28th November 2018
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 in 2019. 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 in ...
21st November 2018
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 ...
8th November 2018
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 y ...
2nd November 2018
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-ha ...
1st November 2018
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’ subtests For Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning, questions are worth one mark each. For Decision Making ...
29th October 2018
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 c ...
26th October 2018
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 bring You 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 ...
24th October 2018
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 ...
16th October 2018
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 e ...
12th October 2018
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 Reasoning Number of questions: 44 Time allocated: 21 minutes Assesses: the ability to critically evaluate information that is presented in a written form. Style: students will be presented with a passage ...