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Top 5 Under-Rated UCAT Preparation Strategies

1. Learn how to speed-read Not enough students are working on improving their speed reading. There are a lot of resources out there that can help you with this and I highly recommend delving into some of these (such as MedEntry’s UCAT Speed Reading trainer). The major problem I see time and time again is that in their UCAT preparation, students try to learn how to speed-read but do not end up doing so efficiently. They either fail to absorb content and miss key details or do not read at a particularly fast rate. This UCAT strategy is pertinent to the UCAT...
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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 by contacting Pearson VUE. Remember that if you present yourself for the UCAT, you are declaring yourself to...
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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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5 Tips for UCAT Success

The UCAT is not an easy exam. It is intense both when you prepare for it and when you undertake it. It requires every ounce of mental concentration and effort to do well. However, you need not be worried about this: the conditions apply to everybody and what determines whether you will do well in UCAT is if you can perform better than your peers. Always remember that a large portion of students are going into UCAT without proper experience of questions or experience of the conditions which ultimately puts YOU above them. Here are five tips from my UCAT experience...
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5 Things to know before beginning your UCAT preparation

So you want to get into medicine and you have realised that the UCAT is pretty important. The key to success is to know what you are up against and to prepare well and in a more intelligent way than everyone else. So keep reading, and consider implementing these tips into your UCAT preparation. I did, and they helped me score in the 98th percentile. 1. START NOW! Time is your key to success It doesn’t matter if you’re starting a year or a month before the actual UCAT, you will always be pressured for time. That’s because there is an...
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What's the Best UCAT Preparation Course?

If you wish to study medicine or dentistry, chances are you need to sit UCAT. UCAT is an important component of entry into most undergraduate medical and dental degrees across the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. UCAT is a very difficult, time-pressured test, very unlike school or university exams. Quality UCAT preparation, and choosing the best UCAT preparation course, is therefore essential. It can be difficult to choose the best UCAT preparation course, when there are so many available. Here are some factors to consider: 1.  Who runs the UCAT preparation course? Unfortunately almost all UCAT preparation courses are run...
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What is the Highest UCAT Score Ever Achieved?

The highest UCAT score ever achieved was 3530, achieved by an Australian student in 2019. This student obtained the following UCAT subtest scores: UCAT Verbal Reasoning: 890UCAT Decision Making: 840UCAT Quantitative Reasoning: 900UCAT Abstract Reasoning: 900 The student’s UCAT candidate score report is displayed below: As you can see from the UCAT Summary test statistics 2019 (displayed below), 3530 was the maximum score achieved in the 2019 UCAT ANZ. In fact, it was the highest UCAT score achieved worldwide, and the highest UCAT score achieved to date. The student who achieved this score chose to prepare for UCAT with MedEntry. The...
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UCAT 2021: 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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Why is UCAT (UKCAT) so hard

UCAT is probably the single most important and hardest test that you will ever have to sit. Many students, especially those who do not prepare, are shocked by the difficulty of UCAT. Some who do prepare become disillusioned with the process, finding the questions difficult to complete within the time limits. So why is UCAT so hard? And what can you do about it? Read on!    1. UCAT 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. UCAT is not a test...
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UCAT 2021: Top tips for decision making

The Decision Making subtest of UCAT was first introduced in 2017. Students will be presented with a variety of question types. The questions presented are characteristic, but often unusual. It is therefore important that you practice answering Decision Making UCAT questions, and develop familiarity with each type. This blog describes five key tips to help you answer Decision Making UCAT questions quickly and accurately. Know the strategies for each question type There are five major question types in the Decision Making subtest of UCAT: Logic games: you are presented with a series of statements describing people or objects. You will be...
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Booking UCAT UK 2021: What Testing Date Should I Choose?

Bookings to sit UCAT 2021 are now open! If you are planning to sit UCAT in 2021, we suggest booking your UCAT testing date as soon as possible. Remember, popular dates and locations to sit UCAT do book out! UCAT offers a variety of testing dates, times and locations. This gives you the flexibility to choose a UCAT testing date that is convenient to you. Here are three key tips for choosing your perfect UCAT 2021 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...
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How important is UCAT?

You might have heard of the UCAT, you might have not, but chances are you will have to sit it to apply to medicine. But how important is the UCAT? The UCAT exam is an aptitude test used by many UK medical and density schools as part of their application process. It is an extremely important part of the application process and is not just a tick box exercise. The way it is used is very variable between universities, however it is important in: 1. Getting an interview If you apply to a UCAT requiring university it will be used as...
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PERSONALISED UCAT TUTORING NOW AVAILABLE!

MedEntry is now offering one on one UCAT tutoring as an add on for students with Online and Platinum Packages. UCAT tutoring will be conducted online, from the comfort and safety of your own home. Students will receive personalised UCAT coaching from an experienced tutor/mentor who has performed exceptionally well in UCAT, interviews and school. MedEntry UCAT tutors are the best of the best - they have come through a very stringent vetting process, and are continually assessed to ensure they meet the highest quality that is expected of the MedEntry name. This personalised UCAT tutoring provides highly relevant training and...
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UCAT 2021: TOP TIPS FOR VERBAL REASONING

  Verbal Reasoning is one of the most difficult and time pressured subtests of UCAT. In fact, up to 20% of students each year fail to answer every question – that is, they run out of time to even randomly guess some questions! This blog describes five key strategies to help you boost your speed and performance in the 2021 UCAT Verbal Reasoning subtest.   Increase your reading speed Speed reading is a key skill that is required to succeed in the Verbal Reasoning subtest of UCAT. Not only will you be faced with lengthy passages of text, but you will...
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5 UCAT Tips from a student who scored >3500!

Tim was a MedEntry student who achieved a whopping 3520 in the UCAT last year, which was the highest score achieved. Tim is now studying medicine at the University of New South Wales. In this blog, Tim shares his top 5 UCAT tips. 1. Periodically Check Your UCAT Timing While doing the UCAT, it’s very easy to get lost in the questions, focusing on reading and answering each one correctly. However, this carries the risk of running out of time, or not getting as many questions done as you would have hoped. Learning to quickly see if you’re on pace to...
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Making Time for UCAT: Eat That Frog!

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. – Mark Twain Brian Tracy’s 5 minute YouTube video discusses a time management strategy that has changed many people’s lives (including mine!). It discusses time management in the context of the workplace, but the strategy is applicable to UCAT and high school/university study too. This blog summarises the key points.  As Mark Twain said, if the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that’s probably the worst thing...
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HOW WILL UCAT UK 2021 BE DELIVERED?

Registrations to sit UCAT UK 2021 opened on 2nd June. With recent Government announcements regarding easing of lockdowns and getting back to a more normal way of life, Pearson VUE is confident that UCAT UK 2021 will be delivered in person, at testing centres. How was UCAT delivered last year? As the COVID-19 pandemic was out of control last year, it was deemed unsafe to sit UCAT in person. Furthermore, sitting UCAT in person would have contravened government regulations and lockdown measures. Therefore, UCAT UK 2020 was delivered online from candidates’ homes and was remotely proctored.   How will UCAT be...
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REGISTRATIONS FOR UCAT UK 2021 NOW OPEN!

Registrations to sit UCAT UK 2021 are open. You can now create a Pearson VUE web account. Account registrations will be open until 22nd September 2021. You will need to register for the test personally. If you already have an account with Pearson VUE, you should use that existing account. You will need to register with your legal name, exactly as it appears on the photo ID you intend to present when you sit your test. You might not be able to sit the test if it is not an exact match. During registration you will need to provide the information...
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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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6 Ways to Make UCAT study more effective

Fifty years of educational research shows that effective learners (for UCAT or other learning) have one - preferably all - of the following six characteristics. 1. Encounter challenging ideas or people Basically, this is Newton’s First Law of Motion in action in the academic, cognitive, psychosocial, attitudinal and career-preparation dimensions of your education: a body will remain at rest, or in motion in a straight line, unless compelled to change its state or direction by an outside force. In your educational life, the outside force challenging your present ideas, beliefs, perspectives or educational environments different from those that you hold or...
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