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12 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Medical School, in Order of Importance

Many MedEntry students find themselves in a fortunate position of having performed well in UCAT, so are now in an enviable position of being able to pick and choose which medical school to attend! So what are the factors you should consider when choosing a medical school? Firstly, MedEntry recommends applying to as many courses as possible, as there is no guarantee of entry into a particular university. This is because most universities use interviews as an important entry criterion, and interviews are, by definition, subjective. The weighting for each of the major criteria (academic grades, UCAT and interviews) varies depending...
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UCAT ANZ Score Advice: What Should You Do Now?

With UCAT summary test statistics released, students now have more information about how their score compares to other UCAT candidates. This blog will help you interpret your score and provide advice on what you should do now. You can convert your UCAT score into a UCAT percentile using MedEntry’s UCAT score-percentile calculator, available here: https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat-score-percentile-calculator Scores above 2960 Interpretation Students scoring above 2960, in general, have a good chance of receiving an interview offer, provided they meet the minimum required ATAR for the particular university and course. A score of 2960 equates to approximately 90th percentile, which is generally required at...
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How Do I Know If I’m A Rural Student For Medical Entry?

The purpose of this blog post is to help you: Understand why it is important to determine whether or not you are a rural student when applying for medicine.Determine whether you are classified as a rural student for each university offering undergraduate medicine.Understand the difference between ‘rurality’ and bonded rural schemes. Why is it important to determine whether you are a rural student (or not)? In general, getting into medicine is easier if you are classified a rural student. Most Australian universities offer alternate access pathways or score adjustments for rural students who are applying for medicine.   This is because...
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3 Tips for Written Applications

Some universities, including James Cook University and the University of New South Wales, require you to submit a written application when applying for medicine. Written applications may be used to select students for interview or guide interviewers’ questions on the day. They are therefore an important part of the application process. When so many students are submitting applications, how can you make yours stand out? Here are some tips. Know what each medical school cares about Every school has a different focus: for example, James Cook university has a significant emphasis on rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical health. It is vital...
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How Will Medical Schools Use UCAT? Here's a Summary

With the UCAT testing period underway, many students who have sat UCAT are wondering how UCAT will be used to select applicants into medical school. Most universities use a combination of three factors when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include: UCAT ANZ scores (either cognitive subtests* only, or all UCAT subtests)Medical interview performanceSecondary school performance (ATAR / IB) or GPA *UCAT cognitive subtests include UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoning Each university is different, and some universities change their medical entry requirements at short notice. Further, they are often not transparent about the weightings...
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UCAT vs GAMSAT

There are two major pathways into medicine: the undergraduate route (which generally requires you to sit UCAT) and the graduate route (which generally requires GAMSAT). As an aspiring medical student, it can be difficult to know which pathway to take, particularly when some universities strongly market the graduate route. MedEntry recommends that you choose the undergraduate (UCAT) route, as there are several advantages for you and your future medical career. For more information, check out this blog: https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat/entry/medicine-at-unsw-or-usyd This blog summarises the differences between UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) and the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test) to help you make...
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What is a Good UCAT ANZ Score?

Students who sit UCAT ANZ receive their UCAT Score Report on the same day, often within an hour of sitting the test. The format of UCAT scores can be confusing. Students will be notified via email once their UCAT Score Report is available. This blog answers some common questions about UCAT ANZ scores. How are UCAT ANZ scores calculated? UCAT ANZ scores are calculated by converting the number of questions you got right into a ‘scaled score’. Scaled scores range from 300-900 in each subtest. Pearson VUE do not publicly release details of how they calculate scaled scores, but they use statistical...
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Why are there differences in the way Universities use UCAT for Medical Entry?

Some Universities offer medical entry programs for school leavers without the need for UCAT. These include Griffith University (which offers a ‘conditional entry’ program) and James Cook University. Other universities have lower weighting for UCAT when assessing candidates for medical entry (for example, Auckland and Otago Universities).  On the other hand, some universities use UCAT even for graduate entry medical programs (for example, WSU, Newcastle, Auckland and Otago), while others use GAMSAT. Why do these differences exist? Universities are autonomous (meaning self-governing) bodies and claim they have the right to decide on academic standards and entry criteria. Such decisions are left...
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Bond Psychometric test

Bond University, in order to distinguish themselves from other universities’ entry criteria, has chosen to use a Psychometric test. ‘Psychometric test’ is a very broad term and can include a test of both cognitive and non-cognitive attributes. What Bond University uses for their medical program is the non-cognitive type: that is, it assesses personality. Specifically Bond University uses the MSCEIT and 16PF tests. The Bond Psychometric test, which is undertaken by candidates at no cost to the university, reduces the expense to the university by reducing the number of students that they need to interview. The Bond Psychometric test is like...
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Why do some 99.95 ATAR students choose Provisional entry for medicine?

There are broadly two types of medical courses for school leavers: “Direct Entry” (for example at Curtin, Adelaide, Monash, WSU, Newcastle, UNSW, and JCU) and ‘Provisional entry’ (for example at UWA, Flinders, UniMelb, USyd, UQ, Griffith and Bond). ‘Provisional entry’ is also called ‘guaranteed entry’ or ‘assured entry’ or ‘Chancellor's scholar pathway’ and even misleadingly as ‘direct entry’ (by UWA). There are many disadvantages of provisional entry programs which are discussed in other blogs on this site. They are generally designed to benefit the university, while the direct entry programs are far better for you. So why do some high ATAR...
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Chancellor's Scholarships

Medical schools love to attract two groups of students. They pull out the red carpet for (a) rural students and (b) very high ATAR students. Why? The real reason (not the one stated on their websites) is that the universities benefit directly and indirectly. If they recruit rural students, universities get significantly more funding from the government than they would if they recruit city students. If they recruit very high ATAR students, they benefit in many ways. First, their university ranking will go up: and universities will do anything to improve their ranking. There is tremendous competition between universities to attract...
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MedEntry's Comprehensive UCAT Medical Entry Handbook is Now Available, FREE!

MedEntry's brand new, 120 page, comprehensive UCAT Handbook is now available, absolutely free! It covers everything you need to know about medical entry, UCAT, medical interviews and university admissions. The handbook is divided into four parts: Part 1: How to get into medicine This section covers how to get into medicine and dentistry in Australia and New Zealand. It includes the criteria used, various entry pathways, what you need to do now to secure your place in medicine, and a suggested timeline.   Part 2: The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) This section covers everything you need to know about UCAT....
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BREAKING: GAMSAT 2020 WILL BE REMOTELY SUPERVISED AND HELD ONLINE

GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admissions Test) will be held online via remote supervision this year, for the first time ever. GAMSAT is used for admission into postgraduate medical programs at some universities, mainly in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom.  GAMSAT is normally a written test that takes place in large testing halls. With the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, this is not currently considered safe. Therefore, GAMSAT 2020 will instead take place online. Candidates will be able to sit the test at home, or at a private location of their choosing. Candidates will be required to have a stable internet connection and...
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How Will Universities Use UCAT ANZ Scores?

With many students sitting UCAT and receiving their UCAT ANZ scores, a common question is: how will universities use UCAT scores? Every university is different when it comes to entry into medicine and dentistry, and entry requirements can be complicated and confusing. Most undergraduate medical courses across Australia and New Zealand require candidates to sit and succeed in UCAT to be offered an interview or place. This blog summarises how UCAT ANZ scores will be used. Entry requirements for medicine Most universities use a combination of three criteria when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include: Performance in UCAT ANZInterview...
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MedEntry’s Updated Medical Schools Admissions Guide Now Available!

MedEntry is delighted to release our free, printable medical school admissions guide that covers everything you need to know about getting into medicine in Australia. This guide covers: Entry criteria, including UCAT and interviewsHow to apply to study medicineMedical entry pathways, including undergraduate and graduate entryWhat you should be doing if you are in year 12, year 11 or year 10Backup options if you don’t do well in UCATHow to choose a medical courseSuggested timelines for the year This document is ideal if you are interested in medicine, but not sure where to start. Download and print your copy now! And...
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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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Studying Medicine – My First Year

Having just finished my first year of medicine at Monash University, it is clear to me that my first year studying medicine was not necessarily as I had expected. Having said that, at the start of the year I was very unsure as to what I should expect from the first of five years of my degree. As such, I am going to give you a basic outline of how the first year of the course is structured, and hopefully you can use this to help guide your decision on whether or not Medicine is the right choice for you. Content?...
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The Opportunity Cost of pursuing Graduate Medicine

It is very important to consider the opportunity cost of anything we do.  Opportunity cost represents the benefits an individual misses out on when choosing one alternative over another. For example, the benefit you miss out on by choosing a 6 year medical program vs. a shorter 5 year program. Similarly, you should consider the benefit you miss out on by going to graduate medical program (which takes a minimum of 7 years) instead of going to a five year school leaver entry program. Keep in mind that the prestige of the university matters very little when it comes to medical degrees.  Assuming a conservative figure...
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Is the median ATAR of medical students at USyd/UniMelb higher than at UNSW/Monash?

No, in fact, it is far lower. People assume that because the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne have a certain limited number of places for their “guaranteed entry” scheme (for which the minimum ATAR required is 99.90 or 99.95) the median ATAR of medical students at such universities must be very high. This is a myth and is completely untrue. The University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne have about 300+ places each in their graduate entry programs and only about 10% of places are from the guaranteed entry stream. The rest of the places are generally...
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Applying mid-way through your degree

So you find yourself starting the first year of your degree. Your wounds from not getting accepted straight out of high school are still fresh but you know that medicine is the career for you. Graduation from your current degree is still years away so what can you do to try get in till then? Don’t worry, there’s still hope for you. With most Bachelor’s degrees being three years, you will be sitting the UCAT in either your first or second year of university. Let’s be honest, you are not particularly wanted by medical schools. At this point you are the...
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