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What Will UCAT Test Day Be Like?

For many students, sitting UCAT can be a daunting prospect. UCAT is a very different experience to standard high school or university examinations. This blog describes in detail what to expect on the day of UCAT.UCAT check inWhen you arrive, you will need to check in with an invigilator. This will involve the following:You will need to present your UCAT email confirmation from Pearson VUE and your photographic identificationA photograph will be taken of youYou will need to sign the UCAT ANZ Consortium Examination RulesBelongingsYou will be asked to store your personal belongings in a locker or designated place. You will...
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What are the key dates for UCAT ANZ 2020?

Candidates taking the UCAT in 2020 for entry to universities in Australia and New Zealand in 2021 should note the following key dates: Concession scheme* opens3 February 2020Access arrangement application opens#3 February 2020Registration and booking opens   2 March 2020Concession* deadline4 May 2020 at 5pm AESTAccess arrangement application deadline#4 May 2020 at 5pm AESTRegistration and booking closes11 May 2020 at 11:59pm AESTLate booking deadline18 May 2020 at 11:59pm AESTCancellation deadline18 May 2020 at 11:59pm AESTTesting begins1 July 2020Last testing date31 July 2020Results delivered to universitiesEarly September 2020 *Candidates who hold (or who are listed as a dependant on) a current Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card...
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Everything you need to know about UCAT 2020

Do you want to study medicine or dentistry in 2021? If so, you will need to sit UCAT 2020. This blog describes everything you need to know about UCAT 2020.What is UCAT 2020?UCAT 2020 is a 2 hour long, computer-based test. It measures a range of aptitudes and skills considered to be important as a medical student and doctor.UCAT 2020 is very different to traditional knowledge-based tests encountered in school and university. It is also highly time pressured. Therefore, quality UCAT 2020 courses, such as what MedEntry provides, are essential to succeed.What are the UCAT 2020 subtests?UCAT 2020 is comprised of...
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What Universities and Courses will require UCAT in 2020/2021?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. It is required for entry into most medicine and dentistry courses across Australia and New Zealand. If you wish to apply for such courses in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020. UCAT will take place across the month of July in 2020. UCAT results are valid for one year only, and cannot be carried over from one year to the next. If you wish to apply for any of the courses below for entry into medicine in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020.   University Course or Programme The University of Adelaide Medicine, Dental Surgery, Oral...
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UCAT 2020: Key dates

 This blog describes the key dates for UCAT 2020.Registrations for UCAT 2020 open2 March 2020Registrations for UCAT 2020 close11 May 2020Final booking deadline for UCAT 202011 May 2020Late booking deadline for UCAT 202018 May 2020Cancellation deadline for UCAT 202018 May 2020UCAT 2020 testing begins1 July 2020Last testing date for UCAT 202031 July 2020UCAT 2020 results delivered to candidatesOn the UCAT 2020 testing dateUCAT 2020 results delivered to universitiesEarly September 2020 START YOUR UCAT PREP!    
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Three Exciting UCAT Features Coming in 2020

MedEntry is excited to be launching new UCAT preparation features for our students in 2020. These features will ensure that MedEntry students continue to receive the highest quality UCAT preparation available.1. Online platform redesign with even more personalised featuresOur IT engineers are redesigning our online UCAT platform to make it even more intuitive and personalised.Key features include the ability to:See your UCAT strengths and weaknesses at a glanceObtain recommendations on where to focus your future UCAT preparationMonitor your UCAT performance and UCAT scoresConnect with other students and discuss UCAT questions via our online communityEasily navigate between UCAT resourcesTake a sneak peek...
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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. 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 tools involving IRT (Item Response Theory).Your scores in each of the four cognitive subtests (UCAT...
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Why You Should Start Preparing For UCAT Now

For those in year 11, UCAT may seem like a distant hurdle. However, if you want to be a doctor, UCAT is vitally important. In many cases it is as important, if not more important, than your high school score in determining entry into medicine! Furthermore, UCAT is very different to standard knowledge-based exams that you have encountered at school or university. UCAT is an aptitude test which assesses your skills. Skills are best developed over time, with a little bit of practice on a regular basis. In fact, it is very difficult to learn a skill by cramming. For example, could...
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Planning time for UCAT preparation

A very common question asked by aspiring medical students is “How do you balance your school work and UCAT practice?” Given that UCAT can be equally or even more important than ATAR in the medical school selection process, it is crucial that students devote sufficient time in preparing for the UCAT, without neglecting their high school or university.The key to finding this balance is planning your time. Many students attempt to fit in UCAT study in their ‘spare time’, which is hard to find the final year of schooling. It is more productive to set aside blocks of time which are specifically...
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UCAT Forums

You will find numerous forums on the internet discussing UCAT and medical entry. Many of them are run anonymously and contain a lot of misinformation, posted by ‘nameless-faceless people’ with vested interests, so it is important to be sceptical when reading posts on such forums.You may find that MedEntry is not mentioned on third party forums, because we have our own learning forums. Furthermore, many posts on such forums are made by UCAT companies posing as students and spruiking their own courses. It is important for students to consider only trusted reviews (for example, Google and Facebook) when researching potential UCAT...
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What's the Best UCAT Preparation Course?

If you wish to study medicine or dentistry, chances are you need to sit UCAT. UCAT is an important component of entry into most medical and dental degrees across Australia and New Zealand. UCAT is a very difficult, time-pressured test, very unlike school or university exams. Quality UCAT preparation, and choosing the best UCAT preparation course, is therefore essential.It can be difficult to choose the best UCAT preparation course, when there are so many available. Here are some factors to consider:1.  Who runs the UCAT preparation course?Unfortunately almost all UCAT preparation courses are run by individuals with few or no relevant...
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UCAT 2020 Workshop Dates

MedEntry is pleased to release our 2020 UCAT Preparation Workshop dates. We are offering 40 two-day UCAT workshops across Australia and 5 in New Zealand.We are offering 2020 UCAT workshops in the following cities:Melbourne UCAT preparation workshopsSydney UCAT preparation workshopsBrisbane UCAT preparation workshopsAdelaide UCAT preparation workshopsCanberra UCAT preparation workshopsPerth UCAT preparation workshopsAuckland UCAT preparation workshopsOtago UCAT preparation workshopsArmidale UCAT preparation workshopsHobart UCAT preparation workshopsGold Coast UCAT preparation workshopsToowoomba UCAT preparation workshopsMildura UCAT preparation workshopsNewcastle UCAT preparation workshopsDarwin UCAT preparation workshopsLaunceston UCAT preparation workshopsMedEntry workshops have become famous over the years because they are fun, engaging, effective and powerful. Enrol now and get a head start on your UCAT 2020 preparation.For full details of dates and locations, please...
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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-calculatorScores above 2800Interpretation Students scoring above 2800, 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 2830 equates to 90th percentile, which is generally required at most universities for a...
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UCAT Score to Percentile Calculator

MedEntry has released a calculator that will help you convert your UCAT scores into estimated percentile rankings.You can find the calculator here: https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat-score-percentile-calculatorSimply enter in your UCAT scaled scores for each UCAT subtest, and you will be provided with an estimated UCAT percentile ranking for the cognitive subtests, and a separate estimated percentile ranking for the UCAT Situational Judgement test.This information will help you interpret your UCAT ANZ score and assess your chances of entering a course that requires UCAT.In general, a UCAT percentile of around 90 is usually required for entry into standard undergraduate medical courses. Percentiles are lower for rural...
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Interim UCAT ANZ 2019 Test Statistics Released!

UCAT ANZ 2019 summary statistics have been released, which will help students to interpret their UCAT scores.The UCAT data is available at: https://www.ucat.edu.au/media/1314/ucat-anz-2019_summary-test-statistics.pdfThis UCAT data shows that:Students who achieved an overall scaled score of 2830 were in the 90th percentile, which is generally required for entry into standard undergraduate medical degrees (scores required are lower for dentistry, rural students, local students, bonded students and those with very high ATARs)The maximum UCAT ANZ 2019 scaled score (cognitive subtests) was 3530The mean UCAT ANZ 2019 scaled score (cognitive subtests) was 2481The maximum Situational Judgement score was 759 and the mean was 592MedEntry has developed a...
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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 medicineMost universities use a combination of three criteria when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include:Performance in UCAT ANZInterview performanceSecondary school performance (ATAR...
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Is UCAT Stressing You Out? Here's How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance, particularly in an intellectually challenging test such as UCAT.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 UCAT-related stress.While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of UCAT stress can actually cause you to become more stressed. A different approach, which might sound crazy at first, is to embrace your UCAT stress. The following three strategies will not only...
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How to Interpret Your UCAT 2019 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 2019 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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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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Optimising your performance in UCAT: 5 Lessons from Sports Psychology

Preparing for the UCAT is like preparing for a marathon: it requires training, persistence and strategies to optimise your performance on UCAT test day. Just as an athlete prepares for a major sporting event, so you must prepare yourself to sit UCAT, which is one of the most important exams that you will face in your career.We can learn much from athletes about optimising performance in UCAT, as outlined in this TED talk by Martin Hagger: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG7v4y_xwzQThis talk discusses how highly successful athletes prepare themselves before a competition. The five key points are summarised below, with an emphasis on how this...
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