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Tips for Online Medical School Interviews

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, many universities will be conducting medical interviews online. An online interview is very different to an in person one, and requires a specific approach. This blog outlines some key tips.1.  Get your set up right Make sure you set up your device in a quiet location, away from distractions, and with a good, stable internet connection. Ideally have a backup device (such as a tablet or phone) in case of any issues. If possible, have a plain background or one with minimal photos, posters or books.  You could ask your sixth form for a quiet room to conduct...
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What is a good UCAT UK 2020 score?

This blog answers some common questions about UCAT UK scores.When and how will I receive my UCAT UK 2020 results? When and how you receive your UCAT UK 2020 results will depend on whether you are sitting UCAT UK 2020 in a UCAT testing centre, or online.If you are sitting UCAT UK 2020 in a testing centre, you will be given a printout of your UCAT score report before leaving the testing venue. Your UCAT score report will also be available online via your Pearson VUE account approximately 24 hours after your UCAT test.If you are sitting UCAT UK 2020 online,...
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Final UCAT UK 2020 Test Statistics Available!

Final test statistics for UCAT UK 2020 are now available on the UCAT UK website (28th Oct.)This blog describes how to interpret them.What data is shown?The UCAT UK 2020 updated test statistics displays the following data:the mean total overall cognitive UCAT score (2511): this is the sum of your subtest scores for UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoningthe overall cognitive UCAT score required to achieve a particular UCAT decilethe mean score for each UCAT cognitive subtestthe percentage of candidates who achieved each UCAT Situational Judgement Test bandThe data is based on the scores of...
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Medentry UCAT Question Bank Launched!

MedEntry is delighted to have launched our new UCAT QBank: the most advanced, personalised and comprehensive UCAT question bank available.The MedEntry QBank has three key sections:Get Practicing: where you can generate UCAT quizzes or drillsPerformance: where you can easily review your performance in each UCAT subtest and each UCAT question typeHistory: where you can review all your past UCAT QBank attemptsWe will go through each of these sections in detail.GET PRACTICINGWith MedEntry’s QBank, practicing for UCAT is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Generate a UCAT quiz or drill in three easy steps: Step 1: choose which UCAT subtest you would like...
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Which Medical Schools are Conducting Online Interviews for 2021 Entry?

With the current COVID-19 / coronavirus restrictions, universities are moving from in person interviews to an online ‘virtual’ style interview. The medical interview will take place on platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft teams or Blackboard collaborate. So, what have specific medical schools said about the process? Read on!It is important to note that in a normal year very little information is given by medical schools regarding the medical interview process. Furthermore, unless specified, the style of interview may change from last year. For example, just because last year a particular medical school held an MMI style interview, does not necessarily mean...
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UCAT UK Score to Percentile Calculator

UCAT Official has released UCAT test statistics to help you see how your UCAT score compares to other candidates. However, the data only shows you your UCAT decile - it does not provide your actual UCAT percentile. MedEntry has released a calculator that will help you convert your UCAT scores into estimated UCAT percentile rankings.You can find the calculator here: https://www.medentry.co.uk/ucat-score-percentile-calculatorSimply enter in your UCAT scaled scores for each UCAT subtest, and you will be provided with an estimated UCAT percentile ranking for the cognitive subtests, and a separate estimated percentile ranking for the UCAT Situational Judgement test.This information will help you...
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Applying to Dental School Strategically Using Your UCAT Score

With the UCAS October 15th deadline soon approaching, narrowing down the 15 available dentistry schools to 4 can seem like a daunting task. Our advice is to use your UCAT score and GCSEs strategically to apply to dental schools where you are most likely to be offered an interview.In this blog we will focus on how your UCAT score, achieved before the October 15th UCAS deadline, should help you decide where to apply. This will give you the best chance of obtaining an interview and securing your place in dental school.How do dental schools select candidates for interview?Generally, dentistry schools use...
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I didn’t get a ‘good enough’ UCAT score – what should I do?

So you’ve sat UCAT UK and feel that you didn’t get a good enough UCAT score. What should you do now?Firstly, it’s important to note that there is no score achieved in UCAT UK that is not ‘good enough’ to get into medicine, as there are many routes into medicine. It is possible to gain entry into medicine even with a low UCAT score.If you achieve a low UCAT score, it can feel like the world is ending and all hope of getting into medicine is destroyed. However, with determination, hard work, organisation and knowledge of the various pathways into medicine...
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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 5 - Where to Apply with a Low UCAT Score

In this blog series we are discussing how you should use your UCAT scores strategically when applying to UCAS, in order to maximise your chances of securing a place in medical school. In this blog we will focus on which universities you should consider applying to with a low UCAT score (615 and below).What is a low UCAT score?A UCAT score of less than 615 is slightly below average. Last year's average UCAT score was 620. Combined with strong academic grades and high-quality extracurricular activities, a place at medical school is still very much possible so long as your choices are strategic....
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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 4 – Where to Apply with a Medium UCAT Score

In this blog series we are exploring how to use your UCAT scores when applying to medical school. Depending on the UCAT score that you have achieved, you should apply to universities which will maximise your chances of securing a place in medicine. In this blog we will discuss the universities that you should consider applying to if you have achieved a medium UCAT score (615-650). What is a medium UCAT score?A UCAT score of 615-650 is considered medium or ‘average’. Last year’s average UCAT score was 620. If you have strong academic grades, a UCAT score in this range would be...
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UCAT UK 2020 Preliminary Test Statistics Now Available!

Interim test statistics for UCAT UK 2020 are now available on the UCAT UK website.This blog describes what they mean and how to interpret them.What data is shown?The UCAT UK 2020 preliminary test statistics displays the following data:the mean total overall cognitive UCAT score (2578): this is the sum of your subtest scores for UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative Reasoning and UCAT Abstract Reasoningthe overall cognitive UCAT score required to achieve a particular UCAT decilethe mean score for each UCAT cognitive subtestthe percentage of candidates who achieved each UCAT Situational Judgement Test band           The data is...
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3 Top Tips For Creating Your Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement can be daunting. It is challenging to craft an original and personal document which effectively communicates your experiences and achievements.Note that while it is normal to want to perfect every aspect of your application in order to maximise your chances of obtaining an offer, personal statement is just one piece of the broader medical entry puzzle. Most universities will not read personal statements or make interview invitations based on its content. However, at some universities, personal statement is considered. You should therefore aim to write the best personal statement possible. Keeping the following tips in mind will save...
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Applying to Medical School Strategically: Part 3 – Where to Apply with a Good UCAT Score

In this blog series we are exploring how you should use your UCAT scores strategically when applying to UCAS for medical school, in order to maximise your chances of securing a place. In this blog we will be focusing on which universities you should consider applying to with a good UCAT score (a UCAT score in the range of 655-705).What does my UCAT score mean?A UCAT score of 655-705 is considered a good score. Combined with sufficient academic grades, a UCAT score in this range would be sufficient to obtain an interview at almost all UCAT requiring universities, apart from those...
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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: Part 1 - Using Your UCAT Score

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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