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Introducing the Institute of Medical Education

Introducing the Institute of Medical Education

Introducing the Institute of Medical Education. METC Institute is pleased to announce that we have changed our name to the Institute of Medical Education, affectionately known as IME. 

${reading_time(` Introducing the Institute of Medical Education. METC Institute is pleased to announce that we have changed our name to the Institute of Medical Education, affectionately known as IME.  When METC Institute was founded in 2013, our vision was to improve the quality of health care around the world through the provision of comprehensive and affordable education products. After a period of exciting growth and expansion, we have decided to update our brand to better reflect who we are and all that we have to offer. A major catalyst and in this change was our official accreditation with the Australian Medical Council (AMC) to formally conduct PESCIs for International Medical Graduates. In obtaining accreditation, IME will be joining the RACGP (Royal Australian College of General Practitioners) and the ACRRM (Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine) as the third accredited organisation.  IME is proud to be officially accepting applications for PESCI. Today, we launched this new service alongside our brand new website. Rest assured that our expert educators are enthusiastic about our new brand and we expect minimal disruption to current students. You will continue to receive communication and resources over the next few weeks as we transition from METC Institute to the Institute of Medical Education. We hope you enjoy our new look as much as we do.  Regards, Dr Kenneth Loon MBBS, B.Pharm (Hons), FRACS Executive Director Institute of Medical Education (formerly METC Institute)`)} Arror right

UCAT Abstract Reasoning Tips & Practices

UCAT Abstract Reasoning Tips & Practices

The Abstract Reasoning section of the UCAT tests your pattern recognition skills under tough time constraints. Some units in this section will contain Set A and Set B questions that require test...

${reading_time(`The Abstract Reasoning section of the UCAT tests your pattern recognition skills under tough time constraints. Some units in this section will contain Set A and Set B questions that require test shapes to be matched with their correct set. Pattern recognition is a critical analytical skill required of a doctor, who often must decide if a patient’s set of symptoms fit a particular “pattern” of disease from a selection of many similar disorders. These skills are frequently drawn upon and lucky for you, they can be learnt and developed.  Having a plan for this section is essential. You’ll likely spend your time first working out the pattern in Set A and B and this is the approach we recommend you take first. Try not to look at the test shape first, as this will only distract you from solving the pattern. It may seem excruciatingly difficult to decipher the sequence but take your time and with practice you’ll unravel an increasingly greater percentage of these puzzles. Through practice in a UCAT Preparation program, you will slowly develop an eye for the typical patterns that may appear. They may be the type of shapes that appear in each box, the proportion of colours, or the shapes that are coloured. Many variations exist and your task is to become adept at identifying them. Once you do, assigning the test shape to the set is a piece of cake. Contact us today and we can take on the arduous task of preparing for UCAT together!`)} Arror right

What Is The UCAT?

What Is The UCAT?

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) ANZ is an admissions test for entry into undergraduate medical, dental, and clinical science degrees in Australia and New Zealand. The test is used by a...

${reading_time(`The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) ANZ is an admissions test for entry into undergraduate medical, dental, and clinical science degrees in Australia and New Zealand. The test is used by a consortium of universities as a means of standardising access to their programs. The UCAT is adapted from the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) which is used in the United Kingdom for the same purposes as UCAT. For 2019, the UCAT replaced the previously used UMAT exam in Australian and New Zealand. Along with the student's grades from secondary school and performance in the medicine entry interview, UCAT is used to rank students for entry into undergraduate programs. Students sit the UCAT in the same year that they apply to university, which can only be sat once per year. The UCAT ANZ is a multiple-choice exam. It is split into the following sections which aim to assess a range of mental abilities: Verbal Reasoning – evaluate information that is presented in a written form Decision Making – apply logic to reach a decision or conclusion, evaluate arguments, and analyse statistical information Quantitative Reasoning – evaluate information presented in a numerical form Abstract Reasoning – use convergent and divergent thinking to infer relationships from information Situational Judgement – understand real world situations and identify critical factors and appropriate behaviour in dealing with them The UCAT ANZ 2022 will be held in the month of July 2022 and can only be sat once by each student during this period. Though there is no specific curriculum for the UCAT, the innate skills assessed can be developed and improved through quality practice. Students sitting the exam are required to complete several questions in each section according to set timings spanning two hours. The structure and content of the 2022 UCAT ANZ exam, with scaled score ranges UCAT Subtests Questions Score Range Question Marking Test Time Verbal Reasoning 44 300–900 1 mark each question 21 minutes Decision Making 29 300–900 1 mark each question; 2 marks for multiple statement questions 31 minutes Quantitative Reasoning 36 300–900 1 mark each question 25 minutes Abstract Reasoning 50 300–900 1 mark each question 12 minutes Total Score Range 1200–3600 Situational Judgement 66 300–900 Full marks for correct answers; partial marks for response close to correct answer 21 minutes Candidates sitting the UCAT are scored using a specific system marked on the number of correct answers given, with no negative marking for incorrect answers. Question sets are randomly generated, and all test forms are scaled so that candidates receive impartiality between subsets. For each section of the exam, each candidate receives a UCAT score of between 300 (minimum) and 900 (maximum). A total scaled score of 1200–3600 is produced by adding the individual scaled cognitive section scores of Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning. Within the Situational Judgement test, full marks are awarded for a question if your response matches the correct answer and partial marks awarded if your response is close to the correct answer. On average, students sitting the UCAT will achieve scores ranging from 500–700 on each of the cognitive sections of the UCAT exam. Final scores for the exam will be provided to the candidate on the day of the examination. For reference, summary mean UCAT ANZ scores from previous years are shown below. Mean UCAT ANZ scores from 2019–present, with individual scaled scores for each cognitive subtest, total scaled score, and situational judgement subtest. This table was adapted from UCAT Test Statistics. Year Cohort Size Verbal Reasoning Decision Making Quantitative Reasoning Abstract Reasoning Total Cognitive Scaled Score Situational Judgement 2021 ~14,000 586 622 679 650 2537 581 2020 577 635 671 644 2527 592 2019 571 618 663 629 2481 592 Concessions/access arrangements are available for candidates with special educational needs, disabilities, or temporary injuries. Such students may be entitled to extra time or accommodations when sitting the test. Candidates need to register and create an online account via UCAT official to arrange a testing date and are encouraged to book early to avoid missing out on a place at their nearest Pearson VUE testing centre. Results from UCAT ANZ 2022 can only be used to apply for courses commencing in 2023. The current UCAT Consortium universities include: University of Adelaide Curtin University Flinders University Griffith University Monash University University of Newcastle / University of New England University of New South Wales University of Queensland (including Central Queensland University Regional Medical Pathway for provisional entry) University of Tasmania University of Western Australia Western Sydney University / Charles Sturt University The following key dates for the UCAT ANZ 2022 should be noted: Booking opens: 01 March 2022 Booking deadline: 17 May 2022 Late booking deadline (incurs extra fee): 31 May 2022 Testing period: 01 July – 12 August 2022 Results delivered to universities: early September 2022 `)} Arror right