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4 Tips for making the most of your UCAT study time

It’s easy to sit back at this point in the year and feel like you have forever until UCAT and while that might feel true, it’s definitely not. Right now is the time to be getting your head around the different question types in UCAT, finding your weaknesses and sorting them out, and working out how best to spend the next few months in preparing for UCAT. On that note, here are some tips to manage your UCAT study time. 1.  Use a calendar to plan your UCAT prep macroscopically Depending on your MedEntry package and school/university/work commitments, this will look...
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Getting the most from your UCAT practice exams

Have you completed a full length UCAT practice exam yet? If not, it is essential that you do! It is the only way to understand the extreme time pressures placed on you during the UCAT. It is essential that you develop and practice strategies that will help you answer questions accurately within UCAT time limits. Here are three tips to getting the most from your UCAT practice exams.   1.  Complete UCAT exams under simulated conditions This is absolutely essential. On UCAT test day, you will be required to sit in front of a computer screen for two hours, without a...
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UCAT Preparation: Bookmark feature

As part of MedEntry’s commitment to provide students with personalised and effective UCAT preparation, a bookmark feature has been added to the online learning platform. This will enable students to easily save UCAT questions, UCAT guides and other resources that they find particularly useful or difficult. Students can easily return to these UCAT resources at a later stage to review them in more detail. This blog outlines how the UCAT bookmark feature works. Drills and Exams Once a drill or exam attempt is completed and during the review process, a UCAT question can be bookmarked, as shown below:   In the...
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When Should I Start Preparing for UCAT 2019

If you wish to study medicine in 2020, you will need to sit UCAT in 2019. UCAT is a very different test to what you are used to sitting in school or university. There is no defined curriculum, and your teachers will not be pushing you to study for UCAT or creating deadlines for you. However, UCAT is a very important test, and it can be as important or more important than your high school scores in determining whether you will obtain entry into medicine. A common question regarding UCAT is: When should I start my preparation? The answer is simple:...
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New UCAT Feature To Help With Timing

Most students would agree: by far the hardest part of UCAT is the timing. Very few students are able to complete every UCAT question within the time limits. In fact, every year in some subtests of the live UCAT, 1/5 of students run out of time to even make a random guess! Understanding of time management in UCAT is therefore essential. MedEntry makes this easy with personalised UCAT data analytics. After completing a UCAT exam, you will be provided with the following information: The time you spent on each UCAT question The average time spent on the UCAT question for those...
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UCAT Practice Exams Retry Feature

One of the most efficient and effective ways to prepare for UCAT is to identify and work on your weaknesses. MedEntry makes this easy using an innovative retry feature for UCAT practice exams. The retry feature gives you the opportunity to re-attempt questions you answered incorrectly on your first attempt at the UCAT practice exam. You can do this up to four times. This process will allow you to work on UCAT questions that you find difficult, thereby developing your skills. It allows you to get the most out of your UCAT practice exams. To retry an exam, go to the...
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How To Choose The Best UCAT Prep Course

UCAT is an extremely important, ‘high stakes’ test. That is, the results of UCAT have the potential to determine whether or not you will be a doctor. It makes sense that you should choose the best UCAT preparation course to give yourself the greatest chance of success. UCAT courses vary considerably in quality. This blog outlines five key factors you should look for when choosing the best UCAT prep course. 1. The best UCAT preparation course is run by experts When researching the best UCAT course, it is important to know who is behind the organisation. Surprisingly, many UCAT prep courses...
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MedEntry UCAT Exam Percentile Rankings

UCAT scores may look complicated, but essentially all they do is compare your performance against other UCAT candidates. Therefore, to understand how you are performing in UCAT, you need an indication of how your performance compares to others. MedEntry makes this easy by converting your raw UCAT practice exam results into percentile rankings. These percentiles compare your performance against other UCAT candidates who have completed the same UCAT practice exam. You will be provided with a UCAT percentile ranking for each of the five UCAT subtests, as well as an overall UCAT percentile ranking for the exam. Your percentile rankings are...
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How to choose a UCAT Course

  UCAT is the single most difficult and important test you will sit in your medical or dental career. It is therefore vital that you choose the right UCAT Course. This blog outlines what you should look for when choosing a UCAT Course. Is the UCAT course run by doctors? Given UCAT assesses the skills required to be a doctor, it makes sense that your chosen UCAT Course should be run by doctors. Doctors understand the thinking skills and approach necessary to perform well in UCAT. This is particularly true of the Situational Judgement subtest, which is scored by doctors and...
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UCAT Courses

MedEntry provides a range of quality UCAT Courses to help students prepare for this difficult and important test. MedEntry’s UCAT Courses include the Online Learning Package, Platinum Package and Diamond Package. Online Learning Package The Online Learning Package provides comprehensive preparation for those unable to attend a UCAT Course in person. This UCAT Course features 10 full length UCAT practice exams, extensive UCAT drills, UCAT question banks, a guided curriculum covering strategies to approach each UCAT subtest, UCAT video guides, UCAT video solutions and much more. All UCAT questions, drills and exams are provided via the UCAT Simulated platform, which exactly...
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Everything you need to know about UCAT 2019

Do you want to study medicine or dentistry in 2020? If so, you will need to sit UCAT 2019. This blog describes everything you need to know about UCAT 2019. What is UCAT 2019? UCAT 2019 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 2019 is very different to traditional knowledge-based tests encountered in school and university. It is also highly time pressured. Therefore, quality UCAT 2019 courses, such as what MedEntry provides, are essential to succeed. What are the UCAT 2019 subtests?...
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3 STEPS FOR USING YOUR HOLIDAYS TO IMPROVE IN UCAT

With the year coming to a close, many students use the holidays to finally relax after a long year of hard work. For those sitting the UCAT next year, the road ahead can look especially challenging and instil feelings of anxiety. However, after taking a long-deserved rest, the holidays can actually be used efficiently and effectively to get ahead in the UCAT and obtain the score you need to get into your dream course. Step 1: Work through the UCAT guides Start by working through the UCAT guides on the LMS. Get familiar with each of the five UCAT subtests, the...
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Prepare for UCAT using MedEntry’s replica UCAT Platform

When preparing for UCAT, it is essential that you practice answering questions using the same platform that you will be using on UCAT test day. Practicing on a UCAT computer-based platform has several advantages: You will get used to using the important, unique features of the UCAT platform, including keyboard shortcuts, and the ‘flag’ and ‘review’ functions Research has consistently shown that practicing in a format that closely simulates a real exam significantly boosts performance The computer-based system will become familiar to you, which will significantly reduce stress on UCAT test day You will be well ahead of others who have...
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What can you do now to enhance your UCAT performance? Tip 3: Work on your speed

UCAT will take place in July 2019. However, there are a few things you can start doing now to enhance your UCAT performance. Tip 3 is to work on your speed. The questions in UCAT are not particularly challenging, and most students are be able to answer the majority of questions correctly if given sufficient time. However, UCAT is extremely time pressured, and many students are simply unable to answer the questions within the time limits. In fact, about one fifth of candidates fail to put down an answer for every question in UCAT, meaning they run out of time to...
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What can you do now to enhance your UCAT performance? Tip 2: Brush up on your maths skills

  UCAT will take place in July 2019. However, there are a few things you can start doing now to enhance your UCAT performance. Our second tip is to brush up on your maths skills. UCAT is not a maths test, it is a test of your reasoning skills. However, many of the questions in the Quantitative Reasoning and Decision Making subtests of UCAT require mathematical manipulations. Although you are provided with an on-screen calculator in UCAT, it is cumbersome and time consuming to use. It is much quicker to make calculations in your head, or on the noteboard you are...
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UCAT Workshops: Why They Should Be Run By Doctors

With the inclusion of the Situational Judgement Test in UCAT, it is even more important that UCAT workshops are run by medical professionals. Situational Judgement questions require an intimate understanding of issues such as teamwork, professionalism, ethics and integrity within a medical context. Questions are based on real-world medical scenarios with which doctors will have had first-hand experience. Only practicing doctors have a detailed understanding of such issues, and the big picture thinking required to perform well. It is worth noting that Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) used when scoring Situational Judgement questions are medical professionals. There are other benefits to having...
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What can you do now to enhance your UCAT performance? Tip 1: Read widely and critically

UCAT will take place in July 2019. However, there are a few things you can start doing now to enhance your UCAT skills. Our first tip is to read widely and critically. UCAT questions draw from a range of sources, including magazines, newspapers, research papers and internet articles. You may be required to interpret a passage of text, table, graph or other diagram in UCAT.  Questions cover various topics including history, geography, politics, economics and science. While UCAT does not require any prior knowledge, having a good understanding of current affairs and expanding your general knowledge will certainly help. You will...
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How to prepare for and succeed in UCAT

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. Students who are interested in applying for most medical and dentistry courses across Australia and New Zealand in 2020 will need to sit and succeed in UCAT in 2019. UCAT is the single most important and difficult test that most students will face in their medical career. However, with the right preparation and approach, it is possible to excel in UCAT. Successful preparation for UCAT involves five key steps: Plan your preparation It is vital that students plan their preparation to make the most of the UCAT resources provided. MedEntry will provide students with...
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What are the key dates for UCAT ANZ 2019?

  Candidates taking the UCAT in 2019 for entry to universities in Australia and New Zealand in 2020 should note the following key dates:   Registration and booking opens    1 March 2019 Concession scheme* opens 1 March 2019 Concession* deadline 10 May 2019 at 5pm AEST Access arrangement application deadline # 10 May 2019 at 5pm AEST Registration closes 16 May 2019 at 5pm AEST Final booking deadline 17 May 2019 at 5pm AEST Testing begins 1 July 2019 Last testing date 31 July 2019 Results delivered to universities Early September 2019   *Candidates who hold (or who are listed as...
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