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Keeping The Balance

Keeping the balance is something we all struggle with in our final year of schooling, myself included. At the commencement of the year, I jumped into everything. Then, at the end of term one, I crashed, and in term two I tried to do nothing. Neither of these worked for me, and over the remainder of the year I learnt some important lessons about keeping the balance. Not only was I happier and more well-rounded as a result, I was also able to succeed in both UCAT and in my final exams.   The golden rule for staying well-rounded is that...
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How to answer the big question

First things first, congratulations on getting an interview! That’s a massive achievement all on its own! Now is the time to be prepping for that interview as it’s not the sort of thing you should be winging. There are already a couple of blogs on how to ace an interview (all of which you should read!) so this one is just about how to answer that one big question. So why do you want to be a doctor? Every medical school will ask you this in some shape or another. Here are a couple of ways it might be phrased Why...
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How to Interpret Your UMAT Results

What do the numbers on the Statement of Results mean? Your 2018 UMAT Statement of Results will display two measures of your performance: UMAT score and UMAT percentile.  Your overall UMAT score is the sum of your three section scores. The section scores are derived (scaled) from your raw score (the number of questions you got right) using statistical methods that are not made publicly available by ACER. Note that you will never know your raw score. Section scores normally, but not always, range in value from 0-20 to 100. The maximum overall score possible is theoretically 300, but in reality...
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Planning time for UMAT preparation

  This video details some suggestions in planning time for UMAT study prior to the day of the exam. Study techniques involving the MedEntry LMS will also be discussed. The video is from the perspective of a previous MedEntry and current medical student.  
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UMAT 2019: Key dates and what should I do now?

What is UMAT? UMAT is the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test. If you wish to study medicine or dentistry at most universities in Australia or New Zealand, you must sit UMAT and perform well. UMAT is a three hour long test composed solely of multiple choice questions. Questions come from three key constructs: Logical Reasoning & Problem Solving Understanding People Non-Verbal Reasoning UMAT is a skills based test and is  not  like the knowledge based exams of school or university. UMAT is a very difficult test that even high performing students find challenging. However, with quality preparation and the...
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UMAT Scoring Myths

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet and on forums about how UMAT scores are calculated. Some people and companies claim that your UMAT score or percentile ranking can be calculated from your raw score (the number of questions you got right). This is naïve, simplistic and demonstrates ignorance. Not to mention it is irresponsible to provide students with incorrect information. ACER uses a complex computer program to calculate UMAT scores. Even if you buy it (it costs a few thousand dollars), you cannot replicate the results since the assumptions ACER uses to run the program is kept...
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Top ten tips for the last 24 hours

So the big day is nearly here and you’ve been working up to it consistently for the best part of a year. Now it’s time to put everything MedEntry has taught you into practice. Here’s some advice to help you be at your prime in the last 24 hours leading up to the UMAT. Spend the day before doing something you enjoy, something relaxing, something fun and something that will keep your mind off the UMAT. You NEED some time to let your brain and body relax the day before so that you are in perfect condition. It can be anything, so...
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Five tips for how to survive when you arrive in the UMAT Exam Venue

So with all things going well you’ve arrived at the UMAT exam venue with plenty of time and well rested, ready to put all the knowledge you’ve gained from MedEntry to use. However, now you have to make it through the last short while before you sit down and start the UMAT test. Here’s five tips to help you survive. Go to the bathroom. Make sure you head to the loo not long before you are due to start the UMAT because the last thing you need is to have to take a bathroom break in an already time constraining exam....
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Keeping Command over your UMAT

When you walk into the test centre on the day of the UMAT, you shed all responsibilities of day-to-day life, and for three hours (plus ten minutes of perusal!) it is just you, your pencil and the test paper in front of you. For those 3 hours, it is vital that you stay in control of the things you can control and understand that there are some things that you can’t. It is very easy to let you mind drift when you get into the second hour of the test, especially if you can hear pencils tapping to your left, or...
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UMAT: 5 Tips for the Final Fortnight

UMAT is well and truly close now so it’s time to streamline your study and buckle down! Here are five ways to make sure you’re using the next fortnight effectively to set you up for success on UMAT day. Use your UMAT practice exams wisely A practice exam is only a practice exam if you’re doing it in exam conditions. UMAT is a marathon and your MedEntry and ACER exams are your trial runs, so use them to recreate UMAT as much as you possibly can. UMAT isn’t just about the questions, it’s about building your stamina, working on your time...
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ACER Practice Test 4

ACER recently released a new practice exam, called 'UMAT Practice Test 4'. Like some other UMAT practice tests released by ACER, they do not include solutions. Therefore, it is difficult for students to know why they may have got a question wrong, and how to arrive at the correct answer efficiently and accurately. MedEntry has recently made available to students high quality, fully worked solutions to all 134 questions in the new UMAT Practice Test. Furthermore, students can compare their performance against others (which is how UMAT results are calculated). Simply enter in your scores to obtain feedback and percentile rankings!
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New LMS Feature – Exam Review Progress Tracking

After completing a practice exam on the LMS, we strongly recommend that you spend considerable time reviewing your answers. Since this process can take a long time, and may need to be done over multiple sessions, the LMS will now keep track of you are up to in each of your exam reviews. For example, if you were reviewing Exam 5, Question 73, and you close the LMS – the system will remember which part of the Exam you are reviewing, and the next time you continue the exam review, you will be taken directly to this question. You can review...
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Is it too late to start preparing for the UMAT?

The short answer is no. Studying for the UMAT is possible and no matter how late you start, you will still be able to improve, just like with any other subject. The long answer is: it depends on how much time you put in and how effectively you do it. At this stage, it’s important to study SMART. Trying to do as many UMAT papers as you can will also take up a lot of your time. You are probably also going to be quite busy balancing year 12 or University study and work with UMAT preparation, so learning study techniques...
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Persisting Through Underwhelming Marks

Disappointed with your scores? Vinay scored 100th percentile in UMAT and in this video, he shares his tips for persisting through underwhelming marks.  

How to Interpret Scores and Feedback from MedEntry’s Practice Exams

So you’ve completed a practice exam and have no idea how to interpret the wealth of information and statistics you’ve been presented with. This blog has some tips to help you gain a better grasp of your UMAT preparation progress.   1. Look at percentile not percentage . The UMAT is a test designed to compare students against each other, thereby giving the universities a clearer indication of the stronger candidates. This is much like the ATAR. As such, they do not care about what score you received, but rather, where you were ranked. The UMAT is hard – so do...
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Balancing the UMAT and Hobbies

With the UMAT around the corner, as well as school assignments and exams, it can be quite a stressful time for students. Many students will spend the majority of the day practising UMAT- style questions and completing practise exams, as well as devoting a large amount of time to UMAT preparation. However, this does not mean your hobbies and interests should be forgotten about. After a long day of lessons, it can be quite daunting to sit at a desk and prepare for the night. Sometimes, motivation to ascertain a place in university to study Medicine can flicker as the late...
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2018 UMAT registrations are now open.

This post is to let you know that 2018 UMAT registrations are now open. If you haven't already done so, you can register for the UMAT   online at ACER’s website:  https://umat.acer.edu.au/ The registration fee is $260, or if you are eligible for concession rates $160. Remember that enrolment with MedEntry  does not  constitute registration for the UMAT itself. It's one thing you can tick off your list and then you won't have to worry about it again. For More information on registration read the information on: ACER's website ( https://umat.acer.edu.au/register ) ACER's UMAT 2018 Information book ( https://umat.acer.edu.au/files/UMAT_info_book_18.pdf ) MedEntry's UMAT FAQs (...
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5 steps to balancing UMAT: the extra subject

Year 12 is a busy year – we all know that. However, it can get a whole lot busier if you’re studying for the UMAT as well. It can be like taking an extra subject – one that has no teacher, and there are no deadlines (aside from the exam). In addition, it is an exam for which you cannot cram (sorry to burst your bubble). So how do you manage the meticulous balancing act between not letting your school grades drop, whilst also keeping yourselves in good stead for the UMAT? Planning. Yes, you’ve probably heard it all before, but...
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It's Time to Plan Your UMAT Preparation

By finding this blog post, you have already realised that, despite what many people tell you, studying for the UMAT is possible. I was also sceptical prior to using MedEntry’s UMAT tuition course. However, my final score in the 100th percentile, more than 30 percentiles higher than my first trial paper, would not have been possible without it. The MedEntry resources will give you everything you need to succeed for the UMAT, and I will explain how to use them to your advantage. In terms of the online LMS, I started by reading the guides, and doing related drills intermittently; this...
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The UMAT – A Test of Endurance

The UMAT is so commonly viewed as a test of intelligence and aptitude, that we forget how crucial it is to improve our mental endurance for this exam. In fact, the endurance required for the UMAT is much greater than that required for any end of year school exam. Not only is the UMAT as long as or longer than any school exam (3 hours), but the nature of each individual question requires much greater focus. This need for enhanced application to each question is due to our inability to draw upon a year’s worth of content and knowledge, as is...
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