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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 15th October 2019 (which...
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When Should I Start Preparing for UCAT 2020

If you wish to study medicine in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020. 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 2020 Registrations

Registrations to sit UCAT 2020 open: 2 March 2020 Registrations to sit UCAT 2020 close: 11 May 2020 at 11.59pm AEST You can register to sit UCAT 2020 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 2020 UCAT test. Step 1: Online Account Registration You should start the registration process for UCAT 2020 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 2020?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. Unlike traditional school and university exams which assess knowledge, UCAT 2020 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 2021 will need to sit and succeed in UCAT 2020. UCAT 2020 is comprised of five separately timed subtests: Verbal ReasoningDecision MakingQuantitative ReasoningAbstract ReasoningSituational Judgement UCAT 2020 is a computer based test and takes a total of approximately 2 hours. UCAT 2020 will take place in various testing centres across Australia, New Zealand and in some overseas locations....
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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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What is covered in MedEntry’s UCAT Courses?

MedEntry’s UCAT Courses are offered in two main forms: A two-day, in-person UCAT CourseAn 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 UCAT,...
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How to choose a UCAT Course

  UCAT is the single most difficult and important test you will sit in your medical or dental career. It is therefore vital that you choose the right UCAT Course. This blog outlines what you should look for when choosing a UCAT Course. Is the UCAT course run by doctors? Given UCAT assesses the skills required to be a doctor, it makes sense that your chosen UCAT Course should be run by doctors. Doctors understand the thinking skills and approach necessary to perform well in UCAT. This is particularly true of the Situational Judgement subtest, which is scored by doctors and...
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UCAT Courses

MedEntry provides a range of quality UCAT Courses to help students prepare for this difficult and important test. MedEntry’s UCAT Courses include the Online Learning Package, Platinum Package and Diamond Package. Online Learning Package The Online Learning Package provides comprehensive preparation for those unable to attend a UCAT Course in person. This UCAT Course features 10 full length UCAT practice exams, extensive UCAT drills, UCAT question banks, a guided curriculum covering strategies to approach each UCAT subtest, UCAT video guides, UCAT video solutions and much more. All UCAT questions, drills and exams are provided via the UCAT Simulated platform, which exactly...
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Prepare for UCAT using MedEntry’s replica UCAT Platform

When preparing for UCAT, it is essential that you practice answering questions using the same platform that you will be using on UCAT test day. Practicing on a UCAT computer-based platform has several advantages: You will get used to using the important, unique features of the UCAT platform, including keyboard shortcuts, and the ‘flag’ and ‘review’ functionsResearch has consistently shown that practicing in a format that closely simulates a real exam significantly boosts performanceThe computer-based system will become familiar to you, which will significantly reduce stress on UCAT test dayYou will be well ahead of others who have not practiced sufficiently...
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How will UCAT scores be used by universities?

  As UCAT is new as of 2019, the manner in which UCAT scores will be used is yet to be confirmed.Information regarding how universities will use UCAT scores will be made publicly available later in2019. However, it is very likely that: UCAT will continue to form one of three main criteria required to enter medicine or dentistry (with the other two criteria being ATAR/NCEA and interview performance)Students will need to generally score above the 80 th percentile in UCAT to be considered for entry into medicine and dentistry. That is, students will need to be in the top 20% of...
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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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Where will I be able to sit UCAT?

UCAT will take place at various locations across Australia and New Zealand over the month of July. Most capital cities will have multiple testing centres across various locations. Exact locations will be available once registration opens. Test centres will be available for a number of days or weeks in the month of July. Available dates will be shown at the time of booking your test.   State/Region Locations NSW    Sydney, Newcastle, Armidale,  Wagga Wagga,  Port Macquarie, Penrith, Orange, Parramatta Vic    Melbourne, Geelong, Mildura, Bendigo, Traralgon QLD    Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville, Rockhampton, Cairns SA    Adelaide, Port Augusta WA    Perth, Bunbury ACT    Canberra Tas    Hobart, Launceston NT  ...
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What can you do now to enhance your UCAT performance? Tip 2: Brush up on your maths skills

  UCAT will take place in July 2019. However, there are a few things you can start doing now to enhance your UCAT performance. Our second tip is to brush up on your maths skills. UCAT is not a maths test, it is a test of your reasoning skills. However, many of the questions in the Quantitative Reasoning and Decision Making subtests of UCAT require mathematical manipulations. Although you are provided with an on-screen calculator in UCAT, it is cumbersome and time consuming to use. It is much quicker to make calculations in your head, or on the noteboard you are...
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The UCAT Situational Judgement Test is just another measure of Emotional Intelligence

  Advocates of the Situational Judgement Test (one of the subtests of UCAT) claim that it is a very different test to other medical entry aptitude tests. However, the Situational Judgement Test is, in essence, assessing the emotional intelligence of candidates in the context of study and practice of medicine and other health care professions.  The Situational Judgement Test is merely a format or style of question. Candidates are presented with a scenario, and are asked to judge the appropriateness or importance of certain actions. The actual content, and what the questions are assessing, vary significantly. This is comparable to the...
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UCAT Workshops: Why They Should Be Run By Doctors

With the inclusion of the Situational Judgement Test in UCAT, it is even more important that UCAT workshops are run by medical professionals. Situational Judgement questions require an intimate understanding of issues such as teamwork, professionalism, ethics and integrity within a medical context. Questions are based on real-world medical scenarios with which doctors will have had first-hand experience. Only practicing doctors have a detailed understanding of such issues, and the big picture thinking required to perform well. It is worth noting that Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) used when scoring Situational Judgement questions are medical professionals. There are other benefits to having...
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What can you do now to enhance your UCAT performance? Tip 1: Read widely and critically

UCAT will take place in July 2019. However, there are a few things you can start doing now to enhance your UCAT skills. Our first tip is to read widely and critically. UCAT questions draw from a range of sources, including magazines, newspapers, research papers and internet articles. You may be required to interpret a passage of text, table, graph or other diagram in UCAT.  Questions cover various topics including history, geography, politics, economics and science. While UCAT does not require any prior knowledge, having a good understanding of current affairs and expanding your general knowledge will certainly help. You will...
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What will it be like to sit UCAT?

UCAT may seem like a daunting prospect, not least because most students will not be familiar with sitting a computer-based test. In this blog, we’ll cover what to expect on the day of UCAT. What to bring You will need to bring a printout of your confirmation email from Pearson VUE, as well as photographic identification (such as a passport or driver’s license). You are not allowed to have bags, coats, paper, books, pens, watches, wallets, keys, mobile phones, food or drinks with you when you are sitting UCAT. You will be able to store these personal belongings in a locker...
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UCAT ANZ Preparation Strategy: Speed Reading

UCAT is an extremely time pressured test. You will have less than 30 seconds to complete each question. Some sections, particularly Verbal Reasoning and Situational Judgement, will require you to read passages of text. Speed reading is therefore an important skill to master to succeed in UCAT.  The following reading efficiency techniques can boost your reading rate. But even if your rate is fine, these techniques will help you boost comprehension and concentration, both of which are key to UCAT success.   (i) Mechanical Approach You’ve probably seen speed-readers moving their hands down a page as they rapidly read the material, the theory...
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How does scoring work in the UCAT?

  The scoring system differs between the ‘cognitive’ subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning) and the non-cognitive subtest (Situational Judgement).   Scoring of ‘cognitive’ subtests For Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning, questions are worth one mark each. For Decision Making, some questions (those with multiple statements) are worth 2 marks. In these questions, one mark is awarded to partially correct statements. Raw marks (the number of questions you got right) are converted into ‘scaled scores’ which range from 300-900. A total scaled score is generated by adding together the scaled score of each of the...
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How to prepare for and succeed in UCAT

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. Students who are interested in applying for most medical and dentistry courses across Australia and New Zealand in 2020 will need to sit and succeed in UCAT in 2019. UCAT is the single most important and difficult test that most students will face in their medical career. However, with the right preparation and approach, it is possible to excel in UCAT. Successful preparation for UCAT involves five key steps: Plan your preparation It is vital that students plan their preparation to make the most of the UCAT resources provided. MedEntry will provide students with...
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