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Is UCAT Stressing You Out? Here's How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance, particularly in an intellectually challenging test such as UCAT. You may have been told that if you are too stressed in the lead up to an important exam such as UCAT, you won’t do well. You may have been advised to look for ways to relieve your UCAT-related stress. While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of UCAT stress can actually cause you to become more stressed. A different approach, which might sound crazy at first, is to embrace your UCAT stress. The following three strategies...
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How to Interpret Your UCAT 2019 scores

If you have just sat UCAT, congratulations! You have made it through one of the toughest and most gruelling tests of your career. This blog contains information on how to interpret your 2019 UCAT ANZ score report. How do I access my UCAT Score Report? After sitting UCAT, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE notifying you that your UCAT score report is available to view via your Pearson VUE online account. You will need to log into your Pearson VUE account to view your UCAT score report. How do I interpret my UCAT Score Report? Your Score Report will...
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Tips for UCAT Test Day and the Night Before

The day before UCAT Ensure 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...
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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 identification A photograph will be taken of you You will need to sign the UCAT ANZ Consortium Examination Rules Belongings You will be asked to store your personal belongings in...
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5 UCAT Subtest Mocks for Each UCAT Section!

MedEntry’s UCAT preparation program really is comprehensive. It covers everything you need for UCAT success. All students obtain access to the following UCAT preparation resources: 10 full length UCAT practice exams (with an option to add a further 5 UCAT exams) 5 subtest mocks for each of the UCAT subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement) Drills covering each question type Subtest mocks allow you to practice answering questions within UCAT time limits, without having to commit a full 2 hours to complete a UCAT practice exam. They can be used to hone your skills, work...
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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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG7v4y_xwzQ This talk discusses how highly successful athletes prepare themselves before a competition. The five key points are summarised below, with an emphasis on...
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UCAT Timing Feature

Anyone who has sat a UCAT practice exam under timed conditions will know that the hardest part of UCAT is the timing. How is it possible to answer 233 challenging UCAT questions in 180 minutes? Well, it is possible to score highly in the UCAT despite the challenging time constraints. However, it is vital that you become familiar with the extreme time pressures faced in UCAT, and develop the skills required to cope. MedEntry makes this easy by giving you the option of completing each of your UCAT practice exams under strict timed conditions, just like the live UCAT. If you...
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Three Steps for UCAT Success

Preparing for UCAT can seem overwhelming. It can be difficult to know how to best prepare for UCAT and how to utilise your precious study time. Over the last two decades, MedEntry has developed an unrivalled understanding of the strategies used by the highest performers to tackle aptitude tests and get into medicine. This blog describes the top strategies.   1.  Simulate It is vital in your UCAT preparation that you simulate the live UCAT as closely as possible. Most importantly, this involves completing full length UCAT exams under timed conditions. UCAT is one of the toughest, most time-pressured tests you...
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Is It Too Late To Start Preparing For UCAT 2019

The short answer is: no. Improving your performance in UCAT is possible, no matter how late you start (unless you start preparing the night before UCAT, of course!). The long answer is: it depends on how you prepare for UCAT. At this stage, it’s important to study smart. This involves being focussed, and preparing in ways that will make a difference to your UCAT performance. Trying to do as many UCAT practice exams as you can will take up a lot of your time, and may not be the most efficient way to prepare. You are also likely to be busy...
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CHECKLIST: ARE YOU UCAT READY? 10 ESSENTIALS FOR UCAT SUCCESS

With UCAT rapidly approaching, it is important that you take a few moments to check whether you are UCAT ready. MedEntry has compiled a checklist of 10 essential tasks to complete before UCAT test day.          1. Register for UCAT and check your ID Ensure you have registered for UCAT and scheduled a UCAT testing date/time. If you have done so, you will have received a confirmation email from Pearson VUE. Confirm that your identification document is acceptable and that the name and date of birth on the document exactly matches the details you provided to Pearson VUE....
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UCAT VIDEO GUIDES

MedEntry understands that every student learns differently. This is why our UCAT Guided Curriculum offers several options for UCAT preparation. Work through the comprehensive strategy guides for each UCAT subtest, review guided video solutions covering each type of UCAT question, or watch animated videos which illustrate important UCAT principles. Now you can access all of your UCAT videos with the click of a button. Simply click on ‘Videos’ on the UCAT Curriculum navigation panel: This will take you to a page which contains all UCAT preparation videos. You can either view the videos on this page or click ‘Go to resource’...
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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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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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