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Is UCAT getting more competitive? Will UCAT 2021 be even harder?

The UCAT score required for a given percentile has gone up in 2020 compared to 2019. For example, last year a score of 2850 translated to 90th UCAT percentile whereas a score of 2920 was required for the same UCAT percentile ranking in 2020. This is in spite of a small drop in the total number of students sitting UCAT. There are many reasons which contributed to this increase. They include a better prepared cohort of students due to a better knowledge of the UCAT, and Pearson Vue underestimating the level of preparedness of the candidates sitting UCAT this year.  Does...
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UCAT ANZ TEST STATISTICS AND PERCENTILE CALCULATOR NOW AVAILABLE!

Interim test statistics for UCAT ANZ 2020 are now available on the UCAT ANZ official website. This blog describes what they mean and how to interpret them. What data is shown? The UCAT ANZ 2020 preliminary test statistics displays the following data: the mean scores for each UCAT subtestthe mean overall UCAT cognitive scorethe scores required to achieve a particular decile for each UCAT subtesthow overall UCAT cognitive scores translate to percentiles The data is based on the scores of the majority of UCAT candidates (approximately 14,000 students) who have sat UCAT in the 2020 testing cycle. Due to COVID-19 /...
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I didn’t get a good enough UCAT score – what should I do?

The UCAT testing period is a big month for many students across Australasia and even other countries around the world. It can feel really disappointing if, like me, you logged in to see your UCAT score report and were met with a non-competitive score. I understand that it can feel like the world is ending, and all hopes have been flushed down the toilet, but I am here to tell you otherwise! My Story When I was in year 12, I made my first attempt of getting into medicine and received a score in the 88th percentile. At first, I felt...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: A CANDIDATE SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE

Arrival Arriving at the UCAT test centre was a vastly different experience to arriving at a normal school exam. There was no congregation of students or any prominent signs explaining where to go. My UCAT testing centre was in the Melbourne CBD – at a normally busy office building which was completely deserted due to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Due to building security, I could not use the elevator. After several stressful minutes of walking around (during which time I thought I was at the wrong place), I found a small sign displaying a phone number that I had to...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: MY UCAT TEST DAY EXPERIENCE

Arrival and registration I took the UCAT exam at a Pearson VUE centre in Melbourne. I arrived about 25 minutes before my scheduled UCAT start time. At the door I was turned around and told to read the instructions outside the door concerning COVID-19 and UCAT. Once I made it in through the door, I was immediately told to sanitise my hands using the handwash inside the door before grabbing a number. Having done this, I was told to sit in one of the nine socially spaced chairs for people waiting for UCAT registration. I was provided with a copy of the...
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5 Tips for UCAT Exam Day

1. Don’t panic This might sound like another one of those easier said than done things that people around you might say, but it’s actually so important on the day itself! Plan ahead in advance for transportation to and from the UCAT exam centre. If you are taking public transport, keep in mind the possible delays caused and try to adjust for it. Better yet, get your family members to drop you off at the UCAT testing centre. This will reduce your worries and allow you to reach the UCAT centre smoothly. Even though this might sound like a negligible tip,...
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Earplugs Update for UCAT ANZ

Candidates can request earplugs at the test centre if they wish to use them. At test centres where earplugs are available, candidates must use the earplugs provided and cannot use their own. Not all test centres can provide earplugs. If you are taking the test at one of the test centres below, you will be allowed to bring your own earplugs. If you bring your own earplugs to one of these centres, they will be subject to the following: The earplugs must be disposable and in unopened packaging.Test staff will ask candidates to open the packaging and will visually inspect the...
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5 Tips for UCAT Abstract Reasoning

Struggling with UCAT Abstract Reasoning questions? Check out this blog which outlines 5 top tips. 1.  Identify the pattern first When you are first starting out with Abstract Reasoning UCAT questions, it can be tempting to focus on the test shape and try to ‘match’ it to the sets. This wastes valuable time and is unlikely to lead you to the correct answer. Instead, start by examining the sets and looking for a pattern. Once you have identified the pattern, it will be easy to determine which set the test shape fits into.  2.  Choose your own perspective Some questions are...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: NOTEBOARD AND MARKER PEN

Candidates sitting UCAT ANZ 2020 will have access to a noteboard and marker pen. MedEntry students who have attended, or will be attending a UCAT workshop will have received a noteboard and marker pen to help simulate the live UCAT experience, and to help with their UCAT preparation. Due to the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic, UCAT UK 2020 candidates have the option of sitting UCAT from home. For this reason, in order to standardise the test taking experience, UCAT UK 2020 candidates will have a ‘scratch pad’ on their computer platform, as well as a physical noteboard and pen. This feature has...
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UCAT ANZ 2020 AND CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): SHOULD I WEAR A MASK AND GLOVES?

UCAT ANZ 2020 candidates who are sitting UCAT in Australia and New Zealand have been advised that they may wear a mask and gloves if they wish when sitting UCAT. This is not mandatory. Note that UCAT testing centres will not supply a mask and gloves. Masks and gloves brought by candidates to UCAT testing centres will be inspected by UCAT testing staff for security purposes. Candidates sitting UCAT ANZ 2020 in an overseas testing centre (outside of Australia and New Zealand) have been advised to bring a facemask, as some testing centres require students to wear one when sitting the...
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Top 5 Under-Rated UCAT Preparation Strategies

1. Learn how to speed-read Not enough students are working on improving their speed reading. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you with this and I highly recommend delving into some of these (such as MedEntry’s UCAT Speed Reading trainer). The major problem I see time and time again is that in their UCAT preparation, students try to learn how to speed-read but do not end up doing so efficiently. They either fail to absorb content and miss key details or do not read at a particularly fast rate. This UCAT strategy is pertinent to the...
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UCAT ANZ 2020 RESCHEDULING

UCAT ANZ 2020 will be proceeding in July. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Pearson VUE have had to implement social distancing precautions to ensure the safety of UCAT candidates. This has led to some UCAT testing appointments at some locations having to be rescheduled. Students who have been affected will have received an email from Pearson VUE asking them to reschedule their UCAT testing date. These students can reschedule their UCAT testing appointment by logging into their Pearson VUE account and changing their booking. Students can change their UCAT booking online up until this Friday 5 June at 11:59pm AEST....
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NEW UCAT VIDEO GUIDES AVAILABLE FOR YOUR UCAT 2020 REVISION!

UCAT ANZ 2020 will be proceeding in July! To help you revise, MedEntry is delighted to launch our brand new, interactive video guides which cover each of the five UCAT subtests. MedEntry students have access to 25 UCAT video guides created with state of the art learning technology. These video guides will cover key strategies to help you answer each type of UCAT question quickly and accurately. This table lists details of the video guides available for MedEntry students: UCAT Subtest UCAT Video Guides UCAT Verbal Reasoning Introduction to UCAT Verbal Reasoning UCAT Verbal Reasoning Question Types UCAT Verbal Reasoning Strategies...
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UCAT ANZ 2020 WILL PROCEED IN JULY!

UCAT ANZ has advised that UCAT will be proceeding in July 2020 as planned. Previously, it was unclear whether UCAT ANZ 2020 would be taking place as usual, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. UCAT ANZ 2020 will take place with appropriate social distancing and hygiene precautions in place to protect UCAT candidates. The late registration deadline has also been extended from 18 May 2020 to 1 June 2020. In order for Pearson VUE to observe appropriate social distancing rules, adjustments need to be made to the way some test centres are set up, including the provision of extra spacing between...
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Integrate your MedEntry UCAT Study Plan into your daily calendar!

MedEntry’s interactive, personalised UCAT study planner can now be synchronised with your daily calendar! Your MedEntry UCAT Study Planner can be added to most calendar applications with a single click. If your computer or mobile device does not support a one-click setup, then don’t despair! We have compiled detailed instructions to help you sync your Apple Calendar, Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook Calendar. The MedEntry Study Planner calendar is exported in universal ICS format, meaning that it is compatible with any modern calendar application. Depending on your chosen calendar application, items in your MedEntry UCAT Study Planner will be refreshed regularly,...
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UCAT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: UCAT ANZ 2020 REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Registrations to sit UCAT ANZ 2020 closed on 11 May, with late registrations accepted up until 18 May. Bookings to sit UCAT would not normally be accepted after these deadlines. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, UCAT candidates who have missed the late booking deadline will be provided with a final opportunity to book UCAT. Final bookings for UCAT ANZ 2020 will be accepted from Friday 22 May until Monday 1 June 2020 at 11:59pm AEST. Note that these bookings will incur an additional late fee of $75 in addition to the normal UCAT registration fee. No further bookings will...
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DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTING UCAT PERCENTILES: 3 TIPS

So you’ve been preparing for UCAT by working through the UCAT guides and attempting UCAT practice questions and exams. Then one day you receive a disappointing UCAT percentile. So what should you do? Is it time to freak out? Is it time to give up on your medical entry dream? No! Read on for three key tips. 1.  Understand what a UCAT percentile means and how they are calculated Firstly, it is vital that you understand UCAT percentiles, and how they are calculated. Essentially, a percentile compares your performance against other UCAT candidates who have attempted that particular drill, subtest mock...
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Exclusive UCAT Skills Trainers for all UCAT Subtests!

MedEntry is delighted to offer our students innovative, exclusive UCAT skills trainers for each of the four UCAT cognitive subtests. You will not find anything like our skills trainers on any other UCAT platform. These skills trainers have been developed by an expert team of IT Engineers, academics and high achieving UCAT students. The UCAT skills trainers: Target key UCAT skills that are important to master to boost your UCAT scoreEnable you to compare your performance with other UCAT candidatesAllow you to build up your skills gradually, with beginner, intermediate and advanced levelsCover the skills required to succeed in UCAT Verbal...
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UCAT ANZ 2020 AND CORONAVIRUS: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

  There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on UCAT ANZ 2020. You may be wondering, will UCAT go ahead? When will UCAT be taking place? What should I be doing now in terms of my UCAT preparation? This blog answers some common questions.   Will UCAT ANZ 2020 be going ahead? Yes! UCAT ANZ 2020 will not be eliminated as a requirement for entry into medicine. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, universities will still need to select students who have the qualities required to be empathetic and skilled health professionals. UCAT ANZ was introduced in...
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NEW UCAT ANZ 2020 TESTING VENUES AND DATES RELEASED!

Pearson VUE have recently released additional testing venues and dates for UCAT ANZ 2020 candidates. Some students who registered for UCAT ANZ 2020 close to the booking deadline of 11 May 2020 found there were limited testing venues, dates and times available. Some students therefore found they had to book a UCAT date and time that they were not entirely happy with. If this is the case for you, log into your Pearson VUE account: https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/registration-booking/ and click ‘Reschedule’. You will be able to see if there are any new UCAT testing venues and times that have been released which are...
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