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What Will UCAT Test Day Be Like?

For many students, sitting UCAT can be a daunting prospect. UCAT is a very different experience to standard high school or university examinations. This blog describes in detail what to expect on the day of UCAT.UCAT check inWhen you arrive, you will need to check in with an invigilator. This will involve the following:You will need to present your UCAT email confirmation from Pearson VUE and your photographic identificationA photograph will be taken of youYou will need to sign the UCAT ANZ Consortium Examination RulesBelongingsYou will be asked to store your personal belongings in a locker or designated place. You will...
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What are the key dates for UCAT ANZ 2020?

Candidates taking the UCAT in 2020 for entry to universities in Australia and New Zealand in 2021 should note the following key dates: Concession scheme* opens3 February 2020Access arrangement application opens#3 February 2020Registration and booking opens   2 March 2020Concession* deadline4 May 2020 at 5pm AESTAccess arrangement application deadline#4 May 2020 at 5pm AESTRegistration and booking closes11 May 2020 at 11:59pm AESTLate booking deadline18 May 2020 at 11:59pm AESTCancellation deadline18 May 2020 at 11:59pm AESTTesting begins1 July 2020Last testing date31 July 2020Results delivered to universitiesEarly September 2020 *Candidates who hold (or who are listed as a dependant on) a current Health Care Card (HCC) or Pensioner Concession Card...
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Everything you need to know about UCAT 2020

Do you want to study medicine or dentistry in 2021? If so, you will need to sit UCAT 2020. This blog describes everything you need to know about UCAT 2020.What is UCAT 2020?UCAT 2020 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 2020 is very different to traditional knowledge-based tests encountered in school and university. It is also highly time pressured. Therefore, quality UCAT 2020 courses, such as what MedEntry provides, are essential to succeed.What are the UCAT 2020 subtests?UCAT 2020 is comprised of...
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UCAT 2020: Key dates

 This blog describes the key dates for UCAT 2020.Registrations for UCAT 2020 open2 March 2020Registrations for UCAT 2020 close11 May 2020Final booking deadline for UCAT 202011 May 2019Late booking deadline for UCAT 202018 May 2020Cancellation deadline for UCAT 202018 May 2020UCAT 2020 testing begins1 July 2020Last testing date for UCAT 202031 July 2020UCAT 2020 results delivered to candidatesOn the UCAT 2020 testing dateUCAT 2020 results delivered to universitiesEarly September 2020 START YOUR UCAT PREP!    
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Interim UCAT ANZ 2019 Test Statistics Released!

UCAT ANZ 2019 summary statistics have been released, which will help students to interpret their UCAT scores.The UCAT data is available at: https://www.ucat.edu.au/media/1314/ucat-anz-2019_summary-test-statistics.pdfThis UCAT data shows that:Students who achieved an overall scaled score of 2830 were in the 90th percentile, which is generally required for entry into standard undergraduate medical degrees (scores required are lower for dentistry, rural students, local students, bonded students and those with very high ATARs)The maximum UCAT ANZ 2019 scaled score (cognitive subtests) was 3530The mean UCAT ANZ 2019 scaled score (cognitive subtests) was 2481The maximum Situational Judgement score was 759 and the mean was 592MedEntry has developed a...
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How to Interpret Your UCAT 2019 scores

If you have just sat UCAT, congratulations! You have made it through one of the toughest and most gruelling tests of your career. This blog contains information on how to interpret your 2019 UCAT ANZ score report.How do I access my UCAT Score Report?After sitting UCAT, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE notifying you that your UCAT score report is available to view via your Pearson VUE online account. You will need to log into your Pearson VUE account to view your UCAT score report.How do I interpret my UCAT Score Report? Your Score Report will provide you with...
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Tips for UCAT Test Day and the Night Before

The day before UCATEnsure 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. If you find you are unwell or...
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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 IDEnsure 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.      2. Review Official...
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IMPROVE YOUR UCAT TIMING WITH MEDENTRY’S UCAT TIMING TRAINER

Timing is of the essence in UCAT. If you were given sufficient time to answer UCAT questions, the majority of students would perform very well. However, the UCAT Consortium intentionally gives students insufficient time to answer UCAT questions, in order to distinguish the top UCAT candidates from the rest.Because timing is so important, MedEntry has developed a UCAT ‘Timing Trainer’ feature to help you improve your timing. This feature can be used in all UCAT Drills and UCAT Subtest Mocks.The Timing Trainer displays how long you have spent on a UCAT question (or unit of questions), in comparison to the recommended...
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UCAT SITUATIONAL JUDGEMENT: 5 TOP TIPS

From 2019, UCAT ANZ will provide scaled scores for the UCAT Situational Judgement Test, rather than presenting scores in bands (for more info, please visit https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat/entry/ucat-anz-2019-change-to-sjt-scoring). This means that success in UCAT Situational Judgement is even more important.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 scenarioWhen reading the UCAT Situational Judgement scenario, it is important to read actively, identifying the key issues raised....
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PERSONALISE YOUR UCAT PREP: RECORD YOUR UCAT TESTING DATE!

At MedEntry, we believe each student is different, and that UCAT prep should be tailored to the individual. This is reflected in the design of our UCAT curriculum, which provides students with a variety of learning options to prepare for UCAT.MedEntry encourages all of our students to inform us of your UCAT testing date. This information will be used to provide appropriate UCAT tips, reminders and resources to assist with your UCAT preparation.You can record your UCAT testing date in a calendar which will pop up when you log into the LMS:  If you change your UCAT testing date, please update the...
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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 calculatedFirstly, 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 or UCAT...
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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 expertsBand 2: good performance, showing appropriate judgement frequentlyBand 3: modest performance, showing appropriate judgement in some questionsBand 4: low performance, judgement differing substantially from ideal responsesFrom 2019, raw marks 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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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 macroscopicallyDepending on your MedEntry package and school/university/work commitments, this will look different for...
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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 interviewsHow to apply to study medicineMedical entry pathways, including undergraduate and graduate entryWhat you should be doing if you are in year 12, year 11 or year 10Backup options if you don’t do well in UCATHow to choose a medical courseSuggested timelines for the yearThis document is ideal if you are interested in medicine, but not sure where to start.Download and print your copy now!And don’t forget to prepare for...
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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 firstWhen 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 perspectiveSome questions are more easily solved if...
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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 ExamsOnce a drill or exam attempt is completed and during the review process, a UCAT question can be bookmarked, as shown below: In the review screen, you will...
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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 15th October 2019 (which is...
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When Should I Start Preparing for UCAT 2020

If you wish to study medicine in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020. 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: as...
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