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Integrate your MedEntry UCAT Study Plan into your daily calendar!

MedEntry’s interactive, personalised UCAT study planner can now be synchronised with your daily calendar!Your MedEntry UCAT Study Planner can be added to most calendar applications with a single click. If your computer or mobile device does not support a one-click setup, then don’t despair! We have compiled detailed instructions to help you sync your Apple Calendar, Google Calendar or Microsoft Outlook Calendar. The MedEntry Study Planner calendar is exported in universal ICS format, meaning that it is compatible with any modern calendar application.Depending on your chosen calendar application, items in your MedEntry UCAT Study Planner will be refreshed regularly, between every...
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Exclusive UCAT Skills Trainers for all UCAT Subtests!

MedEntry is delighted to offer our students innovative, exclusive UCAT skills trainers for each of the four UCAT cognitive subtests. You will not find anything like our skills trainers on any other UCAT platform.These skills trainers have been developed by an expert team of IT Engineers, academics and high achieving UCAT students.The UCAT skills trainers:Target key UCAT skills that are important to master to boost your UCAT scoreEnable you to compare your performance with other UCAT candidatesAllow you to build up your skills gradually, with beginner, intermediate and advanced levelsCover the skills required to succeed in UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision...
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5 reasons to start your UCAT preparation now!

1. Master the UCAT Learning CurveThe UCAT is a test unlike anything you have ever sat before. UCAT Verbal Reasoning is loosely connected to traditional reading comprehension texts and UCAT Quantitative Reasoning is mathematics-based, but both the style and time pressure is truly unique. Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that you will have ever encountered formal testing in the areas of UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Abstract Reasoning and UCAT Situational Judgement.Naturally, it will take an adjustment period to learn how to answer all the many different types of UCAT questions, recognising how long you have to answer each UCAT question and...
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NEW UCAT ABSTRACT REASONING TRAINER LAUNCHED!

MedEntry is delighted to announce that we have launched our brand new, state-of-the-art UCAT Abstract Reasoning skills trainer.Our team of expert UCAT lecturers, tutors, and IT engineers have worked together to create this innovative trainer, which will help you practice your approach to UCAT Abstract Reasoning questions by identifying possible rules and distractors. This trainer provides unlimited practice for you to improve your UCAT Abstract Reasoning abilities.How does the UCAT Abstract Reasoning trainer work?Two Abstract Reasoning Sets (Set A and Set B) will be displayed, along with a series of questions:When you open the Abstract Reasoning trainer, you will be able...
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UCAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 5: Cultivate Wellbeing

The coronavirus pandemic and resulting social isolation requirements has led to significant changes in the way we live. This change occurred dramatically, and without warning. In response, it is natural to feel stressed, overwhelmed and anxious. However, if left unchecked, these feelings can have a detrimental impact on your wellbeing and UCAT performance in this crucial year. MedEntry’s aim is to provide guidance and assistance to you during this challenging time. This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for UCAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study.Our...
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UCAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 4: Keep up Your Motivation

The coronavirus pandemic has probably led to significant changes in your daily life and the way you study. The sudden change may have left you feeling confused, stressed and lost, particularly if you are in your final year of schooling. Our aim is to provide guidance and tips to help you study and prepare for UCAT during this turbulent time.This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for UCAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study.Our last three blogs covered tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment, tip 2:...
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UCAT Preparation During Coronavirus - TIP 3: Make the Most of Remote UCAT Learning

The coronavirus pandemic has probably caused a significant change to your life over the past few weeks. In addition to this, there has been a lot of uncertainty regarding the impact of the pandemic on UCAT, UCAT preparation and medical entry. It may have left you feeling overwhelmed or anxious. We at MedEntry are here to help!This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for UCAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study.Our last two blogs covered tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment and tip 2: Create a...
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UCAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 2: Create a Routine and UCAT Study Plan

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a dramatic change in the way we work and learn. This change has occurred suddenly, over a period of days and weeks. You may now be learning online, from home, in an environment away from your friends and social supports. We recognise that this is a difficult situation, which may be causing you stress. We are here to help!This blog series covers how to effectively prepare for UCAT during coronavirus and social isolation. The principles outlined in these blogs are also useful for your school and university study.Our last blog covered tip 1: Optimise Your...
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New difficulty levels added to MedEntry’s Venn Diagram Trainer!

MedEntry’s exclusive Venn Diagram Trainer makes it easy for you to master Venn diagram questions in the UCAT Decision Making subtest.The trainer displays a Venn diagram and 5 timed questions (each to be completed within 30 seconds). Afterwards, the answers are displayed, along with explanations showing the appropriate shaded Venn diagram regions.To use the trainer, select the difficulty level you would like to attempt:Difficulty levelMaximum value in regionsShapesEasy25Circle, square, triangle, rectangleMedium45Circle, square, triangle, rectangleHard90Circle, square, triangle, rectangle, octagon Five questions will then appear relating to a Venn diagram:Once you have answered all of the questions, or the time limit has elapsed,...
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Personalised UCAT Study Planner Launched!

What do almost all students who achieve 99th centile in UCAT have in common?They plan their UCAT study.If you are sitting UCAT this year, chances are you are busy. You have school commitments, exams and extra-curricular activities to balance. With the added pressure of UCAT, it can all feel overwhelming.The best way to manage all of these activities is to make a plan. In fact, almost every student who achieves a high score in UCAT plans their preparation in advance. MedEntry makes this easy with our new, interactive, personalised study planner.The Study Planner allows you to create a schedule outlining your...
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5 Easy Ways to Start Preparing for Medical Interviews Now

1. UCAT Situational JudgementThe UCAT Situational Judgement section tests similar skills to the medical interview. Unlike the other parts of the UCAT exam, the Situational Judgement subtest analyses your ability to handle potentially difficult situations. This is an excellent foundation with which to begin your medical interview preparation.You don’t want to significantly disrupt your UCAT preparation with these recommendations but it is worth briefly considering the following:When you look at a Situational Judgement question, think about further questions you might be asked if the scenario was posed to you in a medical interview setting. UCAT Situational Judgement scenarios are very possible...
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UCAT Preparation During Coronavirus - Tip 1: Optimise Your Study Environment

A lot has changed over the past few weeks. You have transitioned from living a normal life, attending school and seeing your friends to a very different world – the world of remote learning and social isolation. We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for you, during an already challenging year.In this series of blogs, we will describe how to prepare for UCAT effectively during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The principles outlined in this blog are also useful for your school and university study. The first tip to prepare for UCAT effectively is to:Optimise your study environmentBefore coronavirus,...
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Keyword Scanning Trainer

 Most students find UCAT Verbal Reasoning to be the most time pressured subtest. You will have less than 30 seconds to answer each question! An effective strategy to answer UCAT Verbal Reasoning questions correctly is keyword scanning. This involves identifying keywords that appear in the question stem, and scanning the text for them. Reading around the keywords can help you to quickly locate the information required to answer the UCAT question.MedEntry has developed an exclusive Keyword Scanning Trainer, which will help you to train your brain to quickly identify keywords in a passage of text.To use the trainer, select the number...
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BREAKING: GAMSAT 2020 WILL BE REMOTELY SUPERVISED AND HELD ONLINE

GAMSAT (Graduate Medical School Admissions Test) will be held online via remote supervision this year, for the first time ever. GAMSAT is used for admission into postgraduate medical programs at some universities, mainly in Australia, Ireland and the United Kingdom. GAMSAT is normally a written test that takes place in large testing halls. With the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, this is not currently considered safe. Therefore, GAMSAT 2020 will instead take place online. Candidates will be able to sit the test at home, or at a private location of their choosing. Candidates will be required to have a stable internet connection and...
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COVID-19 & UCAT 2020: We are with you, every step of the way

If you are aiming to enter medicine in 2021, we understand you might be feeling anxious. And for good reason: 6th form, UCAT and medical interviews are stressful enough without having to deal with a worldwide pandemic. Furthermore, there is a lot of uncertainty regarding assessments, including school exams and UCAT: will they be deferred? What will that mean for me? What should I be doing now?We wish to reassure students that we are here to support you throughout your medical entry journey. Here’s how:1. Providing regular updates and tips MedEntry is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments and how they may impact...
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The 5 Biggest UCAT Myths

Myth #1: You can’t study for itPeople call the UCAT many different things. Is it an IQ test? A personality test? In reality, it is about applying skills you have developed to solve problems. People say: “you’ve either got it or you don’t,” but like any skill, UCAT technique can be practiced and honed. One of my close friends is one of the naturally brightest people I know. He believed that you couldn’t really get better at the UCAT. Unfortunately, this had consequences when he did not study and thus failed to meet the threshold for his desired course. My point...
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COVID-19 and UCAT UK 2020: What Should I Do?

With the COVID-19 pandemic and rapid escalation of cases across the United Kingdom and the world, you may be wondering how this affects UCAT UK 2020 and your UCAT preparation. This blog answers some frequently asked questions. Will UCAT UK 2020 be going ahead? It is very likely that UCAT UK 2020 will be proceeding. However, it is likely that timelines for testing will shift. Registration and booking for UCAT UK has been officially postponed, and will open later than normal. It is also likely that testing for UCAT UK will start later than the usual July commencement: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/ucat/registration-booking/covid-19/As the situation is...
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GAMSAT will be run online in 2020

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Medical School Admission Test (GAMSAT) will be run online at the end of May for the first time ever. GAMSAT is used to select students for entry into graduate medical programs.GAMSAT is usually run in person across multiple venues. However, due to COVID-19, the GAMSAT exam scheduled for Saturday 21 March 2020 was cancelled. This applies to all candidates, in all locations globally.ACER, which runs GAMSAT, has said that candidates will sit GAMSAT at home or at a private location of their choosing. Candidates will need to have a stable internet connection and...
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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, even more so, for me at least, than my HSC 4 Unit maths exam. 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...
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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. And by pretty important I mean absolutely crucial. You need to do extremely well in UCAT to get into Medicine. The key to that 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 enormous amount of work required to prepare for UCAT and you have to balance that with high school / university, other medical preparation (interviews and applications) and perhaps, somewhere in that mix, a life!

The key to having more time is to start NOW. Don’t wait for next week, or when you’re a little less busy or when you don’t have an important assignment. Start now and do a little bit of UCAT preparation a few times each week. This is unquestionably better than cramming for innumerable reasons, which include a greater exposure and a greater ability to adapt to the UCAT exam style. Also, you will be less stressed and you will inevitably be more confident. So to avoid the stress of cramming and comfortably complete a sufficient number of UCAT questions, start your UCAT preparation journey now.

2. DO THE UCAT PRACTICE EXAMS!

You can answer all of the UCAT practice questions that you like, but until you experience the frustration of a full 2 hour UCAT exam you will not be ready for the real thing. The first practice UCAT exam you do is always a surprise. I was given an estimated 32nd percentile. It was a serious blow. I’d done about 10 hours of answering UCAT questions and thought I was in a pretty good position…at least a better position than 32nd percentile right?

However, getting this shocking UCAT score was the best thing that could have happened. It encouraged me to change the way I was studying. I spent more time formulating planned approaches for each UCAT question type, and whenever I finished a set of UCAT questions I would review all those that I had answered incorrectly; learning why I had answered wrongly and endeavouring to change.

So…once you’ve done your first UCAT practice exam, start spacing out the rest. You get three on the official UCAT website, however you get up to 16 with MedEntry, so I did a full 2 hour UCAT exam every second Sunday. The consistency of doing a regular UCAT exam, reminding me of the time pressure of the real thing, and how much I needed to improve, did wonders for me and it will for you too!

3. Work with others

No matter when you’re starting your UCAT preparation, the journey can be tough. There are thousands of UCAT questions to be answered, countless hours hunched over a computer studying, and the endless frustration of getting questions wrong.

The key to mitigating these problems is to work with others. Find out who else will be sitting the UCAT, be it people from school, sporting club members or family friends. If you can get a regular UCAT study group it will make the process so much easier.

I had a study group with 5 other students and it made my UCAT preparation much more enjoyable. We caught up once a week for 30 minutes to an hour and chatted about UCAT. We didn’t answer any new UCAT questions, we just sat in a circle and talked. We discussed specific UCAT questions that we didn’t understand, types of questions that we hadn’t pinned down yet but more importantly we encouraged each other to keep studying and struggle on. Thanks to that study group I had variety in my UCAT preparation, a group to ask questions of, and to help and vent over the UCAT.

4. Be smarter about your approach to different UCAT question types

There are a range of question types across all 5 sections of the UCAT and they each show patterns. If you can learn these patterns and the ‘art’ of each UCAT question type, you will be in an excellent position for the exam. With this knowledge, you can create specific strategies for the different UCAT question types and employ them when needed, even if it’s only as a backup. The worst thing that can happen from this approach to studying is that you don’t use the strategies for some UCAT questions, but when you come across one that really stumps you, you have something to fall back onto. Best case scenario, you’re sitting in the UCAT exam and each question you come across is familiar and you know exactly how you want to approach it. Luckily the resources on the MedEntry LMS include detailed notes on each type of UCAT questions, and even specific strategies formulated for you. If you do decide to go with MedEntry, then make sure to utilise these fantastic notes, to help you understand the UCAT questions that you are answering.

5. Review your incorrect responses

When it comes to UCAT preparation, you should treat every answer you get wrong as your best friend. Everyone tells you that you only learn from your mistakes and as annoying as this advice may be, it is still correct. Every time you complete a set of questions or a UCAT  exam, give an allotted time to review them and in particular, all the ones you got wrong. There is always a reason why you got something wrong. It may be a simple error, but more likely it is because there is a flaw in the way you are approaching the question.

I would recommend making some sort of note/log of the type of UCAT questions you are getting wrong. You may find, over the course of a few weeks, that you are consistently making mistakes in a few select areas. Knowing what your weakest areas are, is a crucial step in refining your UCAT preparation.

These are five of the most important things I implemented in my UCAT preparation and hopefully they will help you as they did me. But remember; be an active learner. Don’t be afraid of changing your study up, differing from my method or simply trying something new. They key is to find a routine that works for you and helps you get the most out of your time.

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Jeremy achieved 98th percentile in UCAT and is now studying medicine.

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