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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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Why 6 weeks preparation isn't enough for UCAT

UCAT Consortium Universities (UCATCU) claim that intensive, sustained preparation for UCAT is not necessary. They advise that 6 weeks of preparation is sufficient for UCAT. There are many reasons why UCATCU make such claims. To give yourself the best chance of succeeding in UCAT, it is important that you are sceptical of these claims.  UCATCU’s claims are designed to discourage students from undergoing extended UCAT preparation. Just as some elite schools, universities and hospitals provide a better service and 'value-add' more, reputable UCAT preparation institutions such as MedEntry do the same to your UCAT score. But admitting this fact goes against the philosophy...
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UCAT 2021 Update

Following government announcements during these COVID-impacted times, Pearson VUE will be holding the 2021 UCAT in test centres in the UK and abroad.  The two-hour computer-based test is best suited to a test centre environment. However, contingency plans have been made should COVID continue to impact test centre availability.Important dates are: 2nd June: Registration for UCAT 2021 begins.28th June: Bookings open.26th July: Testings open. The UCAT Consortium offers eligible candidates a bursary to cover the cost of the test. It’s important to start learning on a platform that simulates the test-centre environment. Get Started
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4 Steps to Transform your Weakest UCAT Subtest into your Strongest

Although I had been preparing for UCAT for over 6 months, with less than 2 weeks to go until the UCAT, I still wasn't feeling confident about UCAT Abstract Reasoning. I was consistently scoring in the high 80th or 90th percentiles for other UCAT subtests on the MedEntry online platform, but was still ranging from 40-70th percentile in UCAT Abstract Reasoning. Since I was happy with my performance in the other UCAT sections, I decided to do some intensive UCAT Abstract Reasoning study to improve my skills as much as possible before my UCAT exam. This involved doing a couple of...
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UCAT Weekly Classes Now Available!

Have you ever wished you could have a regular UCAT tutor and classmates with whom you could discuss difficult UCAT questions?  If that is true then MedEntry’s online, live-streamed Weekly UCAT Classes will benefit you.  The UCAT Weekly Classes run for twelve weeks from March to June. Your tutor will work through the five sections of the UCAT, covering each of the UCAT question types, demonstrating key UCAT strategies and providing tips to optimise your performance on UCAT test day. Moreover, Weekly Classes students have the unique opportunity to nominate UCAT questions that they find difficult for discussion in the Weekly...
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New UCAT Exam Review Page

MedEntry has developed an innovative new UCAT Exam Review Page that displays detailed feedback in a series of interactive graphs. This blog outlines the key features. Overall UCAT Percentile Ranking  This graph shows your UCAT percentile ranking (compared to other MedEntry students who attempted the UCAT exam) as well as an estimated UCAT scaled score. This information is displayed on a curve, which graphically depicts your UCAT ranking in comparison to other students:   % Answered Correctly These horizontal bars show how many UCAT questions you answered correctly in each UCAT subtest, in comparison to the average.   Individual Subtest Feedback...
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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...
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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...
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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 band The data is...
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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 attempts We will go through each of these sections in detail. GET PRACTICING With 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...
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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...
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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-calculator Simply 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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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  ...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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