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UCAT Courses

MedEntry provides a couple of quality UCAT Courses to help students prepare for this difficult and important test. MedEntry’s UCAT Courses include the Online Learning Package and Platinum Package. Online Learning Package The Online Learning Package provides comprehensive preparation for those unable to attend a UCAT Course in person. This UCAT Course features 10 full length UCAT practice exams, extensive UCAT drills, UCAT question banks, a guided curriculum covering strategies to approach each UCAT subtest, UCAT video guides, UCAT video solutions and much more. All UCAT questions, drills and exams are provided via the UCAT Simulated platform, which exactly simulates the live...
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UCAT UK 2019 Test Statistics Released

UCAT UK 2019 test statistics have been released, which will help students to interpret their UCAT scores. The UCAT data is available at:  https://www.ucat.ac.uk/media/1329/2019-test-statistics-oct-2019.pdf   This blog discusses the statistics. UCAT UK 2019 Mean Scaled Scores Mean scaled scores shows the average scores achieved for each of the five subtests. The total average cognitive scaled score was 2483. The mean scaled scores of the  cognitive subtests are below:   2019      Number of candidates     29,375     Verbal Reasoning 565     Decision Making  618     Quantitative Reasoning  662     Abstract Reasoning 638     Total Cognitive Mean Scaled Score    ...
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What will it be like to sit UCAT?

UCAT may seem like a daunting prospect, not least because most students will not be familiar with sitting a computer-based test. In this blog, we’ll cover what to expect on the day of UCAT. What to bring You will need to bring a printout of your confirmation email from Pearson VUE, as well as photographic identification (such as a passport or driver’s license). You are not allowed to have bags, coats, paper, books, pens, watches, wallets, keys, mobile phones, food or drinks with you when you are sitting UCAT. You will be able to store these personal belongings in a locker...
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UCAT UK Preparation Strategy: Speed Reading

UCAT is an extremely time pressured test. You will have less than 30 seconds to complete each question. Some sections, particularly Verbal Reasoning and Situational Judgement, will require you to read passages of text. Speed reading is therefore an important skill to master to succeed in UCAT.  The following reading efficiency techniques can boost your reading rate. But even if your rate is fine, these techniques will help you   boost comprehension and concentration, both of which are key to UCAT success.   (i)  Mechanical Approach You’ve probably seen speed-readers moving their hands down a page as they rapidly read the...
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UCAT 2019: 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 2019 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 also...
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UCAT 2019: Top tips for decision making

  The Decision Making subtest of UCAT is a new subtest, which 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...
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UCAT: 5 basic tips

  There are a wealth of strategies and techniques that are useful in boosting UCAT performance. Each UCAT section and question requires a slightly different approach. Relevant techniques will be discussed in detail in the MedEntry UCAT course. In the meantime, here are five basic tips that will help you in tackling UCAT. 1. Work on your weaknesses Each of the five sections in UCAT tests different skills. It is likely that you will find some UCAT subtests easier than others, and that you will have a natural ability or affinity for particular questions. As early as possible in your UCAT...
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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKOMTZ7PPLg  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...
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How does scoring work in the UCAT?

  Scoring in the UCAT is based on the number of correct answers you provide. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. The scoring system differs between the ‘cognitive’ subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning) and the non-cognitive subtest (Situational Judgement).   Scoring of ‘cognitive’ subtests For Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning, questions are worth one mark each. For Decision Making, some questions (those with multiple statements) are worth 2 marks. In these questions, one mark is awarded to partially correct statements. Raw marks (the number of questions you got right) are converted into...
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UCAT Workshops: Why They Should Be Run By Doctors

With the inclusion of the Situational Judgement Test in UCAT, it is even more important that UCAT workshops are run by medical professionals. Situational Judgement questions require an intimate understanding of issues such as teamwork, professionalism, ethics and integrity within a medical context. Questions are based on real-world medical scenarios with which doctors will have had first-hand experience. Only practicing doctors have a detailed understanding of such issues, and the big picture thinking required to perform well. It is worth noting that Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) used when scoring Situational Judgement questions are medical professionals. There are other benefits to having...
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Planning time for UCAT preparation

A very common question asked by aspiring medical students is “ How do you balance your school work and UCAT practice?”  Given that UCAT can be equally or even more important than ATAR in the medical school selection process, it is crucial that students devote sufficient time in preparing for the UCAT, without neglecting their high school or university. The key to finding this balance is planning your time. Many students attempt to fit in UCAT study in their ‘spare time’, which is hard to find the final year of schooling. It is more productive to set aside blocks of time...
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UCAT Learning Forums

You will find numerous forums on the internet discussing UCAT and medical entry. Many of them are run anonymously and contain a lot of misinformation, posted by ‘nameless-faceless people’ with vested interests, so it is important to be sceptical when reading posts on such forums. You may find that MedEntry is not mentioned on third party forums, because we have our own learning forums. Furthermore, many posts on such forums are made by UCAT companies posing as students and spruiking their own courses. It is important for students to consider only trusted reviews (for example, Google and Facebook) when researching potential...
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MedEntry UCAT Exam Percentile Rankings

UCAT scores may look complicated, but essentially all they do is compare your performance against other UCAT candidates. Therefore, to understand how you are performing in UCAT, you need an indication of how your performance compares to others. MedEntry makes this easy by converting your raw UCAT practice exam results into percentile rankings. These percentiles compare your performance against other UCAT candidates who have completed the same UCAT practice exam. You will be provided with a UCAT percentile ranking for each of the five UCAT subtests, as well as an overall UCAT percentile ranking for the exam. Your percentile rankings are...
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Monitoring Your UCAT Progress

  To effectively prepare for UCAT, it is essential that you understand your strengths and weaknesses, and that you track your progress as you work through UCAT resources. It is not enough to simply complete UCAT practice questions or practice exams; you also need feedback on how you have performed, and advice on where you should focus your future UCAT preparation efforts. MedEntry makes this easy with a tool that helps you view detailed information about your UCAT progress, including percentile rankings and a breakdown of which question types you should focus on to boost your performance. Accessing the Check Progress...
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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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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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How to choose a UCAT Course

  UCAT is the single most difficult and important test you will sit in your medical or dental career. It is therefore vital that you choose the right UCAT Course. This blog outlines what you should look for when choosing a UCAT Course. Is the UCAT course run by doctors? Given UCAT assesses the skills required to be a doctor, it makes sense that your chosen UCAT Course should be run by doctors. Doctors understand the thinking skills and approach necessary to perform well in UCAT. This is particularly true of the Situational Judgement subtest, which is scored by doctors and...
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How to Schedule Your UCAT (UKCAT) Testing Date

So you’ve booked your UCAT testing date, but you have to reschedule it. Maybe you’ve realised your booked UCAT testing date clashes with an important commitment, maybe you’re sick, or maybe you simply do not feel prepared enough to sit UCAT. This blog provides guidance on how to reschedule your UCAT testing date. Rescheduling your UCAT test before the Online Booking Deadline (5pm, Wednesday 18th September) It is possible to reschedule your UCAT date and time by logging into your Pearson VUE account up to 24 hours before your appointment time. Extra fees for rescheduling the UCAT will be incurred if...
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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 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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