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Bonded Medical Program Changes

Changes have been made to the Bonded Medical Program, 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.There are two schemes in the Bonded Medical Program:Medical Rural...
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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 UCAT...
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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 or no relevant...
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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 workshopsMedEntry 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 dates and locations, please...
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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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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.pdfThis 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 592MedEntry has developed a...
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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 medicineMost universities use a combination of three criteria when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include:Performance in UCAT ANZInterview performanceSecondary school performance (ATAR...
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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 / OP / IB) or GPA*UCAT cognitive subtests include UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract ReasoningEach university is different, and given this is the first year of UCAT, some universities have not yet finalised their medical entry requirements.Here’s a...
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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 will not only...
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How to Interpret Your UCAT 2019 scores

If you have just sat UCAT, congratulations! You have made it through one of the toughest and most gruelling tests of your career. This blog contains information on how to interpret your 2019 UCAT ANZ score report.How do I access my UCAT Score Report?After sitting UCAT, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE notifying you that your UCAT score report is available to view via your Pearson VUE online account. You will need to log into your Pearson VUE account to view your UCAT score report.How do I interpret my UCAT Score Report? Your Score Report will provide you with...
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Tips for UCAT Test Day and the Night Before

The day before UCATEnsure that you have everything you need for UCAT test day: importantly, a printout of your UCAT email confirmation from Pearson VUE and acceptable photographic identification (the name must match the one on your confirmation email, and it must be unexpired). Also ensure that you know where your UCAT testing centre is, and how you are going to get there.If you are ill or have extenuating personal circumstances, you can reschedule your UCAT test. You can do so at least 24 hours before your test appointment by contacting Pearson VUE directly. If you find you are unwell or...
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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 typeSubtest 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 weakest UCAT subtests, and...
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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG7v4y_xwzQThis talk discusses how highly successful athletes prepare themselves before a competition. The five key points are summarised below, with an emphasis on how this...
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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 complete several...
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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.  SimulateIt 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 will ever sit. The...
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Is It Too Late To Start Preparing For UCAT 2019

The short answer is: no. Improving your performance in UCAT is possible, no matter how late you start (unless you start preparing the night before UCAT, of course!).The long answer is: it depends on how you prepare for UCAT. At this stage, it’s important to study smart. This involves being focussed, and preparing in ways that will make a difference to your UCAT performance. Trying to do as many UCAT practice exams as you can will take up a lot of your time, and may not be the most efficient way to prepare. You are also likely to be busy balancing...
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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 IDEnsure 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.      2. Review Official...
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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’ to see...
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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, and identifies the UCAT...
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