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Edward Boyapati

Dr Edward is an academic with over thirty years of experience teaching in Australian universities. He has published several articles on educational research and has delivered numerous papers/keynote addresses at several International Teaching and Learning Conferences. He has received numerous awards for excellence in teaching. He has a long-standing interest in Psychometric measurement and spent time at educational research institutes such as the ETS (Princeton, USA) and NFER (Slough, UK). Ed also lectured at several universities in various countries such as Brazil, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, USA and UK. He has been a Consultant and an Expert Witness for several organisations.


Dr Edward has been training students for tests such as the UMAT for over two decades. Among his successful students include his own children, both of whom were offered places in all medical schools and held Monash Scholarships for Exceptional Achievement (awarded to the best incoming student each year). They are not only the youngest doctors to be accepted into the training programs of the most competitive of medical specialties, but have also won medals for obtaining the top score in the country in the specialist training theory and clinical exams held by the Royal Colleges (eg, see RACP News, Vol 32, No 2, April 2012, p 27). His daughter won an unprecedented three medals in the nationwide Fellowship exams ('The Mole' ACD Issue 102, Spring 2014, p 8, 18; Health Link, Dec 2014 Issue 19, p 14). Ed will aim to pass on to you the advice he gave his children which contributed to their unparalleled success. Ed comes from a family of 26 doctors.


Dr Edward is a member of International Society for Intelligence Research, International Test Commission and an invited member of numerous professional organisations related to psychometric/educational/aptitude & personality testing. He is also the Practice Manager of a Medical Centre and has a wide knowledge of the health profession and health-related issues. 

In life, we are told that ‘practice makes perfect’. The more you practice a particular skill, whether it be playing the piano, swimming or writing essays, the better you become at it. So, in theory, it should be the same in UMAT – the more practice questions you do, the better you are at UMAT – right? Not necessarily. Just like any skill, to do well in UMAT you first need a basic understanding of what it is, what it tests and how to approach the various types of questions. Without this understanding, you may still be able to improve by...
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Be under no illusions: the UMAT is the single hardest and most important test you will ever sit. This is a scary (and for some maybe terrifying) thought. So what can you do to make it less daunting? The answer may seem counter-intuitive: the best way to make UMAT seem do-able is to face it over, and over, and over again. How? By completing high quality, full length trial exams under timed conditions. UMAT is scary because it is so different to any other test you have done in school – it is much harder, much longer and much more time-pressured,...
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We all know that sick feeling in the bottom of our stomachs just prior to walking into a big exam; we’re jittery, shaking and generally thinking that we’d rather be anywhere else but here. Nerves can be debilitating in the most terrible way for even the brightest of students. Thus, it is crucially important that your learn to overcome these nerves before the actual day of the UMAT test so that you can perform at your peak and ultimately succeed in the UMAT.   How do I know if I’m nervous about the UMAT exam? Nervousness is generally marked by or...
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Some students who are preparing for UMAT wonder if they should get a private tutor for UMAT or attend weekly UMAT classes. Often this is because that is what they are used to doing in high school. But UMAT is very different to school and therefore requires a different approach. Here we suggest a much more effective (and much cheaper) way of preparing for UMAT: group study. The benefits of group study are well known: it is more social, more enjoyable and more effective, particularly for tests such as UMAT.  Extensive pegagogical research has shown that group study is far more...
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ATTENTION PARENTS: 5 WAYS TO HELP YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER IN THE LEAD UP TO UMAT Your final year of schooling is a stressful time. Add in UMAT and the pressures of getting into medicine, and stress levels can rapidly sky rocket. As a parent it is easy to succumb to feelings of powerless as you watch your son or daughter struggle to prepare for such an important and difficult exam. However, there are many things you can do to boost their performance and have a positive impact on their wellbeing.  Provide a sound working environment UMAT is a three-hour test...
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Congratulations on your decision to pursue medicine as a career! Medicine is an interesting, valued and rewarding profession. The process of getting into medicine can be confusing, so here’s an introduction. Criteria for getting into medicine Unlike most other courses, getting into medicine doesn’t just require a high ATAR. Entry into medicine at most universities is based on three criteria: ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank) UMAT (Undergraduate Medical and Health Sciences Admission Test) Interview (some universities also require a written application) Each university differs slightly in how they go about selecting students for medicine, so it is important to research each...
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A common question that aspiring medical students ask is whether they should combine their medical degree with another degree, such as arts or music. It is important to think carefully about this. You will be spending additional 3–4 years of your life and as well as a lot of money if you pursue a double degree. Will a degree such as English, history, philosophy, music or literature actually benefit you?Some argue that these degrees are worthwhile, may point to all the things you can learn, and perhaps even point out a few successful people that achieved a lot with such degrees....
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You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance. You may have been told that if you are too stressed in the lead up to an important exam such as UMAT, you won’t do well. You may have been advised to look for ways to relieve your stress. While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of stress can actually cause you to become more stressed. A different approach, which might sound crazy at first, is to embrace your stress. The following three strategies will not only help you manage stress, but will also boost your...
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UMAT is probably the hardest test you will ever have to sit. Many students, especially those who do not prepare, are shocked by the difficulty of UMAT. Some who do prepare become disillusioned. So why is UMAT so hard? And what can you do about it? Read on!  1. UMAT is very different to every other type of test you have sat Why?  School and university exams test your knowledge and your ability to apply that knowledge. UMAT is not a test of knowledge; it is a test of your generic skills. You most likely have never sat a test of...
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There are a wealth of resources available to you on the LMS. You can check your progress by visiting the Check Progress page, either by clicking on the icon on the homepage of the LMS or by clicking on the icon next to the ‘Check’ section under UMAT resources:    When you arrive on the Check Progress page, you can view your progress with the practice exams or drills by clicking on the relevant tab:   Practice exams You will see a drop down list of your UMAT exams and information about their completion. Click on the drop-down arrow to see...
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Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. – Mark Twain Brian Tracy’s 5 minute YouTube video https://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 UMAT 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...
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Many students who have scored 100th percentile in the UMAT have said that preparing for UMAT is like preparing for a marathon. There are many similarities: they both require significant motivation, consistent practice over a period of time and a clear head under pressure. Not to mention that for many people both a marathon and the UMAT are the hardest challenges they have faced so far in their lifetime. So what can we learn from marathon runners that will help us prepare for the UMAT? Step 1: Develop muscle In the UMAT you will have a limited amount of time to...
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For twenty years since UMAT has been in existence, the UMAT was divided into three, separately timed sections: • Section 1: Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving • Section 2: Understanding People • Section 3: Non-Verbal Reasoning  In 2013, there was a significant change to the structure of UMAT. Now UMAT is presented as a single three-hour exam with 134 questions. It still consists of the three broad types of questions outlined above (now known as ‘constructs’), but instead of them being divided into sections, the questions from each construct are jumbled up. For example, the first unit you encounter may be...
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Is your son or daughter interested in becoming a doctor? Do you want to give them the best chance to succeed? Dr Edward Boyapati discusses how you, as a parent, can assist your child to achieve their goal.  Dr Edward Boyapati is the Principal Lecturer for MedEntry, Australia’s most trusted UMAT Educational Institution. He is also the father of two incredibly successful children, Ray and Ann. Both obtained 100th percentile in UMAT, were offered places to study medicine at all universities across Australia, won full scholarships to study medicine, were successful in entering highly competitive specialties (Gastroenterology and Dermatology) and achieved...
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Why doing well in English is essential for gaining entry into medicine and succeeding in your medical course and career. Some students love it. Others hate it: Reading books, writing essays and analysing articles where the content matter is highly subjective and there is no definitive ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer. English is the polar opposite of many subjects favoured by maths and science minded students because essay questions require a highly critical and subjective thinking style in order to write high scoring responses. However, like it or not, all students looking to study undergraduate medicine or other popular health science courses, need to do well...
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MedEntry offers UMAT Coaching in all parts of Australia, including Sydney. Regular UMAT Coaching Workshops are held throughout the year at the University of Technology, Sydney. Sydney UMAT Workshops:  Our UMAT lecturers offer useful tips on solving each type of problem in an effective manner. Exclusive to MedEntry, these two-day workshops in Sydney are usually split into coaching on the first day and sitting a practice exam on the second. The dates for the Sydney UMAT Coaching workshops may be viewed here. Aside from UMAT workshops, the MedEntry UMAT Coaching Program in Sydney also offers online practice questions to all package...
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Pick the Middle in the sequence Answer and Solution: Both dots start in the top position. One dot moves one space clockwise each turn. The other dot moves 1 space anticlockwise, then 2 spaces anticlockwise, then 3 spaces anticlockwise, then 4 spaces anticlockwise. The rectangle moves 90° clockwise, then 180°clockwise, then 270° clockwise, then 360° clockwise. Therefore the answer is D. The order is:...
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Understanding people in the UMAT exam. Absorbing and recalling all of the information that you need from the passages you are given in UMAT section 2 can be quite difficult, however there are ways to tackle these long and dense passages so that you are able to process them and extract the important information more efficiently and effectively and thus improve your section 2 UMAT score. How should I approach section 2 (understanding people) UMAT questions? One of the best ways to process section 2 UMAT stimuli is to break the paragraph down into simpler forms through paraphrasing. This means that...
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The following passage is an extract from a novel. The narrator comes home to find her mother has attempted suicide. Hakkim is her mother’s live in boyfriend. One Sunday afternoon in late winter, after spending the weekend at Joanne’s, I arrived home to find out house surprisingly silent. Hakkim’s car was not in the driveway and, as I walked down the hallway, it seemed that everyone was out. I put my bag in my room. In the kitchen, I was puzzled to see my mother’s purse sitting on the counter, because she never left home without taking it. I ran...
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The following is an example of a question you may expect in section 2 of the UMAT: Two Afghani women, Miriam and Laila, are married to the same abusive husband. Miriam is the older wife, and has just given some baby clothes to Laila. “Thank you, the clothes are lovely.” Laila said. “I had no use for them,” Mariam muttered. She dropped the fish on a newspaper smudged with slimy, gray juice and sliced off its head. “It was either your daughter or the moths.” “Where did you learn to clean fish like that?” When I was a little girl, I...
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