Med Prep School – Help Centre
If you’re looking for an answer to a question, or to contact us directly, there’s 2 ways you can receive support.
Option 1 – Email Us
You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and receive a reply within 24-48 hours (during business hours). This is the best place to contact us (if you can’t find the answer you’re looking for in our FAQ) as we have a support team available 9AM-5PM each day.
Option 2 – FAQ
We have a detailed FAQ section below that answers all the most commonly asked questions about our company and programs (for both prospective and current students of our programs).
Our programs include a ‘Weekly UCAT Tutoring Program’ & a ‘UCAT Mastery Video Course’. Both of these programs are available to any type of student, regardless of age or year level as long as they are sitting the UCAT exam. You can learn more about these programs by clicking on our ‘programs’ tab at the top of our website.
Gaining admission into Medicine in Australia requires success on 3 assessments, the UCAT exam, the ATAR exam, and an Interview. You can read our comprehensive guide on the entire Medical Admissions process (from A-Z, everything you need to know) by clicking here.
Yes! If you would like to apply for a place in the Med Prep School program, you can do so by booking in a time to speak with us here.
No, please visit our UK site here: https://www.medprepschool.co.uk/
No, please visit our NZ site here: https://www.medprepschool.co.nz/
The UCAT (also known as UKCAT or University Clinical Admissions Test) is a 2-hour computerised test that is designed to identify students who have the skills and characteristics of someone who would become a successful doctor.
The UCAT exam has 233 questions across 5 sections.
The 5 sections on the UCAT are Abstract Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Situational Judgement and Decision Making.
The UCAT was created with the goal of identifying students with the skills and characteristics of successful doctors. This allows universities to identify students that are both an intellectual fit, and character fit for the medical profession.
The UCAT is held every year in July. You are able to choose any day within July to sit your exam as it is held in small computer labs across Australia. This period was extended slightly in 2021 due to COVID.
Over the past 2 years, universities have generally required students to score in at least the 90th percentile (top 10% of students) on the UCAT to be considered for selection into Medicine. This makes it considerably more difficult than the ATAR exam because you are only competing against students hoping to gain admission into Medicine (who are the top 2-3% of students in each state).
Many students leave their preparation to the last minute, however many students who are certain that they want to study Medicine and are wanting to maximise their chances of success, start preparing from the end of Year 10 (over the school holidays), or at the end of Year 11 (over the school holidays).
Given that a score in the 90th percentile is quite competitive, and the 95th percentile all but guarantees medical admission (alongside a strong ATAR and Interview), we recommend students start preparing for the UCAT exam as early as possible (to reduce weekly workload).
The ATAR is a ranking of Year 12 results that measures your overall academic achievement in your school subjects compared with all other final year students in Australia.
The ATAR is not a score out of 100 – it is a rank. This means that your score between 0 and 99.95 tells you where you rank in your state.
The ATAR is calculated by combining your scores in all your school subjects together.
This means that if you study for example: Maths, Chemistry, English, Biology and Physics – these scores are combined together into one single ATAR score between 0 and 99.95 (in intervals of 0.05).
To be competitive in the medical admissions process, you want to be aiming for an ATAR over 98. An ATAR score of 98 means you’re in the top 2% of students in your state.
For students that achieve outstanding ATAR and UCAT scores, a select number are then invited to attend a medical interview at the universities they have applied to. This is where students are able to demonstrate their passion for medicine, and character and interests beyond their raw ATAR and UCAT scores.
There are broadly three types of interview used in Australia and New Zealand to select students for entry into medicine and dentistry:
1. MMI (Multiple Mini Interview): candidates rotate through various themed ‘stations’, each addressing a particular topic presented as a ‘scenario’.
2. Structured panel interview: traditional style of interview, where all candidates are asked the same or similar questions.
3. Semi-structured panel interview: traditional style of interview, where interviewers do not have to adhere tightly to a ‘script’, and can ask follow up questions.
Medical interviews (or MMI) are a critical, yet often underestimated part of the medical admissions process. At some universities, they are as important, or even more important than UCAT and ATAR in determining entry into medicine. They may be weighted at 1/3 or even up to 80% of the admissions criteria.
Some universities even use interviews as the sole criterion in determining entry into medicine, once a threshold UCAT and ATAR has been reached (e.g. at University of Newcastle and New England).
The interview offer release date varies depending on the university. Most universities release interview offers during October/November (as late as late December for Monash MMI). For interstate students some universities release offers around mid January (rural students may receive offers earlier).
Medical Interviews are held at different dates/times for each university, however all of them are in the months of December and January at the end of Year 12. You can receive multiple interview offers, and will need to attend an interview for each university you apply for (to have a chance of being accepted into it).
Medical Interviews are designed to assess qualities considered important in both the study and practice of medicine.
Each university differs in their marking criteria for medical interviews. However, common assessment criteria include:
– Communication skills
– Critical thinking
– Decision making
– Social responsibility
– Moral and ethical reasoning
– Awareness of health issues
– Teamwork and leadership
– Quality of motivation to study medicine
Given that interviews are only offered to students who first excel in the ATAR and UCAT assessments, we recommend preparing for the UCAT as soon as you have finished your UCAT exam. This gives you around 6 months to prepare and ensure you are confident walking into your interview.
Med Prep School is the school for future doctors. All our teaching team have extensive experience in helping students to gain admission into Medicine (with our tutoring team having guided 100s of students into Medical Schools in the past) by providing them with school-level support for their UCAT and Interview preparation. This gives our students the best chance of getting into Medicine.
To learn more about Med Prep School we would recommend attending one of our upcoming free information sessions. You can register for one at the following link: https://support.medprepschool.com.au/freeinfosession
Med Prep School is the school for future doctors. We help students to excel in the Medical Admissions process (ATAR, UCAT and Interviews) to give them the best chance of gaining admission into Medicine.
The Med Prep School program provides students with weekly LIVE tutoring classes for their UCAT prep (from the start, to the end of their preparation), along with video tutorials, practice questions, and any other resources they need to succeed. This program is designed to give students everything they need to achieve a 95th percentile UCAT score by exam time.
A good UCAT percentile is in the 90th percentile or above. Most universities in Australia require students to score in at least the 90th percentile (sometimes even in the 95th percentile) to gain admission into Medicine. This means students must be in the top 5-10% of students taking the exam to succeed.
If you are a student sitting the UCAT from outside Australia, please visit the websites below:
UK Students: https://www.medprepschool.co.uk/
NZ Students: https://www.medprepschool.co.nz/