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Didn’t do well in UCAT? Here’s how to bounce back in four steps

The UCAT is one of the three criteria for most undergraduate medicine schools in the United Kingdom. The UCAT may determine whether or not you receive an interview offer at certain universities, so many students put in the extra mile to maximise their UCAT results. There are many factors that can influence performance in UCAT, and receiving a lower mark than expected may feel like all our efforts have gone to waste. I’ve been there before, and although it may feel like the end of the world (I certainly felt that way), I can assure you that it is possible to...
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Final UCAT UK 2021 Test Statistics Available!

Final test statistics for UCAT UK 2021 are now available on the UCAT UK website - UCAT UK has a percentile calculator available for your use on their results page. This blog describes how to interpret them. Where can I find my UCAT scores? After sitting UCAT, you will have received an email from Pearson VUE confirming that your scores are ready to be viewed. You should log into your Pearson VUE account to access your score report. What do my UCAT scores mean? Your score report will show a scaled score for each UCAT cognitive subtest (UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT...
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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...
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What is a good UCAT UK 2021 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...
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5 ways to make the most of your post-UCAT pre-Interview time

If you have completed your UCAT exam, congratulations on getting through the marathon that it is! While you can relax a little, now is not the time to be sitting back and relaxing (sadly). Instead, you should start planning for applications and interviews! Here are five tips to make the most of your post-UCAT, pre-interview time: 1. Pump up your Grades Before UCAT, chances are your other school or university study slipped a little (that’s okay, you were busy!). However, now you need to pick it back up and work hard! Academic results are also important when applying for medicine. The...
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5 Easy Ways to Start Preparing for Medical Interviews Now

1. Don't Forget UCAT Situational Judgement The 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. Remember the types of scenarios that you came across in UCAT 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 in an MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) situation in which...
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How to choose a medical school

Choosing a medical school is a really important decision. It is where you will study for the next 4, 5 or 6 years, and may also influence where you practice medicine in future. The decision on where to study will eventually come down to where you are offered a place and then your personal preferences. Deciding on where you wish to study is a very personal decision. However, deciding on the four schools to put down on your UCAS form can be a very difficult decision, especially when there are over 35 UK medical schools, and even more outside of the...
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I didn’t get a ‘good enough’ UCAT score – what should I do?

So you’ve sat UCAT 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 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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UCAT UK 2021 Preliminary Test Statistics Now Available!

Interim test statistics for UCAT UK 2021 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 2021 preliminary test statistics displays the following data: the mean total overall cognitive UCAT score (2570): 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  ...
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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 Mean 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...
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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...
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Is UCAT Stressing You Out? Here's How to Use Stress to Your Advantage

You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance, particularly in an intellectually challenging test such as UCAT. You may have been told that if you are too stressed in the lead up to an important exam such as UCAT, you won’t do well. You may have been advised to look for ways to relieve your UCAT-related stress. While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of UCAT stress can actually cause you to become more stressed. A different approach, which might sound crazy at first, is to embrace your UCAT stress. The following three strategies...
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5 Tips For UCAT Timing

If you ask any candidate sitting UCAT what the hardest part of the UCAT is, they will inevitably say one thing: timing. All questions in the UCAT are do-able if you are given unlimited time. If sufficient time is given, most students would be able to score very highly in UCAT. However, UCAT is designed intentionally to give you less time than is required to answer UCAT questions. This is the only way the UCAT Consortium can distinguish the top performers from the rest of the pack. In fact, each year over one fifth of UCAT candidates fail to mark an...
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5 Tips for UCAT Exam Day

Huiyi scored 99th percentile in UCAT (overall cognitive score 3160 / average 790). In this blog, she describes her top 5 tips for UCAT test day. 1. Don’t panic This might sound like another one of those easier said than done things that people around you might say, but it’s actually so important on the day itself! Plan ahead in advance for transportation to and from the UCAT exam centre. If you are taking public transport, keep in mind the possible delays caused and try to adjust for it. Better yet, get your family members to drop you off at the...
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Optimising your health for UCAT: What I learned from getting the flu two days before my UCAT exam and other lessons

Imagine you’re a hardworking student. You have consistently studied for the UCAT for several months and you are feeling pretty well prepared for your UCAT exam itself (hopefully this is not too hard for you to imagine 🙂). Maybe you have a week before exam day and while you are beginning to feel the nerves of the situation, you are really not too worried. Because why should you be? You have studied hard. You have completed or come pretty close to completing your UCAT tuition course. You even went to one of those famous two day MedEntry workshops with the mighty Dr...
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Nutrition is Important for UCAT Test Day

Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said “an army marches on its stomach”, and that is as relevant for UCAT as it was for the French Armies that Bonaparte commanded. Those who are about to participate in an important event, be it sports or social, make sure that they eat right to perform at their best.  Making sure you put the right things into your body in the lead up to UCAT is vital to making sure that you perform well on the day of the test. I’m sure you are well aware of what a quality diet involves, so in this post...
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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 ID Ensure 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....
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How I Scored 900 in Abstract Reasoning

The Abstract Reasoning UCAT subtest is one that candidates often find extremely difficult. Not only is it extremely time pressured, but it is unlike any other test you’ve ever taken. Candidates are often unsure how to prepare for and do well in the Abstract Reasoning section of the UCAT. To succeed in this subtest, you need to develop effective strategies to tackle any Abstract Reasoning question. I managed to score 900 in Abstract Reasoning (the highest possible score). In this blog, I outline my five top tips to ace this difficult UCAT subtest. Tip 1: Understand common patterns Many students, especially...
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Is It Too Late To Start Preparing For UCAT 2021?

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 and questions 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...
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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 September 29th UCAT deadline, should help you decide which medical schools to apply to. Using your UCAT score strategically will give you the...
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