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    It consistently takes me around 3 minutes to answer 1 set of 4 questions in the VR that require inference (the ones that aren't true/false/can't tell).

    IM REALLY WORRIED according to timings worked out I can take max 2 minutes if I want to answer them all (which I do).

    IDK WTF DO . My exam is on monday (19th) I still need to practice full tests Im freaking tf out !!
    I don't know how to be quicker at VR inference questions whilst still getting them right. It's very annoying.

    Usually one set of T/R/CT ones take me 1 minute, sometimes it goes up to 2 (it probably will go up to 2 in the exam cause apparently its really hard). UKCAT ninja says most of the questions are inference in VR and yeah idk how to get better at this.

    please help!
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    You're unlikely to become a faster reader in that time. You may have to face up to sacrificing some questions as guesses, so if you blind guess an option (say option 2 for all that set) for a passage that is really long that will buy you some time for the other shorter passages. You can always flag and come back to it at the end if there is time, but to me it doesn't make sense to rush all the questions a bit and not be sure on your answers, when you could completely blind guess and flag one or two large sections quickly buying you time for the other sections.
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    Everyone worries about the verbal reasoning section or does the worst in that section you're not alone here. Just scan the text as quickly as you can, guess guess guess and move onto the next question.
    Aim for as high marks as possible in the other 3 sections (700+) to boost your overall average score
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    (Original post by Pinkberry_y)
    Everyone worries about the verbal reasoning section or does the worst in that section you're not alone here. Just scan the text as quickly as you can, guess guess guess and move onto the next question.
    Aim for as high marks as possible in the other 3 sections (700+) to boost your overall average score
    also is there a digital timer on screen on the UKCAT, my friend said there was but on the practise materials given on the UKCAT website there isn't ... :/
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    (Original post by medhelp)
    also is there a digital timer on screen on the UKCAT, my friend said there was but on the practise materials given on the UKCAT website there isn't ... :/
    For me there is a digital timer on the ukcat website...
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    (Original post by medhelp)
    also is there a digital timer on screen on the UKCAT, my friend said there was but on the practise materials given on the UKCAT website there isn't ... :/
    Yes I remember when I did it there was a timer
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    (Original post by .......Jeff458)
    For me there is a digital timer on the ukcat website...
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    Yes I remember when I did it there was a timer
    okay thanks I think I was doing the untimed test lol, my mistake...

    also: you know how they give 1 minute for instructions i mean we've seen the instructions multiple times and could skim read them really taking like 10 seconds and then have 50 sec extra for questions? can we do this or do they not let you move past instructions until 1 minute is up?
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    (Original post by medhelp)
    okay thanks I think I was doing the untimed test lol, my mistake...

    also: you know how they give 1 minute for instructions i mean we've seen the instructions multiple times and could skim read them really taking like 10 seconds and then have 50 sec extra for questions? can we do this or do they not let you move past instructions until 1 minute is up?
    No they won't add on the time to your question time. You can skim the instructions quickly and move onto the questions but you won't get any extra time
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    (Original post by Pinkberry_y)
    No they won't add on the time to your question time. You can skim the instructions quickly and move onto the questions but you won't get any extra time
    oh okay, may as well use the instruction time as a little break

    do you know approximately what percentage of correct/incorrect in situational judgement gets band 1?
    (I know nothing official has been release but in an older kaplan book there used to be guesstimate stats like around 70% is around 700 in VR)
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    (Original post by medhelp)
    oh okay, may as well use the instruction time as a little break

    do you know approximately what percentage of correct/incorrect in situational judgement gets band 1?
    (I know nothing official has been release but in an older kaplan book there used to be guesstimate stats like around 70% is around 700 in VR)
    In a Kaplan booked I used (score higher on the UKCAT 1000Q) band 1 was if you answered 54-71 questions correctly, band 2 was 36-53 questions, band 3 was 18-35 questions and band 4 was 0-17.

    I sat the UKCAT exam in 2014 so I don't know if the number of questions in the situational judgement section are the same, therefore take these Kaplan estimates with a pinch of salt
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    (Original post by Pinkberry_y)
    In a Kaplan booked I used (score higher on the UKCAT 1000Q) band 1 was if you answered 54-71 questions correctly, band 2 was 36-53 questions, band 3 was 18-35 questions and band 4 was 0-17.

    I sat the UKCAT exam in 2014 so I don't know if the number of questions in the situational judgement section are the same, therefore take these Kaplan estimates with a pinch of salt
    thank you so much!!

    in the kaplan book what is then number of questions out of?
    this way I can quesstimate a percentage regardless of number of q
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    (Original post by medhelp)
    thank you so much!!

    in the kaplan book what is then number of questions out of?
    this way I can quesstimate a percentage regardless of number of q
    71.
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    (Original post by Pinkberry_y)
    Everyone worries about the verbal reasoning section or does the worst in that section you're not alone here. Just scan the text as quickly as you can, guess guess guess and move onto the next question.
    Aim for as high marks as possible in the other 3 sections (700+) to boost your overall average score
    That's an odd thing to say. VR was my best section (850), and QR - which a lot of people say is their best section - was my worst (680 I think). *

    OP, do what practice you can during the next week, but remember that most people don't perform equally well in every section. Go through a couple of practice VR sections, and try different methods - e.g. limiting yourself to two minutes per question on one set of questions, and then taking your time on the second set. If you have enough questions, repeat that process a few times and figure out which method achieves a higher score. It may well be that sacrificing the last few questions leads to a higher mark overall.
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    (Original post by Pinkberry_y)
    In a Kaplan booked I used (score higher on the UKCAT 1000Q) band 1 was if you answered 54-71 questions correctly, band 2 was 36-53 questions, band 3 was 18-35 questions and band 4 was 0-17.

    I sat the UKCAT exam in 2014 so I don't know if the number of questions in the situational judgement section are the same, therefore take these Kaplan estimates with a pinch of salt
    (Original post by medhelp)
    oh okay, may as well use the instruction time as a little break

    do you know approximately what percentage of correct/incorrect in situational judgement gets band 1?
    (I know nothing official has been release but in an older kaplan book there used to be guesstimate stats like around 70% is around 700 in VR)
    The 1000 book says 221-272 points is a band 1 where 4 points = correct answer.

    Really unpredictable cos one of my friends consistently got band 1's but in the exam got a band 3. Another friend only ever had band 2's, nothing else EVER. In the exam he got a band 1.
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    (Original post by *pitseleh*)
    That's an odd thing to say. VR was my best section (850), and QR - which a lot of people say is their best section - was my worst (680 I think). *

    OP, do what practice you can during the next week, but remember that most people don't perform equally well in every section. Go through a couple of practice VR sections, and try different methods - e.g. limiting yourself to two minutes per question on one set of questions, and then taking your time on the second set. If you have enough questions, repeat that process a few times and figure out which method achieves a higher score. It may well be that sacrificing the last few questions leads to a higher mark overall.
    Well no it's not an odd thing to say. Everyone I know who sat the UKCAT in my year, the year before and after me found the verbal reasoning section the toughest as you had to analyse the text but had little time. Even on TSR you'll find a plethora of threads about people worried about the verbal reasoning section.
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    (Original post by Pinkberry_y)
    Well no it's not an odd thing to say. Everyone I know who sat the UKCAT in my year, the year before and after me found the verbal reasoning section the toughest as you had to analyse the text but had little time. Even on TSR you'll find a plethora of threads about people worried about the verbal reasoning section.
    You said 'everyone' worries about it/performs worst in it; I was pointing out that that isn't the case. I've seen at least as many threads from people worrying about AR as VR, and have known plenty of people who found VR just fine. So yes, it's strange to generalise; different people are good at different things.
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    (Original post by *pitseleh*)
    You said 'everyone' worries about it/performs worst in it; I was pointing out that that isn't the case. I've seen at least as many threads from people worrying about AR as VR, and have known plenty of people who found VR just fine. So yes, it's strange to generalise; different people are good at different things.
    lol I can tell why you did well in the VR section
    most people don't use that much logic in day to day scenarios though it's amazing how nitpicky you have to be.

    tbh the nitpicking with phrases isn't that hard it's trying to skim read so fast but also find words and then *understand the context* which is so hard, I've managed to reduced my timing by about 30s so far.
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    (Original post by medhelp)
    lol I can tell why you did well in the VR section
    most people don't use that much logic in day to day scenarios though it's amazing how nitpicky you have to be.

    tbh the nitpicking with phrases isn't that hard it's trying to skim read so fast but also find words and then *understand the context* which is so hard, I've managed to reduced my timing by about 30s so far.
    Haha, being pedantic does come in useful for this sort of thing.

    Do you attempt to skim-read the whole passage before you answer the questions? I always went straight to the questions and skim-read once I knew what information I was looking for, if that makes sense?
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    (Original post by *pitseleh*)
    Haha, being pedantic does come in useful for this sort of thing.

    Do you attempt to skim-read the whole passage before you answer the questions? I always went straight to the questions and skim-read once I knew what information I was looking for, if that makes sense?
    I always go to the questions first, I just did one on the UKCAT official website and turns out my AR is the worst...
    800 in VR, and only 650 in AR fmel.
    I ran out of time and guessed the last like 15

    it would be really helpful if they had a counter going up not just a timer going down so you can see how long you've spent without working it out each time :/
 
 
 
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