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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 3: UCAT questions involving percentages

What you need to know about percentage % questions before starting your UCAT preparation:    Problems involving percent are common on the UCAT. The word percent means “divided by one hundred.” When you see the word “percent,” or the symbol %, remember it means 1/100. For example,   25 Percent   25 x 1/100 = 1/4   To convert a decimal into a percent, move the decimal point two places to the right. For example,   0.25 = 25% 0.023 = 2.3% 1.3 = 130%   Conversely, to convert a percent into a decimal, move the decimal point two places to the left.  ...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 1: Avoiding multiple confusions in the multiple choice section of UCAT

A starting guide on how to tackle the multi-choice of UCAT from the team at MedEntry UCAT preparation:   The ’2 out of 4′ rule in multi-choice:   In any multi-choice test, it is significantly harder to create a good but incorrect answer than it is to create the correct answer. For this reason usually only two attractive answer-choices are offered. One correct; the other either intentionally misleading or only partially correct. The other two answer-choices are usually ‘fluff’. This makes educated guessing on tests immensely effective. If you can dismiss the two fluff choices, your probability of answering the question successfully...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 2: Process of Elimination in UCAT multichoice

Process of Elimination or POE in UCAT: the best of a bad bunch.   Comprehensive advice from the team at MedEntry UCAT preparation.   Once you have established what the UCAT question is asking you need to act efficiently and narrow down your options to reach the correct answer. Using the Process of Elimination or POE method can greatly improve your chances of scoring highly on the UCAT because it provides a way of tackling questions where there seems to be no ideal answer.   Firstly, be wary of simply picking what you perceive, at first glance, to be the correct answer. There are often several choices that are ‘distractors’: They...
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Preparation, Preparation, Preparation: the key for UCAT success.

UCAT: a multiple guess or multiple choice test? You choose.   A university lecturer of mine, once made the comment prior to us all about to sit an exam, that he would cry if we didn’t answer every question because: ‘guys, it’s a multiple choice paper, so even a monkey could get one in every four questions right’.  Although I’ve never personally seen a monkey sit the UCAT exam, statistically speaking, it was a fair point to make, and for the record: not one student failed that paper.   Why prepare for the UCAT or do UCAT preparation courses? To truly succeed in...
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UCAT Tip: Educated Guessing

UCAT Tip: Educated Guessing in the UCAT When sitting the UCAT students may face a difficult question that they can’t quite get their head around or they are running out of time and still have some questions they haven’t answered yet. Some people choose to leave the UCAT question blank. This is a problem because there is very little time in the UCAT exam to return to previous UCAT questions and UCAT candidates will often leave a UCAT question so that they can go back to it later but then run out of time. The best thing to do when faced with UCAT...
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Easy UCAT questions have obvious and popular answers: how to avoid falling into UCAT answer traps!

Easy UCAT questions have obvious and popular answers: how to avoid falling into UCAT answer traps! As you complete more and more practice UCAT exams you may start to notice the following UCAT trend: Easy UCAT questions have obvious and popular answers, whilst hard UCAT questions have unexpected and unpopular answers. It helps to think of UCAT questions as popularity contests. The answer to an easy question is the most popular choice. The answer to a difficult question is the least popular choice. In other words, popular UCAT answer choices on difficult questions are traps. If you think about the UCAT for...
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Tips for UCAT Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple choice questions are much harder than they seem. Even though they give you the correct answer as one of the choices, selecting it amongst the others can sometimes be quite difficult. The UCAT consists of only multiple choice questions so if you learn how to ace this type of question, it will help you maximise your UCAT score. The following tips will not only benefit you in the UCAT, but in any other multiple choice questions that you may face at school/uni. ANSWER EVERY QUESTION: For UCAT you have a 1 in 4 or 5 chance of selecting the correct answer. If you...
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UCAT Tutoring Melbourne

Personal UCAT tutoring Melbourne will allow you to build on your strengths and improve your areas of weakness in a one-on-one environment. You will be coached by an experienced tutor who has performed exceptionally well in the UCAT, interviews and school. Each Melbourne UCAT tutoring session is tailored specifically to your needs as students are able to direct the sessions towards the areas they wish to focus on (no set curriculum for the tutors) so that they are able to get the most out of each session. In turn, this will help students with their self-directed learning when they are studying...
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UCAT Tutoring Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide & Hobart

Personal UCAT tutoring will allow you to build on your strengths and improve your areas of weakness in a one-on-one environment. You will be coached by an experienced tutor who has performed exceptionally well in the UCAT, interviews and school and who is located in your city. You can organise when, where, and how you would like to use your tutoring sessions. Each UCAT tutoring session is tailored specifically to your needs as students are able to direct the sessions towards the areas they wish to focus on (no set curriculum for the tutors) so that they are able to get...
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My friend got into Medicine without doing a UCAT course!

My friend got into Medicine without doing a UCAT course!   Many students who undergo training for UCAT do not admit it for several reasons (for example, it increases their competition). Other reasons for not admitting include: wanting to appear smarter; they think that is what unis expect of them to say etc. A student may have obtained 90th percentile for UCAT and got in to medicine without doing a course. If they had done our course, they would have obtained a higher score, say 99th percentile (and perhaps been awarded a scholarship to study medicine as well). Even those who may obtain...
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My friend did a UCAT course but didn’t get into Medicine!

My friend did a UCAT course but didn’t get into Medicine! Performance in UCAT depends on what UCAT course you do. There are over fifty UCAT course providers and most of them are of poor quality, and he/she may have done one of those. Furthermore, since interview scores count for about a third of the selection criteria for medicine, interview training is important too. Your friend may not have done medical interview training. We can guarantee that MedEntry’s UCAT program works. That is, we can guarantee that students will perform better after doing the course, compared to if they had not...
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If this is Your UCAT test day, Get Excited!

If this is Your UCAT day, Get Excited! It’s natural to feel nervous the day before the test, maybe even a bit panicked, but let’s try to get some perspective on your situation. Try to think of your UCAT as an audition for university, but as an audition that counts. Naturally you hope that your audition goes well, but it’s not a big deal if it doesn’t go quite as well as you’d like. Some UCAT students wind up re-taking the test in the following year. So don’t think that all your university hopes rest on how you do on the...
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UCAT Tuition

UCAT Coaching and Tuition A basketball coach explained it to me when I was a young that excellent performance depends upon three things: native ability, good coaching, and effective practice (which can change almost everything). Effective practice—as distinct from practicing without awareness of how or what to change—depends upon good coaching. The Lecturers at MedEntry UCAT Courses think of themselves as a Coaches when they teach. They are  as good a teachers of UCAT as my basketball coach is a teacher of basketball. In fact the Lecturers at MedEntry are best in the game: see under About Us on the website. MedEntry also...
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UCAT Courses Darwin

Studying Medicine in Northern Territory is now possible, with the first two years at the Charles Darwin University and the final four years at Flinders University.  However, competition for the limited number of places available is fierce and the bar has been raised regarding UCAT scores and other entry requirements such as the ATAR. This means that success in the UCAT is a MUST if students wish to study Medicine in Darwin from an undergraduate level. Provided you attain a thresold ATAR set by Charles Darwin and Flinders universities, you are ranked on the basis of your UCAT scores. Minimum ATAR required is...
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UCAT Courses New Zealand

MedEntry New Zealand UCAT Preparation course is the trusted UCAT educational institution with unparalleled success and satisfaction rates. MedEntry is the UCAT test specialists, and its reputation is based on results for UCAT.  Every year, MedEntry UCAT preparation gets more students into the course of their choice than all the other UCAT courses combined. Over 95% of MedEntry’s UCAT students come through word-of-mouth referrals. MedEntry is the only UCAT preparation institution with an extensive and unparalleled bank of questions, resources and course techniques developed for tests such as UCAT over a period of over thirty years. MedEntry offers UCAT preparation materials,...
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How to do UCAT Practice

How to take a UCAT practice test With that fateful UCAT day looming, no doubt you will have already done many UCAT practice exams. You may have done these tests to check the skills you still need to learn, to see if you’ve improved or simply to help you feel more comfortable performing under test conditions. Whatever the reason, there are few simple measures that you can follow to ensure that you can get the most out of your practice tests. When doing a UCAT practice test try to imitate what it will be like to actually sit the test. Start at the...
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UCAT Tuition Melbourne

MedEntry UCAT Prep offers tuition for UCAT in Melbourne and Mildura. UCAT workshops in Melbourne can be found here. MedEntry runs UCAT workshops in all major capital cities in Australia and New Zealand. For a full list of workshops, click here. MedEntry offers its UCAT and Medical Interview training courses in Perth, Western Australia; Adelaide in South Australia; Melbourne in Victoria; Sydney and Newcastle, New South Wales; Toowoomba, Cairns and Brisbane, Queensland; Hobart, Tasmania; Darwin, Northern Territory; and Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. UCAT Courses are also offered in Gold Coast, Whyalla, Mount Gambier and Mildura. If there is sufficient interest, the UCAT courses...
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UCAT Courses Toowoomba

MedEntry offers UCAT tuition in Brisbane, Cairns and Toowoomba in Queensland. UCAT courses in Queensland can be found here. MedEntry runs UCAT workshops in all major capital cities in Australia and New Zealand. For a full list of workshops, click here. MedEntry offers its UCAT and Medical Interview training courses in Perth, Western Australia; Adelaide in South Australia; Melbourne in Victoria; Sydney and Newcastle, New South Wales; Toowoomba, Cairns and Brisbane, Queensland; Hobart, Tasmania; Darwin, Northern Territory; and Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. UCAT Courses are also offered in Gold Coast, Whyalla, Mount Gambier and Mildura. If there is sufficient interest, the UCAT courses will be...
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UCAT test tips

Ignore these Two Voices in Your Head We want to warn you that during the test, two tiny invisible fairies will be sitting on your shoulders, whispering in your ears. You’ll hear only one of the fairies, and you won’t be sure which one it is until the test starts. One of the fairies whispers gleefully, “I can’t believe how easy this test is.” The other fairy whispers ominously, “This is by far the hardest test I’ve ever taken.” There aren’t really fairies whispering in your ears, of course, but we promise you that you will hear one of those two...
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The Night before the UCAT Test

The Night before the UCAT Test   It’s fine if you want to see a movie or hang out with your friends until the early evening, but then get home.Before you get too tired, lay out everything you’re going to need tomorrow morning: a photo ID, your watch, ear plugs and water bottle. You will not be allowed to use scrap paper during the exam, so you won’t need to bring that.Set out the clothes you’ll wear for tomorrow, including any good luck items. It’s a good idea to dress in layers so that if the room is too hot you...
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