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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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I’m interested in studying medicine. Which subjects should I choose in year 11 and 12?

Your ATAR is often just as important as your UCAT score when it comes to applying for medical schools in Australia. Because of this, a lot of discussion around choosing subjects for senior high school remains. Here are four factors to consider when choosing subjects, in order of importance. 1. University prerequisities Some universities have prerequisite subjects that you must study in order to be considered for the medical school. This often includes subjects like English, Chemistry, Maths and in some cases, other Sciences. Some universities have a minimum score that you must achieve in each of the prerequisite subjects, so...
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UCAT SITUATIONAL JUDGEMENT: 5 TOP TIPS

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 the key issues raised. This will help you to judge the relative importance of considerations, or the appropriateness of various actions. For example, a consideration is likely to be ‘very important’ if it addresses a key issue raised in...
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5 Tips For UCAT Timing

If you ask any candidate sitting UCAT what the hardest part of the UCAT is, they will inevitably say one thing: timing. All questions in the UCAT are do-able if you are given unlimited time. If sufficient time is given, most students would be able to score very highly in UCAT. However, UCAT is designed intentionally to give you less time than is required to answer UCAT questions. This is the only way the UCAT Consortium can distinguish the top performers from the rest of the pack. In fact, each year over one fifth of UCAT candidates fail to mark an...
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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 Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 2

The blog “UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 1” explained how the scoring and scaling of UCAT works. In this blog we will discuss what all that means for you in practice. Negative marking There is no negative marking in UCAT. Why? There is a lot of educational research and literature on this point, but in summary, if there is negative marking, risk averse students will not answer as many UCAT questions as those who are not risk averse. It is in the test designers’ interest that you answer all the UCAT questions. This is because they have...
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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.  The night before UCAT This...
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UCAT ANZ 2021: A STUDENT’S EXPERIENCE

I have just completed UCAT 2021! What a relief to have it done. There were no surprises and I felt well prepared thanks to MedEntry’s UCAT preparation. Here’s how the day went: Arrival and registration I sat UCAT in a morning session. My confirmation email from Pearson VUE said that I should arrive at least 30 minutes before my UCAT testing appointment, which I did. The building was well signed and when I arrived there were already some other UCAT candidates sitting in the waiting area. I was asked to have a seat and read through some UCAT test instructions. After...
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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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UCAT 2021: Top Tips for Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning subtest of UCAT can be challenging, even for those who are proficient at maths. This is largely due to the extreme time pressure placed on students in this UCAT subtest. The commonest mistake made by students in the Quantitative Reasoning subtest is to approach it like you would approach a high school maths test – by calculating everything perfectly, checking your working and not being aware of common wrong answer traps.  To do well in the Quantitative Reasoning subtest of UCAT, you need a strategic approach. This blog outlines five key tips. Tip 1: Use the UCAT calculator...
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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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UCAT 2021: Top Tips For Verbal Reasoning

1 Verbal Reasoning is one of the most difficult and time pressured subtests of UCAT. In fact, up to 20% of students each year fail to answer every question – that is, they run out of time to even randomly guess some questions! This blog describes five key strategies to help you boost your speed and performance in the 2020 UCAT Verbal Reasoning subtest.   Increase your reading speed Speed reading is a key skill that is required to succeed in the Verbal Reasoning subtest of UCAT. Not only will you be faced with lengthy passages of text, but you 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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5 reasons to start your UCAT preparation now!

1. Master the UCAT Learning Curve The UCAT is a test unlike anything you have ever sat before. UCAT Verbal Reasoning is loosely connected to traditional reading comprehension texts and UCAT Quantitative Reasoning is mathematics-based, but both the style and time pressure is truly unique. Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that you will have ever encountered formal testing in the areas of UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Abstract Reasoning and UCAT Situational Judgement. Naturally, it will take an adjustment period to learn how to answer all the many different types of UCAT questions, recognising how long you have to answer each UCAT...
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6 Ways to Make UCAT study more effective

Fifty years of educational research shows that effective learners (for UCAT or other learning) have one - preferably all - of the following six characteristics. 1. Encounter challenging ideas or people Basically, this is Newton’s First Law of Motion in action in the academic, cognitive, psychosocial, attitudinal and career-preparation dimensions of your education: a body will remain at rest, or in motion in a straight line, unless compelled to change its state or direction by an outside force. In your educational life, the outside force challenging your present ideas, beliefs, perspectives or educational environments different from those that you hold or...
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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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What is the Highest UCAT Score Ever Achieved?

The highest UCAT score ever achieved was 3530, achieved by an Australian student in 2019. This student obtained the following UCAT subtest scores: UCAT Verbal Reasoning: 890UCAT Decision Making: 840UCAT Quantitative Reasoning: 900UCAT Abstract Reasoning: 900 The student’s UCAT candidate score report is displayed below: As you can see from the UCAT Summary test statistics 2019 (displayed below), 3530 was the maximum score achieved in the 2019 UCAT ANZ. In fact, it was the highest UCAT score achieved worldwide, and the highest UCAT score achieved to date. The student who achieved this score chose to prepare for UCAT with MedEntry. The...
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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...
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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 sat Why?  School and university exams test your knowledge and your ability to apply that knowledge. UCAT is not a test...
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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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