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How Will Medical Schools Use UCAT? Here's a Summary

With the UCAT testing period underway, many students who have sat UCAT are wondering how UCAT will be used to select applicants into medical school.Most universities use a combination of three factors when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include:UCAT ANZ scores (either cognitive subtests* only, or all UCAT subtests)Medical interview performanceSecondary school performance (ATAR / IB) or GPA*UCAT cognitive subtests include UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract ReasoningEach university is different, and some universities change their medical entry requirements at short notice.Here’s a summary:CourseHow is UCAT used?How is UCAT weighted?How are students selected for interview?How...
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Is UCAT Stressing You Out? Here's How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance, particularly in an intellectually challenging test such as UCAT.You may have been told that if you are too stressed in the lead up to an important exam such as UCAT, you won’t do well.You may have been advised to look for ways to relieve your UCAT-related stress.While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of UCAT stress can actually cause you to become more stressed. A different approach, which might sound crazy at first, is to embrace your UCAT stress. The following three strategies will not only...
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5 UCAT Subtest Mocks for Each UCAT Section!

MedEntry’s UCAT preparation program really is comprehensive. It covers everything you need for UCAT success.All students obtain access to the following UCAT preparation resources:10 full length UCAT practice exams (with an option to add a further 5 UCAT exams)5 subtest mocks for each of the UCAT subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement)Drills covering each question typeSubtest mocks allow you to practice answering questions within UCAT time limits, without having to commit a full 2 hours to complete a UCAT practice exam.They can be used to hone your skills, work on your weakest UCAT subtests, and...
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Optimising your performance in UCAT: 5 Lessons from Sports Psychology

Preparing for the UCAT is like preparing for a marathon: it requires training, persistence and strategies to optimise your performance on UCAT test day. Just as an athlete prepares for a major sporting event, so you must prepare yourself to sit UCAT, which is one of the most important exams that you will face in your career.We can learn much from athletes about optimising performance in UCAT, as outlined in this TED talk by Martin Hagger: This talk discusses how highly successful athletes prepare themselves before a competition. The five key points are summarised below, with an emphasis on how this...
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UCAT Timing Feature

Anyone who has sat a UCAT practice exam under timed conditions will know that the hardest part of UCAT is the timing. How is it possible to answer 233 challenging UCAT questions in 180 minutes?Well, it is possible to score highly in the UCAT despite the challenging time constraints. However, it is vital that you become familiar with the extreme time pressures faced in UCAT, and develop the skills required to cope.MedEntry makes this easy by giving you the option of completing each of your UCAT practice exams under strict timed conditions, just like the live UCAT. If you complete several...
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Three Steps for UCAT Success

Preparing for UCAT can seem overwhelming. It can be difficult to know how to best prepare for UCAT and how to utilise your precious study time.Over the last two decades, MedEntry has developed an unrivalled understanding of the strategies used by the highest performers to tackle aptitude tests and get into medicine. This blog describes the top strategies. 1.  SimulateIt is vital in your UCAT preparation that you simulate the live UCAT as closely as possible. Most importantly, this involves completing full length UCAT exams under timed conditions. UCAT is one of the toughest, most time-pressured tests you will ever sit. The...
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CHECKLIST: ARE YOU UCAT READY? 10 ESSENTIALS FOR UCAT SUCCESS

With UCAT rapidly approaching, it is important that you take a few moments to check whether you are UCAT ready. MedEntry has compiled a checklist of 10 essential tasks to complete before UCAT test day.       1. Register for UCAT and check your IDEnsure you have registered for UCAT and scheduled a UCAT testing date/time. If you have done so, you will have received a confirmation email from Pearson VUE. Confirm that your identification document is acceptable and that the name and date of birth on the document exactly matches the details you provided to Pearson VUE.      2. Review Official...
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UCAT VIDEO GUIDES

MedEntry understands that every student learns differently. This is why our UCAT Guided Curriculum offers several options for UCAT preparation. Work through the comprehensive strategy guides for each UCAT subtest, review guided video solutions covering each type of UCAT question, or watch animated videos which illustrate important UCAT principles.Now you can access all of your UCAT videos with the click of a button. Simply click on ‘Videos’ on the UCAT Curriculum navigation panel:This will take you to a page which contains all UCAT preparation videos. You can either view the videos on this page or click ‘Go to resource’ to see...
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PERSONALISED UCAT PREP: CONTINUE PRACTICING FEATURE

As part of our commitment to providing high quality, personalised UCAT prep, MedEntry is delighted to launch our ‘Continue Practicing’ feature.This feature uses LMS data collected from your UCAT preparation to date to suggest where to focus your future UCAT prep efforts. This will help you prepare for the UCAT effectively and efficiently.Once you have completed a UCAT drill, subtest mock or UCAT practice exam on the LMS, you will see a Continue Practicing area, with links to further UCAT questions, based on several metrics:Work on my weaknesses:The LMS analyses your performance on all UCAT question types, and identifies the UCAT...
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PERSONALISE YOUR UCAT PREP: RECORD YOUR UCAT TESTING DATE!

At MedEntry, we believe each student is different, and that UCAT prep should be tailored to the individual. This is reflected in the design of our UCAT curriculum, which provides students with a variety of learning options to prepare for UCAT.MedEntry encourages all of our students to inform us of your UCAT testing date. This information will be used to provide appropriate UCAT tips, reminders and resources to assist with your UCAT preparation.You can record your UCAT testing date in a calendar which will pop up when you log into the LMS:  If you change your UCAT testing date, please update the...
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UCAT APP NOW AVAILABLE!

As part of our commitment to providing our students with top quality, comprehensive and accessible UCAT preparation, MedEntry is delighted to launch our UCAT app.The UCAT app is free to download from the App Store or Google Play. If you are a MedEntry student, you will be able to easily access your UCAT resources from your smartphone or tablet using the app.The app allows you to prepare for UCAT on the go. Develop your UCAT skills anywhere, anytime – all you need is an internet connection! The app provides access to thousands of questions, comprehensive guides for each UCAT subtest, and UCAT...
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Remarking of Decision Making Yes/No Questions

In order to better simulate the grading of the UCAT, MedEntry has updated how certain Decision Making questions are graded in Practice Exams and Subtest Mocks.Decision Making questions with 5 drag and drop YES/NO options, are now graded out of 2 marks, which are awarded as follows:Correct Yes/No responses (out of 5)Mark (out of 2)0, 1, 2 or 304152Each MedEntry practice exam contains approximately 10 of these questions. Therefore, your total grade for the 29 Decision Making questions in MedEntry UCAT Practice Exams will be out of approximately 39 marks.Please note: if you completed any UCAT Practice Exams before April 2019,...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: SJT Scoring

UCAT ANZ Situational Judgement test performance will be displayed as a scaled score, and not as bands, as it was previously. In this blog, we will discuss what this change means for you.What exactly is changing? Previously, scores in the Situational Judgement Test of UCAT were provided in one of four bands, with band 1 being the highest:Band 1: excellent performance, similar judgement to a panel of expertsBand 2: good performance, showing appropriate judgement frequentlyBand 3: modest performance, showing appropriate judgement in some questionsBand 4: low performance, judgement differing substantially from ideal responsesIn 2020, raw marks in the UCAT ANZ Situational Judgement...
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4 Tips for making the most of your UCAT study time

It’s easy to sit back at this point in the year and feel like you have forever until UCAT and while that might feel true, it’s definitely not. Right now is the time to be getting your head around the different question types in UCAT, finding your weaknesses and sorting them out, and working out how best to spend the next few months in preparing for UCAT. On that note, here are some tips to manage your UCAT study time.1.  Use a calendar to plan your UCAT prep macroscopicallyDepending on your MedEntry package and school/university/work commitments, this will look different for...
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MedEntry’s Updated Medical Schools Admissions Guide Now Available!

MedEntry is delighted to release our free, printable medical school admissions guide that covers everything you need to know about getting into medicine in Australia.This guide covers:Entry criteria, including UCAT and interviewsHow to apply to study medicineMedical entry pathways, including undergraduate and graduate entryWhat you should be doing if you are in year 12, year 11 or year 10Backup options if you don’t do well in UCATHow to choose a medical courseSuggested timelines for the yearThis document is ideal if you are interested in medicine, but not sure where to start.Download and print your copy now!And don’t forget to prepare for...
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Getting the most from your UCAT practice exams

Have you completed a full length UCAT practice exam yet?If not, it is essential that you do! It is the only way to understand the extreme time pressures placed on you during the UCAT. It is essential that you develop and practice strategies that will help you answer questions accurately within UCAT time limits.Here are three tips to getting the most from your UCAT practice exams. 1.  Complete UCAT exams under simulated conditionsThis is absolutely essential. On UCAT test day, you will be required to sit in front of a computer screen for two hours, without a break, answering extremely difficult questions...
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UCAT Preparation: Bookmark feature

As part of MedEntry’s commitment to provide students with personalised and effective UCAT preparation, a bookmark feature has been added to the online learning platform. This will enable students to easily save UCAT questions, UCAT guides and other resources that they find particularly useful or difficult. Students can easily return to these UCAT resources at a later stage to review them in more detail. This blog outlines how the UCAT bookmark feature works.Drills and ExamsOnce a drill or exam attempt is completed and during the review process, a UCAT question can be bookmarked, as shown below: In the review screen, you will...
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Applying for Medicine in the UK and Australia?

UCAT is used by universities in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Italy for selection of students into medicine, dentistry and some other health science courses. If you wish to apply to universities in both Australia and overseas, there is a specific procedure relating to UCAT that you must follow:You will need to sit the UCAT ANZ in July. It is important that you sit this test so that your UCAT results are delivered to the appropriate Australian/NZ medical schools by their admissions deadlines (usually in September)You will need to contact the UCAT office by 15th October 2019 (which is...
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When Should I Start Preparing for UCAT 2020

If you wish to study medicine in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020. UCAT is a very different test to what you are used to sitting in school or university. There is no defined curriculum, and your teachers will not be pushing you to study for UCAT or creating deadlines for you. However, UCAT is a very important test, and it can be as important or more important than your high school scores in determining whether you will obtain entry into medicine.A common question regarding UCAT is: When should I start my preparation? The answer is simple: as...
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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 lessBecause you are...
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