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UCAT UK 2019 Test Statistics Released

10th October 2019

UCAT UK 2019 Test Statistics Released

UCAT UK 2019 test statistics have been released, which will help students to interpret their UCAT scores. The UCAT data is available at: https://www.ucat.ac.uk/media/1329/2019-test-statistics-oct-2019.pdf   This blog discusses the statistics. UCAT UK 2019 Mean Scaled Scores Mean scaled scores shows the average scores achieved for each of the five subtests. The total average cognitive scale ...

 

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What will it be like to sit UCAT?

19th September 2019

What will it be like to sit UCAT?

UCAT may seem like a daunting prospect, not least because most students will not be familiar with sitting a computer-based test. In this blog, we’ll cover what to expect on the day of UCAT. What to bring You will need to bring a printout of your confirmation email from Pearson VUE, as well as photographic identification (such as a passport or driver’s license). You are not allowed to have b ...

 

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UCAT UK Preparation Strategy: Speed Reading

13th September 2019

UCAT UK Preparation Strategy: Speed Reading

UCAT is an extremely time pressured test. You will have less than 30 seconds to complete each question. Some sections, particularly Verbal Reasoning and Situational Judgement, will require you to read passages of text. Speed reading is therefore an important skill to master to succeed in UCAT.  The following reading efficiency techniques can boost your reading rate. But even if your rate is f ...

 

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How does scoring work in the UCAT?

26th August 2019

How does scoring work in the UCAT?

  Scoring in the UCAT is based on the number of correct answers you provide. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. The scoring system differs between the ‘cognitive’ subtests (Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning) and the non-cognitive subtest (Situational Judgement).   Scoring of ‘cognitive’ subtests For Verbal Reasoning, Quantita ...

 

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UCAT Workshops: Why They Should Be Run By Doctors

21st August 2019

UCAT Workshops: Why They Should Be Run By Doctors

With the inclusion of the Situational Judgement Test in UCAT, it is even more important that UCAT workshops are run by medical professionals. Situational Judgement questions require an intimate understanding of issues such as teamwork, professionalism, ethics and integrity within a medical context. Questions are based on real-world medical scenarios with which doctors will have had first-hand ...

 

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Planning Time for UCAT preparation

19th August 2019

Planning Time for UCAT preparation

A very common question asked by aspiring medical students is “How do you balance your school work and UCAT practice?” Given that the UCAT can be equally or even more important than ATAR in the medical school selection process, it is crucial that students devote sufficient time in preparing for the UCAT, without neglecting their year 12 studies.   Dedicated time or s ...

 

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19th August 2019

UCAT Learning Forums

You will find numerous forums on the internet discussing UCAT and medical entry. Many of them are run anonymously and contain a lot of misinformation, posted by ‘nameless-faceless people’ with vested interests, so it is important to be sceptical when reading posts on such forums. You may find that MedEntry is not mentioned on third party forums, because we have our own learning forums. Furthe ...

 

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UCAT Timing Feature

13th June 2019

UCAT Timing Feature

Anyone who has sat a UCAT practice exam under timed conditions will know that the hardest part of UCAT is the timing. How is it possible to answer 233 challenging UCAT questions in 180 minutes? Well, it is possible to score highly in the UCAT despite the challenging time constraints. However, it is vital that you become familiar with the extreme time pressures faced in UCAT, and develop the s ...

 

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How to choose a UCAT Course

7th June 2019

How to choose a UCAT Course

  UCAT is the single most difficult and important test you will sit in your medical or dental career. It is therefore vital that you choose the right UCAT Course. This blog outlines what you should look for when choosing a UCAT Course. Is the UCAT course run by doctors? Given UCAT assesses the skills required to be a doctor, it makes sense that your chosen UCAT Course should be run by docto ...

 

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How to Schedule Your UCAT (UKCAT) Testing Date

6th June 2019

How to Schedule Your UCAT (UKCAT) Testing Date

So you’ve booked your UCAT testing date, but you have to reschedule it. Maybe you’ve realised your booked UCAT testing date clashes with an important commitment, maybe you’re sick, or maybe you simply do not feel prepared enough to sit UCAT. This blog provides guidance on how to reschedule your UCAT testing date. Rescheduling your UCAT test before the Online Booking Deadline (5pm, Wednesday ...

 

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