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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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Remarking of Decision Making Yes/No Questions

In order to better simulate the grading of the UCAT, MedEntry has updated how certain Decision Making questions are graded in Practice Exams and Subtest Mocks. Decision Making questions with 5 drag and drop YES/NO options, are now graded out of 2 marks, which are awarded as follows: Correct Yes/No responses (out of 5) Mark (out of 2) 0, 1, 2 or 3 0 4 1 5 2 Each MedEntry practice exam contains approximately 10 of these questions. Therefore, your total grade for the 29 Decision Making questions in MedEntry UCAT Practice Exams will be out of approximately 39 marks. Please...
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UCAT ANZ 2019: Change to SJT Scoring

From 2019, UCAT ANZ Situational Judgement test performance will be displayed as a scaled score, and not as bands, as it was previously. In this blog, we will discuss what this change means for you. What exactly is changing? Prior to 2019, scores in the Situational Judgement Test of UCAT were provided in one of four bands, with band 1 being the highest: Band 1: excellent performance, similar judgement to a panel of experts Band 2: good performance, showing appropriate judgement frequently Band 3: modest performance, showing appropriate judgement in some questions Band 4: low performance, judgement differing substantially from ideal...
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How will UCAT scores be used by universities?

  As UCAT is new as of 2019, the manner in which UCAT scores will be used is yet to be confirmed. Information regarding how universities will use UCAT scores will be made publicly available later in 2019. However, it is very likely that: UCAT will continue to form one of three main criteria required to enter medicine or dentistry (with the other two criteria being ATAR/NCEA and interview performance) Students will need to generally score above the 80 th percentile in UCAT to be considered for entry into medicine and dentistry. That is, students will need to be in the...
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How does scoring work in the UCAT?

  The scoring system differs between the ‘cognitive’ subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning) and the non-cognitive subtest (Situational Judgement).   Scoring of ‘cognitive’ subtests For Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning, questions are worth one mark each. For Decision Making, some questions (those with multiple statements) are worth 2 marks. In these questions, one mark is awarded to partially correct statements. Raw marks (the number of questions you got right) are converted into ‘scaled scores’ which range from 300-900. A total scaled score is generated by adding together the scaled score of each of the...
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