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Use this technique to evaluate performance in BMAT papers

Reviewing your results in BMAT papers is vital during practice. In this article, we will explore the SWOT analysis framework I recommend to assess performance. SWOT analysis is a framework for identifying and analysing the internal and external factors that can have an impact on your BMAT performance. The framework is credited to Albert Humphrey, who tested the approach in the 60s and early 70s. Organisations of all types now adopt it as an aid in making business decisions. However, it can be used for personal assessment, and we will apply the framework to assess our results in BMAT papers. When and why you should do a SWOT analysis A [Read More]

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UCAT conversion table (2020 updated)

Use the UCAT conversion tables below to convert raw marks to scaled UCAT scores in each subtest.  The UCAT conversion tables below should be used to convert your raw practice marks in each section. Please note that our scoring system is for approximation purposes only and is NOT endorsed by the official UCAT exam. However, we have designed each table to bark on the side of caution, so that in most cases, a similar performance on the UCAT should result in a slightly higher score.  For more on how to go about using the conversion tables for UCAT study, download our free 30-day UCAT challenge. It is a free guide designed to [Read More]

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Key UCAT dates and timelines (incl. UCAT ANZ timelines)

We strongly recommend creating a study schedule* to ensure you complete your revision on time.  An important part of this is keeping a note of key UCAT dates and timelines. Find below the key timelines for each UCAT test. The dates do vary each year so we have provided links to the official ‘date and fee’ pages for the exact dates. *For step-by-step guidance on creating an effective study schedule for the UCAT, grab a copy of our UCAT self-study coach. Key UCAT UK Dates  Registration Opens:  Early May Bursary Scheme opens:  Early May Testing Begins:  Early July Registration Closes: Mid-September Bursary Deadline: Mid-September Booking/Rescheduling Closes:  Early October Last Testing [Read More]

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The pitfalls of using a UCAT book to study for the exam

In this article, we will explore some of the pitfalls of using a UCAT book for revision. This is not to say they are not worth the investment, but it’s important to consider their cons before buying any book.  Generally speaking, UCAT books are an affordable option for most students, and they still do provide a lot of value. So what is the issue? To help explain, let’s first explore the different types of UCAT books that exist. Types of UCAT books There are three main types of books in the market at the moment. 1. Practice books: These were the first type of UCAT books, and they focus on [Read More]

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List of every free UCAT practice questions we found online (2020 updated)

Every year we search the internet far and wide to find free UCAT practice questions and share them here in this article. Saving you time doing it yourself!  The official exam board does not endorse the UCAT practice questions below. However, they can still be helpful to hone the skills needed in the exam. *Please note the links are third-party sites. We check the links are working every 6-months. If you are not sure where to begin with UCAT prep, take our free 30-day UCAT challenge Passmedicine UCAT questions Medify free UCAT demo Job Test Prep free UCAT practice test The Medic Portal Demo UCAT test MedEntry free sample questions [Read More]

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Dissecting the UCAT Abstract Reasoning Subtest

The Abstract Reasoning subtest is the fourth section of the UCAT.  It includes 55 questions and is scored out of 900. In this article, we will look at the subtest in more detail. The UCAT Abstract reasoning assesses how you infer relationships from abstract shapes and patterns.  Usually, examiners may include irrelevant and distracting shapes to mislead you into selecting the wrong answer.  What to expect You’ll be presented with a lot of shapes to analyse. With each problem, you will find yourself tracking and critically evaluating relationships as well as generating hypotheses. Also, querying your own judgement as you go along trying to work out the rules governing relationships. [Read More]

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Step-by-Step guide preparing with the UCAT Medify course (2020 updated)

Medify is one of the most popular UCAT courses with 1-in-3 candidates using it to prepare for the UCAT. In this article, I share a step-by-step guide in preparing with their online UCAT course. Step 1 – Attempt the official question banks & at least one practice test Before using the Medify course, attempt the official questions. The official website includes a set of question banks and practice tests that covers all the question-types in the exam. The most reliable way to spot weak areas is by attempting these first. By spotting where your natural capabilities lie, you can use Medify more strategically by doing more practice of weak areas. [Read More]

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Is the Medify BMAT course worth it? (2020 updated)

We were granted access to the Medify BMAT course, and in this article, I’ll be deep-diving into it to give detailed insight into its key features, usability, pros and cons. Who are Medify? For those that do not know Medify is an online medical school admissions company that provides arguably the best UCAT course on the market (read our review). Their online BMAT course is no exception; it is an excellent self-study option as it teaches BMAT content and provides over a thousand practice questions (see full features). Key features of the Medify BMAT course The Medify BMAT course has four key features that make it an excellent resource to [Read More]

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Key skills tested on the UCAT Situational Judgement subtest

When preparing for the UCAT Situational Judgement section it is a good idea to pay close attention to the skills that you are being tested. I propose when analysing questions, look beyond the scenario and the character’s role. Try to pinpoint the skills being tested. You may find a recurring theme with difficult questions. On the situational judgement, the skills being tested usually fall under two categories. 1. Competency skills This can be tested in many ways, but usually include hypothetical life and work scenarios from different perspectives that focus on: Conflict resolution Resilience Honesty and integrity Pressure and prioritisation Teamwork and leadership skills Communication skills Adaptability 2. Ethical reasoning [Read More]

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How to analyse wrong questions during BMAT practice

Getting a question wrong during BMAT practice offers the opportunity to learn something new about the exam and yourself. But improvement only happens if you are reviewing questions the right way. I recommend analysing questions at three levels. 1 – the Stimulus type (the material being analysed), 2 – the Question type (the kind of question presented) and, 3 – the Skill/Reasoning type (the skill/reasoning required to solve the problem). Most students only analyse the question type, and sadly this doesn’t paint the full picture. You can find a more detailed explanation here.

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