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Medical School Preferencing

Applications to study at most undergraduate medical courses close at the end of September. To apply, you will need to visit the Tertiary Admissions Centre for each state. MedEntry recommends that you apply for as many courses as possible, in order to maximise your chances of obtaining a place. Further information can be found in our recent blog.Most states offer multiple medical courses. Every uni says their course is the best and the students at each uni parrot the official uni line. So how do you choose?Additionally, there are various types of place to which you can apply. It can be...
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4 Tips for Medical School Applications

 1. Know where you’re eligible forSome students won’t be eligible to apply for all undergraduate medical schools. School leavers are eligible for most, but some schools have some odd stipulations if you’re not coming straight from school. For example, UNSW doesn’t admit students over 25, the University of Adelaide doesn’t want students who have a university academic record from anywhere but Adelaide, and James Cook only has 10 places for non-school leavers. So it really pays to know what you’re actually able to apply for! When I was applying I made myself a table and colour-coded for schools that I was...
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MEDENTRY MEDICAL INTERVIEW TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE!

MedEntry Medical Interview Training sessions are now available to book!.The two elements to your medical interview successThis year, MedEntry Medical Interview Training will consist of two parts, in order to provide students with holistic, comprehensive and targeted preparation:Strategy Day with Dr Ray: in this day-long session, students will learn the strategies needed to excel in medical interviews. The session will cover topics such as how to best present yourself during interviews, how to engage with interviewers and how to answer common and difficult questions. It will be presented by Dr Ray Boyapati, a Consultant Gastroenterologist with 20 years of experience in...
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Medical Entry: Obtaining Work Experience During COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Obtaining work experience is an important part of the medical school entry process. However, obtaining work experience has become significantly more difficult with the recent COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions. Many hospitals have temporarily cancelled their work experience programs, and other health facilities are understandably reluctant to accept students into their organisations.However, it is still important that students obtain work experience for the medical entry process. In this blog, we will discuss why work experience is important, and some work experience substitutes that you can undertake during the COVID-19 pandemic. Why is medical work experience important?Work experience in a medical or health...
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I didn’t get a good enough UCAT score – what should I do?

The UCAT testing period is a big month for many students across Australasia and even other countries around the world. It can feel really disappointing if, like me, you logged in to see your UCAT score report and were met with a non-competitive score. I understand that it can feel like the world is ending, and all hopes have been flushed down the toilet, but I am here to tell you otherwise!My StoryWhen I was in year 12, I made my first attempt of getting into medicine and received a score in the 88th percentile. At first, I felt like I...
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5 ways to make the most of your post-UCAT pre-Interview time

UCAT is over! Congratulations on getting through the marathon that it is. While you can relax a little, now is not the time to be sitting back (sadly). Now is the time to start planning for applications and interviews! Here are some tips:1. VolunteerSomeone once told me that if you’re not volunteering you’re not making med. I’m not sure if that’s true but a quick canvas of my year group indicates that it might be. Volunteering is interview and application gold; I almost guarantee at some point you’re going to say some variation of “I want to help people” and if...
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So, you want to be a doctor? How do I get into medicine in Australia/NZ?

Congratulations on your decision to pursue medicine as a career! Medicine is an interesting, valued and rewarding profession. The process of getting into medicine can be confusing, so here’s an introduction.Criteria for getting into medicineUnlike most other courses, getting into medicine doesn’t just require a high ATAR. Entry into medicine at most universities is based on three criteria:ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank)UCAT ANZ (Unicersities Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand)Interview (some universities also require a written application)Each university differs slightly in how they go about selecting students for medicine, so it is important to research each university you are interested...
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Which Subjects Should I Choose in Years 11 and 12?

Your ATAR is just as important as your UCAT score when it comes to applying for medical schools in Australia. Because of this, a lot of discussion around choosing subjects for senior high school/college remains. It often centres around which subjects will scale the best and which ones are required for applying to medicine. Of course these things are important when thinking about applying for a medical course, but it may also be worthwhile to start thinking about which subjects will help you once you are a medical student and also which subjects will help you to perform better in the...
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How Will Medical Schools Use UCAT? Here's a Summary

With the UCAT testing period underway, many students who have sat UCAT are wondering how UCAT will be used to select applicants into medical school.Most universities use a combination of three factors when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include:UCAT ANZ scores (either cognitive subtests* only, or all UCAT subtests)Medical interview performanceSecondary school performance (ATAR / IB) or GPA*UCAT cognitive subtests include UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract ReasoningEach university is different, and some universities change their medical entry requirements at short notice.Here’s a summary:CourseHow is UCAT used?How is UCAT weighted?How are students selected for interview?How...
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What is a Good UCAT ANZ Score?

Students who sit UCAT ANZ receive their UCAT Score Report on the same day, often within an hour of sitting the test. The format of UCAT scores can be confusing. This blog answers some common questions about UCAT ANZ scores.How are UCAT ANZ scores calculated?UCAT ANZ scores are calculated by converting the number of questions you got right into a ‘scaled score’. Scaled scores range from 300-900 in each subtest. Pearson VUE do not publicly release details of how they calculate scaled scores, but they use statistical tools involving IRT (Item Response Theory).Your scores in each of the four cognitive subtests (UCAT...
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MedEntry's Comprehensive UCAT Medical Entry Handbook is Now Available, FREE!

MedEntry's brand new, 120 page, comprehensive UCAT Handbook is now available, absolutely free! It covers everything you need to know about medical entry, UCAT, medical interviews and university admissions.The handbook is divided into four parts:Part 1: How to get into medicineThis section covers how to get into medicine and dentistry in Australia and New Zealand. It includes the criteria used, various entry pathways, what you need to do now to secure your place in medicine, and a suggested timeline. Part 2: The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT)This section covers everything you need to know about UCAT. It includes information on structure, timing...
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How Do I Know If I’m A Rural Student For Medical Entry?

The purpose of this blog post is to help you:Understand why it is important to determine whether or not you are a rural student when applying for medicine.Determine whether you are classified as a rural student for each university offering undergraduate medicine.Understand the difference between ‘rurality’ and bonded rural schemes.Why is it important to determine whether you are a rural student (or not)?In general, getting into medicine is easier if you are classified a rural student. Most Australian universities offer alternate access pathways or score adjustments for rural students who are applying for medicine.  This is because medical students from rural...
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5 Easy Ways to Start Preparing for Medical Interviews Now

1. UCAT Situational JudgementThe UCAT Situational Judgement section tests similar skills to the medical interview. Unlike the other parts of the UCAT exam, the Situational Judgement subtest analyses your ability to handle potentially difficult situations. This is an excellent foundation with which to begin your medical interview preparation.You don’t want to significantly disrupt your UCAT preparation with these recommendations but it is worth briefly considering the following:When you look at a Situational Judgement question, think about further questions you might be asked if the scenario was posed to you in a medical interview setting. UCAT Situational Judgement scenarios are very possible...
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GAMSAT will be run online in 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) will be run online at the end of May for the first time ever. GAMSAT is used to select students for entry into graduate medical programs.GAMSAT is usually run in person across multiple venues. However, due to COVID-19, the GAMSAT exam scheduled for Saturday 21 March 2020 was cancelled. This applies to all candidates, in all locations globally.ACER, which runs GAMSAT, has said that candidates will sit GAMSAT at home or at a private location of their choosing. Candidates will need to have a stable internet connection and...
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What Universities and Courses will require UCAT in 2020/2021?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. It is required for entry into most medicine and dentistry courses across Australia and New Zealand. If you wish to apply for such courses in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020. UCAT will take place across the month of July in 2020. UCAT results are valid for one year only, and cannot be carried over from one year to the next. If you wish to apply for any of the courses below for entry into medicine in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020.   University Course or Programme The University of Adelaide Medicine, Dental Surgery, Oral...
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Interview Offers Are Being Released

Getting into medicine and dentistry is a complicated process. Part of this includes navigating the various university interview offers that are released at different times. MedEntry can help!Below is a table of the various universities offering interviews for medicine and dentistry undergraduate courses around Australia, the interview type, interview offer dates and actual interview dates.If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff in the office.2020 dates (for 2021 entry)UniversityInterview Type  Interview Offers  Interview DatesUniversity of Adelaide (Medicine & Dentistry)  Panel  27 Oct 2020 *Late Nov, through Dec 2020University of Auckland MMINot Specified (early Nov in 2019)24 Nov -...
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3 Reasons Why You Should Choose MedEntry For Your Medical Interview Training

Medical interviews are a vital criterion for entry into medicine and dentistry. They can be as important, or in some cases more important, than UCAT and ATAR in determining entry. Therefore, it is vital that you prepare for your medical interview, and that you choose the right medical interview preparation provider. Here are three reasons why you should choose MedEntry.1.  Unrivalled expertiseMedEntry has been helping students enter medicine in Australia and New Zealand for two decades. Over that period, we have developed an intricate, intimate and unrivalled understanding of medical interviews. We know exactly what each university is looking for, the...
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Medical Interview Training Dates Released!

Dates for MedEntry’s highly sought after Medical Interview Training Sessions have been released, with over 40 workshops taking place across Australia and New Zealand.Medical Interview Training sessions are tailored to the specific interview for which you have received an offer. You will be exposed to the specific questions that will be asked in the medical interview, and will have the opportunity to practice and receive personalised feedback.You will understand what the interviewers are looking for, and will leave the session with the skills required to present yourself as a motivated, enthusiastic, genuine and insightful medical school applicant.Interviews are a vital, yet...
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UCAT ANZ Score Advice: What Should You Do Now?

 With UCAT summary test statistics released, students now have more information about how their score compares to other UCAT candidates. This blog will help you interpret your score and provide advice on what you should do now.You can convert your UCAT score into a UCAT percentile using MedEntry’s UCAT score-percentile calculator, available here: https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat-score-percentile-calculatorScores above 2800Interpretation Students scoring above 2800, in general, have a good chance of receiving an interview offer, provided they meet the minimum required ATAR for the particular university and course. A score of 2830 equates to 90th percentile, which is generally required at most universities for a...
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UCAT Score to Percentile Calculator

MedEntry has released a calculator that will help you convert your UCAT scores into estimated percentile rankings.You can find the calculator here: https://www.medentry.edu.au/ucat-score-percentile-calculatorSimply enter in your UCAT scaled scores for each UCAT subtest, and you will be provided with an estimated UCAT percentile ranking for the cognitive subtests, and a separate estimated percentile ranking for the UCAT Situational Judgement test.This information will help you interpret your UCAT ANZ score and assess your chances of entering a course that requires UCAT.In general, a UCAT percentile of around 90 is usually required for entry into standard undergraduate medical courses. Percentiles are lower for rural...
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