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UMAT test tactics and preparation part 10: coping with UMAT stress and anxiety on UMAT test day

Pressure, pressure: coping with nerves and stress on the actual UMAT test day. Having done UMAT practice exam, after practice exam, after practice exam, most UMAT candidates will be raring to go come July 30th. Whilst UMAT preparation  is key to your UMAT success, it is not the only factor that will affect your UMAT performance on the actual UMAT test day. Being able to cope with the nerves and anxiety that inevitably appear on the day of the UMAT exam will be the key strength that will help you out-perform your fellow UMAT candidates. Perhaps the only thing separating two equally...
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UMAT test tactics and preparation part 7: worded mathematical problems

Worded mathematical problems on the UMAT exam: translating worded problems into mathematical symbols. comprehenisve UMAT advice from the  team at MedEntry UMAT preparation . Possibly the most confusing questions on the UMAT 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 UMAT 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...
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A comparison of medicine at Usyd and UNSW

A brief comparison of studying medicine at UNSW or Usyd for 2014 onwards.   Whilst the release of final ATAR results may still be a while away, it is important for high achieving students to consider now whether they would choose to study medicine at UNSW or Usyd. Below is a simple and concise outline of what each of the UNSW medicine and Usyd medicine pathways, respectively, entail.   What has changed? Usyd will change from awarding MBBS to MD or Doctor of Medicine. The change to MD has not yet been finalised – it requires approval from the University of...
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UMAT or GAMSAT? which route is harder? which route is easier?

Medicine entry via GAMSAT or UMAT? what’s the difference? It’s a question anyone wanting to gain entry into medicine will inevitably ask: ‘Am I better off sitting the UMAT 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 UMAT (undergraduate entry pathway) so you can make up your own mind. See our earlier blog entries for a simple comparison of  studying medicine at Monash or Melbourne...
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UMAT test tactics and preparation part 1: Avoiding multiple confusions in the multiple choice section of UMAT

A starting guide on how to tackle the multi-choice of UMAT from the team at MedEntry UMAT 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 three 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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Preparation, Preparation, Preparation: the key for UMAT success.

UMAT: 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 UMAT exam, statistically speaking, it was a fair point to make, and for the record: not one student failed that paper.   Why prepare for the UMAT or do UMAT preparation courses? To truly succeed in...
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What is the UMAT test?

UMAT stands for Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test.  It is an exam administered by ACER (The Australian Council for Educational Research), and is a prerequisite for selection into undergraduate medicine, dentistry and health science courses at most Australian universities. The UMAT aims to test your suitability as a medical professional by testing your ability in three areas: logical reasoning and problem solving, understanding people, and non-verbal reasoning. The UMAT is an annual three hour test, with multiple choice answers. Your UMAT results together with your high school score and your performance at an interview are the three criteria used...
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ONLINE UMAT PREP VS. WEEKLY CLASSES

Let’s face it, in those final school years you’ve got enough on your plate without having to slot in yet another class to your already busy schedule. There’s no doubt about it, you really need to prepare for the UMAT test, and you should treat your UMAT preparation just like another school subject. The best way to prepare is in your own time – whenever and wherever you can. To have to attend yet another class would be difficult to say the least. It might clash with your other regular classes, and the venue might not be geographically ideal. A MedEntry...
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FREE UMAT PRACTICE EXAM

As you probably know ACER has changed the format of the UMAT test for 2013. It will no longer be three separate sections each with their own time limit. Sections 1, 2 and 3 type questions will now all be mixed up together in one big exam of 134 questions and 3 hours duration. It would be a good idea to start practising with such type of questions, because that is exactly what you will now have to do in the UMAT test. The most efficient and effective approach to use in tackling such questions will also be discussed during the ...
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UMAT Tip: Educated Guessing

UMAT Tip: Educated Guessing in the UMAT exam. When sitting the UMAT 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 UMAT question blank.  This is a problem because there is very little time in the UMAT exam to return to previous UMAT questions  and UMAT candidates will often leave a UMAT question so that they can go back to it later but then run out of time. Also, a blank UMAT question on...
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UMAT or GAMSAT? Which route is better?

Medicine via  UMAT  or GAMSAT? For a simpler comparison of UMAT against the GAMSAT please see the following article:  ‘UMAT or GAMSAT? which is harder? which is easier?‘. Our view is that UMAT route is far superior for several reasons including: 1. No guarantee: Even if you do ace your GPA and do well in GAMSAT, there is no gurantee that you will get in: there is an interview as well. 2. More stress and uncertainty: You have just finished a hard slog for your final high school exams. Do you really want to continue to do that for another 3...
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UMAT Tutoring Melbourne

Personal UMAT 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 UMAT, interviews and school. Each Melbourne UMAT 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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UMAT or GAMSAT? Which is easier?

This is a difficult question because it depends on so many things. Overall, they are both equally hard. Some students may have strengths in some areas and it may suit certain tests. For example some students may find the writing exercise in GAMSAT matches their strengths. For some students, the abstract reasoning may be their strength and find Section 3 of UMAT particularly easy. Overall both are competitive tests but the cohort of people sitting the tests are different. Most people who sit the UMAT are school leavers whereas those who sit GAMSAT come from a wide range of backgrounds (new grads, postgrads, PhDs,...
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My friend got into Medicine without doing a UMAT course!

My friend got into Medicine without doing a UMAT course!   Many students who undergo training for UMAT do not admit it for several reasons (for example, it increases their competition). A student may have obtained 90th percentile for UMAT and got in to medicine without doing a course. If they had done our course, they would have obtained a higher score, say 100th percentile (and perhaps been awarded a scholarship to study medicine as well). Even those who may obtain 100th percentile without preparation will be at the top end of 100th percentile (i.e. obtain a higher overall score) with preparation, guaranteeing...
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My friend did a UMAT course but didn’t get into Medicine!

My friend did a UMAT course but didn’t get into Medicine! Performance in UMAT depends on what UMAT course you do. There are over fifty UMAT 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 UMAT 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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UMAT Sample question 4

Question: Find the missing segment Solution: The squares in the left column add with the middle column to give the squares in the right column. When a pattern piece is repeated in both the left and middle column they cancel each other out so don’t appear in the right column. The missing piece must add to the second piece down in the left column to give the second one down in the right column. Therefore A is correct. Therefore the correct answer is A.  

UMAT 2012 ACER survey question about preparation

On the Answer Sheet during the UMAT test in 2012 it had an ‘optional’ question asking students whether you did any form of preparation for UMAT other than the 2 papers supplied by ACER themselves and claims it is “for research purposes only”. Many students wonder what the purpose of it was. One possible explanation for this, is that ACER is trying to do some ‘research’ to prove that UMAT Preparation does not help. ACER does not like UMAT courses because they provide an advantage to students. Most students who have done preparation are not going to admit that they had...
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If this is Your UMAT test day, Get Excited!

If this is Your UMAT 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 UMAT 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 UMAT 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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UMAT Tuition

UMAT Coaching 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 UMAT Courses  think of themselves as a Coaches when they teach. They are  as good a teachers of UMAT as my basketball coach is a teacher of basketball. MedEntry also offers one on one UMAT Tuition in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and most other capital cities in Australia...
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UMAT 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 UMAT scores and other entry requirements such as the ATAR. This means that success in the UMAT 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 UMAT scores. Minimum ATAR...
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