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WHAT IS UCAT 2020?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. Unlike traditional school and university exams which assess knowledge, UCAT 2020 assesses generic skills, including verbal aptitude, mathematical understanding and abstract reasoning.Students who wish to study medicine or dentistry in Australia or New Zealand in 2021 will need to sit and succeed in UCAT 2020.UCAT 2020 is comprised of five separately timed subtests:Verbal ReasoningDecision MakingQuantitative ReasoningAbstract ReasoningSituational JudgementUCAT 2020 is a computer based test and takes a total of approximately 2 hours. UCAT 2020 will take place in various testing centres across Australia, New Zealand and in some overseas locations.UCAT 2020 is a very...
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Mind games: motivation for UCAT study.

Yes, we’d all rather be on Facebook or YouTube, or twitter, or asos, but before you throw your hands up in exasperated defeat and open another tab in your internet browser, consider this…  If you do well in the UCAT exam, you will only have to sit it once. It’s 2 hours of your time which can open the door to a lifelong, rewarding and satisfying career in medicine and/or the health sciences. If you do not study for the UCAT, you may have to re-sit it or be forced find alternative pathways to reach your health career goal. This will not only...
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UCAT Practice Exams Retry Feature

One of the most efficient and effective ways to prepare for UCAT is to identify and work on your weaknesses. MedEntry makes this easy using an innovative retry feature for UCAT practice exams.The retry feature gives you the opportunity to re-attempt questions you answered incorrectly on your first attempt at the UCAT practice exam. You can do this up to four times. This process will allow you to work on UCAT questions that you find difficult, thereby developing your skills. It allows you to get the most out of your UCAT practice exams.To retry an exam, go to the UCAT practice...
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How To Choose The Best UCAT Prep Course

UCAT is an extremely important, ‘high stakes’ test. That is, the results of UCAT have the potential to determine whether or not you will be a doctor. It makes sense that you should choose the best UCAT preparation course to give yourself the greatest chance of success.UCAT courses vary considerably in quality. This blog outlines five key factors you should look for when choosing the best UCAT prep course.1. The best UCAT preparation course is run by expertsWhen researching the best UCAT course, it is important to know who is behind the organisation. Surprisingly, many UCAT prep courses are run by...
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MedEntry UCAT Exam Percentile Rankings

UCAT scores may look complicated, but essentially all they do is compare your performance against other UCAT candidates. Therefore, to understand how you are performing in UCAT, you need an indication of how your performance compares to others.MedEntry makes this easy by converting your raw UCAT practice exam results into percentile rankings. These percentiles compare your performance against other UCAT candidates who have completed the same UCAT practice exam.You will be provided with a UCAT percentile ranking for each of the five UCAT subtests, as well as an overall UCAT percentile ranking for the exam.Your percentile rankings are calculated by comparing...
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What is covered in MedEntry’s UCAT Courses?

MedEntry’s UCAT Courses are offered in two main forms:A two-day, in-person UCAT CourseAn online UCAT CourseThe Platinum Package, which is the most popular UCAT Course, includes both of these services.Two day UCAT CourseThe two day UCAT Course provides comprehensive preparation for UCAT in a fun, engaging and interactive manner. MedEntry’s UCAT Courses are run by doctors and academics with extensive experience in UCAT test development and analysis.UCAT Courses are offered across Australia and New Zealand, in all major cities and some regional areas.The following will be covered in the UCAT Course:An introduction to UCAT, including how the test is designed and...
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How to choose a UCAT Course

 UCAT is the single most difficult and important test you will sit in your medical or dental career. It is therefore vital that you choose the right UCAT Course. This blog outlines what you should look for when choosing a UCAT Course.Is the UCAT course run by doctors?Given UCAT assesses the skills required to be a doctor, it makes sense that your chosen UCAT Course should be run by doctors. Doctors understand the thinking skills and approach necessary to perform well in UCAT. This is particularly true of the Situational Judgement subtest, which is scored by doctors and health professionals.Unfortunately, most...
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UCAT Courses

MedEntry provides a range of quality UCAT Courses to help students prepare for this difficult and important test.MedEntry’s UCAT Courses include the Online Learning Package, Platinum Package and Diamond Package.Online Learning PackageThe Online Learning Package provides comprehensive preparation for those unable to attend a UCAT Course in person.This UCAT Course features 10 full length UCAT practice exams, extensive UCAT drills, UCAT question banks, a guided curriculum covering strategies to approach each UCAT subtest, UCAT video guides, UCAT video solutions and much more.All UCAT questions, drills and exams are provided via the UCAT Simulated platform, which exactly simulates the live UCAT test....
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Medicine: keeping your options open

 Are you having trouble deciding what to do about your university preferences? Choosing what course to study can be a major decision, and plenty of year 12 students struggle to decide what to choose. Hopefully this article can put some of your worries at ease, and aid you in your decision making. Not sure if Medicine is the course you want?Deciding you want to study medicine at university is a big commitment. It involves extra study for the UCAT, which can be difficult to balance with your schoolwork. However, deciding to pursue medicine and the UCAT doesn't have to come as a...
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Keeping The Balance

Keeping the balance is something we all struggle with in our final year of schooling, myself included. At the commencement of the year, I jumped into everything. Then, at the end of term one, I crashed, and in term two I tried to do nothing. Neither of these worked for me, and over the remainder of the year I learnt some important lessons about keeping the balance. Not only was I happier and more well-rounded as a result, I was also able to succeed in both UCAT and in my final exams.  The golden rule for staying well-rounded is that you...
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Ranking of Australian/New Zealand Medical and Dental Schools

 The reputation and prestige of the University is not as important in Australia in general, as in the USA. In the USA there is a hierarchy of universities with Ivy League Universities such as Harvard and Yale, being miles ahead of the mediocre universities. In Australia however, there is little standard deviation in terms of quality, standard and prestige of the 40 or so universities.Particularly in the case of Medicine and such Health Science courses, it matters very little which university you go to in Australia. If you are aiming to obtain a degree in engineering, commerce or law, the prestige...
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UCAT 2019: Top tips for decision making

 The Decision Making subtest of UCAT is a new subtest, which was first introduced in 2017. Students will be presented with a variety of question types. The questions presented are characteristic, but often unusual. It is therefore important that you practice answering Decision Making UCAT questions, and develop familiarity with each type.This blog describes five key tips to help you answer Decision Making UCAT questions quickly and accurately. Know the strategies for each question typeThere are five major question types in the Decision Making subtest of UCAT:Logic games: you are presented with a series of statements describing people or objects. You will...
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UCAT 2019: TOP TIPS FOR VERBAL REASONING

 Verbal Reasoning is one of the most difficult and time pressured subtests of UCAT. In fact, up to 20% of students each year fail to answer every question – that is, they run out of time to even randomly guess some questions!This blog describes five key strategies to help you boost your speed and performance in the 2019 UCAT Verbal Reasoning subtest. Increase your reading speedSpeed reading is a key skill that is required to succeed in the Verbal Reasoning subtest of UCAT. Not only will you be faced with lengthy passages of text, but you will also have less than 30...
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Monitoring Your UCAT Progress

 To effectively prepare for UCAT, it is essential that you understand your strengths and weaknesses, and that you track your progress as you work through UCAT resources. It is not enough to simply complete UCAT practice questions or practice exams; you also need feedback on how you have performed, and advice on where you should focus your future UCAT preparation efforts.MedEntry makes this easy with a tool that helps you view detailed information about your UCAT progress, including percentile rankings and a breakdown of which question types you should focus on to boost your performance. Accessing the Check Progress pageThe UCAT Check...
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Why is UCAT so hard

UCAT is probably the single most important and hardest test that you will ever have to sit. Many students, especially those who do not prepare, are shocked by the difficulty of UCAT. Some who do prepare become disillusioned with the process, finding the questions difficult to complete within the time limits. So why is UCAT so hard? And what can you do about it? Read on!  1. UCAT is very different to every other type of test you have satWhy? School and university exams test your knowledge and your ability to apply that knowledge. UCAT is not a test of knowledge; it is...
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3 STEPS FOR USING YOUR HOLIDAYS TO IMPROVE IN UCAT

With the year coming to a close, many students use the holidays to finally relax after a long year of hard work. For those sitting the UCAT next year, the road ahead can look especially challenging and instil feelings of anxiety. However, after taking a long-deserved rest, the holidays can actually be used efficiently and effectively to get ahead in the UCAT and obtain the score you need to get into your dream course.Step 1: Work through the UCAT guidesStart by working through the UCAT guides on the LMS. Get familiar with each of the five UCAT subtests, the various question...
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MAKING TIME FOR UCAT: EAT THAT FROG!

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.– Mark TwainBrian Tracy’s 5 minute YouTube videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKOMTZ7PPLg discusses a time management strategy that has changed many people’s lives (including mine!). It discusses time management in the context of the workplace, but the strategy is applicable to UCAT and high school/university study too. This blog summarises the key points. As Mark Twain said, if the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that’s probably the worst thing you will do...
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Prepare for UCAT using MedEntry’s replica UCAT Platform

When preparing for UCAT, it is essential that you practice answering questions using the same platform that you will be using on UCAT test day. Practicing on a UCAT computer-based platform has several advantages:You will get used to using the important, unique features of the UCAT platform, including keyboard shortcuts, and the ‘flag’ and ‘review’ functionsResearch has consistently shown that practicing in a format that closely simulates a real exam significantly boosts performanceThe computer-based system will become familiar to you, which will significantly reduce stress on UCAT test dayYou will be well ahead of others who have not practiced sufficiently using...
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UCAT: 5 basic tips

 There are a wealth of strategies and techniques that are useful in boosting UCAT performance. Each UCAT section and question requires a slightly different approach. Relevant techniques will be discussed in detail in the MedEntry UCAT course.In the meantime, here are five basic tips that will help you in tackling UCAT.1. Work on your weaknessesEach of the five sections in UCAT tests different skills. It is likely that you will find some UCAT subtests easier than others, and that you will have a natural ability or affinity for particular questions. As early as possible in your UCAT preparation, identify the subtests...
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How will UCAT scores be used by universities?

 As UCAT is new as of 2019, the manner in which UCAT scores will be used is yet to be confirmed.Information regarding how universities will use UCAT scores will be made publicly available later in2019.However, it is very likely that:UCAT will continue to form one of three main criteria required to enter medicine or dentistry (with the other two criteria being ATAR/NCEA and interview performance)Students will need to generally score above the 80 th percentile in UCAT to be considered for entry into medicine and dentistry. That is, students will need to be in the top 20% of all candidates sitting...
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