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What should I do the day before the UCAT exam?

By this stage, you will have well and truly completed your UCAT preparation. The day before the UCAT test is all about getting yourself in the right state of mind for the UCAT exam so that you can remain as stress-free as possible and perform at your best when it counts.   What should I do the day before the UCAT exam? -Make sure you know the location of your UCAT test centre and how to get there. Remember for some locations parking may be limited and inner-city traffic can be very heavy especially during peak hour.  If you’re planning on...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation Part 10: coping with UCAT stress and anxiety on UCAT test day

Pressure, pressure: coping with nerves and stress on the actual UCAT test day. Having done UCAT practice exam, after practice exam, after practice exam, most UCAT candidates will be raring to go come July. Whilst UCAT preparation is key to your UCAT success, it is not the only factor that will affect your UCAT performance on the actual UCAT test day. Being able to cope with the nerves and anxiety that inevitably appear on the day of the UCAT exam will be the key strength that will help you out-perform your fellow UCAT candidates. Perhaps the only thing separating two equally intelligent and...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 9: coping with UCAT stress and UCAT anxiety prior to the UCAT exam

Coping with UCAT stress and UCAT nerves prior to the UCAT exam: We all know that sick feeling in the bottom of our stomachs just prior to walking into a big exam; we’re jittery, shaking and generally thinking that we’d rather be anywhere else but here. Nerves can be debilitating in the most terrible way for even the brightest of students. Thus, it is crucially important that your learn to overcome these UCAT nerves before the actual day of the UCAT test so that you can perform at your peak and ultimately succeed in the UCAT.   How do I know...
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Coping with UCAT stress and anxiety

We all know that sick feeling in the bottom of our stomachs just prior to walking into a big exam; we’re jittery, shaking and generally thinking that we’d rather be anywhere else but here. Nerves can be debilitating in the most terrible way for even the brightest of students. Thus, it is crucially important that your learn to overcome these nerves before the actual day of the UCAT so that you can perform at your peak and ultimately succeed in the UCAT.   How do I know if I’m nervous about the UCAT? Nervousness is generally marked by or having a feeling...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 8: practical tips for staying cool under pressure in the UCAT exam

With UCAT just around the corner, and UCAT preparation of most students well and truly under way, we thought we would address the issue of nerves and anxiety that can happen on UCAT test day. Below is a simple check list of UCAT test tactics that you can utilise to overcome this UCAT pressure and tips on how to tackle the actual UCAT exam itself.   Firstly, don’t doubt yourself! Just because you don’t feel like you’ll be at the top, doesn’t mean you’ll be at the bottom either. Assuming you have sufficiently prepared for the UCAT, you are at no disadvantage to any...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 7: worded mathematical problems

Worded mathematical problems on the UCAT exam: translating worded problems into mathematical symbols. comprehenisve UCAT advice from the team at MedEntry UCAT preparation. Possibly the most confusing questions on the UCAT exam, worded mathematical problems can actually be solved relatively easily if you understand how the question is written and what the words of the question really mean in mathematical terms. Prior to solving worded mathematical problems on the UCAT exam, it is essential that you are comfortable with translating words into mathematical symbols. Below is a partial list of words and their mathematical equivalents. You should know these by heart before...
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Medicine at USyd or UNSW?

A brief comparison of studying medicine at UNSW and USyd. Whilst the release of final ATAR results may still be a while away, it is important for high achieving students to consider now whether they would choose to study medicine at UNSW or USyd. Below is a simple and concise outline of what each of the UNSW medicine and USyd medicine pathways, respectively, entail. USyd does not offer an undergraduate degree in medicine. From 2014 onwards the undergraduate degree offered by UNSW for medicine is the Bachelor of Medical Studies / Doctor of Medicine replacing the former Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of...
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UCAT or GAMSAT? which route is harder? which route is easier?

Medicine entry via GAMSAT or UCAT? what’s the difference? It’s a question anyone wanting to gain entry into medicine will inevitably ask: ‘Am I better off sitting the UCAT and doing an undergraduate medicine degree, or should I sit the GAMSAT to gain entry into a graduate medicine course?’ To make things easier, below is a comparative summary of some of the key elements of both the GAMSAT (graduate entry pathway) and the UCAT (undergraduate entry pathway) so you can make up your own mind. See our earlier blog entries for a simple comparison of studying medicine at Monash or Melbourne and studying medicine...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 6: statistics problems on the UCAT

How to approach statistics problems on the UCAT exam: Frequently a feature of UCAT multi choice, understanding the language of statistics and how to answer those questions involving statistics on the UCAT exam is essential for UCAT success. Below, we have explained, as succinctly as possible, what you need to know in order to answer this style of UCAT question. Statistics is the study of the patterns and relationships of numbers and data. There are four main concepts that may appear on the UCAT exam. Median   When a set of numbers is arranged in order of size, the median is the...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 5: Counting Problems in UCAT

Counting problems in UCAT: an essential summary. Your UCAT questions explained by the team at MedEntry as part of our new section UCAT test tactics and preparation. They may seem simple on paper, but counting problems contained within the UCAT exam can often cause much confusion among students. If you can understand the basic principles of counting problems and recognize when to apply them, you will be able to master many of the typical counting problem question types presented in the UCAT exam.   When counting elements that are in overlapping sets, the total number will equal the number in one group plus the number in the other group minus...
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Melbourne vs. Monash Medicine: Should I study medicine at Monash or Melbourne university?

Melbourne or Monash for medicine? That  is the question. It's a question often asked by aspiring med students: 'should I study medicine at Melbourne or Monash?' To help you make up your own mind, we've compiled a clear, concise and simple breakdown of each of the available medicine pathways at Melbourne and Monash. For a comparison of UCAT against the GAMSAT please see the following article: 'UCAT or GAMSAT? which is harder? which is easier?'.   In summary, Medicine via UCAT at Monash is far better for the students and their parents, but GMASAT route at Melbourne is better for the university. Monash...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 4: probability questions

Probability questions in the UCAT: you’re probably reading this sentence right now…   Your UCAT questions explained by the team at MedEntry as part of our new section UCAT test tactics and preparation.   We know what probability means, but what is its formal definition? Let’s use our everyday logic to define it. If there is no chance that an event will occur, then its probability of occurring should be 0. On the other extreme, if an event is certain to occur, then its probability of occurring should be 100%, or 1. Hence, we can deduce that  probability will be a number between 0 and...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 3: UCAT questions involving percentages

What you need to know about percentage % questions before starting your UCAT preparation:    Problems involving percent are common on the UCAT. The word percent means “divided by one hundred.” When you see the word “percent,” or the symbol %, remember it means 1/100. For example,   25 Percent   25 x 1/100 = 1/4   To convert a decimal into a percent, move the decimal point two places to the right. For example,   0.25 = 25% 0.023 = 2.3% 1.3 = 130%   Conversely, to convert a percent into a decimal, move the decimal point two places to the left.  ...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 1: Avoiding multiple confusions in the multiple choice section of UCAT

A starting guide on how to tackle the multi-choice of UCAT from the team at MedEntry UCAT preparation:   The ’2 out of 4′ rule in multi-choice:   In any multi-choice test, it is significantly harder to create a good but incorrect answer than it is to create the correct answer. For this reason usually only two attractive answer-choices are offered. One correct; the other either intentionally misleading or only partially correct. The other two answer-choices are usually ‘fluff’. This makes educated guessing on tests immensely effective. If you can dismiss the two fluff choices, your probability of answering the question successfully...
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UCAT test tactics and preparation part 2: Process of Elimination in UCAT multichoice

Process of Elimination or POE in UCAT: the best of a bad bunch.   Comprehensive advice from the team at MedEntry UCAT preparation.   Once you have established what the UCAT question is asking you need to act efficiently and narrow down your options to reach the correct answer. Using the Process of Elimination or POE method can greatly improve your chances of scoring highly on the UCAT because it provides a way of tackling questions where there seems to be no ideal answer.   Firstly, be wary of simply picking what you perceive, at first glance, to be the correct answer. There are often several choices that are ‘distractors’: They...
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Preparation, Preparation, Preparation: the key for UCAT success.

UCAT: a multiple guess or multiple choice test? You choose.   A university lecturer of mine, once made the comment prior to us all about to sit an exam, that he would cry if we didn’t answer every question because: ‘guys, it’s a multiple choice paper, so even a monkey could get one in every four questions right’.  Although I’ve never personally seen a monkey sit the UCAT exam, statistically speaking, it was a fair point to make, and for the record: not one student failed that paper.   Why prepare for the UCAT or do UCAT preparation courses? To truly succeed in...
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UCAT Tip: Educated Guessing

UCAT Tip: Educated Guessing in the UCAT When sitting the UCAT students may face a difficult question that they can’t quite get their head around or they are running out of time and still have some questions they haven’t answered yet. Some people choose to leave the UCAT question blank. This is a problem because there is very little time in the UCAT exam to return to previous UCAT questions and UCAT candidates will often leave a UCAT question so that they can go back to it later but then run out of time. The best thing to do when faced with UCAT...
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Easy UCAT questions have obvious and popular answers: how to avoid falling into UCAT answer traps!

Easy UCAT questions have obvious and popular answers: how to avoid falling into UCAT answer traps! As you complete more and more practice UCAT exams you may start to notice the following UCAT trend: Easy UCAT questions have obvious and popular answers, whilst hard UCAT questions have unexpected and unpopular answers. It helps to think of UCAT questions as popularity contests. The answer to an easy question is the most popular choice. The answer to a difficult question is the least popular choice. In other words, popular UCAT answer choices on difficult questions are traps. If you think about the UCAT for...
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UCAT or GAMSAT? Which route is better?

Medicine via UCAT or GAMSAT? For a simpler comparison of UCAT against the GAMSAT please see the following article: ‘UCAT or GAMSAT? which is harder? which is easier?‘. Our view is that UCAT route is far superior for several reasons including: 1. No guarantee: Even if you do ace your GPA and do well in GAMSAT, there is no gurantee that you will get in: there is often an interview as well. 2. More stress and uncertainty: You have just finished a hard slog for your final high school exams. Do you really want to continue to do that for another 3 to 4...
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Tips for UCAT Multiple Choice Questions

Multiple choice questions are much harder than they seem. Even though they give you the correct answer as one of the choices, selecting it amongst the others can sometimes be quite difficult. The UCAT consists of only multiple choice questions so if you learn how to ace this type of question, it will help you maximise your UCAT score. The following tips will not only benefit you in the UCAT, but in any other multiple choice questions that you may face at school/uni. ANSWER EVERY QUESTION: For UCAT you have a 1 in 4 or 5 chance of selecting the correct answer. If you...
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