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*MEGATHREAD* - The Big Medicine UKCAT 2013 Entry Thread

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    7 days to go... AHHHH.
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    Has anyone done the Kaplan free full length PDF download test? It seems reasonably pitched but there are a couple of the AR questions I can't get regardless of how long I spend.
    Sets starting #37, #46 and #56 if anyone is interested.
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    (Original post by cptKernow)
    Has anyone done the Kaplan free full length PDF download test? It seems reasonably pitched but there are a couple of the AR questions I can't get regardless of how long I spend.
    Sets starting #37, #46 and #56 if anyone is interested.
    Could you send me the link to that? I've signed up for the free online test but have not seen the PDF one Would be happy to brainstorm ideas afterwards for any we're stuck on.
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    Just started doing a few Quantitative Reasoning questions from the 600Q book , and now i can surely confirm that UKCAT is the most bogus testing tool ever , i can appreciate the level of difficulty etc. etc. but how the hell do they think we can do well with a stupid useless on screen calculator?? No brackets , no ANS keys and it always gives the wring ans.. do they really expect us to sit there clicking away at the computer all the way through?? , i am so much faster with my hand held calc... Usually i am up for the challenge but this is ridiculous....
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    (Original post by The Unique Bloke)
    Just started doing a few Quantitative Reasoning questions from the 600Q book , and now i can surely confirm that UKCAT is the most bogus testing tool ever , i can appreciate the level of difficulty etc. etc. but how the hell do they think we can do well with a stupid useless on screen calculator?? No brackets , no ANS keys and it always gives the wring ans.. do they really expect us to sit there clicking away at the computer all the way through?? , i am so much faster with my hand held calc... Usually i am up for the challenge but this is ridiculous....
    You might be missing the point. The UKCAT isn't really a test of reasoning - it is a test of how well you can keep it together whilst in a situation that would cause mere mortals to start crying or scream.
    That's just my take on it though!
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    (Original post by cptKernow)
    You might be missing the point. The UKCAT isn't really a test of reasoning - it is a test of how well you can keep it together whilst in a situation that would cause mere mortals to start crying or scream.
    That's just my take on it though!
    Yes but i doubt merely keeping it together is gonna help achieve a good score..
    I need a freakin HAND HELD CALCULATOR , i am not asking for much
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    (Original post by The Unique Bloke)
    Just started doing a few Quantitative Reasoning questions from the 600Q book , and now i can surely confirm that UKCAT is the most bogus testing tool ever , i can appreciate the level of difficulty etc. etc. but how the hell do they think we can do well with a stupid useless on screen calculator?? No brackets , no ANS keys and it always gives the wring ans.. do they really expect us to sit there clicking away at the computer all the way through?? , i am so much faster with my hand held calc... Usually i am up for the challenge but this is ridiculous....
    You break it down into parts, as you would have to in a real life situation using mathematics. No-one would expect you to be able to do 100/sqrt(10.5x997) immediately in your head, but in real life, you could guesstimate 10.5x997 as 10,500, and then work out a square root, which is around 102? And then 100/102 is obviously just like 0.98 or something similar in pretty quick time. It's this type of quick calculation, not necessarily with pinpoint accuracy, that they are looking to test, and having a calculator which can do it all for you doesn't really make it a quantitative reasoning exam, more of a 'if you can understand the fairly simple question then you can get the answer without any difficulty at all' exam.
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    (Original post by The Unique Bloke)
    Yes but i doubt merely keeping it together is gonna help achieve a good score..
    I need a freakin HAND HELD CALCULATOR , i am not asking for much
    Apparently they did originally supply calculators with the test but there were always problems with things like batteries running out etc.

    You just got to practice using the onscreen one. Learn the shortcuts - alt C gets it up and del is clear. Make sure you get a bit of practice with a number pad too.

    I agree though fiddling with a keyboard should not be a factor, but it appears to be.
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    (Original post by Straight up G)
    You break it down into parts, as you would have to in a real life situation using mathematics. No-one would expect you to be able to do 100/sqrt(10.5x997) immediately in your head, but in real life, you could guesstimate 10.5x997 as 10,500, and then work out a square root, which is around 102? And then 100/102 is obviously just like 0.98 or something similar in pretty quick time. It's this type of quick calculation, not necessarily with pinpoint accuracy, that they are looking to test, and having a calculator which can do it all for you doesn't really make it a quantitative reasoning exam, more of a 'if you can understand the fairly simple question then you can get the answer without any difficulty at all' exam.
    The problem I've had with this approach is you get a fairly decent answer, then you look at the options and they are all almost the same as each other.
    I suppose the moral is always look at the possible answers before diving in.
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    (Original post by cptKernow)
    The problem I've had with this approach is you get a fairly decent answer, then you look at the options and they are all almost the same as each other.
    I suppose the moral is always look at the possible answers before diving in.
    I think in a lot of the questions, as you read the question, you get some kind of scope as to where the answer should lie, and then you should immediately check the answer list to see if your overview of the question was correct. If when you check the answer list there is more than one answer in your estimated range then obviously you'll need to do the calculation with some degree of accuracy. It sounds a lot easier on paper, I know
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    (Original post by adsyrah)
    I found using the keyboard shortcuts to go to the next question, flag questions and to bring up the calculator along with using the numpad on the keyboard for the calculations VERY beneficial.
    hey what were these shortcuts ?
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    (Original post by manu01)
    hey what were these shortcuts ?
    > alt n < alt p and alt c for the calc
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    (Original post by cptKernow)
    > alt n < alt p and alt c for the calc
    sorry but what do the shortcuts do lol
    cheers

    (bit of a nooob with this)
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    next and previous question
    c pops the calculator up
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    Save your dollar and have a nice holiday?
    (Im beginning to wonder how much I could make from offering a get into medicine course)
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    I've been using emedica for the past couple of days and I have to say I'm VERY disappointed with AR. They supposedly offer 10 sets, but each of the 10 sets contains the same style questions in the same order with slight differences. Medify kicks Emedica's arse, it's official in my eyes. Still can't comment on Ace Medicine.
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    The first draft for medics was due in last Monday, the rest of us is this Friday.

    This was posted from The Student Room's Android App on my HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio Z715e
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    Good thing this is a computer test, I am FAST on the computer :3
    All these years of playing video games on the PC might have helped, since i can click really fast xD
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    how long does the test roughly last for?
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    (Original post by RSP18)
    how long does the test roughly last for?
    It clearly says the exact length on the UKCAT website.
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