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5 Tips for UCAT Exam Day

1. Don’t panicThis 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, you...
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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 been...
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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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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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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: This 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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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.  SimulateIt 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 will ever sit. The...
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UCAT 2020: Top tips for decision making

 The Decision Making subtest of UCAT is a new subtest, which was first introduced in 2017. Students will be presented with a variety of question types. The questions presented are characteristic, but often unusual. It is therefore important that you practice answering Decision Making UCAT questions, and develop familiarity with each type.This blog describes five key tips to help you answer Decision Making UCAT questions quickly and accurately. Know the strategies for each question typeThere are five major question types in the Decision Making subtest of UCAT:Logic games: you are presented with a series of statements describing people or objects. You will...
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Why is UCAT so hard

UCAT is probably the single most important and hardest test that you will ever have to sit. Many students, especially those who do not prepare, are shocked by the difficulty of UCAT. Some who do prepare become disillusioned with the process, finding the questions difficult to complete within the time limits. So why is UCAT so hard? And what can you do about it? Read on!  1. UCAT is very different to every other type of test you have satWhy? School and university exams test your knowledge and your ability to apply that knowledge. UCAT is not a test of knowledge; it is...
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MAKING TIME FOR UCAT: EAT THAT FROG!

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.– Mark TwainBrian Tracy’s 5 minute YouTube videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKOMTZ7PPLg discusses a time management strategy that has changed many people’s lives (including mine!). It discusses time management in the context of the workplace, but the strategy is applicable to UCAT and high school/university study too. This blog summarises the key points. As Mark Twain said, if the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that’s probably the worst thing you will do...
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Mind games: motivation for UCAT study.

Yes, we’d all rather be on Facebook or YouTube, or twitter, or asos, but before you throw your hands up in exasperated defeat and open another tab in your internet browser, consider this…  If you do well in the UCAT exam, you will only have to sit it once. It’s 2 hours of your time which can open the door to a lifelong, rewarding and satisfying career in medicine and/or the health sciences. If you do not study for the UCAT, you may have to re-sit it or be forced find alternative pathways to reach your health career goal. This will not only...
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