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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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The UCAT – A Test of Endurance

The UCAT is so commonly viewed as a test of intelligence and aptitude, that we forget how crucial it is to improve our mental endurance for this exam. In fact, the endurance required for the UCAT is much greater than that required for any end of year school exam. Not only is the UCAT as long as or longer than any school exam (2 hours), but the nature of each individual question requires much greater focus. This need for enhanced application to each question is due to our inability to draw upon a year’s worth of content and knowledge, as is...
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Is the median ATAR of medical students at USyd/UniMelb higher than at UNSW/Monash?

No, in fact, it is far lower. People assume that because the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne have a certain limited number of places for their “guaranteed entry” scheme (for which the minimum ATAR required is 99.90 or 99.95) the median ATAR of medical students at such universities must be very high. This is a myth and is completely untrue.The University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne have about 300+ places each in their graduate entry programs and only about 10% of places are from the guaranteed entry stream. The rest of the places are generally for...
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The Truth about UCAT prep

As a customer, it is difficult to choose from various UCAT course providers, especially when outlandish claims are made through slick and deceptive marketing strategies. As in most cases, 'Word-of-mouth' recommendation is the best. Please ask around for the impressions of students who have attended a UCAT course.Quality of productsYour performance in the UCAT will only improve if you practice on questions which simulate the real UCAT. Practicing on questions which are unrelated to those in the UCAT or questions that have a different structure to those in the UCAT may adversely affect your performance. It is like preparing for a Physics exam but finding at the exam venue that...
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WHY UCAT PRACTICE DOESN’T NECESSARILY MAKE PERFECT

In life, we are told that ‘practice makes perfect’. The more you practice a particular skill, whether it be playing the piano, swimming or writing essays, the better you become at it. So, in theory, it should be the same in UCAT – the more practice questions you do, the better you are at UCAT – right? Not necessarily.Just like any skill, to do well in UCAT you first need a basic understanding of what it is, what it tests and how to approach the various types of questions. Without this understanding, you may still be able to improve by practicing...
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New Features - Feedback by Question Type and Exam Retries

 In addition to viewing your exam results by section (Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People or Non-verbal Reasoning), you can now view more detailed results by specific question types.There are 2 ways to view your feedback:1. Go to the Check Progress page to see a summary containing all of your drill/exam question attempts: 2. On each exam page, you will now see a more detailed explanation of your responses to each question type: We have also revamped our exam page, to include:A fresh, more interactive design Up to 4 retries of incorrectly answered exam questionsA list of bookmarked questions from a particular exam,...
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Why practice exams are the best UCAT preparation

Be under no illusions: the UCAT is the single hardest and most important test you will ever sit. This is a scary (and for some maybe terrifying) thought. So what can you do to make it less daunting? The answer may seem counter-intuitive: the best way to make UCAT seem do-able is to face it over, and over, and over again. How? By completing high quality, full length trial exams under timed exam conditions.UCAT is scary because it is so different to any other test you have done in school – it is much harder, longer and much more time-pressured, not...
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SHOULD I GET A TUTOR FOR UCAT OR ATTEND WEEKLY UCAT CLASSES?

Some students who are preparing for UCAT wonder if they should get a private tutor for UCAT or attend weekly UCAT classes. Often this is because that is what they are used to doing in high school. But UCAT is very different to school and therefore requires a different approach. Here we suggest a much more effective (and much cheaper) way of preparing for UCAT: group study.The benefits of group study are well known: it is more social, more enjoyable and more effective, particularly for tests such as UCAT.  Extensive pegagogical research has shown that group study is far more effective...
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MEDICINE AS A DOUBLE DEGREE

A common question that aspiring medical students ask is whether they should combine their medical degree with another degree, such as arts or music. It is important to think carefully about this. You will be spending additional 3–4 years of your life and as well as a lot of money if you pursue a double degree. Will a degree such as English, history, philosophy, music or literature actually benefit you?Some argue that these degrees are worthwhile, may point to all the things you can learn, and perhaps even point out a few successful people that achieved a lot with such degrees....
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IS THE UCAT STRESSING YOU OUT? HOW TO USE STRESS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance. 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 stress. While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of stress can actually cause you to become more stressed. A different approach, which might sound crazy at first, is to embrace your stress. The following three strategies will not only help you manage stress, but will also boost your...
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New Feature! Retry your incorrect UCAT exam questions

At MedEntry, we are committed to continuous improvement and constantly strive to improve the services we offer our hard working students. Our Learning Management System is all about you and this feature is another way we personalise your UCAT training. Retry your incorrect UCAT questions Once you have completed a practice exam on the LMS, you can now re-attempt any questions that you answered incorrectly! To retry an exam: 1. Click on the Exams icon in the UCAT course (accessible by clicking the UCAT link in the menu on the top of each page): 2. When an exam has been completed, a "Retry" button will appear on the...
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HOW TO USE HOLIDAYS TO IMPROVE IN UCAT

With the year coming to a close, many students use the holidays to finally relax after a long year of hard work. For those sitting the UCAT next year, the road ahead can look especially challenging and instil feelings of anxiety. However, after taking a long-deserved rest, the holidays can actually be used efficiently and effectively to get ahead in the UCAT and obtain the score you need to get into your dream medicine course.With the UCAT exam fast approaching in July, students often use the holidays as an opportunity to start practicing full length exams under timed conditions. Enormous amounts...
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WHY IS UCAT SO HARD?

UCAT is probably the hardest test you will ever have to sit. Many students, especially those who do not prepare, are shocked by the difficulty of UCAT. Some who do prepare become disillusioned. So why is UCAT so hard? And what can you do about it? Read on! 1. UCAT is very different to every other type of test you have satWhy? School and university exams test your knowledge and your ability to apply that knowledge. UCAT is not a test of knowledge; it is a test of your generic skills. You most likely have never sat a test of generic skills before,...
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3 tips to improve your score in Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving questions

Looking for some tips on how to improve your score in Logical reasoning and Problem solving?  Terrified by long passages with scientific jargon and perplexing puzzles? Worried about running out of time? Remember the following advice and you’ll be well on your way to maximising your score.  1. Read the question stem firstThis construct can often be time-consuming due to lengthy passages that may contain complex ideas or complicated technical terms. Although it might be tempting to start reading the passage straight away, it’s always a good idea to read the question stem first. Sometimes, you’ll be able to tell immediately from...
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UCAT Countdown: Musings from an experienced tutor

This impending UCAT test day is without a doubt one of the most terrifying – yet unusual days of the year. Throughout the past seven years, I have uttered the phrase “The UCAT is a game” innumerous times, and now, on the brink of becoming an actual doctor (finally!) and exiting the world of UCAT, I thought I’d pass on my suggestions for this game.  Suggestion 1: Your mood is your top priority.The UCAT is designed in such a way that your mood greatly impacts your performance. Why? Because it’s an exam of emotions, of empathy and of understanding. Feeling stressed/anxious/overwhelmed will...
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The Last Lap for UCAT

It’s June which means the UCAT is less than a month away. This is a crucial time for all students and what you do in these final days will greatly impact your performance on the actual exam.Many of you would have started completing or already completed many practice exams on LMS and possibly ones provided by UCAT ANZ too. If not, it is especially important that you do these as they can significantly boost your confidence, and hence your score. Additionally, these practice questions will also help you finally polish your skills as well as improve your time-management. Identify any particular...
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HOW TO HELP YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER GET INTO MEDICINE

Is your son or daughter interested in becoming a doctor? Do you want to give them the best chance to succeed? Dr Edward Boyapati discusses how you, as a parent, can assist your child to achieve their goal. Dr Edward Boyapati is the Principal Lecturer for MedEntry, Australia’s trusted UCAT Educational Institution. He is also the father of two incredibly successful children, Ray and Ann. Both obtained 100th percentile in UCAT, were offered places to study medicine at all universities across Australia, won full scholarships to study medicine, were successful in entering highly competitive specialties (Gastroenterology and Dermatology) and achieved the highest...
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Week before the UCAT

While being academically prepared is extremely important for UCAT, it is also useful to know what to expect when at your school, among those who are sitting UCAT in the week leading up to the test.1. The Downplayer – This is a student who will consistently talk about how they have not done any practice for the UCAT, keep reinforcing that they’re going to fail and claim to have never done a single drill on MedEntry. While they may not directly demoralise you, their negative comments and thoughts about the UCAT can be particularly distracting, especially since you want to be...
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ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER IN THE LEAD UP TO THE UCAT

 Year 12 is a stressful time. Add in UCAT and the pressures of getting into medicine, and stress levels can rapidly sky rocket. As a parent it is easy to succumb to feelings of powerless as you watch your son or daughter struggle to prepare for such an important and difficult exam. However, there are many things you can do to boost their performance and have a positive impact on their wellbeing. 1. Provide a sound working environment UCAT is a two-hour test requiring extreme concentration. The best way to prepare is to complete full length trial exams under test conditions. When your...
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WHAT TO DO IF YOU COME ACROSS SOMETHING UNEXPECTED IN THE UCAT

Life isn’t the only thing full of surprises. The upcoming UCAT exam could hold a range of new, never-before-seen questions and it is important to know how to deal with these in an exam situation. When the test begins, start doing the questions you’re confident with and leave these “new” questions behind for now. There is a high probability that many of the new questions are actually in fact trial questions set by UCAT ANZ and may not be worth any marks at all. Hence, there’s no point panicking or wasting too much time on questions that may not be worth any...
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