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Medical-Entrance

Some people raise questions about the current medical selection process, but offer no solutions. As in most countries, the demand for medical places in Australia will always far exceed the number available. Therefore, any selection system used will have winners and losers, and will be controversial. Just because some doctors feel current entry procedures used may not have admitted them to medical school, it does not necessarily follow that the selection system is flawed. There are several reasons for this, one of them being that the advantages of medicine as a career compared to other professions has increased over the years....
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Medical entrance

Throughout the ages and in most countries medicine has been a profession with special privileges, hence demand to study medicine is high. In fact the demand to supply ratio is higher for medicine than for any other course in Australia, which is one reason for the use of criteria other than ATAR (high school) scores for entry. Since medical knowledge is growing at an exponential rate, it is essential that future doctors have critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving and interpersonal skills. Far from making the system sick, the selection process ensures that doctors are able, affable and adaptable. It is...
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UMAT Prep: Establish your personal scoring goals

Your main goal should be to maximise your potential on the actual UMAT test. Very few students get every question right. You have to be realistic. Strive to work within your own abilities. Students often ask: How does my in-class performance translate to how I will perform on the actual UMAT test? Questions are “graded” for difficulty throughout the  MedEntry UMAT prep  tests and in the actual test in July.  In order to get a high score (of above 90 th  percentile) generally you have to be nearly perfect on the easy questions, score at least 80 percent on the hard...
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Medical entrance

Medical Entrance Medicine is seen as an attractive career in most countries for several reasons such as a satisfying job which involves you with the lives of those around you, making a positive difference to people’s lives, job security etc. Doctors help people in their time of need and use their knowledge to overcome their grievances so that they can get on with their life, whether they be a janitor or the chief executive officer of a major company. Dealing with people and helping them overcome their troubles would naturally bring one great satisfaction. However, training and practicing doctors are incredibly...
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UMAT Learning Forums

You will find numerous forums on the internet discussing UMAT 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. MedEntry provides many authentic learning forums via our online Learning Management System (LMS). The content is monitored by MedEntry staff, and comments are posted by genuine MedEntry students, so you know they are trustworthy. MedEntry offers forums in various categories: social, UMAT (sections 1, 2 and 3, as well as general  UMAT forums ), interviews, university...
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UMAT test tips from MedEntry UMAT Prep

Tips for the actual exam:  MedEntry UMAT Course  Tips Pace yourself as you go. If you find yourself losing focus in the last section think “finish strong” rather than “I’m almost out of here”. Don’t allow yourself to switch off until that final answer is filled in. Never give up until you hear “pencils down”! Don’t change your answers without good reason, only change them when you’ve reviewed the whole problem and discovered a mistake. For example, “this answer can’t be A, the last two were A” and “it can’t be this one, it’s too easy” are not good reasons to...
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University of Sydney, Newcastle, UNSW or UWS?

Many students who live in and around Sydney will have to make decision about whether to study medicine at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Newcastle or Western Sydney. Follow this link for a simple comparison of UNSW vs. Usyd medicine. A blog which may be of interest can be found  here . Apart from issues discussed in the above  blog , the following may be of use: Newcastle is likely to have a wider diversity of student intake (including more mature students), which may be an advantage You will probably get better grades for the same effort at UWS...
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UMAT forums

There are numerous forums on almost every topic on the web of varying quality. With regard to forums on the UMAT specifically, we suggest you take note of the following points and be careful  in using the content – i.e. Caveat emptor (buyer beware): Avoid unauthentic online forums: they are not independent and are used as advertising and marketing tools which mislead and trap unsuspecting students/parents. Some forums are run anonymously by unscrupulous providers of UMAT courses: their purpose is to criticize and defame other providers whilst praising their own lavishly. For example, numerous ‘made-up’ e-mail addresses are used to post...
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Time management in UMAT

Timing is perhaps the most stress-inducing factor of the  UMAT  exam. If the UMAT were at take-home test, you would all score well. Managing time is the key. Most of your  MedEntry UMAT practice  will include timed sections, allowing you to become more familiar and comfortable with the pacing of the exam. The UMAT is not a test of intelligence. Although it is used as a predictor for success in medical schools, it isn’t infallible. A poor performance does not necessarily reflect ineptitude nor does a poor score mean you should not apply to the medical school. It may merely limit...
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Monash or Melbourne?

Medicine at Monash or Melbourne? A dilemma facing high achievers wanting to pursue medicine is whether to choose Monash University (school leaver entry) or Melbourne University (graduate route). Our view is that Monash school leaver entry is superior for several reasons.  You can speak to one of our staff members during the UMAT workshop, during the Interview Training Sessions, call us or email us to get more details and discuss your specific situation. The reasons why Monash school leaver entry is far better for students are discussed in the  medical entrance interview training  session by MedEntry. These sessions are usually held...
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Satisfaction with MedEntry UMAT Prep

The use of Year 12 results as the sole basis for med school admissions is problematic. History provides many examples of capable students possessing the ability to succeed at med school who, during their final years of schooling, have had their dreams shattered due to illness, family circumstances, personal misfortune or even natural disaster. These students need an alternate method of entry to med schools. This is one of the reasons for the introduction of  UMAT . According to a report, 83 per cent of graduates from Private providers (such as  MedEntry UMAT Prep ) indicate high levels of overall satisfaction...
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Does UMAT coaching work?

Psychometric tests such as  UMAT   are new in Australia, but in the US numerous such tests have been in use for nearly a century. Coaching organisations are therefore well established. The officials at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at Princeton (the equivalent of ACER) say that they have no objection to the coaching because what is important is that students learn the skills that are tested, whether it is at school, university or at a coaching college. It is to be expected that ACER would claim that the  UMAT   is a test that is not susceptible to coaching in...
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Monash Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

Monash Multiple Mini Interview  (MMI) Format Multi station Mini Interviews or Bellringer Interviews are used by Monash University and the University of Western Sydney. They are also used by Australian National University, Sydney University, Deakin University and Wollongong University for selection into graduate entry medicine. The following information provides some guidelines on the format of MMI: There are typically a total of 8 to 10 MMI stations. A candidate will therefore be interviewed by a total of 8 to 10 individual interviewers. The 8 to 10 MMI stations take place in 8 to 10 corresponding rooms that open out onto a single corridor and are...
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UMAT is different from School tests

I am sure you know kids who don’t do so well in school, yet somehow manage to ace tests like  UMAT . And you probably know other students who do really well in school, yet when it comes to UMAT, they don’t do nearly as well – and sometimes even bomb the test completely. Why do so many bright students have so much trouble on the UMAT? Because taking the UMAT is nothing like taking the tests at school. Some examples: School tests rarely last more than an hour. In the UMAT you’ve got to stay mentally focussed for about three...
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Do girls do better in the UMAT?

Girls get better grades in school and university in general than boys- so come on guys, get your act together! But here’s a surprise: boys in general outscore girls in aptitude tests. There may be several reasons for this such as: Boys treat aptitude tests as a game to be beaten and strategise School and university tests/exams reward hardwork, whereas aptitude tests reward skills But wait a minute: In the  UMAT  however, there is no discernible difference in the overall UMAT scores between boys and girls because the second section advantages girls.  MedEntry UMAT training  provides strategies on how to identify...
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Are UMAT and HPAT fair tests?

Every year, debates continue to rage about  UMAT / HPAT .  Is it fair? Is it biased? Is it an achivement test or an aptitude test? Is it good? Is it evil? Does it measure intelligence? Does it measure anything? Does it measure how well you will do in medical school? Does it predict whether you will be a ‘good’ doctor? When a test of similar nature was introduced in the USA in 1926 debates raged on for decades. It is now accepted as a necessary part of university selection criteria. These questions come up every year for one good reason:...
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UMAT and careers teachers

Careers teachers knowledge of and interest in  UMAT Preparation  varies quite markedly. There are those who go to the trouble of inviting  UMAT course provider s to come and deliver a course in-house at their school. At the other extreme, there are those who do not have time to research UMAT Preparation, and may be critical of its value for various reasons. If you are in a school where the careers teacher is helpful with regard to UMAT Preparation, you are fortunate: your careers teacher will ensure you get all the necessary information about the UMAT and UMAT training. If your...
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Are UMAT Courses useful?

UMAT Coaching  Enhances Performance at University The Psychometric Entrance Test (PET) is a standardised test used for medical admission in Israel, administered by the National Institute for Testing and Evaluation (NITE). At the 35th International Association for Educational Assessment Conference in Brisbane (August 2010), the Director of the NITE said that while the organisation does not approve of coaching colleges (because they make NITE’s task in distinguishing between students more difficult), students who undergo coaching for PET perform better at university because they have more developed thinking skills. The benefit of UMAT course is atleast two fold: to help improve your ...
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Free UMAT Sample Questions 2

The following is an example of a question you may expect in section 2 of the  UMAT : Two Afghani women, Miriam and Laila, are married to the same abusive husband. Miriam is the older wife, and has just given some baby clothes to Laila. “Thank you, the clothes are lovely.” Laila said. “I had no use for them,” Mariam muttered. She dropped the fish on a newspaper smudged with slimy, gray juice and sliced off its head. “It was either your daughter or the moths.” “Where did you learn to clean fish like that?” When I was a little girl,...
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UMAT test day: Tips from MedEntry UMAT Prep

MedEntry UMAT Course Tips Relax the night before the UMAT. All of your  MedEntry UMAT study  should be behind you – cramming at this point will probably do more harm than good. As long as you get a good night’s rest you are allowed to have some fun in the evening before the UMAT. Lay out everything you are going to need when taking the UMAT the night beforehand. This will allow you to have a more peaceful rest that night, and a less stressful time in the morning. If you are taking the UMAT at an unfamiliar location, make sure you...
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