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Why doing well in English is essential for gaining entry into medicine and succeeding in your medical course and career. Some students love it. Others hate it: Reading books, writing essays and analysing articles where the content matter is highly subjective and there is no definitive ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer. English is the polar opposite of many subjects favoured by maths and science minded students because essay questions require a highly critical and subjective thinking style in order to write high scoring responses. However, like it or not, all students looking to study medicine or other popular health science courses, need to do well in...
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Re-sitting UCAT

HOW ARE UCAT RESULTS CALCULATED? Unfortunately Pearson Vue does not release the marking scheme that is used determine UCAT scores. There is some speculation as to the following: answering a question correctly that is not answered correctly by the majority of UCAT candidates will be weighted more heavily. And conversely, answering a question incorrectly that most UCAT candidates do answer correctly, will be weighted more heavily against a candidate’s UCAT score. However, because Pearson does not release the marking scheme or question weightings for the UCAT it is impossible to be absolutely certain of this. What is certain though, is the...
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NOT ALL ENTRY TESTS EQUAL, Medical Observer (16 February 2007, Page 17)

The debate about whether school leaver entry or graduate entry is better for medicine will continue for a long time because there are winners and losers in either scenario (Inside Story, 24/11/2006; Letters, 8/12). The graduate entry pathway has the following disadvantages: 1. Many highly able students who would otherwise have become excellent doctors will be lost to other professions, because they may be reluctant to obtain another degree after graduation. 2. Graduate medical programs reduce the productive working life of a doctor. 3. The longer duration of study is likely to result in increased cost of services to patients on...
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MEDICAL TRAINING, The Education Age (21 November 2005 Page 10)

Throughout the ages and in most countries medicine has been a profession with special privileges, hence demand to study medicine is high. In fact the demand to supply ratio is higher for medicine than for any other course in Australia, which is one reason for the use of criteria other than ATAR scores for entry (The medical Maze, Education Age, 7/11/2005).  Since medical knowledge is growing at an exponential rate, it is essential that future doctors have critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving and interpersonal skills. Far from making the system sick, the selection process ensures that doctors are able, affable and...
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CHANGING TIMES, Australian Doctor (16 June 2006, Page 2)

Perhaps Dr Andrew Griffiths is not aware of the numerous changes in medical student selection that have taken place during the last ten years (Selection fails, 19 May). His criticisms about the inadequacies in the medical student selection are therefore not valid today. These days, one does not need to get very high ATAR score to get into medical school, since almost all medical schools have now instituted three criteria for selection, only one of which is the ATAR score. The second is the results of an aptitude test called the UMAT (now UCAT). The third is the personal interview, which assesses the qualities Dr...
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MED STUDENTS PASS TEST, Australian Doctor (28 May 2004, Page 20)

Medical professionals across Australia are doing their bit to help disadvantaged year 12 students prepare for the UMAT (now UCAT).  Under the name of the group MedEntry, they will offer a two day intensive workshop to high school students from disadvantaged areas who are generally under-represented in medical school. The group’s website is www.medentry.edu.au. 

TO COACH OR NOT......, Australian Doctor (15 April 2005, Page 31)

Dr Kerri Parnell asks whether coaching for tests such as UMAT (now UCAT) helps ('Medical School Pick of the Crop may be Missing the Point', Gut Feelings, 25 March).  If UCAT coaching is not useful, the logical conclusion is that coaching for selective/private school entry/scholarships tests is also not useful. Yet parents spend enormous amounts having their children coached for such tests.  Further, while the final high school exams admittedly test both knowledge and ability, the fact that people spend money on tutoring and send their children to 'better' schools is evidence that coaching helps improve performance.  Coaching certainly improves a person's ability to some...
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MedEntry wins Foundation For Young Australians Grant!

We are extremely delighted to announce that we have been offered a generous grant by the Foundation for Young Australians to pursue the MedEntry Prep initiative. After a competitive selection process, the Foundation has deemed that our initiative, is worthy of funding to enable us to offer our courses and materials to you. The aim is to enhance youth participation and create opportunities for the development of young people.  Specifically MedEntry UCAT Prep aims to help Australian and New Zealand youth keen to pursue a career in the medicine.

MedEntry Presents at Careers Expo

MedEntry is invited to speak at the VCE Expo in Melbourne every year. At the Careers Forum, MedEntry addresses students on the topic 'Working in medicine'. MedEntry also presents very popular seminars on 'Medical Entry' and 'Acing the med entry test'. (Source: The Age VCE & Careers Expo). MedEntry also presents the same seminars on 'Medical Entry', 'Working in medicine' and 'Acing the entry test' (the UCAT) at the HSC Expo in Sydney every year (Source: The Sydney Morning Herald HSC and Careers Expo).

Which universities require UCAT?

Which universities use the UCAT as part of their selection criteria for medicine courses? The following universities require satisfactory completion of the UCAT as part of their selection criteria for students who are seeking to gain entry into undergraduate medicine and Dentistry courses. There are also some universities which use the UCAT as part of their graduate entry programmes. For all of the following universities, performance on the UCAT will not be the only requirement to gain entry, but for most of these universities it will be the first criterion that students need to satisfy to become an eligible applicant. Students should check each university’s...
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What should I do the day before the UCAT exam?

By this stage, you will have well and truly completed your UCAT preparation. The day before the UCAT test is all about getting yourself in the right state of mind for the UCAT exam so that you can remain as stress-free as possible and perform at your best when it counts.   What should I do the day before the UCAT exam? -Make sure you know the location of your UCAT test centre and how to get there. Remember for some locations parking may be limited and inner-city traffic can be very heavy especially during peak hour.  If you’re planning on...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation Part 10: coping with UCAT stress and anxiety on UCAT test day

Pressure, pressure: coping with nerves and stress on the actual UCAT test day. Having done UCAT practice exam, after practice exam, after practice exam, most UCAT candidates will be raring to go come July. Whilst UCAT preparation is key to your UCAT success, it is not the only factor that will affect your UCAT performance on the actual UCAT test day. Being able to cope with the nerves and anxiety that inevitably appear on the day of the UCAT exam will be the key strength that will help you out-perform your fellow UCAT candidates. Perhaps the only thing separating two equally intelligent and...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 9: coping with UCAT stress and UCAT anxiety prior to the UCAT exam

Coping with UCAT stress and UCAT nerves prior to the UCAT exam: We all know that sick feeling in the bottom of our stomachs just prior to walking into a big exam; we’re jittery, shaking and generally thinking that we’d rather be anywhere else but here. Nerves can be debilitating in the most terrible way for even the brightest of students. Thus, it is crucially important that your learn to overcome these UCAT nerves before the actual day of the UCAT test so that you can perform at your peak and ultimately succeed in the UCAT.   How do I know...
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Coping with UCAT stress and anxiety

We all know that sick feeling in the bottom of our stomachs just prior to walking into a big exam; we’re jittery, shaking and generally thinking that we’d rather be anywhere else but here. Nerves can be debilitating in the most terrible way for even the brightest of students. Thus, it is crucially important that your learn to overcome these nerves before the actual day of the UCAT so that you can perform at your peak and ultimately succeed in the UCAT.   How do I know if I’m nervous about the UCAT? Nervousness is generally marked by or having a feeling...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 8: practical tips for staying cool under pressure in the UCAT exam

With UCAT just around the corner, and UCAT preparation of most students well and truly under way, we thought we would address the issue of nerves and anxiety that can happen on UCAT test day. Below is a simple check list of UCAT test tactics that you can utilise to overcome this UCAT pressure and tips on how to tackle the actual UCAT exam itself.   Firstly, don’t doubt yourself! Just because you don’t feel like you’ll be at the top, doesn’t mean you’ll be at the bottom either. Assuming you have sufficiently prepared for the UCAT, you are at no disadvantage to any...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 7: worded mathematical problems

Worded mathematical problems on the UCAT exam: translating worded problems into mathematical symbols. comprehenisve UCAT advice from the team at MedEntry UCAT preparation. Possibly the most confusing questions on the UCAT exam, worded mathematical problems can actually be solved relatively easily if you understand how the question is written and what the words of the question really mean in mathematical terms. Prior to solving worded mathematical problems on the UCAT exam, it is essential that you are comfortable with translating words into mathematical symbols. Below is a partial list of words and their mathematical equivalents. You should know these by heart before...
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UCAT or GAMSAT? which route is harder? which route is easier?

For a simple comparison of UCAT and GAMSAT, please read this article: UCAT vs GAMSAT Medicine entry via GAMSAT or UCAT? what’s the difference? It’s a question anyone wanting to gain entry into medicine will inevitably ask: ‘Am I better off sitting the UCAT and doing an undergraduate medicine degree, or should I sit the GAMSAT to gain entry into a graduate medicine course?’ To make things easier, below is a comparative summary of some of the key elements of both the GAMSAT (graduate entry pathway) and the UCAT (undergraduate entry pathway) so you can make up your own mind. See...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 6: statistics problems on the UCAT

How to approach statistics problems on the UCAT exam: Frequently a feature of UCAT multi choice, understanding the language of statistics and how to answer those questions involving statistics on the UCAT exam is essential for UCAT success. Below, we have explained, as succinctly as possible, what you need to know in order to answer this style of UCAT question. Statistics is the study of the patterns and relationships of numbers and data. There are four main concepts that may appear on the UCAT exam. Median   When a set of numbers is arranged in order of size, the median is the...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 5: Counting Problems in UCAT

Counting problems in UCAT: an essential summary. Your UCAT questions explained by the team at MedEntry as part of our new section UCAT test tactics and preparation. They may seem simple on paper, but counting problems contained within the UCAT exam can often cause much confusion among students. If you can understand the basic principles of counting problems and recognize when to apply them, you will be able to master many of the typical counting problem question types presented in the UCAT exam.   When counting elements that are in overlapping sets, the total number will equal the number in one group plus the number in the other group minus...
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Melbourne vs. Monash Medicine: Should I study medicine at Monash or Melbourne university?

Melbourne or Monash for medicine? That  is the question. It's a question often asked by aspiring med students: 'should I study medicine at Melbourne or Monash?' To help you make up your own mind, we've compiled a clear, concise and simple breakdown of each of the available medicine pathways at Melbourne and Monash. For a comparison of UCAT against the GAMSAT please see the following article: 'UCAT or GAMSAT? which is harder? which is easier?'.   In summary, Medicine via UCAT at Monash is far better for the students and their parents, but GMASAT route at Melbourne is better for the university. Monash...
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