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While you’re waiting for your UMAT scores, get back to real life

-           For the few weeks before the test, if not longer, you've been preoccupied with the UMAT. Maybe you've let a few things slide: homework, co-curricular activities, your friends, fun. Now it's time to catch up on anything that's fallen behind and to return to your normal routine after the UMAT.    We know you may be feeling a little anti-climactic after getting all geared up for the UMAT that's now over, but don't forget other tests that may be looming on the horizon. You've worked hard preparing for the UMAT and it's natural to want to relax a bit. But please, please don't blow off your Year 12 exams; they are just as...
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While you’re waiting for your UMAT scores, get back to real life

UMAT Day: Get psyched up, not psyched out

Your UMAT scores depend on how much you know, but they also depend on  how well you can apply what you know.  If you are nervous, distracted, or in a bad mood during the UMAT, you may have a hard time concentrating and harnessing your knowledge. Here are some basic tips to help you control your nerves on the day of the UMAT.  Think Positively.  This tip cannot be emphasized enough. Getting down on yourself during the test does more than make you feel bad during the UMAT! In fact, it is taking away your body's support system. If you are...
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UMAT Day: Get psyched up, not psyched out

Staying in control during the UMAT

Below are a few useful tips as to how to stay in control during the UMAT.  Distractions: One of the things you'll probably have to deal with during the UMAT is distractions. This may be someone sniffling, or coughing, or tapping a pencil. In fact there have even been stories of distractions ranging from pile drivers at a nearby construction site to the school's symphonic band practicing outside!  The most important thing is to not let these distractions get to you, use them as a reminder to get back to the UMAT in front of you.  Keep moving while the clock...
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Staying in control during the UMAT

Final UMAT tips: The Morning of the UMAT

Here are some useful tips MedEntry has for you the morning of the UMAT:  When you wake up on the day of the UMAT, consider taking a shower or doing some brief exercise to get the blood flowing.  If your parent, guardian, friend or relative is taking you to the UMAT, make sure they are up too.  Eat a normal breakfast on the morning of the UMAT, by that we mean eat whatever you eat normally for breakfast. You don't want to eat too much, or something that you don't normally eat as it may upset your stomach or cause you...
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Easily Distracted during UMAT preparation?

The internet is a vast expanse of information. It’s where we go to find out the latest news about everything. The downside is it can distract us from studying for the UMAT. During UMAT prep time you should be focused. You should try and use this time to simulate exam conditions you will face on the day. Culling your distractions is not easy, but you can make the first move to use your time more wisely. ColdTurkey ColdTurkey is a great program for those who cannot resist visiting distracting websites during UMAT study time. You can set ColdTurkey to block certain...
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An explanation of UMAT results: how are UMAT results calculated? And other UMAT results FAQs.

How are UMAT results calculated? Unfortunately ACER does not release the marking scheme that is used determine UMAT scores. There is some speculation as to the following: answering a question correctly that is not answered correctly by the majority of UMAT candidates will be weighted more heavily. And conversely, answering a question incorrectly that most UMAT candidates do answer correctly, will be weighted more heavily against a candidate’s UMAT score. However, because ACER does not release the marking scheme or question weightings for the UMAT it is impossible to be absolutely certain of this. What is certain though, is the more...
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Should I do a UMAT preparation course?

You wouldn’t run a race without a coach. You wouldn’t sit your final exams without a teacher. So why would you sit the UMAT without having done some preparation first? Isn’t the UMAT an aptitude test, so what’s the point in preparing? The  UMAT  may be an ‘aptitude’ test, but there can be no doubt that having seen UMAT style questions before, and understanding how to answer them, will increase your chances of succeeding in the UMAT. While practice may not always make perfect, practice does increase your ability to perform in the UMAT exam because you can hone those  thinking skills...
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Which universities require the UMAT exam?

Which universities use the UMAT as part of their selection criteria for medicine courses? According to the official ACER website, the following universities require satisfactory completion of the  UMAT  as part of their selection criteria for students who are seeking to gain entry into  undergraduate medicine and health science courses.  There are also some universities which use the UMAT as part of their graduate entry programmes. For all of the following universities, performance on the UMAT 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...
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What should I do the day before the UMAT exam?

By this stage, you will have well and truly completed your UMAT preparation. The day before the UMAT test is all about getting yourself in the right state of mind for the UMAT 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 UMAT exam? -Make sure you know the location of your UMAT 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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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 9: coping with UMAT stress and UMAT anixety prior to the UMAT exam

Coping with UMAT stress and UMAT nerves prior to the UMAT 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 UMAT nerves before the actual day of the UMAT test so that you can perform at your peak and ultimately succeed in the UMAT.   How do I know...
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UMAT test tactics and preparation part 8: practical tips for staying cool under pressure in the UMAT exam

With UMAT 2013 just around the corner, and UMAT preparation of most students well and truly under way, we thought we would address the issue of nerves and anxiety that can happen on UMAT test day. Below is a simple check list of UMAT test tactics that you can utilise to overcome this UMAT pressure and tips on how to tackle the actual UMAT 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 UMAT, you are at no disadvantage...
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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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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 6: statistics problems on the UMAT

How to approach statistics problems on the UMAT exam: Frequently a feature of UMAT multi choice, understanding the language of statistics and how to answer those questions involving statistics on the UMAT exam is essential for UMAT success. Below, we have explained, as succinctly as possible, what you need to know in order to answer this style of UMAT question. Statistics is the study of the patterns and relationships of numbers and data. There are four main concepts that may appear on the UMAT exam. Median   When a set of numbers is arranged in order of size, the  median is...
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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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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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Easy UMAT questions have obvious and popular answers: how to avoid falling into UMAT answer traps!

Easy UMAT questions have obvious and popular answers: how to avoid falling into UMAT answer traps! As you complete more and more practice UMAT exams you may start to notice the following UMAT trend: Easy UMAT questions have obvious and popular answers, whilst hard UMAT questions have unexpected and unpopular answers. It helps to think of UMAT 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 UMAT answer choices on difficult questions are traps. If you think about the UMAT...
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Tips for UMAT 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 UMAT consists of  only  multiple choice questions so if you learn how to ace this type of question, it will help you maximise your UMAT score. The following tips will not only benefit you in the UMAT, but in any other multiple choice questions that you may face. ANSWER EVERY QUESTION: For UMAT sections 1 and 2 you have a 1 in 4 chance of selecting the correct...
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UMAT 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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