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UCAT SITUATIONAL JUDGEMENT: 5 TOP TIPS

From 2019, UCAT ANZ will provide scaled scores for the UCAT Situational Judgement Test, rather than presenting scores in bands (for more info, please visit https://www.medentry.co.nz/ucat/entry/ucat-anz-2019-change-to-sjt-scoring ). This means that success in UCAT Situational Judgement is even more important. Situational Judgement UCAT questions test a different type of non-cognitive aptitude, and can be challenging if you do not have an effective framework to answer them. This blog covers five key tips for success in the UCAT Situational Judgement test. 1.  Identify the key issue(s) in the scenario When reading the UCAT Situational Judgement scenario, it is important to read actively, identifying...
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UCAT REGISTRATIONS CLOSING!

Registration and booking to sit UCAT 2019 will close this Friday 17 th May at 11:59 AEST! If you have not yet registered to sit UCAT, please do so immediately. Remember that this is your only chance to sit UCAT in 2019 – if you miss the registration and booking deadline, you will need to reapply next year. To register and book your test, please visit: https://wsr.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/signin/SignInPage/UMAT Please check that you have both created an online account with Pearson VUE and that you have booked your desired UCAT testing date and time. If you have booked a UCAT test you will...
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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...
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DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTING UCAT PERCENTILES: 3 TIPS

So you’ve been preparing for UCAT by working through the UCAT guides and attempting UCAT practice questions and exams. Then one day you receive a disappointing UCAT percentile. So what should you do? Is it time to freak out? Is it time to give up on your medical entry dream? No! Read on for three key tips. 1.  Understand what a UCAT percentile means and how they are calculated Firstly, it is vital that you understand UCAT percentiles, and how they are calculated. Essentially, a percentile compares your performance against other UCAT candidates who have attempted that particular drill, subtest mock...
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REGISTRATIONS TO SIT UCAT ANZ 2019 CLOSING SOON!

Do you want to apply to study medicine in 2020? If so, you will need to sit UCAT 2019! Registrations to sit UCAT close on 17 th May 2019 at 11:59pm AEST. If you wish to sit UCAT in 2019 you will need to register and book your test before this date. You can register for UCAT by visiting the Pearson VUE website: https://wsr.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/signin/SignInPage/UMAT Note that you will need to follow a two-step process: Create an online account with Pearson VUE Log into your Pearson VUE account to book your desired UCAT testing date and location For advice on what UCAT...
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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...
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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 3 0 4 1 5 2 Each 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...
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UCAT ANZ 2019: Change to SJT Scoring

From 2019, 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? Prior to 2019, 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 experts Band 2: good performance, showing appropriate judgement frequently Band 3: modest performance, showing appropriate judgement in some questions Band 4: low performance, judgement differing substantially from ideal...
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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 macroscopically Depending on your MedEntry package and school/university/work commitments, this will look...
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5 Tips For UCAT Timing

If you ask any candidate sitting UCAT what the hardest part of the UCAT is, they will inevitably say one thing: timing. All questions in the UCAT are do-able if you are given unlimited time. If sufficient time is given, most students would be able to score very highly in UCAT. However, UCAT is designed intentionally to give you less time than is required to answer UCAT questions. This is the only way the UCAT Consortium can distinguish the top performers from the rest of the pack. In fact, each year over one fifth of UCAT candidates fail to mark an...
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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 New Zealand. This guide covers: Entry criteria, including UCAT and interviews How to apply to study medicine Medical entry pathways, including undergraduate and graduate entry What you should be doing if you are in first year of University, year 13 or year 12 Backup options if you don’t do well in UCAT How to choose a medical course Suggested timelines for the year This document is ideal if you are interested in medicine, but not sure where...
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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 conditions This is absolutely essential. On UCAT test day, you will be required to sit in front of a computer screen for two hours, without a...
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5 Tips for UCAT Abstract Reasoning

Struggling with UCAT Abstract Reasoning questions? Check out this blog which outlines 5 top tips. 1.  Identify the pattern first When you are first starting out with Abstract Reasoning UCAT questions, it can be tempting to focus on the test shape and try to ‘match’ it to the sets. This wastes valuable time and is unlikely to lead you to the correct answer. Instead, start by examining the sets and looking for a pattern. Once you have identified the pattern, it will be easy to determine which set the test shape fits into.  2.  Choose your own perspective Some questions are...
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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 Exams Once a drill or exam attempt is completed and during the review process, a UCAT question can be bookmarked, as shown below:   In the...
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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 15 th October...
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When Should I Start Preparing for UCAT 2019

If you wish to study medicine in 2020, you will need to sit UCAT in 2019. 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:...
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UCAT 2019: 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...
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New UCAT Feature To Help With Timing

Most students would agree: by far the hardest part of UCAT is the timing. Very few students are able to complete every UCAT question within the time limits. In fact, every year in some subtests of the live UCAT, 1/5 of students run out of time to even make a random guess! Understanding of time management in UCAT is therefore essential. MedEntry makes this easy with personalised UCAT data analytics. After completing a UCAT exam, you will be provided with the following information: The time you spent on each UCAT question The average time spent on the UCAT question for those...
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UCAT Registrations: What Testing Date Should I Choose?

  Registrations to sit UCAT 2019 are now open! If you are planning to sit UCAT in 2019 for entry into medicine in 2020, 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 2019 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 2019 testing date and time for you. Factors you should consider when choosing a UCAT date include:...
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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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