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Guides

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]

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Application Guide

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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Guides

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]

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5 common mistakes to avoid when preparing for the UCAT

Niel Bohr,  Danish Physicist and Nobel prize winner in 1922 once said that ‘An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field’. I took the exam THREE times before scoring in the top 10%. In this article, we will discuss the five mistakes I made when preparing for the exam. The UCAT was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to overcome. I failed to get an offer for medical school twice before finally succeeding on my third attempt. Part of my success was because I was able to significantly improve my UCAT average and score in the top [Read More]

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How to take effective UCAT study notes

If you’ve already picked up our UCAT self-study prep coach book, thank you! If you stumbled upon this article without getting the book first, I highly recommend you grab a copy to get access to the study journal at the beginning of the book. Taking better notes helps with recall and organising information in your head. However, the challenge with making notes for the UCAT is that it is an aptitude test. In order words, it doesn’t test knowledge but rather innate skills. Unfortunately, this makes it more difficult to take notes. Furthermore, on test day you’ll be analysing information you have never seen before. So how should you take [Read More]

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Guides

Best UCAT Books (2020 updated)

There are a lot of UCAT books out there, thus there is a risk that you may waste money buying outdated books that may not be to the equivalent standard to what you can expect in the exam. As a result, we created this article to help you pick the right one for you. In this article, you’ll learn which UCAT books are most helpful for your preparation, which books you can use to improve your score in the individual subtest, and which books you’ll need to avoid. More importantly, you’ll learn how to use these UCAT prep books for effective studying. I recommend reading the whole guide if you [Read More]

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Dissecting the UCAT Decision Making Subtest

The Decision Making subtest is the second section of the UCAT.  It includes 29 questions and is scored out of 900. In this article, we will look at the subtest in more detail. The DM subtest is relatively new compared to the others. It was introduced in 2016 and replaced the Decision Analysis section. Though similar in some ways, the new DM subtest assesses a students ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information. What to expect You will be presented with a variety of information, in the form of text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams and be required to analyse the information to answer the accompanying questions. This [Read More]

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GAMSAT

Achieve 3 months GAMSAT prep in 1 month

At some point during your GAMSAT prep it might feel like you’re spending countless hours “studying” without getting much productive work done. This can be incredibly frustrating, and a drain on time and energy. It’s not easy preparing for the GAMSAT, and the truth of the matter is that for most students they will never ever feel “fully ready” to take the actual test. Nonetheless, imagine if you could accomplish 3 months worth of “studying” within a month? It sounds too good to be true but think about it for a second. Is it possible to design an efficient study plan where you spend less time studying but still get more done? that’s [Read More]