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COVID-19 and UCAT 2020: What Should I Do?

With the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid escalation of cases across Australia and New Zealand, you may be wondering how this affects UCAT ANZ 2020 and your UCAT preparation. This blog answers some frequently asked questions.  Will UCAT ANZ 2020 be going ahead? At this stage, it is unclear whether UCAT ANZ 2020 will be proceeding as planned in July, given the evolving situation. UCAT UK (which is administered by Pearson VUE and the UCAT UK Consortium) has made the decision to postpone UCAT UK registrations for students in the United Kingdom, and acknowledged that testing for UCAT UK is likely to...
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5 Tips for UCAT Success

The UCAT is not an easy exam. It is intense both when you prepare for it and when you undertake it. It requires every ounce of mental concentration and effort to do well, even more so, for me at least, than my HSC 4 Unit maths exam. However, you need not be worried about this: the conditions apply to everybody and what determines whether you will do well in UCAT is if you can perform better than your peers. Always remember that a large portion of students are going into UCAT without proper experience of questions or experience of the conditions...
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COVID-19 AND UCAT 2020

We understand many students will be concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and are closely following the situation as it continues to evolve in Australia, New Zealand and around the world. At this stage, indications from Pearson VUE and the UCAT Consortium is that UCAT 2020 will be proceeding as planned. This may change depending on how the situation unfolds. Any updates will be posted on the UCAT Official and Pearson VUE websites (see https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update) and communicated to students. We wish to reassure students that MedEntry has done extensive planning for all contingencies, and our numerous staff members across the world are...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: How to Register and Registration FAQs

Registrations to sit UCAT ANZ 2020 are now open! UCAT ANZ 2020 testing takes place between 1 July and 31 July 2020. You must complete a two-step process using the Pearson VUE online registration system to register and then book a test. You are strongly recommended to register and sit your test at your earliest convenience to ensure places are available at your nearest UCAT test centre. Each year there are candidates who book a late test and encounter problems when they fall ill or experience other issues preventing them from taking that UCAT testing slot. This can be avoided by...
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5 Things to know before beginning your UCAT preparation

So you want to get into medicine and you have realised that the UCAT is pretty important. And by pretty important I mean absolutely crucial. You need to do extremely well in UCAT to get into Medicine. The key to that success is to know what you are up against and to prepare well and in a more intelligent way than everyone else. So keep reading, and consider implementing these tips into your UCAT preparation. I did, and they helped me score in the 98th percentile. 1. START NOW! Time is your key to success It doesn’t matter if you’re starting...
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UCAT Registration Now Open

As of this afternoon, registrations and bookings are now open for the UCAT. MedEntry strongly recommend that our students register and book ASAP and early in the testing window. Information on how to register an account and book into an exam can be found at https://www.ucat.edu.au/ucat-anz/registration-booking/ Step 1: Account Registration To create a new account go to the Pearson VUE account registration page. For your account you are required to use your legal name exactly how it will appear on the photo ID that you will present on arrival at the test centre, so make sure you don’t make any mistakes when...
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UCAT Registrations: What Testing Date Should I Choose?

Registrations to sit UCAT 2020 are now open! If you are planning to sit UCAT in 2020 for entry into medicine in 2021, we suggest booking your UCAT testing date as soon as possible. Remember, popular dates to sit UCAT do book out! Here are three key tips for choosing your perfect UCAT 2020 testing date. 1. Choose your UCAT date and time carefully UCAT is an important test, so it is vital that you take some time to consider the best UCAT 2020 testing date and time for you. Factors you should consider when choosing a UCAT date include: School...
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UCAT Calculator Keypad Trainer Launched!

Using the UCAT Calculator quickly is an essential skill, particularly in the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning subtest.  MedEntry has developed an interactive Calculator Keypad Trainer to help you use the UCAT Calculator quickly and accurately. The Trainer can be found on MedEntry’s Skills Trainers or Community pages, and contains 30 stages which test various calculator operations.   In order to complete a stage, you must press each key within the 30 second time limit, and meet a particular accuracy target:   As you complete each stage, the game becomes more difficult, testing more operations (such as division and multiplication), and requiring you...
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UCAT Speed Reading Trainer Launched!

When sitting the UCAT, you will have an average of less than 30 seconds to answer each question. Therefore, increasing your reading speed is an essential skill to develop, particularly in the Verbal Reasoning subtest.  Two common causes of slow reading include subvocalization (or reading words aloud in your mind) and reading each word individually. To read quickly, you need to avoid subvocalization, and engage in ‘chunking’, which involves reading multiple words simultaneously.  MedEntry has developed an exclusive UCAT Speed Reading trainer that helps you to reduce subvocalization, helps you ‘chunk’ and significantly increases your reading speed. You can set the...
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Personalised UCAT Study Planner Launched!

What do almost all students who achieve 99th centile in UCAT have in common? They plan their UCAT study. If you are sitting UCAT this year, chances are you are busy. You have school commitments, exams and extra-curricular activities to balance. With the added pressure of UCAT, it can all feel overwhelming. The best way to manage all of these activities is to make a plan. In fact, almost every student who achieves a high score in UCAT plans their preparation in advance. MedEntry makes this easy with our new, interactive, personalised study planner. The Study Planner allows you to create...
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What Will UCAT Test Day Be Like?

For many students, sitting UCAT can be a daunting prospect. UCAT is a very different experience to standard high school or university examinations. This blog describes in detail what to expect on the day of UCAT. UCAT check in When you arrive, you will need to check in with an invigilator. This will involve the following: You will need to present your UCAT email confirmation from Pearson VUE and your photographic identificationA photograph will be taken of youYou will need to sign the UCAT ANZ Consortium Examination Rules Belongings You will be asked to store your personal belongings in a locker...
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What are the key dates for UCAT ANZ 2020?

Candidates taking the UCAT in 2020 for entry to universities in Australia and New Zealand in 2021 should note the following key dates:   Concession scheme* opens 3 February 2020 Access arrangement application opens# 3 February 2020 Registration and booking opens    2 March 2020 Concession* deadline 4 May 2020 at 5pm AEST Access arrangement application deadline# 4 May 2020 at 5pm AEST Registration and booking closes 11 May 2020 at 11:59pm AEST Late booking deadline 18 May 2020 at 11:59pm AEST Cancellation deadline 18 May 2020 at 11:59pm AEST Testing begins 1 July 2020 Last testing date 31 July 2020 Results delivered...
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What Universities and Courses will require UCAT in 2020/2021?

UCAT stands for University Clinical Aptitude Test. It is required for entry into most medicine and dentistry courses across Australia and New Zealand. If you wish to apply for such courses in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020.  UCAT will take place across the month of July in 2020. UCAT results are valid for one year only, and cannot be carried over from one year to the next.  If you wish to apply for any of the courses below for entry into medicine in 2021, you will need to sit UCAT in 2020.    University  Course or Programme  The University...
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Everything you need to know about UCAT 2020

Do you want to study medicine or dentistry in 2021? If so, you will need to sit UCAT 2020. This blog describes everything you need to know about UCAT 2020. What is UCAT 2020? UCAT 2020 is a 2 hour long, computer-based test. It measures a range of aptitudes and skills considered to be important as a medical student and doctor. UCAT 2020 is very different to traditional knowledge-based tests encountered in school and university. It is also highly time pressured. Therefore, quality UCAT 2020 courses, such as what MedEntry provides, are essential to succeed. What are the UCAT 2020 subtests?...
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Quantitative Reasoning Mental Arithmetic Trainer

Strong mental maths skills (the ability to make calculations quickly in your head) is a major advantage in the Quantitative Reasoning Subtest of the UCAT. MedEntry has developed an arithmetic training game to help you work on your mental arithmetic under timed conditions, and it available right within your online learning platform: The game consists of three levels – easy, medium and hard, and you have 30 seconds to solve each of the puzzles. You can also view the leaderboard to see how quickly you completed the arithmetic puzzles in comparison to other MedEntry students: Please also read our Top Tips...
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Community Portal

Community Portal With purchase of an Online, Platinum or Diamond package, you join the MedEntry student community – one with shared goals and a history of success. To continue engagement and interaction between students in the community, MedEntry has developed a Community Portal, with new features being added regularly. Currently, the Community Portal includes the following features: Weekly Question Every Monday, a sample question for one of the UCAT subtests will be displayed. MedEntry students can discuss their answer and reasoning. The worked solution will be displayed over the weekend. Social Media MedEntry’s UCAT & Interview Study Space Facebook group is...
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Bushfire charity partnership

We are shocked and saddened by the impact of the bushfires across Australia which are destroying lives, homes, land and wildlife. We are grateful to all of the individuals and organisations who are working hard to fight fires, support local communities and assist those affected. Our charity partner for 2020 will be the Red Cross' Disaster Relief and Recovery, which is providing invaluable assistance to bushfire affected communities. Donations can be made on the MedEntry website via the shop, and MedEntry will match every donation, dollar for dollar. Our thoughts are with all of those affected by this terrible event, including...
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Three Exciting UCAT Features Coming in 2020

MedEntry is excited to be launching new UCAT preparation features for our students in 2020. These features will ensure that MedEntry students continue to receive the highest quality UCAT preparation available. 1. Online platform redesign with even more personalised features Our IT engineers are redesigning our online UCAT platform to make it even more intuitive and personalised. Key features include the ability to: See your UCAT strengths and weaknesses at a glanceObtain recommendations on where to focus your future UCAT preparationMonitor your UCAT performance and UCAT scoresConnect with other students and discuss UCAT questions via our online communityEasily navigate between UCAT...
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3 Reasons Why You Should Choose MedEntry For Your Medical Interview Training

Medical interviews are a vital criterion for entry into medicine and dentistry. They can be as important, or in some cases more important, than UCAT and ATAR in determining entry. Therefore, it is vital that you prepare for your medical interview, and that you choose the right medical interview preparation provider. Here are three reasons why you should choose MedEntry. 1.  Unrivalled expertise MedEntry has been helping students enter medicine in Australia and New Zealand for two decades. Over that period, we have developed an intricate, intimate and unrivalled understanding of medical interviews. We know exactly what each university is looking...
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Why You Should Start Preparing For UCAT Now

For those in year 11, UCAT may seem like a distant hurdle. However, if you want to be a doctor, UCAT is vitally important. In many cases it is as important, if not more important, than your high school score in determining entry into medicine!  Furthermore, UCAT is very different to standard knowledge-based exams that you have encountered at school or university. UCAT is an aptitude test which assesses your skills. Skills are best developed over time, with a little bit of practice on a regular basis. In fact, it is very difficult to learn a skill by cramming. For example,...
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