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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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Getting the most from your UCAT practice exams

Have you completed a full length UCAT practice exam yet? If not, it is essential that you do! It is the only way to understand the extreme time pressures placed on you during the UCAT. It is essential that you develop and practice strategies that will help you answer questions accurately within UCAT time limits. Here are three tips to getting the most from your UCAT practice exams.   1.  Complete UCAT exams under simulated conditions This is absolutely essential. On UCAT test day, you will be required to sit in front of a computer screen for two hours, without a...
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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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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. The key to 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...
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PERSONALISED UCAT TUTORING NOW AVAILABLE!

MedEntry is now offering one on one UCAT tutoring as an add on for students with Online and Platinum Packages. UCAT tutoring will be conducted online, from the comfort and safety of your own home. Students will receive personalised UCAT coaching from an experienced tutor/mentor who has performed exceptionally well in UCAT, interviews and school. MedEntry UCAT tutors are the best of the best - they have come through a very stringent vetting process, and are continually assessed to ensure they meet the highest quality that is expected of the MedEntry name. This personalised UCAT tutoring provides highly relevant training and...
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5 UCAT Tips from a student who scored >3500!

Tim was a MedEntry student who achieved a whopping 3520 in the UCAT last year, which was the highest score achieved. Tim is now studying medicine at the University of New South Wales. In this blog, Tim shares his top 5 UCAT tips. 1. Periodically Check Your UCAT Timing While doing the UCAT, it’s very easy to get lost in the questions, focusing on reading and answering each one correctly. However, this carries the risk of running out of time, or not getting as many questions done as you would have hoped. Learning to quickly see if you’re on pace to...
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Making Time for UCAT: Eat That Frog!

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. – Mark Twain Brian Tracy’s 5 minute YouTube video discusses a time management strategy that has changed many people’s lives (including mine!). It discusses time management in the context of the workplace, but the strategy is applicable to UCAT and high school/university study too. This blog summarises the key points.  As Mark Twain said, if the first thing you do in the morning is to eat a live frog, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that’s probably the worst thing...
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Three Steps for UCAT Success

Preparing for UCAT can seem overwhelming. It can be difficult to know how to best prepare for UCAT and how to utilise your precious study time. Over the last two decades, MedEntry has developed an unrivalled understanding of the strategies used by the highest performers to tackle aptitude tests and get into medicine. This blog describes the top strategies.   1.  Simulate It is vital in your UCAT preparation that you simulate the live UCAT as closely as possible. Most importantly, this involves completing full length UCAT exams under timed conditions. UCAT is one of the toughest, most time-pressured tests you...
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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 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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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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TRACKING YOUR UCAT PROGRESS: GRAPHS AND STATISTICS

MedEntry has developed a sophisticated series of graphs enabling you to see how your performance in full-length UCAT practice exams has changed over time. You can access them on the Simulate page of the online UCAT platform: The graph has two modes: UCAT Percentile Rankings: This graph displays your overall cognitive percentile ranking for each UCAT exam you have completed. There is an option to hide/show your percentile rankings for each individual UCAT subtest: UCAT Scaled Scores: The graph can be switched to Scaled Scores mode by clicking the switch in the top right: Like the percentile rankings graph, you can...
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30 day pass for only £30!

Obtain access to the most innovative, comprehensive and personalised UCAT online learning platform for a month for just £30! Purchasing a 30 day pass will provide you with: Over 10,000 high quality UCAT questions from all five UCAT subtests11 full length UCAT exams provided on a platform which exactly replicates the live UCAT.25+ mini mocks for each UCAT subtestInteractive UCAT video guides that cover the key strategies for successInnovative UCAT trainers to help you develop skills required to ace UCATComprehensive, personalised feedback, allowing you to prepare for UCAT efficientlyAccess to the exclusive MedEntry App, allowing you to practice UCAT on the go...
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MedEntry UCAT Exam Percentile Rankings

UCAT scores may look complicated, but essentially all they do is compare your performance against other UCAT candidates. Therefore, to understand how you are performing in UCAT, you need an indication of how your performance compares to others. MedEntry makes this easy by converting your raw UCAT practice exam results into percentile rankings. These percentiles compare your performance against other UCAT candidates who have completed the same UCAT practice exam. You will be provided with a UCAT percentile ranking for each of the five UCAT subtests, as well as an overall UCAT percentile ranking for the exam. The overall UCAT percentile...
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UCAT Practice Exams Retry Feature

One of the most efficient and effective ways to prepare for UCAT is to identify and work on your weaknesses. MedEntry makes this easy using an innovative retry feature for UCAT practice exams. The retry feature gives you the opportunity to re-attempt questions you answered incorrectly on your first attempt at the UCAT practice exam. You can do this up to four times. This process will allow you to work on UCAT questions that you find difficult, thereby developing your skills. It allows you to get the most out of your UCAT practice exams. To retry an exam, go to the...
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Distributed Practice and the UCAT: What you need to know Part 2

In part 1 of this blog, we looked at why it is important to study with distributed practice for the UCAT. In part 2, we will look at how to implement this into your UCAT plan. How to implement distributed practice for UCAT Here are some tips and strategies on how to best use distributed practice in your UCAT preparation (you can also use them in your secondary school and university study; or acquiring any skill for that matter): 1. Plan out a UCAT study schedule/timetable This is an important step. You need to make time for your UCAT preparation, even...
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Distributed Practice and the UCAT: What you need to know Part 1

Over the last few years the education sector has been rampant with ideals of “studying smarter not harder”, doing “less work for more reward” and a series of other catch phrases that seem too good to be true. Nevertheless, there is one system that eclipses all others in the research conducted, the widespread implementation and the unanimous praise it has received from scientists, psychologists, students and teachers alike: distributed practice. In part one of this two part blog series, we look at what distributed practice means, why it works and why you should implement it for your UCAT study. What is...
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Balancing the UCAT and Hobbies

With the UCAT around the corner, it can be quite a stressful time for students. Many students will spend the majority of the day practising UCAT- style questions and completing practise exams, as well as devoting a large amount of time to UCAT preparation. However, this does not mean your hobbies and interests should be forgotten about. After a long day of lessons, it can be quite daunting to sit at a desk and prepare for the night. Sometimes, motivation to ascertain a place in university to study Medicine can flicker as the late nights become endless. Therefore, it is even...
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