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7 Tips for using the UCAT Calculator

9th August 2021

7 Tips for using the UCAT Calculator

I managed to score 880 out of 900 in the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning section. A significant reason for this was my ability to use the UCAT Calculator quickly and effectively. In this blog, I discuss my top tips for using the UCAT Calculator. Learning to use the UCAT calculator took my mind off the time-consuming and seemingly never-ending calculations required to answer UCAT Quantitative Re ...

 

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Balancing UCAT and GPA/Year 13

29th July 2021

Balancing UCAT and GPA/Year 13

Year 13 or the first year on university is a busy year – we all know that. However, it can get a whole lot busier if you’re studying for the UCAT as well. It can be like taking an extra subject – one that has no lecturer, and there are no deadlines (aside from the exam). In addition, it is an exam for which you cannot cram (sorry to burst your bubble). So how do you manage the meticulous bala ...

 

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Optimising your performance in UCAT: 5 Lessons from Sports Psychology

23rd July 2021

Optimising your performance in UCAT: 5 Lessons from Sports Psychology

Preparing for the UCAT is like preparing for a marathon: it requires training, persistence and strategies to optimise your performance on UCAT test day. Just as an athlete prepares for a major sporting event, so you must prepare yourself to sit UCAT, which is one of the most important exams that you will face in your career. We can learn much from athletes about optimising performance in UCAT ...

 

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I didn’t get a good enough UCAT score – what should I do?

19th July 2021

I didn’t get a good enough UCAT score – what should I do?

If you are in First year at Auckland or Otago and did not do well in UCAT: You can continue your degree and apply through the graduate category or you can apply to Australia after resitting UCAT in your second year.   If you are Year 13 in NZ and want to get straight into medicine in Australia but did not do well in UCAT: The UCAT testing period is a big month for many studen ...

 

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UCAT Situational Judgement: 5 Top Tips

12th July 2021

UCAT Situational Judgement: 5 Top Tips

Situational Judgement UCAT questions test a different type of non-cognitive aptitude, and can be challenging if you do not have an effective framework to answer them. This blog covers five key tips for success in the UCAT Situational Judgement test.   1. Identify the key issue(s) in the scenario When reading the UCAT Situational Judgement scenario, it is important to read activel ...

 

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Optimising your Health for UCAT: What I Learned from getting the Flu two days before my UCAT Exam

7th July 2021

Optimising your Health for UCAT: What I Learned from getting the Flu two days before my UCAT Exam

Imagine you’re a hardworking student. You have consistently studied for the UCAT for several months and you are feeling pretty well prepared for UCAT exam itself (hopefully this is not too hard for you to imagine?). Maybe you have a week before UCAT exam day and while you are beginning to feel the nerves of the situation, you are really not too worried. Because why should you be? You hav ...

 

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5 Tips for UCAT Abstract Reasoning

6th July 2021

5 Tips for UCAT Abstract Reasoning

Struggling with UCAT Abstract Reasoning questions? Check out this blog which outlines 5 top tips. 1. Identify the pattern first When you are first starting out with Abstract Reasoning UCAT questions, it can be tempting to focus on the test shape and try to ‘match’ it to the sets. This wastes valuable time and is unlikely to lead you to the correct answer. Instead, start by examining the s ...

 

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UCAT ANZ 2021 REGISTRATION AND BOOKING IS CLOSING SOON!

6th July 2021

UCAT ANZ 2021 REGISTRATION AND BOOKING IS CLOSING SOON!

UCAT ANZ 2021 Registration deadline Registrations and booking to sit UCAT ANZ 2021 will close Monday 17th May at 11:59 PM AEST! If you plan to sit UCAT ANZ in 2021 and have not yet registered, please do so immediately. Remember that this is your only chance to sit UCAT in 2021. If you miss the registration date, you can still make a late registration until Monday 31st May at 11:59 pm AEST. ...

 

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UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 1

5th July 2021

UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 1

A common question among students preparing to sit the UCAT is how does UCAT scoring work? This blog answers that question. Practical implications for the UCAT test taker are covered in Part 2 of this blog. Many UCAT companies claim that they can predict UCAT scores and percentiles from the number of UCAT questions that you answer correctly. This is unfortunately completely misleading and in ...

 

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UCAT Scoring and Scaling: How does it work? Part 2

5th July 2021

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, risk ...

 

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