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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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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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MedEntry’s Updated Medical Schools Admissions Guide Now Available!

MedEntry is delighted to release our free, printable medical school admissions guide that covers everything you need to know about getting into medicine in Australia. This guide covers: Entry criteria, including UCAT and interviews How to apply to study medicine Medical entry pathways, including undergraduate and graduate entry What you should be doing if you are in year 12, year 11 or year 10 Backup options if you don’t do well in UCAT How to choose a medical course Suggested timelines for the year This document is ideal if you are interested in medicine, but not sure where to start. Download...
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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 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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Applying for Medicine in the UK and Australia?

UCAT is used by universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Italy for selection of students into medicine, dentistry and some other health science courses. If you wish to apply to universities in both Australia and overseas, there is a specific procedure relating to UCAT that you must follow: You will need to sit the UCAT ANZ in July. It is important that you sit this test so that your UCAT results are delivered to the appropriate Australian/NZ medical schools by their admissions deadlines (usually in September) You will need to contact the UCAT office by 15 th October...
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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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UCAT 2019: 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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UCAT Registrations: What Testing Date Should I Choose?

  Registrations to sit UCAT 2019 are now open! If you are planning to sit UCAT in 2019 for entry into medicine in 2020, we suggest booking your UCAT testing date as soon as possible. Remember, popular dates to sit UCAT do book out! Here are three key tips for choosing your perfect UCAT 2019 testing date. 1. Choose your UCAT date and time carefully UCAT is an important test, so it is vital that you take some time to consider the best UCAT 2019 testing date and time for you. Factors you should consider when choosing a UCAT date include:...
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UCAT Registration Now Open

As of this afternoon, registrations and bookings are now open for the UCAT. MedEntry strongly recommend that our students register and book ASAP and early in the testing window. Information on how to register an account and book into an exam can be found at https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/registration-booking/ Step 1: Account Registration To create a new account go to the  Pearson VUE account registration page . For your account you are required to use your legal name exactly how it will appear on the photo ID that you will present on arrival at the test centre, so make sure you don’t make any...
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UCAT 2019 Registrations

Registrations to sit UCAT 2019 open: 1 March 2019 Registrations to sit UCAT 2019 close: 17 May 2019 at 11.59pm AEST You can register to sit UCAT 2019 online via the Pearson VUE website. You must complete a two-step process using the Pearson VUE online registration system to register and then book a 2019 UCAT test. Step 1: Online Account Registration You should start the registration process for UCAT 2019 by creating an online account with Pearson VUE. Note that you must register with your legal name exactly as it appears on the photo identification that you will present at the...
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WHAT IS UCAT 2019?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. Unlike traditional school and university exams which assess knowledge, UCAT 2019 assesses generic skills, including verbal aptitude, mathematical understanding and abstract reasoning. Students who wish to study medicine or dentistry in Australia or New Zealand in 2020 will need to sit and succeed in UCAT 2019. UCAT 2019 is comprised of five separately timed subtests: Verbal Reasoning Decision Making Quantitative Reasoning Abstract Reasoning Situational Judgement UCAT 2019 is a computer based test and takes a total of approximately 2 hours. UCAT 2019 will take place in various testing centres across Australia, New Zealand and...
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UCAT 2019: Key dates

This blog describes the key dates for UCAT 2019. Registrations for UCAT 2019 open 1 March 2019 Registrations for UCAT 2019 close 17 May 2019 Final booking deadline for UCAT 2019 17 May 2019 UCAT 2019 testing begins 1 July 2019 Last testing date for UCAT 2019 31 July 2019 UCAT 2019 results delivered to candidates On the UCAT 2019 testing date UCAT 2019 results delivered to universities Early September 2019   For more information on UCAT 2019, please visit https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat
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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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UCAT 2019: 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 type There are five major question types in the Decision Making subtest of UCAT: Logic games: you are presented with a series of statements...
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UCAT 2019: TOP TIPS FOR VERBAL REASONING

  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 2019 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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UCAT: 5 basic tips

  There are a wealth of strategies and techniques that are useful in boosting UCAT performance. Each UCAT section and question requires a slightly different approach. Relevant techniques will be discussed in detail in the MedEntry UCAT course. In the meantime, here are five basic tips that will help you in tackling UCAT. 1. Work on your weaknesses Each of the five sections in UCAT tests different skills. It is likely that you will find some UCAT subtests easier than others, and that you will have a natural ability or affinity for particular questions. As early as possible in your UCAT...
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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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Where will I be able to sit UCAT?

UCAT will take place at various locations across Australia and New Zealand over the month of July. Most capital cities will have multiple testing centres across various locations. Exact locations will be available once registration opens.   State/Region Open for 4 weeks in July Open for a limited number of days / weeks NSW Sydney Newcastle Armidale, Dubbo, Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, Penrith Vic Melbourne Bendigo, Geelong, Mildura, Albury-Wodonga QLD Brisbane Gold Coast Townsville Rockhampton, Cairns SA Adelaide Mt Gambier WA Perth Bunbury ACT Canberra   Tas Hobart Launceston NT Darwin Alice Springs New Zealand Auckland Dunedin (open for 3 weeks) Christchurch,...
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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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