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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...
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2020 UCAT Workshop Dates Released

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 workshops Sydney  UCAT preparation workshops Brisbane  UCAT preparation workshops Adelaide  UCAT preparation workshops Canberra  UCAT preparation workshops Perth  UCAT preparation workshops Auckland  UCAT preparation workshops Otago  UCAT preparation workshops Armidale  UCAT preparation workshops Hobart  UCAT preparation workshops Gold Coast  UCAT preparation workshops Toowoomba  UCAT preparation workshops Mildura  UCAT preparation workshops Newcastle  UCAT preparation workshops Darwin  UCAT preparation workshops Launceston  UCAT preparation workshops MedEntry...
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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 2800 Interpretation 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 90 th percentile, which is generally required...
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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-calculator Simply 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....
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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.pdf This UCAT data shows that: Students who achieved an overall scaled score of 2830 were in the 90 th  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 3530 The mean UCAT ANZ 2019 scaled score (cognitive subtests) was 2481 The maximum Situational Judgement score was...
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What is a Good UCAT ANZ Score?

Many students have sat UCAT ANZ and received their UCAT Score Report. However, it can be difficult for students to know how they have performed, given this is the first year of UCAT ANZ. Furthermore, 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...
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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 ANZ...
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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...
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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...
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Tips for UCAT Test Day and the Night Before

The day before UCAT Ensure 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...
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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 in When 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 identification A photograph will be taken of you You will need to sign the UCAT ANZ Consortium Examination Rules Belongings You will be asked to store your personal belongings in...
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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_xwzQ This talk discusses how highly successful athletes prepare themselves before a competition. The five key points are summarised below, with an emphasis on...
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UCAT Timing Feature

Anyone who has sat a UCAT practice exam under timed conditions will know that the hardest part of UCAT is the timing. How is it possible to answer 233 challenging UCAT questions in 180 minutes? Well, it is possible to score highly in the UCAT despite the challenging time constraints. However, it is vital that you become familiar with the extreme time pressures faced in UCAT, and develop the skills required to cope. MedEntry makes this easy by giving you the option of completing each of your UCAT practice exams under strict timed conditions, just like the live UCAT. If you...
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Three Steps for UCAT Success

Preparing for UCAT can seem overwhelming. It can be difficult to know how to best prepare for UCAT and how to utilise your precious study time. Over the last two decades, MedEntry has developed an unrivalled understanding of the strategies used by the highest performers to tackle aptitude tests and get into medicine. This blog describes the top strategies.   1.  Simulate It is vital in your UCAT preparation that you simulate the live UCAT as closely as possible. Most importantly, this involves completing full length UCAT exams under timed conditions. UCAT is one of the toughest, most time-pressured tests you...
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Is It Too Late To Start Preparing For UCAT 2019

The short answer is: no. Improving your performance in UCAT is possible, no matter how late you start (unless you start preparing the night before UCAT, of course!). The long answer is: it depends on how you prepare for UCAT. At this stage, it’s important to study smart. This involves being focussed, and preparing in ways that will make a difference to your UCAT performance. Trying to do as many UCAT practice exams as you can will take up a lot of your time, and may not be the most efficient way to prepare. You are also likely to be busy...
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Timed Conditions Feedback toggle

When ­­­completing any Exam, Subtest Mock or Drill on the MedEntry LMS, you are presented with heaps of instant feedback, including the portion of students who chose each multiple choice option:   MedEntry has added a new feature – allowing you to toggle the popularity by whether or not the Exam/Subtest Mock/Drill was completed under timed conditions:   Note: these popularity bars only show the options chosen in your first attempt at a certain question. This is to prevent weighting towards correct answers due to subsequent attempts.
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CHECKLIST: ARE YOU UCAT READY? 10 ESSENTIALS FOR UCAT SUCCESS

With UCAT rapidly approaching, it is important that you take a few moments to check whether you are UCAT ready. MedEntry has compiled a checklist of 10 essential tasks to complete before UCAT test day.          1. Register for UCAT and check your ID Ensure you have registered for UCAT and scheduled a UCAT testing date/time. If you have done so, you will have received a confirmation email from Pearson VUE. Confirm that your identification document is acceptable and that the name and date of birth on the document exactly matches the details you provided to Pearson VUE....
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IMPROVE YOUR UCAT TIMING WITH MEDENTRY’S UCAT TIMING TRAINER

Timing is of the essence in UCAT. If you were given sufficient time to answer UCAT questions, the majority of students would perform very well. However, the UCAT Consortium intentionally gives students insufficient time to answer UCAT questions, in order to distinguish the top UCAT candidates from the rest. Because timing is so important, MedEntry has developed a UCAT ‘Timing Trainer’ feature to help you improve your timing. This feature can be used in all UCAT Drills and UCAT Subtest Mocks. The Timing Trainer displays how long you have spent on a UCAT question (or unit of questions), in comparison to...
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UCAT VIDEO GUIDES

MedEntry understands that every student learns differently. This is why our UCAT Guided Curriculum offers several options for UCAT preparation. Work through the comprehensive strategy guides for each UCAT subtest, review guided video solutions covering each type of UCAT question, or watch animated videos which illustrate important UCAT principles. Now you can access all of your UCAT videos with the click of a button. Simply click on ‘Videos’ on the UCAT Curriculum navigation panel: This will take you to a page which contains all UCAT preparation videos. You can either view the videos on this page or click ‘Go to resource’...
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UCAT SITUATIONAL JUDGEMENT: 5 TOP TIPS

From 2019, UCAT ANZ will provide scaled scores for the UCAT Situational Judgement Test, rather than presenting scores in bands (for more info, please visit https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat/entry/ucat-anz-2019-change-to-sjt-scoring ). This means that success in UCAT Situational Judgement is even more important. Situational Judgement UCAT questions test a different type of non-cognitive aptitude, and can be challenging if you do not have an effective framework to answer them. This blog covers five key tips for success in the UCAT Situational Judgement test. 1.  Identify the key issue(s) in the scenario When reading the UCAT Situational Judgement scenario, it is important to read actively, identifying...
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