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UCAT: 5 basic tips

  There are a wealth of strategies and techniques that are useful in boosting UCAT performance. Each UCAT section and question requires a slightly different approach. Relevant techniques will be discussed in detail in the MedEntry UCAT course. In the meantime, here are five basic tips that will help you in tackling UCAT. 1. Work on your weaknesses Each of the five sections in UCAT tests different skills. It is likely that you will find some UCAT subtests easier than others, and that you will have a natural ability or affinity for particular questions. As early as possible in your UCAT...
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UCAT 2020: Top tips for decision making

  The Decision Making subtest of UCAT is a new subtest, which was first introduced in 2017. Students will be presented with a variety of question types. The questions presented are characteristic, but often unusual. It is therefore important that you practice answering Decision Making UCAT questions, and develop familiarity with each type. This blog describes five key tips to help you answer Decision Making UCAT questions quickly and accurately.   Know the strategies for each question type There are five major question types in the Decision Making subtest of UCAT: Logic games: you are presented with a series of statements...
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What can you do now to enhance your UCAT performance? Tip 3: Work on your speed

UCAT will take place in July 2019. However, there are a few things you can start doing now to enhance your UCAT performance. Tip 3 is to work on your speed. The questions in UCAT are not particularly challenging, and most students are be able to answer the majority of questions correctly if given sufficient time. However, UCAT is extremely time pressured, and many students are simply unable to answer the questions within the time limits. In fact, about one fifth of candidates fail to put down an answer for every question in UCAT, meaning they run out of time to...
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IS THE UCAT STRESSING YOU OUT? HOW TO USE STRESS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance. You may have been told that if you are too stressed in the lead up to an important exam such as UCAT, you won’t do well. You may have been advised to look for ways to relieve your stress. While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of stress can actually cause you to become more stressed. A different approach, which might sound crazy at first, is to embrace your stress. The following three strategies will not only help you manage stress, but will also boost your...
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The Last Lap for UCAT

It’s June which means the UCAT is less than a month away. This is a crucial time for all students and what you do in these final days will greatly impact your performance on the actual exam. Many of you would have started completing or already completed many practice exams on LMS and possibly ones provided by UCAT ANZ too. If not, it is especially important that you do these as they can significantly boost your confidence, and hence your score. Additionally, these practice questions will also help you finally polish your skills as well as improve your time-management. Identify any...
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Week before the UCAT

While being academically prepared is extremely important for UCAT, it is also useful to know what to expect when at your school, among those who are sitting UCAT in the week leading up to the test. 1. The Downplayer – This is a student who will consistently talk about how they have not done any practice for the UCAT, keep reinforcing that they’re going to fail and claim to have never done a single drill on MedEntry. While they may not directly demoralise you, their negative comments and thoughts about the UCAT can be particularly distracting, especially since you want to...
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How to deal with those UCAT Nerves (Part 2 – On the day)

For some people sitting UCAT, those nerves may not hit until the day of or the night before UCAT. We get butterflies in the stomach and perhaps even the need to vomit. These feelings are natural and can even help us to do better. But, for those of us who have difficulty handling the nerves, there are a few simple things to do to minimise them. Make sure you have everything that you need in advance A few days before the UCAT, read through the instructions from Pearson Vue and make sure that you have everything you need. Make sure you...
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How to deal with those UCAT Nerves (Part 1 – In the lead up)

Most people find sitting the UCAT a nerve racking, stressful experience, but that does not mean you should allow those nerves to get the best of you.  There are some simple ways to help you get through this period and come out feeling great about your chances.  Take some of the pressure off of yourself.  If you’re anything like me, you expect a lot from yourself and that can result in a large amount of unnecessary pressure. That pressure can prove to be your undoing, but there are simple ways in which to take some of that pressure off. Remember that...
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Improving your reading for UCAT

With the exception of the Abstract Reasoning component, UCAT is primarily comprised of written – rather than pictorial – questions. Thus, it stands to reason that your UCAT preparation should include improving your reading skills. With that in mind, here are some of the many strategies you can use to develop your reading efficiency for UCAT.  Firstly, you must ensure that you read every single component of the stimulus, particularly for VR and SJT. A past UCAT stimulus, for example, described a middle-aged man. This information was included in the introductory stem of the stimulus, but nowhere else. Many test-takers did...
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Only 3 weeks to UCAT - what should I do?

There are three weeks left until UCAT! Are you completely freaking out? Feeling utterly under-prepared? Never fear! These 5 simple steps are sure to make you ready for any UCAT question thrown at you. 1.    Practice UCAT ANZ exams and read their worked solutions. UCAT ANZ offers 3 full-length practice exams; these are a must-do before the exam! They’re a little bit easier than your average MedEntry exam, so they’re great for that last minute confidence boost. They also gives you worked solutions to every question, which lets you see how they come up with the answer - basically an insider’s...
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Building the right mind set for success on the day of the UCAT

From the moment you first hear stories of the UCAT and how difficult it can be until the first step you take to enter that test centre, only you can decide the mind set and approach that will embody your UCAT experience. There are two ways to view this exam; either as a roadblock that is there to hinder you on the path to success or simply a stepping stone towards getting you into your dream career.  So, in the end, which viewpoint you adopt is up to you. Further, the generic skills that you develop while preparing for the test will...
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The Dangers of Stereotype threat

Stereotype threat can affect the way students perform in the UCAT.  Some students are vulnerable to “stereotype threat.” This is being aware the group they belong to is often stereotyped as intellectually inferior. The fear of confirming the stereotype by doing poorly on a test actually creates an anxiety. It is this anxiety that poorly affects their performance on a test, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Consider this study conducted at Stanford:  A group of undergraduates — some athletes and some not — was given a test made up of questions from the Graduate Record Examination (G.R.E.), the admissions test for graduate...
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Motivation: without carrots or sticks

Are you having a hard time motivating yourself to study for the UCAT? 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". But such extrinsic rewards and punishments are not as effective as intrinsic ones. Intrinsic rewards come from your own person - you believe that if you do a certain thing, it will make you a better, more knowledgable person.  Here, six ways to find the intrinsic interest in studying for the...
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Final UCAT tips: The Morning of the UCAT

Here are some useful tips MedEntry has for you the morning of the UCAT test day:  When you wake up on the day of the UCAT, consider taking a shower or doing some brief exercise to get the blood flowing. If your parent, guardian, friend or relative is taking you to the UCAT, make sure they are up too. Eat a normal breakfast on the morning of the UCAT, by that we mean eat whatever you eat normally for breakfast. You don't want to eat too much, or something that you don't normally eat as it may upset your stomach or cause you...
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Improving your Critical Thinking Skills

Everyone has their own concept of the world, of how they interpret and predict stimuli. This “concept” is underpinned by their philosophical approach to life. Whilst philosophy may seem to be a branch of knowledge best left for academics, the truth is we all utilise some form of it. It surprises some people when they are told they use philosophy in just about everything they do – even science. The way we gain knowledge and enquire about it is greatly impacted by how we view the world. In the UCAT, you will encounter questions that require you to evaluate a study...
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UCAT stress – friend or foe?

So you have bought a package and started your practise. Well done! You are on your way to improving your UCAT score already. Now it is time to develop effective revisions skills that prepares you mentally and physically. Practise is no good if your nerves let you down. Even elite athletes at the Olympics who practise for years crumple due to nerves. Don’t let that be you! Don’t save your exams!  The most important thing to remember when doing UCAT practise is – DON’T “save” your practise exams until the last month. Doing that basically leaves you with one month of...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation: an overview.

UCAT test tactics and preparation: an overview.   UCAT test tactics and preparation part 1: Avoiding multiple confusions in the multiple choice section of UCAT UCAT test tactics and preparation part 2: Process of Elimination in UCAT multichoice UCAT test tactics and preparation part 3: UCAT questions involving percentages UCAT test tactics and preparation part 4: Probability questions UCAT test tactics and preparation part 5: Counting Problems in UCAT UCAT test tactics and preparation part 6: Statistics problems on the UCAT UCAT test tactics and preparation part 7: Worded mathematical problems UCAT test tactics and preparation part 8: Practical tips for...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation Part 10: coping with UCAT stress and anxiety on UCAT test day

Pressure, pressure: coping with nerves and stress on the actual UCAT test day. Having done UCAT practice exam, after practice exam, after practice exam, most UCAT candidates will be raring to go come July. Whilst UCAT preparation is key to your UCAT success, it is not the only factor that will affect your UCAT performance on the actual UCAT test day. Being able to cope with the nerves and anxiety that inevitably appear on the day of the UCAT exam will be the key strength that will help you out-perform your fellow UCAT candidates. Perhaps the only thing separating two equally intelligent and...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 9: coping with UCAT stress and UCAT anxiety prior to the UCAT exam

Coping with UCAT stress and UCAT nerves prior to the UCAT exam: We all know that sick feeling in the bottom of our stomachs just prior to walking into a big exam; we’re jittery, shaking and generally thinking that we’d rather be anywhere else but here. Nerves can be debilitating in the most terrible way for even the brightest of students. Thus, it is crucially important that your learn to overcome these UCAT nerves before the actual day of the UCAT test so that you can perform at your peak and ultimately succeed in the UCAT.   How do I know...
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Coping with UCAT stress and anxiety

We all know that sick feeling in the bottom of our stomachs just prior to walking into a big exam; we’re jittery, shaking and generally thinking that we’d rather be anywhere else but here. Nerves can be debilitating in the most terrible way for even the brightest of students. Thus, it is crucially important that your learn to overcome these nerves before the actual day of the UCAT so that you can perform at your peak and ultimately succeed in the UCAT.   How do I know if I’m nervous about the UCAT? Nervousness is generally marked by or having a feeling...
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