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UCAT for 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 and UCAT preparation

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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UCAT Prep: Establish your personal scoring goals

Your main goal should be to maximise your potential on the actual UCAT 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 practice test performance translate to how I will perform on the actual UCAT test? Questions are “graded” for difficulty throughout the MedEntry UCAT prep tests and in the actual test in July.  In order to get a high score (of above 95th percentile) generally you have to be nearly perfect on the easy questions, score at least 80 percent on the hard questions, 70 percent...
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Medical Entrance and UCAT

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 you great satisfaction. However, training and practicing doctors are incredibly costly for...
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UCAT test tips from MedEntry UCAT Prep

Tips for the actual exam: MedEntry UCAT Course Tips Pace yourself as you go. If you find yourself losing focus in the last subtest 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 the computer screen closes!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 change your answer.Don’t...
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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. 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 advantageYou will probably get better grades for the same effort at WSU compared to that at USyd or UNSW (the grades that you get rather than the...
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Time management in UCAT

Timing is perhaps the most stress-inducing factor of the UCAT exam. If the UCAT were at take-home test, you would all score well. Managing time is the key. Most of your MedEntry UCAT practice will include timed sections, allowing you to become more familiar and comfortable with the pacing of the exam. The UCAT 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 your choices. You need...
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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 UCAT 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 in November/December/January of each year in all...
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Satisfaction with MedEntry UCAT 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 use of UCAT. According to a report, 83 per cent of graduates from Private providers (such as MedEntry UCAT Prep) indicate high levels of overall satisfaction with their education, compared...
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Does UCAT coaching work?

Psychometric tests such as UCAT have been in use in Australia for the last 25 years, but in the US numerous such tests have been in use for well over a century. Coaching organisations are therefore well established there. The officials at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at Princeton 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 some would claim that the UCAT is a test that is not susceptible to coaching in an...
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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 usually arranged...
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UCAT 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 UCAT. And you probably know other students who do really well in school, yet when it comes to UCAT, 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 UCAT? Because taking the UCAT is nothing like taking the tests at school. Some examples: School tests rarely last more than an hour. In the UCAT you’ve got to stay mentally focussed for about two hoursOn school...
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Do girls do better in the UCAT?

Girls in general 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 strategiseBoys are less likely to be risk averse: an advantage in aptitude testsSchool and university tests/exams reward hardwork, whereas aptitude tests reward skills But wait a minute: In the UCAT however, there is no discernible difference in the overall UCAT scores between boys and girls because the Verbal...
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Is UCAT a fair test?

Every year, debates continue about UCAT.  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 medical school selection criteria. These questions come up every year for one good reason: Nobody can answer them. But...
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UCAT and careers teachers

Careers teachers knowledge of and interest in UCAT Preparation varies quite markedly. There are those who go to the trouble of inviting UCAT MedEntry  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 UCAT 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 UCAT Preparation, you are fortunate: your careers teacher will ensure you get all the necessary information about the UCAT and UCAT training. If your school has a careers teacher who is...
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UCAT test day: Tips from MedEntry UCAT Prep

MedEntry UCAT Course Tips Relax the night before the UCAT. All of your MedEntry UCAT 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 UCAT.Lay out everything you are going to need when taking the UCAT 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 UCAT at an unfamiliar location, make sure you get directions well ahead...
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Smart Test Taking tips from MedEntry UCAT Prep

Smart Test-Taking tips for UCAT: MedEntry UCAT Course Tips Make your MedEntry UCAT practice tests feel real – try your best to replicate the conditions in which you will be actually taking the UCAT. Take the UCAT test in one sitting with only 1 minute break in between subtests. If you have difficulty concentrating for two hours, it is worthwhile building your UCAT test-taking stamina: you might want to take just one or two subtests at first, and gradually build up until you are taking the full MedEntry UCAT practice tests in the months/weeks before the UCAT.Aerobic exercise will supply your brain and body with...
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