5th September 2021
University rankings and prestige: how much do they really matter for studying medicine?
Is studying medicine at Monash more prestigious than Melbourne? Is studying medicine at USyd more prestigious than UNSW? And in the end, does it really matter? University rankings and prestige: how much do they matter for studying medicine? Prestige, prestige, prestige. It’s a battle cry often heard echoing from the halls of the oldest universities and repeated with an unwavering insistence ...
3rd September 2021
UCAT ANZ 2021 ONLINE TESTING CONFIRMED!
The UCAT Consortium has confirmed that UCAT ANZ 2021 will take place online for some students who have not yet been able to sit UCAT due to lockdowns. What does this mean for me? All candidates will be given the chance to sit UCAT by the end of September. Students who have a current UCAT test booking at a UCAT testing centre in the next week should continue with their scheduled UCAT t ...
1st September 2021
Medical schools love to attract two groups of students. They pull out the red carpet for (a) rural students and (b) very high ATAR students. Why? The real reason (not the one stated on their websites) is that the universities benefit directly and indirectly. If they recruit rural students, universities get significantly more funding from the government than they would if they recruit city stu ...
31st August 2021
How Will Universities Use UCAT ANZ Scores?
With many students sitting UCAT and 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 courses across Australia and New Zealand require candidates to sit and succeed in UCAT to be offe ...
30th August 2021
Preliminary UCAT ANZ 2021 Test Statistics Released!
UCAT ANZ 2021 preliminary statistics have been released, which will help students to interpret their UCAT 2021 scores. The majority of UCAT candidates have sat their 2021 UCAT test, so it is expected that the final UCAT summary statistics will not be very different from these figures. The UCAT 2021 preliminary statistics data is available at: https://www.ucat.edu.au/media/1469/preliminar ...
23rd August 2021
3 Tips for Written Applications
Some universities, including James Cook University and the University of New South Wales, require you to submit a written application when applying for medicine. Written applications may be used to select students for interview or guide interviewers’ questions on the day. They are therefore an important part of the application process. When so many students are submitting applications ...
21st August 2021
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 study in order ...
16th August 2021
I didn’t get a good enough UCAT score – what should I do?
The UCAT testing period is a big month for many students across Australasia and even other countries around the world. For information on what is a 'good' UCAT score, check out our dedicated blog. 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 ho ...
16th August 2021
5 Key UCAT tips
There are a wealth of strategies and techniques that are useful in boosting your UCAT performance. Each UCAT section and question type requires a slightly different approach. Relevant techniques are discussed in detail in the MedEntry UCAT course. In the meantime, here are five important tips that will help you in preparing for and sitting UCAT. 1. Work on your weaknesses Each of the five s ...
13th August 2021
UCAT or GAMSAT? which route is harder? which route is easier?
For a simple comparison of UCAT and GAMSAT, please read this article: UCAT vs GAMSAT Medicine entry via GAMSAT or UCAT? what’s the difference? It’s a question anyone wanting to gain entry into medicine will inevitably ask: ‘Am I better off sitting the UCAT and doing an undergraduate medicine degree, or should I sit the GAMSAT to gain entry into a graduate medicine course?’ To make things easie ...