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All I remember was shouting at the top of my lungs “MUM, DAD.” I scared the sh*t out of them I yelled so loud. They didn’t even know why I was so ecstatic.It took so long to sink in and to just say the words: “I did it. I don’t know how but I got a 99.95 ATAR”

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The University Clinical Aptitude Test, or UCAT, is the younger, meaner version of the UMAT. It's a computer based test from the UK used by Universities as a standardised intelligence and aptitude test for Undergraduate Medical Degrees and Dentistry Degrees.

Who is the UCAT for?

Many undergraduate Medical and Dental Schools across the country require a UCAT result to be considered for an interview/entry, and often there will be a high cutoff depending on the university and the cohort of applicants. A list of universities can be found here, and each university will make it clear whether or not it is a requirement. So, if you’ve got an inkling to do either medicine or dentistry, I would highly recommend looking into the requirements for the Universities you’re looking to apply for.

Preparing for your UCAT

Now unfortunately the UCAT is a nasty nasty test and you’ll be competing against some of the most driven people in the country; meaning that you’re going to need to give it a red hot crack. The UCAT isn’t a test you ‘study’ for, it’s more about developing strategies, perfecting processes, and mentally preparing yourself for it. There are 5 sections to the UCAT, 4 of which the Universities will actually consider.

Verbal Reasoning (VR)

VR is all about extracting information accurately and efficiently from a passage of text. There are multiple question styles and a huge array of topics that these passages will be about. There are 44 questions in this section, with 21 minutes to complete the test, leaving you with 28 seconds per question. Each section of text is between 200 and 300 words which might take you 60 to 90 seconds to read if you read it fully. Everyone knows the feeling of getting to the end of a paragraph you’ve skim read and need to read it again, which will set you back even further. My point being? You need to skim read for keywords as per each question, and use the flag and return strategy (i’ll talk about this later). This one is a mental stretch, its 20 minutes of pure focus, forcing yourself through 44 questions that are trying to trick you is very difficult. My one take away? Learn to skim read well, and develop this skill.

Decision Making (DM)

DM is your logic section. If you’ve got a good intuition this one could be your bread and butter, but many people also find it the hardest. There's not as much time pressure here –around a minute per question– but be careful not to get caught up. Use diagrams, flow charts, anything that is going to help you. DM has the biggest array of question types, many that you’ll find a breeze, and some that will absolutely stump you, again, flag and return.

Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

Quick Maths. QR is all about reading the question, understanding what they want, and getting the answer as fast as you can. This is the other section that you’ll face serious time pressure for; trying to use the clunky UCAT calculator while holding numbers in your brain under serious time pressure is very hard. The trick here is knowing what you’re gonna do faster in your brain, and what you're gonna do faster in your head. There are a few simple formulas you’ll need to know, but usually this will be stuff you’ve learned all through early high school, so don't worry too much. You’ll get a keyboard during the UCAT, so I’d recommend practising with a keyboard if possible to get used to using the shortcuts and calculator function. It’s a fine motor skill just as much as a mental skill.

Abstract Reasoning (AR)

The first time you see the AR you’ll think it’s stupid, you get 13 seconds per question, and you’ll be sending photos to your mates, who’ll try and show you up but get it equally as painfully wrong. Not to worry though, this is a great section for marks, and the easiest section to get good at. The main strategy? Develop a systematic approach to each question, and use it every single time. It’s like a golf swing. There’s dozens of youtube videos going into the details of what to look for, definitely watch them, and develop your own strategy that you’ll use each time. Something alot of people do is make a list of all the patterns they’ve seen, they’re gonna come up again, and if you’re lucky it’ll be in your test.

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

This is a weird one, most universities openly admit that they don't care about the SJT, and that it might only be used to split 2 applicants with the same UCAT, ATAR and Interview (if applicable). Pretty much everything in here will be common sense, give the answer they’d want to hear, and if you can read up about medical ethics you’ll smash it. I’d personally say it’s not worth dedicating as much time and effort to, but if you’re tired on a Sunday afternoon it’s still worth it.

The UCAT is nasty, it's intimidating, and it’s highly competitive; but if you want it badly enough then put in the time, and you can be proud with whatever the result you get knowing you’ve given it your all.  If you ever need some assistance with UCAT studies or even ATAR help, KIS tutors are able to provide materials and teaching on how to prepare for the UCAT exam. Learn about our UCAT tutoring and book a free study skills consultation with a KIS Academics tutor.

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Raman Sanjayan




Hi! I'm currently studying Medicine at Monash University, having graduated in 2019 as school-vice captain with a 99.80 ATAR and a 97th UCAT percentile. Behind these numbers lies an efficient studying approach that I intend to pass on to my students - the difference between studying hard versus efficiently cannot be understated enough and is widely misunderstood.

That is the purpose of my tutoring; to help students focus on their personal weaknesses and areas of improvement, providing unique student insights that you won't get from school - rather than just simply teaching content (like a school away from school). My approach focuses on being a supplementary tool for students, rather than simply running parallel with their school work.

I have a passion for teaching and so I also chose not to restrict myself to just high school level tutoring for Further Maths, English and the UCAT, having helped primary and lower secondary school students with their English and Maths, students of all abilities.

Elaine Cheung




Hello! My name is Elaine. Since graduating from Macrob a little while back, I have gained a wealth of insight into studying: how to be efficient and find pleasure in this very core skill.

TRUST me - my life has revolved heavily around this area. From representing Australia in two major international science competitions in Year 11 and Year 12 whilst balancing UCAT and VCE, to completing first year of Monash Medicine in more or less one piece, I can give practical tips to how to get more bang for your buck when studying and get the marks you deserve.

As a graduate of Macrob, one of Melbourne's toughest select entry schools to get into, I have a wealth of knowledge for how to ace the entrance exam and get your spot into Macrob or any other selective entry schools.

Elijah Wong




Hi guys, I'm Elijah and I'm ready to help you or your child to excel through their education journey.

Achieving a 99.95 ATAR, 98+ subject scores (my marks were, English (98), German (98) Mathematical Methods (100), Specialist Mathematics (100), Chemistry (99), and Physics (99)), and 3120 UCAT (96th percentile), I know what study techniques and content are needed to help you and your child achieve the best results they can. Having me as your tutor, you will know that you’re in safe hands when you’re I’m your mentor.

As your tutor, I will be using my wide range of tutoring and academic experience to guide you every step of the way. I will break down complex topics into more manageable chunks, providing you with a strong foundational understanding of your subjects. This will allow you to extend yourself and understand the intricacies to come along with the STEM subjects so that you are able to achieve the best results you can. If you want an excellent tutor to help you unlock your academic potential, then look no further.

In my spare time, I play the piano and go out to exercise or play some sport with my friends when I'm not studying for university. It's my pleasure to meet you soon and start your academic journey with me.

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