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What can you do now to enhance your UCAT performance? Tip 3: Work on your speed

UCAT will take place in July 2019. However, there are a few things you can start doing now to enhance your UCAT performance. Tip 3 is to work on your speed.The questions in UCAT are not particularly challenging, and most students are be able to answer the majority of questions correctly if given sufficient time. However, UCAT is extremely time pressured, and many students are simply unable to answer the questions within the time limits. In fact, about one fifth of candidates fail to put down an answer for every question in UCAT, meaning they run out of time to even...
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Where will I be able to sit UCAT?

UCAT will take place at various locations across Australia and New Zealand over the month of July. Most capital cities will have multiple testing centres across various locations. Exact locations will be available once registration opens.Test centres will be available for a number of days or weeks in the month of July. Available dates will be shown at the time of booking your test. State/RegionLocationsNSW   Sydney, Newcastle, Armidale,  Wagga Wagga,  Port Macquarie, Penrith, Orange, ParramattaVic   Melbourne, Geelong, Mildura, Bendigo, TraralgonQLD   Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville, Rockhampton, CairnsSA   Adelaide, Port AugustaWA   Perth, BunburyACT   CanberraTas   Hobart, LauncestonNT   Darwin, Alice SpringsNew Zealand   Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, InvercargillOverseas   Extensive list, see official UCAT ANZ Locations page
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Presenting yourself in interviews

 Many of you may be well into preparing for interviews. Practicing how to answer tough personal questions and scenarios are vital. However one aspect of doing an interview that people may not focus on is how to present yourself in front of the interviewer. Presentation is just as important as the content you say in an interview. Now you might be thinking, ‘there’s no way that’s true’ however let me put it in perspective for you. In an MMI, the interviewers are sitting in a room by themselves for an entire day asking many different students the same question/s over and...
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How to answer the big question

First things first, congratulations on getting an interview! That’s a massive achievement all on its own! Now is the time to be prepping for that interview as it’s not the sort of thing you should be winging. There are already a couple of blogs on how to ace an interview (all of which you should read!) so this one is just about how to answer that one big question.So why do you want to be a doctor?Every medical school will ask you this in some shape or another. Here are a couple of ways it might be phrasedWhy do you want...
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What can you do now to enhance your UCAT performance? Tip 2: Brush up on your maths skills

 UCAT will take place in July 2019. However, there are a few things you can start doing now to enhance your UCAT performance. Our second tip is to brush up on your maths skills.UCAT is not a maths test, it is a test of your reasoning skills. However, many of the questions in the Quantitative Reasoning and Decision Making subtests of UCAT require mathematical manipulations.Although you are provided with an on-screen calculator in UCAT, it is cumbersome and time consuming to use. It is much quicker to make calculations in your head, or on the noteboard you are given in UCAT.Remember...
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The UCAT Situational Judgement Test is just another measure of Emotional Intelligence

 Advocates of the Situational Judgement Test claim that it is a very different test to other medical entry aptitude tests. However, the Situational Judgement Test is, in essence, assessing the emotional intelligence of candidates. This is also what the Understanding People construct of the UMAT was testing.The Situational Judgement Test is merely a format or style of question. Candidates are presented with a scenario, and are asked to judge the appropriateness or importance of certain actions. The actual content, and what the questions are assessing, vary significantly.This is comparable to the difference between a Multiple Mini Interview and panel interview –...
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UCAT Workshops: Why They Should Be Run By Doctors

With the inclusion of the Situational Judgement Test in UCAT, it is even more important that UCAT workshops are run by medical professionals.Situational Judgement questions require an intimate understanding of issues such as teamwork, professionalism, ethics and integrity within a medical context. Questions are based on real-world medical scenarios with which doctors will have had first-hand experience. Only practicing doctors have a detailed understanding of such issues, and the big picture thinking required to perform well. It is worth noting that Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) used when scoring Situational Judgement questions are medical professionals.There are other benefits to having doctors run...
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What can you do now to enhance your UCAT performance? Tip 1: Read widely and critically

UCAT will take place in July 2019. However, there are a few things you can start doing now to enhance your UCAT skills. Our first tip is to read widely and critically.UCAT questions draw from a range of sources, including magazines, newspapers, research papers and internet articles. You may be required to interpret a passage of text, table, graph or other diagram in UCAT.  Questions cover various topics including history, geography, politics, economics and science.While UCAT does not require any prior knowledge, having a good understanding of current affairs and expanding your general knowledge will certainly help. You will not only...
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Tips for Medical Interviews

By now you may have finished your year 12 exams. For those who sat the UMAT this year, it almost seems like the end of the road. However, there is one crucial component for entry into medicine that many major universities require – the interview. It is important you prepare and practice for this last step, especially because this time, you are competing against a tough cohort: all those students who performed outstandingly in both the UMAT and ATAR.The first step to preparing for any interview is to start practicing. Whether this be attending the MedEntry Interview Training sessions, practicing with...
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What will it be like to sit UCAT?

UCAT may seem like a daunting prospect, not least because most students will not be familiar with sitting a computer-based test. In this blog, we’ll cover what to expect on the day of UCAT.What to bringYou will need to bring a printout of your confirmation email from Pearson VUE, as well as photographic identification (such as a passport or driver’s license).You are not allowed to have bags, coats, paper, books, pens, watches, wallets, keys, mobile phones, food or drinks with you when you are sitting UCAT. You will be able to store these personal belongings in a locker in the test...
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UCAT ANZ Preparation Strategy: Speed Reading

UCAT is an extremely time pressured test. You will have less than 30 seconds to complete each question. Some sections, particularly Verbal Reasoning and Situational Judgement, will require you to read passages of text. Speed reading is therefore an important skill to master to succeed in UCAT. The following reading efficiency techniques can boost your reading rate. But even if your rate is fine, these techniques will help you boost comprehension and concentration, both of which are key to UCAT success. (i) Mechanical ApproachYou’ve probably seen speed-readers moving their hands down a page as they rapidly read the material, the theory being that their eyes...
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How does scoring work in the UCAT?

 The scoring system differs between the ‘cognitive’ subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning) and the non-cognitive subtest (Situational Judgement). Scoring of ‘cognitive’ subtestsFor Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning, questions are worth one mark each.For Decision Making, some questions (those with multiple statements) are worth 2 marks. In these questions, one mark is awarded to partially correct statements.Raw marks (the number of questions you got right) are converted into ‘scaled scores’ which range from 300-900. A total scaled score is generated by adding together the scaled score of each of the ‘cognitive’ subsets. The total scaled score...
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Three Common Interview Questions and How To Approach Them

You have made it through the UMAT, found out your Year 12 results... now it's time for the interview! Not sure where to start? In this blog, I have outlined three common medical interview questions, and how to prepare for them. Why have you decided to study medicine and not pursue another field where you can help others, such as pharmacy, education, nursing or social work?This question is designed to reveal your motivation for studying medicine, and to avoid the common answer of "I want to help others." Whilst this is a valid part of your reason for entering the medical field,...
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How to prepare for and succeed in UCAT

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. Students who are interested in applying for most medical and dentistry courses across Australia and New Zealand in 2020 will need to sit and succeed in UCAT in 2019.UCAT is the single most important and difficult test that most students will face in their medical career. However, with the right preparation and approach, it is possible to excel in UCAT.Successful preparation for UCAT involves five key steps:Plan your preparationIt is vital that students plan their preparation to make the most of the UCAT resources provided. MedEntry will provide students with comprehensive preparation for UCAT....
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UCAT: Section by Section Breakdown

 In this blog, we will discuss the structure and content of each of the five UCAT subtests. Also be sure to check out our free sample UCAT questions. Section 1: Verbal ReasoningNumber of questions: 44Time allocated: 21 minutesAssesses: the ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form.Style: students will be presented with a passage of text, and will need to decide whether specific conclusions or inferences can be drawn from the information provided.Types of question:Choose the best/most suitable response from four optionsDecide whether the statement provided is True, False or Can’t Tell Section 2: Decision MakingNumber of questions: 29Time...
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Why did UCAT replace UMAT?

 UMAT (Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test) was used for over 20 years to select students into medicine and dentistry courses across Australia and New Zealand. Most universities offering undergraduate medicine were part of a group called the UMAT consortium. This group decided that UMAT should be a major component for the assessment of candidates for entry into medicine (the other two components being high school score and performance in an interview). The UMAT consortium contracted ACER (the Australian Council for Educational Research) to develop and administer the UMAT on their behalf. ACER is a non-profit organisation, which administers many other...
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What Are the Similarities and Differences Between UMAT and UCAT?

UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) has replaced UMAT for entry into most medical and dental courses in 2020. There are similarities and differences between the two tests, which are outlined in this blog.Similarities between UCAT and UMATUCAT and UMAT are both aptitude tests which assess candidates’ generic competencies. The skills tested are considered relevant and important for the future study and practice of medicine.The verbal reasoning, decision making and quantitative reasoning sections of UCAT have similarities to the logical reasoning & problem solving construct of UMAT.UCAT and UMAT are both in multiple choice format.UCAT and UMAT are both time pressured and...
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What is the UCAT test?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test.UCAT will be an important criterion for entry into medicine and some dental courses at most Universities across Australia and New Zealand in 2020. UCAT has replaced UMAT for this purpose.UCAT is similar to UMAT, however, it includes additional constructs which are considered important and desirable for future healthcare professionals. It comprises five sections: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement. UCAT is a computer based test that takes approximately 2 hours, and will be administered by Pearson VUE. Candidates will receive their score immediately after the test. There will be various sittings...
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UMAT Has Become UCAT

Summary The Consortium of Australian School-Leaver Entry Medical Schools has decided not to renew their contract to ACER. This means that the UMAT will now be replaced by the UCAT (University Clinical Assessment Test) in 2019, for entry into medicine in 2020. MedEntry has intimate knowledge of UCAT and will be providing high quality UCAT resources for our students.  What is UCAT?UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. It is similar to UMAT, and assesses the same type of skills.  UCAT is a computer-based test and comprises five sections: verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and situational judgement.  You can find further information about the UCAT...
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5 Tips for Medical School Applications

Know where you’re eligible forSome students won’t be eligible to apply for all undergraduate medical schools. School leavers are eligible for most, but some schools have some odd stipulations if you’re not coming straight from school. For example, UNSW doesn’t admit students over 25, the University of Adelaide doesn’t want students who have a university academic record from anywhere but Adelaide, and James Cook only has 10 places for non-school leavers. So it really pays to know what you’re actually able to apply for! When I was applying I made myself a table and colour-coded for schools that I was and...
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