UMAT: WHY PRACTICE DOESN’T NECESSARILY MAKE PERFECT

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...
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New Features - Feedback by Question Type and Exam Retries

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  In addition to viewing your exam results by section (Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving, Understanding People or Non-verbal Reasoning), you can now view more detailed results by specific question types. There are 2 ways to view your feedback: 1. Go to the Check Progress page to see a summary containing all of your drill/exam question attempts:   2. On each exam page, you will now see a more detailed explanation of your responses to each question type:   We have also revamped our exam page, to include:  A fresh, more interactive design  Up to 4 retries of incorrectly answered...
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Why practice exams are the best UMAT preparation

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...
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SHOULD I GET A TUTOR FOR UMAT OR ATTEND WEEKLY UMAT CLASSES?

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...
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MEDICINE AS A DOUBLE DEGREE

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 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...
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IS THE UMAT STRESSING YOU OUT? HOW TO USE STRESS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

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...
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New Feature! Retry your incorrect exam questions

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At MedEntry, we are committed to continuous improvement and constantly strive to improve the services we offer our hard working students. Our Learning Management System is all about  you  and this feature is another way we personalise your UMAT training.   Retry your incorrect exam questions   Once you have completed a practice exam on the LMS, you can now re-attempt any questions that you answered incorrectly!   To retry an exam:   1. Click on the Exams icon in the UMAT course (accessible by clicking the UMAT link in the menu on the top of each page):   2....
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ENTRY INTO MEDICINE IN NZ: TWO CRUCIAL FACTS

Entry into medicine in New Zealand is unique for two key reasons:   1. New Zealanders have the opportunity to sit UMAT in year 13 and then re-sit UMAT in the first year of their university degree 2. There is a limit to the number of times New Zealanders can apply to medicine  This blog will discuss both of these points.  Sitting UMAT in Year 13 Unlike Australians, New Zealanders are able to sit UMAT the year before they apply for medicine. Any student can sit UMAT if they are in their final year of secondary schooling or above, and...
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New LMS Features











  We have recently added a series of new features to the LMS! Some of these are outlined below.   Favourite Questions/Guides You can now bookmark any practice question on the LMS (in exams, drills or the Eureka! Question Bank) for quick access in the future! Simply click on the "Add to favourites" button found next to each question, as shown below: Drills/Exams:   Eureka! Question Bank:   Guides: You can also bookmark any of our guides, by clicking on the button at the top of each guide:   How to view your bookmarked favourites: To view your bookmarked questions...
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HOW TO USE HOLIDAYS TO IMPROVE IN UMAT

With the year coming to a close, many students use the holidays to finally relax after a long year of hard work. For those sitting the UMAT next year, the road ahead can look especially challenging and instil feelings of anxiety. However, after taking a long-deserved rest, the holidays can actually be used efficiently and effectively to get ahead in the UMAT and obtain the score you need to get into your dream course. With the UMAT exam fast approaching in July, students often use the holidays as an opportunity to start practicing full length exams under timed conditions. Enormous...
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WHY IS UMAT SO HARD?

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...
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TOP TIPS FOR NON-VERBAL REASONING

Students often find non-verbal reasoning questions the most difficult initially, especially if they have never encountered them before. Here are a few tips to help tackle these questions from an experienced UMAT tutor.  Tip 1: Keep it Simple. Non-verbal reasoning questions will require you to find the most simple and logical answer. It may feel like the questions are out to trick you, and that may lead to you trialling overly complex rules. However, in many situations, the simple pattern is the correct pattern. Having this in mind will help form your approach to the questions. For example, if you...
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CHECKING YOUR PROGRESS ON THE LMS

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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...
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Tips for Medical Interviews

By now you may have finished your year 12 exams. For those who sat the UMAT this year, it almost seems like the end of the road. However, there is one crucial component for entry into medicine that many major universities require – the interview. It is important you prepare and practice for this last step, especially because this time, you are competing against a tough cohort: all those students who performed outstandingly in both the UMAT and ATAR. The first step to preparing for any interview is to start practicing. Whether this be attending the MedEntry Interview Training sessions,...
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Group versus individual study for umat

Should I prepare for the UMAT with friends or alone?   It’s a question many students ask themselves leading up to a major exam, including the UMAT. Although the answer will vary depending on personal preference, this article will endeavour to discuss some of the benefits and drawbacks of both group and individual preparation. For most, the answer lies somewhere between the two – ideal preparation involves a combination of both individual and group work. Tackling practice questions on your own is an essential part of preparation. In the exam, you won’t have a group of friends with which to...
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FIVE TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE IN UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE QUESTIONS

To some lucky people it comes easy, but for many this is the section with some of the most difficult questions in the exam. Whether you are just starting your UMAT preparation or are deep in your practice so far, the following tips from an experienced tutor who scored highly in this section should help you maximize your score: Firstly, read the introductory text included in the passage.  • This appears before the actual body of the passage and is often written in italics or brackets. Although this may seem like an obvious tip, many students don’t take the time...
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3 tips to improve your score in Logical Reasoning and Problem Solving questions

Looking for some tips on how to improve your score in Logical reasoning and Problem solving?  Terrified by long passages with scientific jargon and perplexing puzzles? Worried about running out of time? Remember the following advice and you’ll be well on your way to maximising your score.    1. Read the question stem first This construct can often be time-consuming due to lengthy passages that may contain complex ideas or complicated technical terms. Although it might be tempting to start reading the passage straight away, it’s always a good idea to read the question stem first. Sometimes, you’ll be able...
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UMAT Countdown: Musings from an experienced tutor

This impending Wednesday is without a doubt one of the most terrifying – yet unusual days of the year. Throughout the past seven years, I have uttered the phrase “The UMAT is a game” innumerous times, and now, on the brink of becoming an actual doctor (finally!) and exiting the world of UMAT, I thought I’d pass on my suggestions for this game.    Suggestion 1: Your mood is your top priority. The UMAT is designed in such a way that your mood greatly impacts your performance. Why? Because it’s an exam of emotions, of empathy and of understanding. Feeling...
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The Last Lap

It’s July which means the UMAT is less than a month away. This is a crucial time for all students and what you do in these final days will greatly impact your performance on the actual exam. Many of you would have started completing or already completed many practice exams on LMS and possibly ones provided by ACER too. If not, it is especially important that you do these as they can significantly boost your confidence, and hence your score. Additionally, these practice questions will also help you finally polish your skills as well as improve your time-management. Identify any...
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HOW TO HELP YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER GET INTO MEDICINE

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, New Zealand’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)...
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