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Why is so much weight placed on just one test, the UMAT?

It may seem unfair that a   three hour test is so impor­tant. Remember, though, that the UMAT is not a one-shot, all-or-nothing affair. Your standardised test scores account for about a third of your medical school entry, depending on which university you apply. The other essential components include your ATAR score and  medical entrance interviews . Further, if you score poorly in the UMAT (due to lack of preparation or other unfortunate event), you can re-sit the UMAT next year. As discussed  here , UMAT is an objective test of  medical entrance  in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. The  UMAT ...
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UMAT: Speed Reading

The following reading efficiency techniques can boost your reading rate. But even if your rate is fine, these techniques will help you   boost comprehension and concentration. (i)  Mechanical Approach You’ve probably seen speed-readers moving their hands down a page as they rapidly read the material, the theory being that their eyes follow their hands. The problem with this approach is that it doesn’t   force   your eyes to keep up with your hand. When your hand has reached the bottom of the page, your eyes may still be on the first paragraph. Of course, this approach is even more...
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Medical-Entrance

Some people raise questions about the current medical selection process, but offer no solutions. As in most countries, the demand for medical places in Australia will always far exceed the number available. Therefore, any selection system used will have winners and losers, and will be controversial. Just because some doctors feel current entry procedures used may not have admitted them to medical school, it does not necessarily follow that the selection system is flawed. There are several reasons for this, one of them being that the advantages of medicine as a career compared to other professions has increased over the years....
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Medical entrance

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 (high school) scores for entry. 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 adaptable. It is...
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Medical entrance

Medical Entrance Medicine is seen as an attractive career in most countries for several reasons such as a satisfying job which involves you with the lives of those around you, making a positive difference to people’s lives, job security etc. Doctors help people in their time of need and use their knowledge to overcome their grievances so that they can get on with their life, whether they be a janitor or the chief executive officer of a major company. Dealing with people and helping them overcome their troubles would naturally bring one great satisfaction. However, training and practicing doctors are incredibly...
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UMAT Learning Forums

You will find numerous forums on the internet discussing UMAT and medical entry. Many of them are run anonymously and contain a lot of misinformation, posted by ‘nameless-faceless people’ with vested interests, so it is important to be sceptical when reading posts on such forums. MedEntry provides many authentic learning forums via our online Learning Management System (LMS). The content is monitored by MedEntry staff, and comments are posted by genuine MedEntry students, so you know they are trustworthy. MedEntry offers forums in various categories: social, UMAT (sections 1, 2 and 3, as well as general  UMAT forums ), interviews, university...
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UMAT forums

There are numerous forums on almost every topic on the web of varying quality. With regard to forums on the UMAT specifically, we suggest you take note of the following points and be careful  in using the content – i.e. Caveat emptor (buyer beware): Avoid unauthentic online forums: they are not independent and are used as advertising and marketing tools which mislead and trap unsuspecting students/parents. Some forums are run anonymously by unscrupulous providers of UMAT courses: their purpose is to criticize and defame other providers whilst praising their own lavishly. For example, numerous ‘made-up’ e-mail addresses are used to post...
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Are UMAT and HPAT fair tests?

Every year, debates continue to rage about  UMAT / HPAT .  Is it fair? Is it biased? Is it an achivement test or an aptitude test? Is it good? Is it evil? Does it measure intelligence? Does it measure anything? Does it measure how well you will do in medical school? Does it predict whether you will be a ‘good’ doctor? When a test of similar nature was introduced in the USA in 1926 debates raged on for decades. It is now accepted as a necessary part of university selection criteria. These questions come up every year for one good reason:...
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UMAT and careers teachers

Careers teachers knowledge of and interest in  UMAT Preparation  varies quite markedly. There are those who go to the trouble of inviting  UMAT course provider s to come and deliver a course in-house at their school. At the other extreme, there are those who do not have time to research UMAT Preparation, and may be critical of its value for various reasons. If you are in a school where the careers teacher is helpful with regard to UMAT Preparation, you are fortunate: your careers teacher will ensure you get all the necessary information about the UMAT and UMAT training. If your...
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Are UMAT Courses useful?

UMAT Coaching  Enhances Performance at University The Psychometric Entrance Test (PET) is a standardised test used for medical admission in Israel, administered by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE). At the 35th International Association for Educational Assessment Conference in Brisbane (August 2010), the Director of the NITE said that while the organisation does not approve of coaching colleges (because they make NITE’s task in distinguishing between students more difficult), students who undergo coaching for PET perform better at university because they have more developed thinking skills. The benefit of UMAT course is atleast two fold: to help improve your ...
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