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The 5 Biggest UCAT Myths

Myth #1: You can’t study for itPeople call the UCAT many different things. Is it an IQ test? A personality test? In reality, it is about applying skills you have developed to solve problems. People say: “you’ve either got it or you don’t,” but like any skill, UCAT technique can be practiced and honed. One of my close friends is one of the naturally brightest people I know. He believed that you couldn’t really get better at the UCAT. Unfortunately, this had consequences when he did not study and thus failed to meet the threshold for his desired course. My point...
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COVID-19 and UCAT 2020: What Should I Do?

With the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid escalation of cases across Australia and New Zealand, you may be wondering how this affects UCAT ANZ 2020 and your UCAT preparation. This blog answers some frequently asked questions. Will UCAT ANZ 2020 be going ahead? At this stage, it is unclear whether UCAT ANZ 2020 will be proceeding as planned in July, given the evolving situation.UCAT UK (which is administered by Pearson VUE and the UCAT UK Consortium) has made the decision to postpone UCAT UK registrations for students in the United Kingdom, and acknowledged that testing for UCAT UK is likely to take place...
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5 Tips for UCAT Success

The UCAT is not an easy exam. It is intense both when you prepare for it and when you undertake it. It requires every ounce of mental concentration and effort to do well, even more so, for me at least, than my HSC 4 Unit maths exam. However, you need not be worried about this: the conditions apply to everybody and what determines whether you will do well in UCAT is if you can perform better than your peers. Always remember that a large portion of students are going into UCAT without proper experience of questions or experience of the conditions...
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COVID-19 AND UCAT 2020

We understand many students will be concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and are closely following the situation as it continues to evolve in Australia, New Zealand and around the world.At this stage, indications from Pearson VUE and the UCAT Consortium is that UCAT 2020 will be proceeding as planned. This may change depending on how the situation unfolds. Any updates will be posted on the UCAT Official and Pearson VUE websites (see https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update) and communicated to students.We wish to reassure students that MedEntry has done extensive planning for all contingencies, and our numerous staff members across the world are continuing to...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: How to Register and Registration FAQs

Registrations to sit UCAT ANZ 2020 are now open!UCAT ANZ 2020 testing takes place between 1 July and 31 July 2020. You must complete a two-step process using the Pearson VUE online registration system to register and then book a test.You are strongly recommended to register and sit your test at your earliest convenience to ensure places are available at your nearest UCAT test centre. Each year there are candidates who book a late test and encounter problems when they fall ill or experience other issues preventing them from taking that UCAT testing slot. This can be avoided by booking to...
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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 RegistrationTo 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 mistakes when filling in the registration form....
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UCAT Registrations: What Testing Date Should I Choose?

 Registrations to sit UCAT 2020 are now open! If you are planning to sit UCAT in 2020 for entry into medicine in 2021, 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 2020 testing date.1. Choose your UCAT date and time carefullyUCAT is an important test, so it is vital that you take some time to consider the best UCAT 2020 testing date and time for you. Factors you should consider when choosing a UCAT date include:School holidays: many schools have...
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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 2020Late 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 2020: SJT Scoring

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? Previously, 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 responsesIn 2020, raw marks in the UCAT ANZ Situational Judgement...
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