12th August 2021
CONVERT YOUR UCAT 2021 SCORE INTO A PERCENTILE
Want to know your predicted UCAT percentile ranking? MedEntry has released a calculator that will help you convert your UCAT scores into estimated percentile rankings. You can find the calculator here: https://www.medentry.co.nz/ucat-score-percentile-calculator The calculator produces accurate estimated percentile rankings using the deciles outlined in the UCAT ANZ 2020 Summary Test Statist ...
10th August 2021
How Will Medical Schools Use UCAT? Here's a Summary
With the UCAT testing period underway, many students who have sat UCAT are wondering how UCAT will be used to select applicants into medical school in NZ/Australia. Most universities use a combination of three factors when selecting students into medicine or dentistry. These include: UCAT ANZ scores (either cognitive subtests* only, or all UCAT subtests) Medical interview performance Y13 ...
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 Reas ...
1st August 2021
Balancing the UCAT and Hobbies
With the UCAT around the corner, as well as school assignments and exams, 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 da ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 students across Au ...
13th July 2021
6 COMMON UCAT VERBAL REASONING PITFALLS
Without a doubt, most UCAT test takers find Verbal Reasoning to be the most challenging subtest. The combination of the stringent timing (~30s per question), the information dense passages and of course, testing nerves (being the first UCAT section!), can often result in lower scores in this subtest. It is important to note that participants tend to score lower in UCAT Verbal Reasoning – fro ...
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 ...
9th July 2021
5 Tips For UCAT Timing
If you ask any candidate sitting UCAT what the hardest part of the UCAT is, they will inevitably say one thing: timing. All questions in the UCAT are do-able if you are given unlimited time. If sufficient time is given, most students would be able to score very highly in UCAT. However, UCAT is designed intentionally to give you less time than is required to answer UCAT questions. This is the o ...