14th September 2023
10 Factors to Consider when Choosing a Medical School in New Zealand
Choosing a Medical School to apply for in New Zealand is one of the first major decisions you will make on your path to becoming a doctor. Worldwide ranking and prestige should not factor into your decision making, as a medical degree from either Auckland or Otago university will give you a high quality degree and a licence to practice medicine. With entrance to the first year of study guarant ...
13th September 2023
What is a Good UCAT ANZ Score?
Students who sit UCAT ANZ receive their UCAT score report on the same day, often within an hour of sitting the test. Students will be notified via email once their UCAT score report is available. The format of UCAT scores can be confusing, and it can be difficult to know what is a ‘good’ UCAT ANZ score. This blog answers some common questions about UCAT ANZ scores. Wha ...
31st August 2023
Where can I apply if I am currently Studying at University?
Are you already studying a degree at university and thinking of applying to study medicine or dentistry? If so, the requirements differ compared to if you are a standard, or school leaver applicant. Not all universities will accept students who are currently studying at university into their medical or dental programs, but some will. Furthermore, applying as a non-standard applicant can be ...
30th August 2023
Preliminary UCAT ANZ 2023 Test Statistics Released!
UCAT ANZ 2023 preliminary statistics have been released, which will help students to interpret their UCAT 2023 scores. The UCAT consortium has developed a UCAT score percentile calculator that will help you to convert your UCAT scaled scores into an estimated percentile ranking. The UCAT percentile calculator is expected to be released concurrently with 2023 UCAT ANZ final test statist ...
21st August 2023
5 Easy Ways to Start Preparing for Medical Interviews Now
So you’ve made it through the UCAT and now all you want to do is breathe a sigh of relief and forget about the whole medical entry process. But it’s not over yet! Medical interviews are a very important and challenging aspect of the medical entry process. Medical interviews are worth up to 40-50% of the entry criteria for medicine, and at some universities, are the only fac ...
16th August 2023
Didn’t do well in UCAT? Here’s how to bounce back in four steps
The UCAT is one of the criteria for both undergraduate medicine schools in New Zealand and Australia. 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 eff ...
9th August 2023
I didn't get a good enough UCAT score - What should I do?
Applying for entry into medical school is no small task, and it is a journey that may not always go the way you had hoped. Part of the difficulty is that the application to medical school has many components, and if one of these components does not go as planned, it can interfere with your chances of entry. You may find yourself in the common position of looking at your UCAT score and wonde ...
9th August 2023
Pathways into Medicine in New Zealand
There are many pathways to enter medicine in New Zealand. The most straightforward journey, followed by most candidates, is the first year entry pathway. However, there are other routes into medicine available, including graduate entry and studying medicine in Australia. First year entry into medicine For most students, the ideal pathway into medicine is after first year univ ...
21st July 2023
How Will Universities Use UCAT ANZ Scores?
With the UCAT testing period soon to be over and with students receiving their UCAT ANZ scores, a common question is: how will universities use UCAT scores? Every university is different when it comes to entry into medicine and dentistry, and entry requirements can be complicated and confusing. Most undergraduate medical and dentistry courses across New Zealand and Australia require candida ...
13th July 2023
UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 2
The blog “UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 1” explained how the scoring and scaling of UCAT works. In this blog we will discuss what all that means for you in practice. Negative marking There is no negative marking in UCAT. Why? There is a lot of educational research and literature on this point, but in summary, if there is negative marking, ris ...