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Med Entry test is the UCAT

Summary The Consortium of Australian School-Leaver Entry Medical Schools has decided not to renew their contract with ACER. This means that the UCAT (University Clinical Assessment Test) is now the medical entry test. MedEntry has intimate knowledge of UCAT and will be providing high quality UCAT resources for our students.  What is UCAT?UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. It is similar to the previous test, and assesses the same type of skills. UCAT is a computer-based test and comprises five sections: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement. You can find further information about the UCAT here https://www.medentry.edu.au/what-is-ucat-and-how-to-prepare-for-it.The official UCAT website is https://www.ucatofficial.com/ucat-anz/  How...
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Why study Medicine?

There are only two things people seem ask you about in your final year of schooling: those big exams at the end of the year and what you want to do when they’re over. It’s a stressful and busy year with plenty of studying to be done. The constant questioning can be annoying, but it’s really important that you take the time to really look at what it is you are going to do next year. For anyone considering applying to sit the UCAT and putting medicine down on your university preferences, here are just a few of the reasons why...
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How to Interpret Your UCAT Results

On the day you sit the UCAT, you will receive a score for each of the five subtests (from 300 to 900). What is more important is the percentile ranking which will be available in September on the UCAT NZ site.Your percentile rank gives an indication of how your overall score compares to other students who sat UCAT. For example, if you obtain a percentile rank of 60, this means you have performed better than 60% of students and 40% of students have performed better than you. What UCAT score do I need to get into medicine?The UCAT score you need to...
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Planning time for UCAT preparation

 This video details some suggestions in planning time for UMAT (now UCAT) study prior to the day of the exam. Study techniques involving the MedEntry LMS will also be discussed. The video is from the perspective of a previous MedEntry and current medical student. 
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UCAT Scoring Myths

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on the internet and on forums about how UCAT scores are calculated.Some people and companies claim that your UCAT score or percentile ranking can be calculated from your raw score (the number of questions you got right). This is naïve, simplistic and demonstrates ignorance. Not to mention it is irresponsible to provide students with incorrect information.UCAT consortium uses a complex computer program to calculate UCAT scores. Even if you buy it (it costs a few thousand dollars), you cannot replicate the results since the assumptions they use to run the program is kept confidential.The...
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What Happens Next: After the UCAT

For the few weeks leading up to the UCAT, it can seem like the entire world revolves around it. Often you can put off worrying about day to day issues until after the day of the test. So when the test date does roll around, and you walk out of the test centre with your head held high, the first question that you are likely to ask yourself is, “What am I supposed to do now?”.One thing that it is good to organise for directly after the test is to spend an evening with friends or family, maybe at dinner or...
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Top ten UCAT tips for the last 24 hours

So the big day is nearly here and you’ve been working up to it consistently for the best part of a year. Now it’s time to put everything MedEntry has taught you into practice.Here’s some advice to help you be at your prime in the last 24 hours leading up to the UCAT.Spend the day before doing something you enjoy, something relaxing, something fun and something that will keep your mind off the UCAT. You NEED some time to let your brain and body relax the day before so that you are in perfect condition. It can be anything, so long as...
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Five tips for how to survive when you arrive in the UCAT Exam Venue

So with all things going well you’ve arrived at the UCAT exam venue with plenty of time and well rested, ready to put all the knowledge you’ve gained from MedEntry to use. However, now you have to make it through the last short while before you sit down and start the UCAT test. Here’s five tips to help you survive.Go to the bathroom. Make sure you head to the loo not long before you are due to start the UCAT because the last thing you need is to have to take a bathroom break in an already time constraining exam. Remember...
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Keeping Command over your UCAT

When you walk into the test centre on the day of the UCAT, you shed all responsibilities of day-to-day life, and for two hours it is just you, and the computer in front of you. For those 2 hours, it is vital that you stay in control of the things you can control and understand that there are some things that you can’t.It is very easy to let you mind drift when you get into the second hour of the test, especially if you can hear tapping to your left, or ruffling to your right. It is especially important as you...
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UCAT: 5 Tips for the Final Fortnight

UCAT is well and truly close now so it’s time to streamline your study and buckle down! Here are five ways to make sure you’re using the next fortnight effectively to set you up for success on UCAT day.Use your UCAT practice exams wiselyA practice exam is only a practice exam if you’re doing it in exam conditions. UCAT is a marathon and your MedEntry exams are your trial runs, so use them to recreate UCAT as much as you possibly can. UCAT isn’t just about the questions, it’s about building your stamina, working on your time management, and managing your...
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The Opportunity Cost of pursuing Graduate Medicine

It is very important to consider the opportunity cost of anything we do.  Opportunity cost represents the benefits an individual misses out on when choosing one alternative over another. For example, the benefit you miss out on by choosing a 6 year medical program vs. a shorter 5 year program. Similarly, you should consider the benefit you miss out on by going to graduate medical program (which takes a minimum of 7 years) instead of going to a five year school leaver entry program. Keep in mind that the prestige of the university matters very little when it comes to medical degrees. Assuming a conservative figure of...
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Is it too late to start preparing for the UCAT?

The short answer is no. Studying for the UCAT is possible and no matter how late you start, you will still be able to improve, just like with any other subject.The long answer is: it depends on how much time you put in and how effectively you do it. At this stage, it’s important to study SMART. Trying to do as many UCAT papers as you can will also take up a lot of your time. You are probably also going to be quite busy balancing year 12 or University study and work with UCAT preparation, so learning study techniques that...
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Persisting Through Underwhelming Marks

Disappointed with your scores? Vinay scored 100th percentile in UMAT (now UCAT) and in this video, he shares his tips for persisting through underwhelming marks. 

How to Interpret Scores and Feedback from MedEntry’s Practice Exams

So you’ve completed a practice exam and have no idea how to interpret the wealth of information and statistics you’ve been presented with. This blog has some tips to help you gain a better grasp of your UCAT preparation progress. 1. Look at percentile not percentage.The UCAT is a test designed to compare students against each other, thereby giving the universities a clearer indication of the stronger candidates. This is much like the ATAR. As such, they do not care about what score you received, but rather, where you were ranked. The UCAT is hard – so do not worry about what...
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Balancing the UCAT and Hobbies

With the UCAT around the corner, as well as school assignments and exams, it can be quite a stressful time for students. Many students will spend the majority of the day practising UCAT- style questions and completing practise exams, as well as devoting a large amount of time to UCAT preparation. However, this does not mean your hobbies and interests should be forgotten about.After a long day of lessons, it can be quite daunting to sit at a desk and prepare for the night. Sometimes, motivation to ascertain a place in university to study Medicine can flicker as the late nights...
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Studying Medicine – My First Year

Having just finished my first year of medicine at Monash University, it is clear to me that my first year studying medicine was not necessarily as I had expected. Having said that, at the start of the year I was very unsure as to what I should expect from the first of five years of my degree. As such, I am going to give you a basic outline of how the first year of the course is structured, and hopefully you can use this to help guide your decision on whether or not Medicine is the right choice for you.Content?1st year...
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AN EXPLANATION OF UCAT RESULTS: HOW ARE UCAT RESULTS CALCULATED? AND OTHER UCAT RESULTS FAQS.

HOW ARE UCAT RESULTS CALCULATED?Unfortunately Pearson Vue does not release the marking scheme that is used determine UCAT scores. There is some speculation as to the following: answering a question correctly that is not answered correctly by the majority of UCAT candidates will be weighted more heavily. And conversely, answering a question incorrectly that most UCAT candidates do answer correctly, will be weighted more heavily against a candidate’s UCAT score. However, because Pearson does not release the marking scheme or question weightings for the UCAT it is impossible to be absolutely certain of this. What is certain though, is the more...
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LMS Update - New Highlighter

We have recently made some changes to the highlighter feature in our drills and exams, to make it slightly more useful!Firstly, you will now need to click on the highlighter to be able to highlight text: Afterwards, you will then notice the new highlighter cursor appears, meaning you are in “highlighting mode”:Now, simply click on the question and drag your mouse, release the mouse, and the text will be highlighted! You can exit the highlighter by pressing the escape key, or by re-clicking the highlighter icon.The eraser can be used in the same way – simply click on the eraser icon, and...
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5 steps to balancing UCAT: the extra subject

Year 12 is a busy year – we all know that. However, it can get a whole lot busier if you’re studying for the UCAT as well. It can be like taking an extra subject – one that has no teacher, and there are no deadlines (aside from the exam). In addition, it is an exam for which you cannot cram (sorry to burst your bubble).So how do you manage the meticulous balancing act between not letting your school grades drop, whilst also keeping yourselves in good stead for the UCAT?Planning. Yes, you’ve probably heard it all before, but if you’re...
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It's Time to Plan Your UCAT Preparation

By finding this blog post, you have already realised that, despite what many people tell you, studying for the UCAT is possible. I was also sceptical prior to using MedEntry’s UCAT workshop. However, my final score in the 99th percentile, more than 30 percentiles higher than my first trial paper, would not have been possible without it. The MedEntry resources will give you everything you need to succeed for the UCAT, and I will explain how to use them to your advantage.In terms of the online LMS, I started by reading the guides, and doing related drills intermittently; this helped me...
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