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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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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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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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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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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 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 627.5. If you have strong academic grades, a UCAT score in this range...
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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 627.5. 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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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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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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NEW UK PERSONAL STATEMENT GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE!

MedEntry has created a new, comprehensive Personal Statement guide which is available to all students who have an Online, Platinum or Diamond UCAT preparation package. MedEntry students can access the personal statement guide on the online platform, by clicking on ‘University Admissions’ on the left hand panel. Personal statements can be an important criterion for entry into medicine, and at some universities form the basis on which medical interview questions are asked. It is therefore important that your personal statement is crafted carefully. Your personal statement should communicate your genuine desire to pursue medicine, and demonstrate why you will make an...
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Work Experience During COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Part 2: Making the most of work experience

COVID-19 has resulted in several changes to the medical schools admissions process. Work experience is an important part of entry into medicine, however, medical schools have generally removed mandatory work experience from their application process. Obtaining work experience is still important for interviews, and to gain a good understanding of a career in medicine. Our previous blog discussed work experience substitutes. In this blog, we will discuss in person work experience and volunteering, which you may be able to undertake if safe to do so. We will also discuss how to make the most of your experiences. In person work experience The...
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Work Experience During COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Part 1: Work experience substitutes

Clinical work experience is an essential part of the medical school application process. Obtaining work experience has become significantly more difficult with the recent COVID-19 pandemic and resulting restrictions. In response, medical schools, for the most part, have removed the need for work experience from their application process. In this blog, we will discuss why work experience is important, and some work experience substitutes during COVID-19. Our next blog will discuss in person work experience, volunteering, and making the most of your experiences. Why is work experience important? The purpose of work experience is not simply a tick box exercise, but...
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COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) AND MEDICAL ENTRY UPDATES

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to several changes to the medical entry process in the UK in 2020. This blog summarises the changes. School closure and cancelled exams From 20 March 2020, educational settings were closed in the UK. GCSE and A-Level examinations due to take place in Summer 2020 were cancelled. Instead, students will be provided with calculated grades for A-Levels. These will be formal grades with the same status as grades awarded any year. They will be accepted by all institutions for entry into university. These results will be based on your teacher’s honest judgement and based on GCSE...
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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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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...
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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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I want to start my Medical degree in 2020: When do I need to sit the UCAT (UKCAT)?

If you wish to study medicine in the UK, most universities will require you to sit and succeed in UCAT (previously known as UKCAT). You must sit the UCAT between July and October of the year BEFORE you intend to enter medicine. For example, if you want to begin your medical degree in 2020 you must sit the UCAT between 1 July 2019 and 2 October 2019. You are permitted to sit the test only ONCE in any UCAT test cycle. However, there may be mitigating circumstances where you are unable to sit the test on the day you booked your...
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UKCAT to UCAT: Why the Change?

In 2019, UKCAT (United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test) was renamed UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test). So why did this change occur? The simple reason is that Australia and New Zealand have adopted UCAT for entry into medicine and dentistry courses. As the UKCAT is no longer solely used in the UK, the name has been changed to UCAT. Although the name of the test has changed to UCAT, the content remains the same. It is still comprised of five subtests: UCAT Verbal ReasoningUCAT Decision MakingUCAT Quantitative ReasoningUCAT Abstract ReasoningUCAT Situational Judgement So what does this change mean for you? The main...
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