Personal UCAT Tutor – UCAT High Achiever Program
The UCAT High Achiever Program is a personalised program offering UCAT candidates intensive UCAT preparation along with a medical interview preparation. The Program is not simply a UCAT preparation program – it offers students a complete solution to all of the hurdles faced in entering undergraduate medical, dental, and clinical science programs. Each UCAT High Achiever is paired with a personal UCAT tutor who guides the student through their exam preparation, medical school application, and medical school interview. The Program is the undergraduate extension of the family of METC Institute High Achiever Programs offered to promising students currently in medical and post-graduate medical specialist training programs.
Candidates enrolled in the UCAT High Achiever Program receive the following:
- UCAT Workshops: Enrolment into the five specialised UCAT workshops for the domains of verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, and situational judgement. These are two hour workshops hosted via a member of the METC Institute Academic Faculty via the online UCAT classroom. More details about each workshop can be found under the courses section of the UCAT department webpage. Sessions are available in the months of April, May, and June prior to the official UCAT exam. See the Location & Dates tab for more information. Following their sessions, students may access recordings of their workshops. Workshops are designed to be completed in conjunction with official UCAT preparation materials (which includes 3 official full-length online UCAT exams and another 400 official UCAT questions available in a question bank) to facilitate a complete preparation that will confer a distinct advantage to students.
- Formal personal UCAT tutorials: High Achievers receive exclusive formal personal tuition from a member of the METC Institute academic faculty. There are five formal tutorials each of two-hours length that students need to complete prior to their UCAT exam. The tutorials focus on the five key domains of the UCAT exam and provide candidates with the chance to apply their developing skills under the guidance of their personal UCAT tutor.
- Unlimited informal personal tuition: High Achievers have unlimited online access to their UCAT tutor enabling them to workshop their approaches to questions, and to ask their tutor questions about the UCAT, application process, or medical admissions interview.
- Medical interview preparation: High Achievers are automatically enrolled into the Medicine Interview Online Course (CR302) to guide their preparation for the medicine admissions interview. This course provides interview candidates with a comprehensive approach to the medical school admissions interview along with access to 100+ previously used Australian medical school interview questions/scenarios along with detailed ideal responses.
Aims of the UCAT High Achiever Program
The UCAT High Achiever Program has specific aims in multiple domains. General aims of the UCAT High Achiever Program are consistent with other METC Institute mentoring programs offered in medical and post-graduate medical specialty training. These are achieved via a close relationship with the student’s personal UCAT tutor and include:
- Development of a strong work ethic and furthering of the candidate’s understanding of their potential
- Progressing and further refining the student’s conscientiousness and attention to detail
- Development of resilience in the face of professional and personal challenges, and the ability to perform amidst adverse circumstances
- Overall fostering of excellence in preparation, competency, and performance
Specific UCAT-related aims of the High Achiever Program include:
- Assisting candidates to develop a general understanding of the rationale for all the sections of the UCAT examination
- Teaching candidates specific techniques for working through questions in the domains of verbal reasoning, decision making, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, and situational judgement
- Ensuring candidates minimise the habit of making assumptions when drawing conclusions, and focusing on evidence-based rationale
- Developing in candidates a fundamental understanding of deductive reasoning and how it can be applied to make decisions
- Assisting candidates to make decisions in uncertain and ambiguous circumstances, and ensuring appropriate justification for such decisions
- Providing candidates with skills in the interpretation of the major forms of data presented in the quantitative reasoning section of UCAT including interpretation of tables and graphs, and other figurative representations of multiple variables
- Providing candidates with techniques to perform quick and accurate mental arithmetic
- Providing candidates with insight into the four distinct types of questions in the abstract reasoning section, and strategies to solve each of these question types
- Teaching candidates to determine the implicit rules that underpin the figures via consideration of such variables as opposition, reflection, symmetry, position, enclosure, mirroring, adjacency, rotation, shape, shading, equivalence, and ratios
- Arming candidates with a contextual understanding of the professional medical workplace, and their roles and responsibilities in such an environment
- Providing candidates with skills to discern the appropriateness of actions in particular contexts
- Providing candidates with an efficacious plan of study in the lead up to their examination
Other aims of the UCAT High Achiever Program are related to the student’s entry into medicine and include:
- Assist students to maximise the sophistication of their medical school application
- Installation of a comprehensive understanding of the rationale and nature of the medical school admissions interview via the Medicine Interview Online Course (CR302)
- Development of a universal and flexible response framework for the medical school admissions interview via the Medicine Interview Online Course (CR302)
- Insight into the rationale for and approach to answering common personal questions asked in the medical school admissions interview via the Medicine Interview Online Course (CR302)
- Insight into the rationale for and approach to answering commons scenarios seen in the medical school admissions interview via the Medicine Interview Online Course (CR302)
About the UCAT exam
The UCAT examination is an admissions exam used by a consortium of universities for assessing entry into medical, dental, and clinical science university programs. The exam has replaced completely the now defunct UMAT exam.
The exam is completed over 120 minutes and is comprised of the following sections:
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The UCAT is sat in the same year the candidate plans to apply to university. Registration for the exam opens in early March and closes in mid-May each year with the formal exam being held in later July of the same year. To find out more information about the UCAT, visit the official site www.ucatofficial.com