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5 Tips for UCAT Abstract Reasoning

Struggling with UCAT Abstract Reasoning questions? Check out this blog which outlines 5 top tips. 1.  Identify the pattern first When you are first starting out with Abstract Reasoning UCAT questions, it can be tempting to focus on the test shape and try to ‘match’ it to the sets. This wastes valuable time and is unlikely to lead you to the correct answer. Instead, start by examining the sets and looking for a pattern. Once you have identified the pattern, it will be easy to determine which set the test shape fits into.  2.  Choose your own perspective Some questions are...
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UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 1

A common question among students preparing to sit the UCAT is how does UCAT scoring work? This blog answers that question. Practical implications for the UCAT test taker are covered in Part 2 of this blog. Many UCAT companies claim that they can predict UCAT scores and percentiles from the number of UCAT questions that you answer correctly. This is unfortunately completely misleading and inaccurate. Most UCAT preparation companies have little to no understanding of the scoring process and therefore their platforms provide misleading information regarding predicted UCAT scores. In reality, UCAT scoring is an extremely complicated process. In this blog...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: NOTEBOARD AND MARKER PEN

Candidates sitting UCAT ANZ 2020 will have access to a noteboard and marker pen. MedEntry students who have attended, or will be attending a UCAT workshop will have received a noteboard and marker pen to help simulate the live UCAT experience, and to help with their UCAT preparation. Due to the coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic, UCAT UK 2020 candidates have the option of sitting UCAT from home. For this reason, in order to standardise the test taking experience, UCAT UK 2020 candidates will have a ‘scratch pad’ on their computer platform, as well as a physical noteboard and pen. This feature has...
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UCAT ANZ 2020 AND CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): SHOULD I WEAR A MASK AND GLOVES?

UCAT ANZ 2020 candidates who are sitting UCAT in Australia and New Zealand have been advised that they may wear a mask and gloves if they wish when sitting UCAT. This is not mandatory. Note that UCAT testing centres will not supply a mask and gloves. Masks and gloves brought by candidates to UCAT testing centres will be inspected by UCAT testing staff for security purposes. Candidates sitting UCAT ANZ 2020 in an overseas testing centre (outside of Australia and New Zealand) have been advised to bring a facemask, as some testing centres require students to wear one when sitting the...
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Top 5 Under-Rated UCAT Preparation Strategies

1. Learn how to speed-read Not enough students are working on improving their speed reading. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you with this and I highly recommend delving into some of these (such as MedEntry’s UCAT Speed Reading trainer). The major problem I see time and time again is that in their UCAT preparation, students try to learn how to speed-read but do not end up doing so efficiently. They either fail to absorb content and miss key details or do not read at a particularly fast rate. This UCAT strategy is pertinent to the...
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UCAT 2020: Top Tips for Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning subtest of UCAT can be challenging, even for those who are proficient at maths. This is largely due to the extreme time pressure placed on students in this UCAT subtest. The commonest mistake made by students in the Quantitative Reasoning subtest is to approach it like you would approach a high school maths test – by calculating everything perfectly, checking your working and not being aware of common wrong answer traps.  To do well in the Quantitative Reasoning subtest of UCAT, you need a strategic approach. This blog outlines five key tips. Tip 1: Use the UCAT calculator...
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NEW UCAT FEATURE: MEME OF THE WEEK!

Want 5 extra exams free? Make a meme related to UCAT – and the best entry each week will receive 5 extra UCAT exams free! Each week has a theme which is related to UCAT and UCAT preparation. This week’s theme is: Difficulty of UCAT MedEntry students can access the Meme of the Week feature and submit memes on the Community page of the online platform. Students can also like and comment on memes submitted by other students. We encourage students to generate and submit a meme, and the student with the best submission each week will be provided with 5...
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UCAT ANZ 2020 RESCHEDULING

UCAT ANZ 2020 will be proceeding in July. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Pearson VUE have had to implement social distancing precautions to ensure the safety of UCAT candidates. This has led to some UCAT testing appointments at some locations having to be rescheduled. Students who have been affected will have received an email from Pearson VUE asking them to reschedule their UCAT testing date. These students can reschedule their UCAT testing appointment by logging into their Pearson VUE account and changing their booking. Students can change their UCAT booking online up until this Friday 5 June at 11:59pm AEST....
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NEW UCAT VIDEO GUIDES AVAILABLE FOR YOUR UCAT 2020 REVISION!

UCAT ANZ 2020 will be proceeding in July! To help you revise, MedEntry is delighted to launch our brand new, interactive video guides which cover each of the five UCAT subtests. MedEntry students have access to 25 UCAT video guides created with state of the art learning technology. These video guides will cover key strategies to help you answer each type of UCAT question quickly and accurately. This table lists details of the video guides available for MedEntry students: UCAT Subtest UCAT Video Guides UCAT Verbal Reasoning Introduction to UCAT Verbal Reasoning UCAT Verbal Reasoning Question Types UCAT Verbal Reasoning Strategies...
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UCAT ANZ 2020 WILL PROCEED IN JULY!

UCAT ANZ has advised that UCAT will be proceeding in July 2020 as planned. Previously, it was unclear whether UCAT ANZ 2020 would be taking place as usual, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. UCAT ANZ 2020 will take place with appropriate social distancing and hygiene precautions in place to protect UCAT candidates. The late registration deadline has also been extended from 18 May 2020 to 1 June 2020. In order for Pearson VUE to observe appropriate social distancing rules, adjustments need to be made to the way some test centres are set up, including the provision of extra spacing between...
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Integrate your MedEntry UCAT Study Plan into your daily calendar!

MedEntry’s interactive, personalised UCAT study planner can now be synchronised with your daily calendar! Your MedEntry UCAT Study Planner can be added to most calendar applications with a single click. If your computer or mobile device does not support a one-click setup, then don’t despair! We have compiled detailed instructions to help you sync your Apple Calendar, Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook Calendar. The MedEntry Study Planner calendar is exported in universal ICS format, meaning that it is compatible with any modern calendar application. Depending on your chosen calendar application, items in your MedEntry UCAT Study Planner will be refreshed regularly,...
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UCAT CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: UCAT ANZ 2020 REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Registrations to sit UCAT ANZ 2020 closed on 11 May, with late registrations accepted up until 18 May. Bookings to sit UCAT would not normally be accepted after these deadlines. However, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, UCAT candidates who have missed the late booking deadline will be provided with a final opportunity to book UCAT. Final bookings for UCAT ANZ 2020 will be accepted from Friday 22 May until Monday 1 June 2020 at 11:59pm AEST. Note that these bookings will incur an additional late fee of $75 in addition to the normal UCAT registration fee. No further bookings will...
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DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTING UCAT PERCENTILES: 3 TIPS

So you’ve been preparing for UCAT by working through the UCAT guides and attempting UCAT practice questions and exams. Then one day you receive a disappointing UCAT percentile. So what should you do? Is it time to freak out? Is it time to give up on your medical entry dream? No! Read on for three key tips. 1.  Understand what a UCAT percentile means and how they are calculated Firstly, it is vital that you understand UCAT percentiles, and how they are calculated. Essentially, a percentile compares your performance against other UCAT candidates who have attempted that particular drill, subtest mock...
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Exclusive UCAT Skills Trainers for all UCAT Subtests!

MedEntry is delighted to offer our students innovative, exclusive UCAT skills trainers for each of the four UCAT cognitive subtests. You will not find anything like our skills trainers on any other UCAT platform. These skills trainers have been developed by an expert team of IT Engineers, academics and high achieving UCAT students. The UCAT skills trainers: Target key UCAT skills that are important to master to boost your UCAT scoreEnable you to compare your performance with other UCAT candidatesAllow you to build up your skills gradually, with beginner, intermediate and advanced levelsCover the skills required to succeed in UCAT Verbal...
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UCAT ANZ 2020 AND CORONAVIRUS: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

  There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on UCAT ANZ 2020. You may be wondering, will UCAT go ahead? When will UCAT be taking place? What should I be doing now in terms of my UCAT preparation? This blog answers some common questions.   Will UCAT ANZ 2020 be going ahead? Yes! UCAT ANZ 2020 will not be eliminated as a requirement for entry into medicine. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, universities will still need to select students who have the qualities required to be empathetic and skilled health professionals. UCAT ANZ was introduced in...
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NEW UCAT ANZ 2020 TESTING VENUES AND DATES RELEASED!

Pearson VUE have recently released additional testing venues and dates for UCAT ANZ 2020 candidates. Some students who registered for UCAT ANZ 2020 close to the booking deadline of 11 May 2020 found there were limited testing venues, dates and times available. Some students therefore found they had to book a UCAT date and time that they were not entirely happy with. If this is the case for you, log into your Pearson VUE account: https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/registration-booking/ and click ‘Reschedule’. You will be able to see if there are any new UCAT testing venues and times that have been released which are...
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MedEntry's Comprehensive UCAT Medical Entry Handbook is Now Available, FREE!

MedEntry's brand new, 120 page, comprehensive UCAT Handbook is now available, absolutely free! It covers everything you need to know about medical entry, UCAT, medical interviews and university admissions. The handbook is divided into four parts: Part 1: How to get into medicine This section covers how to get into medicine and dentistry in Australia and New Zealand. It includes the criteria used, various entry pathways, what you need to do now to secure your place in medicine, and a suggested timeline.   Part 2: The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) This section covers everything you need to know about UCAT....
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5 reasons to start your UCAT preparation now!

1. Master the UCAT Learning Curve The UCAT is a test unlike anything you have ever sat before. UCAT Verbal Reasoning is loosely connected to traditional reading comprehension texts and UCAT Quantitative Reasoning is mathematics-based, but both the style and time pressure is truly unique. Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that you will have ever encountered formal testing in the areas of UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Abstract Reasoning and UCAT Situational Judgement. Naturally, it will take an adjustment period to learn how to answer all the many different types of UCAT questions, recognising how long you have to answer each UCAT...
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UCAT REGISTRATIONS CLOSING!

Registration and booking to sit UCAT 2020 will close this Monday 11th May at 11:59 AEST! You can book after this date until Monday 18th May, however this will attract a late fee. If you have not yet registered to sit UCAT, please do so immediately. Remember that this is your only chance to sit UCAT in 2020 – if you miss the registration and booking deadline, you will need to reapply next year. To register and book your test, please visit: https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/registration-booking/   Please check that you have both created an online account with Pearson VUE and that you have booked...
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NEW UCAT ABSTRACT REASONING TRAINER LAUNCHED!

MedEntry is delighted to announce that we have launched our brand new, state-of-the-art UCAT Abstract Reasoning skills trainer. Our team of expert UCAT lecturers, tutors, and IT engineers have worked together to create this innovative trainer, which will help you practice your approach to UCAT Abstract Reasoning questions by identifying possible rules and distractors. This trainer provides unlimited practice for you to improve your UCAT Abstract Reasoning abilities. How does the UCAT Abstract Reasoning trainer work? Two Abstract Reasoning Sets (Set A and Set B) will be displayed, along with a series of questions: When you open the Abstract Reasoning trainer,...
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