 2, we will look at how to implement this into your UCAT plan.How to implement distributed practice for UCATHere are some tips and strategies on how to best use distributed practice in your UCAT preparation (you can also use them in your secondary school and university study; or acquiring any skill for that matter):1. Plan out a UCAT study schedule/timetableThis is an important step. You need to make time for your UCAT preparation, even if it’s a small...
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Distributed Practice and the UCAT: What you need to know Part 1

Over the last few years the education sector has been rampant with ideals of “studying smarter not harder”, doing “less work for more reward” and a series of other catch phrases that seem too good to be true. Nevertheless, there is one system that eclipses all others in the research conducted, the widespread implementation and the unanimous praise it has received from scientists, psychologists, students and teachers alike: distributed practice.In part one of this two part blog series, we look at what distributed practice means, why it works and why you should implement it for your UCAT study.What is distributed practice?Distributed...
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2021 UCAT ANZ PACKAGES NOW AVAILABLE!

UCAT packages in preparation for the 2021 UCAT ANZ test are now available! Enrol now for a full year’s worth of access to the most comprehensive, innovative and personalised UCAT preparation program.Our experience tells us that the highest performers in UCAT start their preparation early, and do a little bit of preparation on a regular basis. This method of UCAT prep is known as distributed practice. Enrolling with MedEntry now will give you unrestricted, unlimited access to all resources right up until the end of the 2021 UCAT ANZ testing window (July 2021).All MedEntry UCAT preparation packages include:>10,000 quality questions that...
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My UCAT Experience: A Candidate who scored >3000 in UCAT Shares his Tips

My UCAT exam was at 8am, and so I had to wake up at 5:30am to comfortably get ready and travel to the UCAT testing centre, accounting for the 30 minutes waiting time. However, I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the UCAT exam, and my mental energy was in no way compromised. How? It was simply due to the fact that I had already been waking at 5:30am sharp every morning for the 2-3 weeks leading up to the UCAT exam, and so I was already accustomed and primed to be in top mental and physical condition on...
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UCAT CALCULATOR: HOW DO THE UCAT PRACTICE EXAMS DIFFER FROM THE LIVE UCAT?

The calculator in the live UCAT (i.e the calculator in the testing centre for the actual UCAT) has several differences to the calculator available on the official UCAT practice exams. These changes range from cosmetic (e.g. colour, style) to functional differences.MedEntry’s Simulated UCAT Exam Platform is the most accurate representation of the live UCAT calculator. You may therefore notice some differences between MedEntry’s UCAT calculator (and the live UCAT calculator) compared to the official UCAT practice exams.Difference 1: Backspace and Escape buttonsIn the live UCAT, the backspace and escape buttons behave differently to the official UCAT practice exam calculator:Backspace: clears the UCAT...
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Optimising your health for UCAT: What I learned from getting the flu two days before my UCAT exam and other lessons

Imagine you’re a hardworking student. You have consistently studied for the UCAT for several months and you are feeling pretty well prepared for UCAT exam itself (hopefully this is not too hard for you to imagine ?). Maybe you have a week before exam day and while you are beginning to feel the nerves of the situation, you are really not too worried. Because why should you be? You have studied hard. You have completed or come pretty close to completing your UCAT tuition course. You even went to one of those famous two day MedEntry workshops with the mighty Dr...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: A CANDIDATE SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE

ArrivalArriving at the UCAT test centre was a vastly different experience to arriving at a normal school exam. There was no congregation of students or any prominent signs explaining where to go.My UCAT testing centre was in the Melbourne CBD – at a normally busy office building which was completely deserted due to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Due to building security, I could not use the elevator. After several stressful minutes of walking around (during which time I thought I was at the wrong place), I found a small sign displaying a phone number that I had to ring. A...
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Tips for UCAT Test Day and the Night Before

The day before UCATEnsure that you have everything you need for UCAT test day: importantly, a printout of your UCAT email confirmation from Pearson VUE and acceptable photographic identification (the name must match the one on your confirmation email, and it must be unexpired). Also ensure that you know where your UCAT testing centre is, and how you are going to get there.If you are ill or have extenuating personal circumstances, you can reschedule your UCAT test. You can do so at least 24 hours before your test appointment by contacting Pearson VUE directly. If you find you are unwell or...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: MY UCAT TEST DAY EXPERIENCE

Arrival and registration I took the UCAT exam at a Pearson VUE centre in Melbourne. I arrived about 25 minutes before my scheduled UCAT start time. At the door I was turned around and told to read the instructions outside the door concerning COVID-19 and UCAT.Once I made it in through the door, I was immediately told to sanitise my hands using the handwash inside the door before grabbing a number. Having done this, I was told to sit in one of the nine socially spaced chairs for people waiting for UCAT registration. I was provided with a copy of the UCAT...
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How to Interpret Your UCAT 2020 scores

If you have just sat UCAT, congratulations! You have made it through one of the toughest and most gruelling tests of your career. This blog contains information on how to interpret your 2020 UCAT ANZ score report.How do I access my UCAT Score Report?After sitting UCAT, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE notifying you that your UCAT score report is available to view via your Pearson VUE online account. You will need to log into your Pearson VUE account to view your UCAT score report.How do I interpret my UCAT Score Report? Your Score Report will provide you with...
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UCAT SITUATIONAL JUDGEMENT: 5 TOP TIPS

Situational Judgement UCAT questions test a different type of non-cognitive aptitude, and can be challenging if you do not have an effective framework to answer them. This blog covers five key tips for success in the UCAT Situational Judgement test.1.  Identify the key issue(s) in the scenarioWhen reading the UCAT Situational Judgement scenario, it is important to read actively, identifying the key issues raised. This will help you to judge the relative importance of considerations, or the appropriateness of various actions. For example, a consideration is likely to be ‘very important’ if it addresses a key issue raised in the scenario,...
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UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 2

The blog “UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 1” explained how the scoring and scaling of UCAT works.In this blog we will discuss what all that means for you in practice.Negative marking There is no negative marking in UCAT. Why? There is a lot of educational research and literature on this point, but in summary, if there is negative marking, risk averse students will not answer as many UCAT questions as those who are not risk averse. It is in the test designers’ interest that you answer all the UCAT questions. This is because they have greater certainty...
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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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5 Tips for UCAT Exam Day

1. Don’t panicThis might sound like another one of those easier said than done things that people around you might say, but it’s actually so important on the day itself! Plan ahead in advance for transportation to and from the UCAT exam centre. If you are taking public transport, keep in mind the possible delays caused and try to adjust for it. Better yet, get your family members to drop you off at the UCAT testing centre. This will reduce your worries and allow you to reach the UCAT centre smoothly. Even though this might sound like a negligible tip, you...
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Earplugs Update for UCAT ANZ

Candidates can request earplugs at the test centre if they wish to use them. At test centres where earplugs are available, candidates must use the earplugs provided and cannot use their own.Not all test centres can provide earplugs. If you are taking the test at one of the test centres below, you will be allowed to bring your own earplugs. If you bring your own earplugs to one of these centres, they will be subject to the following:The earplugs must be disposable and in unopened packaging.Test staff will ask candidates to open the packaging and will visually inspect the earplugs before...
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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 firstWhen 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 perspectiveSome questions are more easily solved if...
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UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 1

A common question among students preparing to sit the UCAT is how does UCAT scoring work? This blog answers that question. Practical implications for the UCAT test taker are covered in Part 2 of this blog.Many UCAT companies claim that they can predict UCAT scores and percentiles from the number of UCAT questions that you answer correctly. This is unfortunately completely misleading and inaccurate. Most UCAT preparation companies have little to no understanding of the scoring process and therefore their platforms provide misleading information regarding predicted UCAT scores.In reality, UCAT scoring is an extremely complicated process. In this blog we will...
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