Except... S3 is by far the easiest category to improve upon. A bit of TLDR: last year I got a %ile rank of 92 (183). Not a bad score, but a fair way off the lowest UTAS offer at 96th %ile (189).It seems that, at least for non-standard entry, focus on improvement should be geared towards Sections 1 and 2, and less so for Section 3.
Last year, my first year, I used the following strategy:What was your strategy for any of your past UMAT attempts? This year I started with Section 3, took too long, and just did the rest in order so to speak .
Re: S2. I'm a clinical psychologist and voracious reader of novels. I have a very good vocabulary, and a very good emotional vocabulary specifically. I think those two factors stand me in good stead to 'naturally' perform quite well. The clinical psychologist part of me is also what I had to overcome with the tendency for overanalysing and second guessing though... haha!How do you think you as a person became good at S2? Do you feel like you have a large vocabulary? I got 53 both times :/. Would you say there are techniques/anything that goes through your mind when you do S2?
Also, I've not done any UMAT 'courses' so to speak, but what are these "mapping patterns" for S3 .
We believe S2 is a hurdle at 60 first then applicants are ranked on Overall score/percentile. No point passing the hurdle to fail on Overall.If UTAS only considered S2 scores and had no threshold for other sections, wouldn't that just make it so that students only answer S2 questions?
It is apparently true that you can ignore S3 for WSU, but if it's sub-50 you've disqualified yourself from Monash, JMP, UTas & Curtin.I ask because UWS seems to give S3 little or no weighting (no one knows the formula) and so what's stopping people from gaming it by ignoring irrelevant sections?
GAMSAT scores are valid for two years, they need to normalise one year's scores, section by section, with the previous year's to make them comparable against each other.I guess it's also possible that ACER aligns your marks so prevent stuff like that happening. I know that for GAMSAT they use one of the sections to normalise the scores of the others.
I don't think anyone has said UTAS only consider S2 scores, and that's because it's not true. They have a higher S2 hurdle of 60 (in the same way JMP do for S1) for some applicants, but then, those applicants (non-standards and non rural school leavers) are ranked on raw UMAT aggregate score, with totals around 190-200 required to be competitive (around the highest requirement in the country due to the small amount of places available via these routes). Disregarding S1 and S3 would be a very bad idea. Even for school leavers and rural applicants, who don't have to meet the S2 60+ hurdle, a total UMAT aggregate of 150+ appears necessary.If UTAS only considered S2 scores and had no threshold for other sections, wouldn't that just make it so that students only answer S2 questions? I ask because UWS seems to give S3 little or no weighting (no one knows the formula) and so what's stopping people from gaming it by ignoring irrelevant sections?
I started before that, but yes, I definitely think a month of prep is enough if you use it wisely. Obviously doing prep doesn't automatically mean you'll "do quite well", but it'll mean you're as prepared as you can be, which, well, you can't really ask for anything more than thatHow early did you guys start last year? Would you say a month, with not much on, is enough to do quite well?
Ref > [Undergrad] - 2017-18 Med schools Selection Criteria Y12s & Non-standardsHello!
If I were to try the UMAT once more next year (2017 was my first year as a 1st year university non-standard applicant) and my ATAR in 2016 was 99.50, approximately what overall UMAT percentile would I need to be offered an interview from UNSW (Assuming my GPA was also high enough to be considered)? Would high 80s be sufficient or would they be looking at a minimum of low 90s percentile?
My absolute number one tip for S1 improvement is to get faster/more efficient at S2 and S3. Practice S3 and learn to quickly recognise the basic patterns, and don't second guess yourself(/waste time) in S2. This'll give you the time required to carefully read S1 questions, methodically complete calculations, and improve your accuracy.Hey guys, given that this thread has popped up I'm just wondering how we can all collectively improve on section 1? It's just that the actual section 1 questions in this year's UMAT seemed very different to the questions I could find in the ACER papers and others.
q2017. Update re. WSU: this actually appears to NOT be the case as of the interview invites we've seen go out this year. Just FYI... S3 definitely appears to have mattered greatly (not as much as S1 and S2, but definitely enough to be the difference between invite/no invite).It is apparently true that you can ignore S3 for WSU, but if it's sub-50 you've disqualified yourself from Monash, JMP, UTas & Curtin.