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HOW WILL UCAT UK 2021 BE DELIVERED?

Registrations to sit UCAT UK 2021 opened on 2nd June. With recent Government announcements regarding easing of lockdowns and getting back to a more normal way of life, Pearson VUE is confident that UCAT UK 2021 will be delivered in person, at testing centres. How was UCAT delivered last year? As the COVID-19 pandemic was out of control last year, it was deemed unsafe to sit UCAT in person. Furthermore, sitting UCAT in person would have contravened government regulations and lockdown measures. Therefore, UCAT UK 2020 was delivered online from candidates’ homes and was remotely proctored.   How will UCAT be...
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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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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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SITTING UCAT UK 2020 ONLINE? HERE ARE 3 TIPS

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and for the first time, candidates sitting UCAT UK 2020 have the option of sitting UCAT online, rather than at a UCAT testing centre. If you have chosen to sit UCAT UK 2020 online, here are three top tips to ensure the experience goes smoothly. 1. Organise your space Unlike sitting UCAT UK 2020 in a testing centre, when you sit UCAT online, you will need to ensure that you have a suitable room and equipment to sit the test. Ensure you have: A table clear of clutterA quiet room where you will not be...
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UCAT UK 2020: SHOULD I USE THE SCRATCH PAD?

For the first time ever, UCAT UK candidates will be able to sit their test either in a testing centre, or at home, online. This is as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Because the UCAT Consortium is allowing students to sit UCAT online, they recently developed an online ‘Scratch Pad’ feature in lieu of the usual ‘Noteboard’ that is provided in UCAT testing centres. Shortly after making this announcement, the UCAT Consortium decided that they will also allow candidates testing at home to use a whiteboard, as long as it satisfies certain size and style requirements. So, you may...
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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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SHOULD I SIT UCAT UK 2020 AT HOME, ONLINE?

For the first time ever, students sitting UCAT UK 2020 will be able to decide whether to sit UCAT online or at a testing centre. This choice is available due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. The actual content of the UCAT test will be the same regardless of where you choose to sit the test. Deciding where to sit UCAT UK 2020 is an important decision. You will need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each option. For guidance on which option to choose, please see our blog. This blog will cover the advantages and disadvantages of sitting UCAT UK...
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SHOULD I SIT UCAT UK 2020 AT A TESTING CENTRE?

Due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, students sitting UCAT UK 2020 will be able to decide whether to sit UCAT online or at a testing centre. Note that the content of the actual UCAT test will be identical. Deciding where to sit UCAT UK 2020 is an important decision. You will need to weigh up the advantages and disadvantages of each option. For guidance on which option to choose, please see our blog. This blog will cover the advantages and disadvantages of sitting UCAT UK 2020 at a testing centre. Our next blog in the series (coming soon) will discuss sitting UCAT...
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WHAT WILL IT BE LIKE TO SIT UCAT UK 2020 ONLINE?

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and for the first time, UCAT UK will be offered online as well as in a UCAT testing centre. UCAT UK candidates will have the option to sit UCAT 2020 at home, which will be remotely supervised. You may be wondering what it will be like to sit UCAT at home – read on! UCAT Test Content The content of UCAT UK online will be the same as if you sat the test in a UCAT testing centre. The test will consist of the same five subtests (UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UCAT Quantitative...
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Should I Sit UCAT UK 2020 at a Testing Centre or at Home?

For the first time ever, UCAT UK 2020 will be offered online, allowing candidates to choose to sit UCAT from home. Students will be able to choose two options when sitting UCAT UK this year: UCAT Online: sit UCAT UK at home, using Pearson VUE’s online proctoring service (OnVUE)Standard UCAT: sit UCAT UK in a Pearson VUE testing centre (as has occurred in the past) There will be no difference in content between a UCAT test sat at home and one taken in a UCAT testing centre. Pearson VUE have safeguards to ensure the integrity and security of the UCAT UK....
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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: UCAT UK 2020 WILL PROCEED (WITH SOME CHANGES)!

The UCAT UK Consortium have recently confirmed that UK UCAT 2020 will proceed, with a few changes. This blog discusses the changes in detail. Change #1: You can choose to sit UCAT in a testing centre, or at home Normally, UCAT UK takes place in Pearson VUE testing centres across the UK and the world. However, the coronavirus pandemic has led to the closure of some Pearson VUE testing centres due to safety concerns and governmental regulations. Therefore, in 2020, students will have the choice of where to sit UCAT UK, with two main options, which are discussed in detail below....
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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....
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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,...
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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:...
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