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4 Tips for Medical School Applications

 1. 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...
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MEDENTRY FREE TRIAL NOW AVAILABLE!

Want to get a taste of what you can expect as a MedEntry student? Check out our new complete free trial! This trial is absolutely free, and comes without obligations or the need for a credit card.It provides you with valuable resources to kick start your UCAT preparation, including:A full-length UCAT practice exam covering all five UCAT subtests. Once completed, you will receive fully worked solutions to all questions as well as diagnostic feedback, allowing you to see where you stand and understand your strengths and weaknessesSample UCAT drills. This will allow you to see MedEntry's UCAT testing platform, which exactly replicates the...
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MEDENTRY MEDICAL INTERVIEW TRAINING NOW AVAILABLE!

MedEntry Medical Interview Training sessions are now available to book!.The two elements to your medical interview successThis year, MedEntry Medical Interview Training will consist of two parts, in order to provide students with holistic, comprehensive and targeted preparation:Strategy Day with Dr Ray: in this day-long session, students will learn the strategies needed to excel in medical interviews. The session will cover topics such as how to best present yourself during interviews, how to engage with interviewers and how to answer common and difficult questions. It will be presented by Dr Ray Boyapati, a Consultant Gastroenterologist with 20 years of experience in...
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Medical Entry: Obtaining Work Experience During COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Obtaining work experience is an important part of the medical school entry process. However, obtaining work experience has become significantly more difficult with the recent COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions. Many hospitals have temporarily cancelled their work experience programs, and other health facilities are understandably reluctant to accept students into their organisations.However, it is still important that students obtain work experience for the medical entry process. In this blog, we will discuss why work experience is important, and some work experience substitutes that you can undertake during the COVID-19 pandemic. Why is medical work experience important?Work experience in a medical or health...
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UCAT ANZ TEST STATISTICS AND PERCENTILE CALCULATOR NOW AVAILABLE!

Interim test statistics for UCAT ANZ 2020 are now available on the UCAT ANZ official website.This blog describes what they mean and how to interpret them.What data is shown?The UCAT ANZ 2020 preliminary test statistics displays the following data:the mean scores for each UCAT subtestthe mean overall UCAT cognitive scorethe scores required to achieve a particular decile for each UCAT subtesthow overall UCAT cognitive scores translate to percentilesThe data is based on the scores of the majority of UCAT candidates (approximately 14,000 students) who have sat UCAT in the 2020 testing cycle. Due to COVID-19 / coronavirus and the resulting lockdown...
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I didn’t get a good enough UCAT score – what should I do?

The UCAT testing period is a big month for many students across Australasia and even other countries around the world. It can feel really disappointing if, like me, you logged in to see your UCAT score report and were met with a non-competitive score. I understand that it can feel like the world is ending, and all hopes have been flushed down the toilet, but I am here to tell you otherwise!My StoryWhen I was in year 12, I made my first attempt of getting into medicine and received a score in the 88th percentile. At first, I felt like I...
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Distributed Practice and the UCAT: What you need to know Part 2

In part 1 of this blog, we looked at why it is important to study with distributed practice for the UCAT. In part 2, we will look at how to implement this into your UCAT plan.How to implement distributed practice for UCATHere are some tips and strategies on how to best use distributed practice in your UCAT preparation (you can also use them in your secondary school and university study; or acquiring any skill for that matter):1. Plan out a UCAT study schedule/timetableThis is an important step. You need to make time for your UCAT preparation, even if it’s a small...
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5 ways to make the most of your post-UCAT pre-Interview time

UCAT is over! Congratulations on getting through the marathon that it is. While you can relax a little, now is not the time to be sitting back (sadly). Now is the time to start planning for applications and interviews! Here are some tips:1. VolunteerSomeone once told me that if you’re not volunteering you’re not making med. I’m not sure if that’s true but a quick canvas of my year group indicates that it might be. Volunteering is interview and application gold; I almost guarantee at some point you’re going to say some variation of “I want to help people” and if...
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So, you want to be a doctor? How do I get into medicine in Australia/NZ?

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 medicineUnlike most other courses, getting into medicine doesn’t just require a high ATAR. Entry into medicine at most universities is based on three criteria:Academic scoreUCAT ANZ (Unicersities Clinical Aptitude Test for Australia and New Zealand)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 university you are interested in to check...
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Distributed Practice and the UCAT: What you need to know Part 1

Over the last few years the education sector has been rampant with ideals of “studying smarter not harder”, doing “less work for more reward” and a series of other catch phrases that seem too good to be true. Nevertheless, there is one system that eclipses all others in the research conducted, the widespread implementation and the unanimous praise it has received from scientists, psychologists, students and teachers alike: distributed practice.In part one of this two part blog series, we look at what distributed practice means, why it works and why you should implement it for your UCAT study.What is distributed practice?Distributed...
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Which Subjects Should I Choose in Years 12 and 13?

Your academic score is just as important as your UCAT score when it comes to applying for medical schools in New Zealand and especially Australia. Because of this, a lot of discussion around choosing subjects for senior high school/college remains. It often centres around which subjects will scale the best and which ones are required for applying to medicine. Of course these things are important when thinking about applying for a medical course, but it may also be worthwhile to start thinking about which subjects will help you once you are a medical student and also which subjects will help you...
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2021 UCAT ANZ PACKAGES NOW AVAILABLE!

UCAT packages in preparation for the 2021 UCAT ANZ test are now available! Enrol now for a full year’s worth of access to the most comprehensive, innovative and personalised UCAT preparation program.Our experience tells us that the highest performers in UCAT start their preparation early, and do a little bit of preparation on a regular basis. This method of UCAT prep is known as distributed practice. Enrolling with MedEntry now will give you unrestricted, unlimited access to all resources right up until the end of the 2021 UCAT ANZ testing window (July 2021).All MedEntry UCAT preparation packages include:>10,000 quality questions that...
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My UCAT Experience: A Candidate who scored >3000 in UCAT Shares his Tips

My UCAT exam was at 8am, and so I had to wake up at 5:30am to comfortably get ready and travel to the UCAT testing centre, accounting for the 30 minutes waiting time. However, I woke up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the UCAT exam, and my mental energy was in no way compromised. How? It was simply due to the fact that I had already been waking at 5:30am sharp every morning for the 2-3 weeks leading up to the UCAT exam, and so I was already accustomed and primed to be in top mental and physical condition on...
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UCAT CALCULATOR: HOW DO THE UCAT PRACTICE EXAMS DIFFER FROM THE LIVE UCAT?

The calculator in the live UCAT (i.e the calculator in the testing centre for the actual UCAT) has several differences to the calculator available on the official UCAT practice exams. These changes range from cosmetic (e.g. colour, style) to functional differences.MedEntry’s Simulated UCAT Exam Platform is the most accurate representation of the live UCAT calculator. You may therefore notice some differences between MedEntry’s UCAT calculator (and the live UCAT calculator) compared to the official UCAT practice exams.Difference 1: Backspace and Escape buttonsIn the live UCAT, the backspace and escape buttons behave differently to the official UCAT practice exam calculator:Backspace: clears the UCAT...
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Optimising your health for UCAT: What I learned from getting the flu two days before my UCAT exam and other lessons

Imagine you’re a hardworking student. You have consistently studied for the UCAT for several months and you are feeling pretty well prepared for UCAT exam itself (hopefully this is not too hard for you to imagine 🙂). Maybe you have a week before exam day and while you are beginning to feel the nerves of the situation, you are really not too worried. Because why should you be? You have studied hard. You have completed or come pretty close to completing your UCAT tuition course. You even went to one of those famous two day MedEntry workshops with the mighty Dr...
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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 in NZ/Australia.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 performanceY13 performance (for Australia) or GPA (for NZ)*UCAT cognitive subtests include UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract ReasoningEach university is different, and their medical entry requirements often change at short notice.Here’s a summary:CourseHow is UCAT used?How is UCAT weighted?How are students selected...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: A CANDIDATE SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE

ArrivalArriving at the UCAT test centre was a vastly different experience to arriving at a normal school exam. There was no congregation of students or any prominent signs explaining where to go.My UCAT testing centre was in the Melbourne CBD – at a normally busy office building which was completely deserted due to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Due to building security, I could not use the elevator. After several stressful minutes of walking around (during which time I thought I was at the wrong place), I found a small sign displaying a phone number that I had to ring. A...
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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 is...
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Tips for UCAT Test Day and the Night Before

The day before UCATEnsure that you have everything you need for UCAT test day: importantly, a printout of your UCAT email confirmation from Pearson VUE and acceptable photographic identification (the name must match the one on your confirmation email, and it must be unexpired). Also ensure that you know where your UCAT testing centre is, and how you are going to get there.If you are ill or have extenuating personal circumstances, you can reschedule your UCAT test. You can do so at least 24 hours before your test appointment by contacting Pearson VUE directly. If you find you are unwell or...
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UCAT ANZ 2020: MY UCAT TEST DAY EXPERIENCE

Arrival and registration I took the UCAT exam at a Pearson VUE centre in Melbourne. I arrived about 25 minutes before my scheduled UCAT start time. At the door I was turned around and told to read the instructions outside the door concerning COVID-19 and UCAT.Once I made it in through the door, I was immediately told to sanitise my hands using the handwash inside the door before grabbing a number. Having done this, I was told to sit in one of the nine socially spaced chairs for people waiting for UCAT registration. I was provided with a copy of the UCAT...
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