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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 2 - Where to Apply with an Excellent UCAT Score

In this blog series we are exploring how you should use your UCAT scores when applying for medical school, in order to maximise your chances of securing a place. In this blog we will be focusing on which universities to consider applying to with an excellent UCAT score (705+).What does my UCAT score mean?First of all, congratulations on achieving such a fantastic UCAT score! Only 10% of UCAT candidates obtain a score of over 705.It is important to note that a UCAT score of 705 will not necessarily guarantee you an interview at every medical school. However, applying to universities that...
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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 calculatedFirstly, 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 or UCAT...
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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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Applying to Medical School Strategically Using Your UCAT Score: Part 1

With the UCAS October 15th deadline soon approaching, narrowing down the 33 medical schools into 4 is a difficult decision. To improve your chances of securing a place in medical school, it is important to use your UCAT scores and GCSEs strategically. Depending on how you have performed, you should apply medical schools where you are most likely to be offered a medical interview.In this blog series we will be focussing on how your UCAT score, achieved before the October 15th UCAT deadline, should help you decide which medical schools to apply to. Using your UCAT score strategically will give you...
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UCAT UK 2020 REGISTRATION AND BOOKING IS CLOSING SOON!

UCAT UK Registration deadlineRegistrations and Online booking to sit UCAT UK 2020 will close this Thursday 17th September at midday BST!If you plan to sit UCAT UK in 2020 and have not yet registered, please do so immediately. Remember that this is your only chance to sit UCAT in 2020.If you have registered but not booked, you can make a booking until 30 September, however it is recommended that you book as soon as possible so that you do not miss out on your preferred booking date or time.To register, please visit: https://wsr.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/signin/SignInPage/UKCAT.Booking instructions can be found at: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/ucat/registration-booking/Please note that registering with...
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NEW UK PERSONAL STATEMENT GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE!

MedEntry has created a new, comprehensive Personal Statement guide which is available to all students who have an Online, Platinum or Diamond UCAT preparation package. MedEntry students can access the personal statement guide on the online platform, by clicking on ‘University Admissions’ on the left hand panel.Personal statements can be an important criterion for entry into medicine, and at some universities form the basis on which medical interview questions are asked. It is therefore important that your personal statement is crafted carefully.Your personal statement should communicate your genuine desire to pursue medicine, and demonstrate why you will make an exceptional medical...
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Work Experience During COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Part 2: Making the most of work experience

COVID-19 has resulted in several changes to the medical schools admissions process. Work experience is an important part of entry into medicine, however, medical schools have generally removed mandatory work experience from their application process. Obtaining work experience is still important for interviews, and to gain a good understanding of a career in medicine.Our previous blog discussed work experience substitutes. In this blog, we will discuss in person work experience and volunteering, which you may be able to undertake if safe to do so. We will also discuss how to make the most of your experiences.In person work experienceThe resources mentioned in...
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SITTING UCAT UK 2020 ONLINE? HERE ARE 3 TIPS

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and for the first time, candidates sitting UCAT UK 2020 have the option of sitting UCAT online, rather than at a UCAT testing centre.If you have chosen to sit UCAT UK 2020 online, here are three top tips to ensure the experience goes smoothly.1. Organise your spaceUnlike sitting UCAT UK 2020 in a testing centre, when you sit UCAT online, you will need to ensure that you have a suitable room and equipment to sit the test.Ensure you have:A table clear of clutterA quiet room where you will not be disturbed by others in your...
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UCAT UK 2020: SHOULD I USE THE SCRATCH PAD?

For the first time ever, UCAT UK candidates will be able to sit their test either in a testing centre, or at home, online. This is as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.Because the UCAT Consortium is allowing students to sit UCAT online, they recently developed an online ‘Scratch Pad’ feature in lieu of the usual ‘Noteboard’ that is provided in UCAT testing centres. Shortly after making this announcement, the UCAT Consortium decided that they will also allow candidates testing at home to use a whiteboard, as long as it satisfies certain size and style requirements.So, you may be wondering,...
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Work Experience During COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Part 1: Work experience substitutes

Clinical work experience is an essential part of the medical school application process. Obtaining work experience has become significantly more difficult with the recent COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions. In response, medical schools, for the most part, have removed the need for work experience from their application process.In this blog, we will discuss why work experience is important, and some work experience substitutes during COVID-19. Our next blog will discuss in person work experience, volunteering, and making the most of your experiences.Why is work experience important?The purpose of work experience is not simply a tick box exercise, but an experience to...
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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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SHOULD I SIT UCAT UK 2020 AT HOME, ONLINE?

For the first time ever, students sitting UCAT UK 2020 will be able to decide whether to sit UCAT online or at a testing centre. This choice is available due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. The actual content of the UCAT test will be the same regardless of where you choose to sit the test.Deciding where to sit UCAT UK 2020 is an important decision. You will need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each option. For guidance on which option to choose, please see our blog.This blog will cover the advantages and disadvantages of sitting UCAT UK 2020 online....
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TRACKING YOUR UCAT PROGRESS: GRAPHS AND STATISTICS

MedEntry has developed a sophisticated series of graphs enabling you to see how your performance in full-length UCAT practice exams has changed over time. You can access them on the Simulate page of the online UCAT platform:The graph has two modes:UCAT Percentile Rankings:This graph displays your overall cognitive percentile ranking for each UCAT exam you have completed. There is an option to hide/show your percentile rankings for each individual UCAT subtest:UCAT Scaled Scores:The graph can be switched to Scaled Scores mode by clicking the switch in the top right:Like the percentile rankings graph, you can hover over any completed exam to...
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Is It Too Late To Start Preparing For UCAT 2020?

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. Here are three key tips to help you effectively...
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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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30 day pass for only £30!

Obtain access to the most innovative, comprehensive and personalised UCAT online learning platform for a month for just £30!Purchasing a 30 day pass will provide you with:Over 10,000 high quality UCAT questions from all five UCAT subtests11 full length UCAT exams provided on a platform which exactly replicates the live UCAT.25+ mini mocks for each UCAT subtestInteractive UCAT video guides that cover the key strategies for successInnovative UCAT trainers to help you develop skills required to ace UCATComprehensive, personalised feedback, allowing you to prepare for UCAT efficientlyAccess to the exclusive MedEntry App, allowing you to practice UCAT on the goWant to find...
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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 IDEnsure 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.      2. Review Official...
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SHOULD I SIT UCAT UK 2020 AT A TESTING CENTRE?

Due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, students sitting UCAT UK 2020 will be able to decide whether to sit UCAT online or at a testing centre. Note that the content of the actual UCAT test will be identical.Deciding where to sit UCAT UK 2020 is an important decision. You will need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each option. For guidance on which option to choose, please see our blog.This blog will cover the advantages and disadvantages of sitting UCAT UK 2020 at a testing centre. Our next blog in the series (coming soon) will discuss sitting UCAT online.Advantages of...
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6 COMMON UCAT VERBAL REASONING PITFALLS

 Without a doubt, most UCAT test takers find Verbal Reasoning to be the most challenging subtest. The combination of the stringent timing (~30s per question), the information dense passages and of course, testing nerves (being the first UCAT section!), can often result in lower scores in this subtest. It is important to note that participants tend to score lower in UCAT Verbal Reasoning – from last year’s UCAT test statistics, you can see that the mean for Verbal Reasoning is lower than that across the other subtests. During your UCAT practice, don’t be disheartened if you struggle with this section! However,...
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UCAT SITUATIONAL JUDGEMENT: 5 TOP TIPS

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 scenarioWhen reading the UCAT Situational Judgement scenario, it is important to read actively, identifying the key issues raised. This will help you to judge the relative importance of considerations, or the appropriateness of various actions. For example, a consideration is likely to be ‘very important’ if it addresses a key issue raised in the scenario,...
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