Graduate Category 2018 Chat/Enquiry

Discussion in 'Graduate Category' started by Stuart, Dec 23, 2017.

  1. BWelch

    BWelch New Member

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    Hi,
    I'm due to finish a Physiology BSc at the end of the year. Had been planning to apply for postgrad med at Auckland and Otago.
    Sat the UMAT this morning. Left too little time at the end to fill in my answer sheet, and only was able to half fill it in (I know, huge mistake - I'm pretty devastated). I know I do quite well at UMAT (97th percentile in first year), but with only a half-full answer sheet I'm expecting a very low mark.

    I'm figuring that this will definitely be below the UMAT cut-off needed for Otago grad entry. I figure if my grades and interview are really good I might still have a chance at Auckland (I know UMAT is only weighed 15% for ranking there). I'd love some advice from anyone who has done really badly at UMAT and still gone for grad entry - any thoughts?

    As it is, I'm assuming that if I want to do medicine I'll need to study for another year and apply again. Otago takes your most recent three years - if I do an Honours year, will they include that year in that calculation? For Auckland - it says they just take the previous two years - would that include an Honours year and my third year? Alternately for Auckland - if I chose to start a law degree (for Plan B), would I still be able to apply for med at the end of 2019?
    Apologies for the million questions, hoping someone can advise me.
     
  2. Oxycodone

    Oxycodone Auckland MBChB V

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    Sorry to hear about UMAT, that horrid test caused me a lot of grief back in the day. I can't answer all your questions. But I can give a bit of insight for a few. You may still have a chance for Auckland. My UMAT was atrocious; 30th%ile. But, that combined with a GPA of 8.36 (last 2 years) and what I thought was a decent interview I got an offer. So there still might be some hope! If you did an honours year I think auckland would only count your honours and 3rd year (at least thats how it work back in 2014). I am unsure how Otago calculates now days, sorry. Keep your head held high, in my opinion medicine is totally worth the grind :)
     
  3. Stuart

    Stuart Moderator Moderator

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    Hi BWelch,

    I am sorry to hear about your mishap. It's okay, though. This will not be the end of the world and I have been in a similar situation in the past (in an exam).

    If your grades are fine, you don't need to study another year. Instead, you can just work/rest and take UMAT again, then apply. If you end up doing honours, Otago would take the four years and Auckland would take the last two year (including honours). People do get into Auckland with low UMAT as Oxycodone has alluded.

    It doesn't really matter what you do next year. You will be able to apply for medicine at the end of the year.

    Good luck and feel free to ask anything you are worried about.
     
  4. Samthecat

    Samthecat New Member

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    Transfer credit!

    Also wondering if uoa still considers and includes 100 level year summer school papers in final the GPA after the interview?
     

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