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The “Best” GAMSAT Preparation Materials (2020 Updated)

I achieved 74/75/81 in the GAMSAT and this article I’ll be sharing the “best” preparation materials to prepare for the GAMSAT, I’ve rated each type of material according to their “usefulness”, offer tips on picking the right ones and share mistakes to avoid when using them. If you are new to the blog, my name is Raman, and I’m a 4-year GAMSAT tutor and one of the latest members of THE MEDIC BLOG team. We have just wrapped up our free 30-day GAMSAT preparation challenge, and I wanted to share my tips on picking the right GAMSAT preparation materials. From my tutoring experience, the most significant factor in determining the [Read More]

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GAMSAT

Feynman Technique: Best way to learn anything for the GAMSAT

Named after the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman – who, in addition to being a brilliant scientist, was great at relaying complex ideas to others in simple, intuitive ways – the Feynman technique is a method for learning or reviewing a concept quickly that can be used to prepare for GAMSAT section II and III.  Richard Feynman created a formula for learning that ensured he understood a concept better than everyone else. It’s called the Feynman Technique and it will help you learn anything faster and with greater understanding. Best of all, it’s incredibly easy to implement. There are four steps to the Feynman Technique. Step 1: Teach it to a child Take [Read More]

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GAMSAT

Free Podcasts for GAMSAT Preparation

We encourage students taking the GAMSAT to understand the most common theories in ethics, politics, philosophy and psychology, among other prominent topics, that could prove useful for section 2. A great and convenient way to broaden your knowledge on such theory is by listening to Podcasts. They are entertaining and feel less like work – so are a great option to supplement GAMSAT study. We have compiled a list of free podcasts that have been recommended by students for GAMSAT preparation. They include: #1. StarTalk StarTalk is a podcast on space, science, and popular culture hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, with various comic and celebrity co-hosts and frequent guests [Read More]

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GAMSAT

Read this before hiring a GAMSAT tutor!

At the MEDIC BLOG, we take great pride in creating the first ever virtual GAMSAT tutor in the form of the GAMSAT prep challenge, an affordable email course designed to act as both a study schedule and virtual tutor. Our GAMSAT challenge is designed to structure preparation and includes over a hundred exam tips and strategies from past candidates that took and scored highly in the test. However, you may still want to hire a GAMSAT tutor where you get one-on-one teaching tailored to you to give maximum improvement.  The following are key factors to consider when picking a GAMSAT tutor, they are as follows: #1. Teaching Method The principles [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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Guides

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]