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Study groups

Our study group rules

Enhance Learning. Our study groups are on Facebook and Free to join! Ask questions and connect with other students taking the medical admissions tests. Join thousands of students to date – and enhance learning. Study Group Rules Be Kind and Courteous – We’re all in this together to create a welcoming environment. Let’s treat everyone with respect. Healthy debates are natural, but kindness is required. No Hate Speech or Bullying – Make sure everyone feels safe. Bullying of any kind isn’t allowed, and degrading comments about things like race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated. No Promotions or Spam – Give more than you take to this group. Self-promotion, spam [Read More]

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UCAT Q&A with Omar Tabaqchali – Episode 008

We reach out to past candidates that took the UCAT to get their thoughts on the test and give their insight into how to prepare for the exam. Today’s Q&A session is with Dentistry offer holder at King’s College London, Omar Tabaqchali, he offers advice and insight into how he prepared for the exam to achieve an overall score of 2960. Short Bio: Omar is a Year 13 student, who took the UCAT last year in 2019, and has a conditional offer to study Dentistry at King’s College London. You can find him on Instagram as @the.medic.mindset where he posts tips about the medicine/dentistry application process, and answer questions from [Read More]

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How Universities Use the UCAT (2020 updated)

If you’ve already picked up our study guide, thank you! If you stumbled upon this article without getting the book first, I highly recommend you click here to pick up a copy of the UCAT Study Guide to make sense of  the information provided. Medical and dental schools part of the UCAT consortium use the exam differently – some look at your overall score, others look at individual marks, whilst a few consider the band score in the situational judgement section. The key to increasing your chances of getting invited for an interview is by understanding how they use the UCAT. In this article we will explore the different approaches used by [Read More]

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UCAT Keyboard Shortcuts (2020 updated)

UCAT Keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate each subtest if you find it preferable. Nevertheless, with limited time in the exam, they can be essential and help save a bit of time. The UCAT keyboard shortcuts can be used at any time depending on the current screen being viewed. However, they cannot be used to pick your answer, this can only be done with a mouse to select an option or in some cases drag and drop. I strongly recommend practising shortcuts when attempting questions on the UCAT platform. This might help with overall pace in each subtest. You can explore all the above shortcuts in the tour tutorial provided [Read More]

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How to use the UCAT flag function (2020 updated)

You can mark questions and come back to them later using the flagging function. It is an extremely beneficial tool to come back to specific questions in the exam. I think the flagging function is one of the most underrated tools in the exam. When I took the UCAT back in the day, I had a flagging strategy for each subtest. It played a key role in my triage strategy for the test, I would only flag a question that I either blindly guessed or were too complex questions that I needed more time. For the blind guesses, I also wrote the number of the question down on my whiteboard [Read More]

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How to find out your UCAT percentile (and what it means)

The UCAT exam board uses a statistical approach called deciles (or percentiles) to report the overall performance of candidates each year. In this article we will explore how to find out your percentile and how to use it. A decile is any of nine values that divide data into ten equal parts so that each part represents 10% of the sample population. This statistical approach is descriptive and gives the exam board a good overview of the overall test performance each year. You can use this data to find out the strength of your UCAT compared to the current application pool. I recommend you viewing this report before applying to medical or [Read More]

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Is the Medify UCAT online course worth it? (2020 Updated)

Medify is our recommended online course to prepare for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT – formerly UKCAT) this year – but is it worth it? We bought the Medify course, and in this article, I’ll be deep-diving into it to give a comprehensive insight into its key features, usability, pros and cons. What Is Medify? For all aspiring doctors and dentists out there you’re going to need to do one or more admission tests to go hand-in-hand with your application. The UCAT is one of such exam. The UCAT is a 2-hour computer-based test required by most medical schools as part of their admission process. In a nutshell, the Medify [Read More]

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Join our free UCAT study group (plus tips on how to get started)

Study groups are very effective in enhancing learning. We created a UCAT study group on Facebook a few years ago and it has grown to over a thousand students helping each other to succeed. How to Join: Step 1: Read our study group rules. Step 2: Log in to Facebook and request to join. The secret word is MEDICWANNABEE That’s it! Here are some tips for getting started: Use the search bar to look for specific tips. Ask for resource recommendations or feedback on a course before buying it. Leave a post or comment if you have any preparation questions. Screenshot problems you have difficulty solving. Use the group in [Read More]

Medical Personal Statement with Simon Sinek
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Medical Personal Statement: How I got FOUR interviews with this writing technique! (inspired by a TedTalk video)

When applying to study Medicine, you must include a short piece of writing with your UCAS application. The aim of your medical personal statement is to persuade whoever reads it that you are a great candidate to study Medicine. In this post I’ll be sharing the writing technique I used to stand out from the competition and secure 4 interviews for medicine. I used this approach to boost my medical personal statement and stand out in my interviews as well. What did I do? I started with WHY then REFLECTED WHY is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you. REFLECT is carefully thinking about what you learned from the experience. For example, when [Read More]

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Helpful Annotating strategies when using our Study Guides

If you’ve picked up one of our study guides, thank you! If you stumbled across this article without downloading any of our books, you can find our collection at our store. Annotating involves highlighting or underlining key pieces of text and making notes in the margins of the book. If you’ve picked up any of our study guides you might have already noticed the extra space on the margin of most pages. This is intentional to encourage you to annotate. Write down the main points and record your thoughts as you read. Even if you regularly understand and remember what you read, annotating will help you summarise a text, draw [Read More]