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I’m interested in studying medicine. Which subjects should I choose in year 11 and 12?

19th August 2022

I’m interested in studying medicine. Which subjects should I choose in year 11 and 12?

Your ATAR is often just as important as your UCAT score when it comes to applying for medical schools in Australia. Because of this, a lot of discussion around choosing subjects for senior high school remains. Here are four factors to consider when choosing subjects, in order of importance.   1. University prerequisities Some universities have prerequisite subjects that you must ...

 

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5 Easy Ways to Start Preparing for Medical Interviews Now

15th August 2022

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 factor u ...

 

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Medicine at Monash or Melbourne?

7th August 2022

Medicine at Monash or Melbourne?

A dilemma facing high achievers wanting to pursue medicine is whether to choose Monash University (which offers school leaver entry into medicine) or Melbourne University (which offers a graduate route). Many parents often ask “why did some universities abandon the school leaver entry route to medicine? Which route is better?” The answer is the same to similar questions such ...

 

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Optimising your performance in UCAT: 5 Lessons from Sports Psychology

27th July 2022

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 UC ...

 

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7 Tips for using the UCAT Calculator

22nd July 2022

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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Nutrition is Important for UCAT Test Day

20th July 2022

Nutrition is Important for UCAT Test Day

Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said “an army marches on its stomach”, and that is as relevant for UCAT as it was for the French Armies that Bonaparte commanded. Those who are about to participate in an important event, be it sports or social, make sure that they eat right to perform at their best. Making sure you put the right things into your body in the lead up to UCAT is vital ...

 

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How I Scored 900 in UCAT Abstract Reasoning

15th July 2022

How I Scored 900 in UCAT Abstract Reasoning

The Abstract Reasoning UCAT subtest is one that candidates often find very difficult. Not only is it extremely time pressured, but it is unlike any other test you’ve ever taken. Candidates are often unsure how to prepare for and do well in the Abstract Reasoning section of the UCAT. To succeed in this subtest, you need to develop effective strategies to tackle any Abstract Reasoning q ...

 

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UCAT Situational Judgement: 5 Top Tips

14th July 2022

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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How to Interpret Your UCAT scores

12th July 2022

How to Interpret Your UCAT scores

If you have just sat UCAT, congratulations! You have made it through one of the toughest and most gruelling tests of your career. This blog contains information on how to interpret your 2022 UCAT ANZ score report.   How do I access my UCAT Score Report? After sitting UCAT, you will receive an email from Pearson VUE notifying you that your UCAT score report is available to view vi ...

 

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

10th July 2022

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

The UCAT testing period is a big month for many students. It can feel really disappointing if, like me, you logged in to see your UCAT score report and were met with a non-competitive score. I understand that it can feel like the world is ending, and all hopes have been flushed down the toilet, but I am here to tell you otherwise! Note: For information on what is a 'good' UCAT score ...

 

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