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General Interview Discussion and Questions 2020 Entry

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TKAO

oowah!
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Is there a way to jot down notes on paper before entering the room?
Just a slight correction from CatzDreaming , you are not able to bring your own paper into your interview, but in the interview they may give you paper to use. In the UAdel interview, you were given a piece of paper to jot down notes for a given prompt which you were then allowed to bring into the room with you. You would not be able to take these notes home however.
 
Hi! Is there a page that shows how much each uni weighs atar, ucat, interview etc? I vaguely remember seeing one last year but i can't seem to find it now
 

matcha.latte

Curtin MBBS I
Hi! Is there a page that shows how much each uni weighs atar, ucat, interview etc? I vaguely remember seeing one last year but i can't seem to find it now
Here you go. :)
 

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nourz

Member
Can anyone give me information on dental science at charles sturt, I'm looking to apply as a postgraduate with the UCAT, I couldn't find much info on the website about assessment criteria, does anyone know any rough details about GPA required? Really appreciate it
 

nourz

Member
Thank you so much! Out of curiosity, it says CSU interviews are given 100% based on UCAT, so it doesn't matter therefore if your gpa is slightly below 5.5?
 

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dotwingz

Irregular Member
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100% on UCAT after you pass the GPA hurdle.

i.e. Someone with a 5.5 GPA would be equivalent to someone with a 7.0 GPA and would be differentiated for the interview solely on the UCAT, but someone with a 5.4 would not be eligble
 

nourz

Member
100% on UCAT after you pass the GPA hurdle.

i.e. Someone with a 5.5 GPA would be equivalent to someone with a 7.0 GPA and would be differentiated for the interview solely on the UCAT, but someone with a 5.4 would not be eligble
Oh damn, do you know if it's weighted or unweighted gpa? Otherwise my only chances would be adelaide :/
 

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chinaski

Regular Member
Do you think that could have made a bad impression on the interviewer by using this language?
Potentially yes. You're not a peer or equal to the doctor you were shadowing, therefore you are not in a position to censure their work. Backseat drivers who have a great sense of confidence in their own abilities and judgement are common in med students. They often mean well, and are very confident in pronouncing their opinion, but ultimately lack insight into their own limitations or appreciation of a situation.

There's a way of diplomatically expressing reservations about a situation without framing it as a "I definitely knew better than the doctor" scenario.
 

Chessyk__

Member
I read that for the JMP, offers are selected entirely off of interview score (maybe UCAT as tie breaker?). Is this true? Is it hard to get a really good score? Also, is work experience or volunteering a big factor? (other than year 10 one-week work experience)
 

ucatboy

Regular Member
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I read that for the JMP, offers are selected entirely off of interview score (maybe UCAT as tie breaker?). Is this true? Is it hard to get a really good score? Also, is work experience or volunteering a big factor? (other than year 10 one-week work experience)
Yeah, it's 100% weighting on interview for a place offer. As for "is it hard to get a really good score?", nobody can answer that for your personal circumstances, but as a general rule of thumb, you must place in the top 25-30% of all interviewers to land a place. Work experience is not required per se, and you certainly shouldn't do it for the sake of saying you did it, instead, do it because you want to gain some insight into and learn something about the profession which many other candidates won't have the opportunity to.
 

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dotwingz

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for the JMP, offers are selected entirely off of interview score (maybe UCAT as tie breaker?). Is this true?
Yep. See here: [Undergrad] - (2020 Updated) Med schools Selection Criteria Y12s & Non-standards

(Also theres a policy document on the UoN JMP website that says the same thing if you want to triple check)

Is it hard to get a really good score?
Depends. They invite ~800 people for an interview each year, for ~110 places at UoN and ~60 at UNE. Some find this interview a breeze whilst some struggle.
 

Chessyk__

Member
Yep. See here: [Undergrad] - (2020 Updated) Med schools Selection Criteria Y12s & Non-standards

(Also theres a policy document on the UoN JMP website that says the same thing if you want to triple check)



Depends. They invite ~800 people for an interview each year, for ~110 places at UoN and ~60 at UNE. Some find this interview a breeze whilst some struggle.
Yeah, it's 100% weighting on interview for a place offer. As for "is it hard to get a really good score?", nobody can answer that for your personal circumstances, but as a general rule of thumb, you must place in the top 25-30% of all interviewers to land a place. Work experience is not required per se, and you certainly shouldn't do it for the sake of saying you did it, instead, do it because you want to gain some insight into and learn something about the profession which many other candidates won't have the opportunity to.
I see, that makes sense. thank you!
 

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