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Why are medical interviews so important?

Medical interviews are perhaps the most underestimated part of the medical entry admissions process. Many students do not prepare for them, either because they do not recognise the importance of medical interviews, or do not understand how difficult they are. At many universities, medical interviews are worth as much, if not more than your high school / university performance and your UCAT! For example: At Adelaide University and Curtin University,  medical interviews are worth 40% of the admissions criteriaAt Monash University, UWA and UNSW, medical interview is worth 33% of the admissions criteriaThe Newcastle University medical interview is the only criterion...
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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...
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Medical Interview Preparation: My Achievements & Experience

MedEntry has developed a My Achievements and Experience module, allowing you to record all of your co-curricular activities, achievements/awards and work experience. This information will help you when writing a university application, preparing for medical interviews, or updating your CV. To access this module, click on My Achievements and Experience in the University Admissions course.  From this page, you can submit co-curricular activity, award, and work experience entries: In the form, you can upload images if you wish (for example, photos of certificates):  Once entries have been submitted, you can view them in the My Achievements and Experience module, and make...
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Planning time for UCAT preparation

A very common question asked by aspiring medical students is “How do you balance your school work and UCAT practice?” Given that UCAT can be equally or even more important than ATAR in the medical school selection process, it is crucial that students devote sufficient time in preparing for the UCAT, without neglecting their high school or university. The key to finding this balance is planning your time. Many students attempt to fit in UCAT study in their ‘spare time’, which is hard to find the final year of schooling. It is more productive to set aside blocks of time which are...
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Bonded Medical Program Changes

Changes have been made to the Bonded Medical Program (BMP), which will affect students applying to study medicine in 2020 and onwards. The key change involves graduates needing to work in rural or remote areas for three years, rather than the previous one year. The purpose of Bonded Medical Programs is to meet the demand for doctors in areas which have workforce shortages, particularly rural and remote areas of Australia. The Government provides students with a Commonwealth supported medical place in return for a commitment to work in areas of need for a specified period. All students entering medicine from 2020...
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UCAT Forums

You will find numerous forums on the internet discussing UCAT 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. You may find that MedEntry is not mentioned on third party forums, because we have our own learning forums. Furthermore, many posts on such forums are made by UCAT companies posing as students and spruiking their own courses. It is important for students to consider only trusted reviews (for example, Google and Facebook) when researching potential...
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What's the Best UCAT Preparation Course?

If you wish to study medicine or dentistry, chances are you need to sit UCAT. UCAT is an important component of entry into most medical and dental degrees across Australia and New Zealand. UCAT is a very difficult, time-pressured test, very unlike school or university exams. Quality UCAT preparation, and choosing the best UCAT preparation course, is therefore essential. It can be difficult to choose the best UCAT preparation course, when there are so many available. Here are some factors to consider: 1.  Who runs the UCAT preparation course? Unfortunately almost all UCAT preparation courses are run by individuals with few...
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UCAT 2020 Workshop Dates

MedEntry is pleased to release our 2020 UCAT Preparation Workshop dates. We are offering 40 two-day UCAT workshops across Australia and 5 in New Zealand. We are offering 2020 UCAT workshops in the following cities: Melbourne UCAT preparation workshopsSydney UCAT preparation workshopsBrisbane UCAT preparation workshopsAdelaide UCAT preparation workshopsCanberra UCAT preparation workshopsPerth UCAT preparation workshopsAuckland UCAT preparation workshopsOtago UCAT preparation workshopsArmidale UCAT preparation workshopsHobart UCAT preparation workshopsGold Coast UCAT preparation workshopsToowoomba UCAT preparation workshopsMildura UCAT preparation workshopsNewcastle UCAT preparation workshopsDarwin UCAT preparation workshopsLaunceston UCAT preparation workshops MedEntry workshops have become famous over the years because they are fun, engaging, effective and powerful. Enrol now and get a head start on your UCAT 2020 preparation. For full details of...
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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-calculator Scores above 2800 Interpretation 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...
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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-calculator Simply 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...
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Interim UCAT ANZ 2019 Test Statistics Released!

UCAT ANZ 2019 summary statistics have been released, which will help students to interpret their UCAT scores. The UCAT data is available at: https://www.ucat.edu.au/media/1314/ucat-anz-2019_summary-test-statistics.pdf This UCAT data shows that: Students who achieved an overall scaled score of 2830 were in the 90th percentile, which is generally required for entry into standard undergraduate medical degrees (scores required are lower for dentistry, rural students, local students, bonded students and those with very high ATARs)The maximum UCAT ANZ 2019 scaled score (cognitive subtests) was 3530The mean UCAT ANZ 2019 scaled score (cognitive subtests) was 2481The maximum Situational Judgement score was 759 and the mean was 592...
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How Will Universities Use UCAT ANZ Scores?

With many students sitting UCAT and receiving their UCAT ANZ scores, a common question is: how will universities use UCAT scores? Every university is different when it comes to entry into medicine and dentistry, and entry requirements can be complicated and confusing. Most undergraduate medical courses across Australia and New Zealand require candidates to sit and succeed in UCAT to be offered an interview or place. This blog summarises how UCAT ANZ scores will be used. Entry requirements for medicine Most universities use a combination of three criteria when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include: Performance in UCAT ANZInterview...
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Is UCAT Stressing You Out? Here's How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance, particularly in an intellectually challenging test such as UCAT. You may have been told that if you are too stressed in the lead up to an important exam such as UCAT, you won’t do well. You may have been advised to look for ways to relieve your UCAT-related stress. While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of UCAT stress can actually cause you to become more stressed. A different approach, which might sound crazy at first, is to embrace your UCAT stress. The following three strategies...
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5 UCAT Subtest Mocks for Each UCAT Section!

MedEntry’s UCAT preparation program really is comprehensive. It covers everything you need for UCAT success. All students obtain access to the following UCAT preparation resources: 10 full length UCAT practice exams (with an option to add a further 5 UCAT exams)5 subtest mocks for each of the UCAT subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement)Drills covering each question type Subtest mocks allow you to practice answering questions within UCAT time limits, without having to commit a full 2 hours to complete a UCAT practice exam. They can be used to hone your skills, work on your...
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Optimising your performance in UCAT: 5 Lessons from Sports Psychology

Preparing for the UCAT is like preparing for a marathon: it requires training, persistence and strategies to optimise your performance on UCAT test day. Just as an athlete prepares for a major sporting event, so you must prepare yourself to sit UCAT, which is one of the most important exams that you will face in your career. We can learn much from athletes about optimising performance in UCAT, as outlined in this TED talk by Martin Hagger: This talk discusses how highly successful athletes prepare themselves before a competition. The five key points are summarised below, with an emphasis on how...
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UCAT Timing Feature

Anyone who has sat a UCAT practice exam under timed conditions will know that the hardest part of UCAT is the timing. How is it possible to answer 233 challenging UCAT questions in 180 minutes? Well, it is possible to score highly in the UCAT despite the challenging time constraints. However, it is vital that you become familiar with the extreme time pressures faced in UCAT, and develop the skills required to cope. MedEntry makes this easy by giving you the option of completing each of your UCAT practice exams under strict timed conditions, just like the live UCAT. If you...
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Three Steps for UCAT Success

Preparing for UCAT can seem overwhelming. It can be difficult to know how to best prepare for UCAT and how to utilise your precious study time. Over the last two decades, MedEntry has developed an unrivalled understanding of the strategies used by the highest performers to tackle aptitude tests and get into medicine. This blog describes the top strategies.   1.  Simulate It is vital in your UCAT preparation that you simulate the live UCAT as closely as possible. Most importantly, this involves completing full length UCAT exams under timed conditions. UCAT is one of the toughest, most time-pressured tests you...
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CHECKLIST: ARE YOU UCAT READY? 10 ESSENTIALS FOR UCAT SUCCESS

With UCAT rapidly approaching, it is important that you take a few moments to check whether you are UCAT ready. MedEntry has compiled a checklist of 10 essential tasks to complete before UCAT test day.          1. Register for UCAT and check your ID Ensure you have registered for UCAT and scheduled a UCAT testing date/time. If you have done so, you will have received a confirmation email from Pearson VUE. Confirm that your identification document is acceptable and that the name and date of birth on the document exactly matches the details you provided to Pearson VUE....
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UCAT VIDEO GUIDES

MedEntry understands that every student learns differently. This is why our UCAT Guided Curriculum offers several options for UCAT preparation. Work through the comprehensive strategy guides for each UCAT subtest, review guided video solutions covering each type of UCAT question, or watch animated videos which illustrate important UCAT principles. Now you can access all of your UCAT videos with the click of a button. Simply click on ‘Videos’ on the UCAT Curriculum navigation panel: This will take you to a page which contains all UCAT preparation videos. You can either view the videos on this page or click ‘Go to resource’...
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PERSONALISED UCAT PREP: CONTINUE PRACTICING FEATURE

As part of our commitment to providing high quality, personalised UCAT prep, MedEntry is delighted to launch our ‘Continue Practicing’ feature. This feature uses LMS data collected from your UCAT preparation to date to suggest where to focus your future UCAT prep efforts. This will help you prepare for the UCAT effectively and efficiently. Once you have completed a UCAT drill, subtest mock or UCAT practice exam on the LMS, you will see a Continue Practicing area, with links to further UCAT questions, based on several metrics: Work on my weaknesses: The LMS analyses your performance on all UCAT question types,...
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