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    (Original post by 2016Moortneduts)
    Did my UKCAT a few days ago

    VR 650
    QR 850
    AR 640
    SJT Band 1

    Average: 713

    Resources used: Kaplan Self-study course, 6med course, Medify, Kaplan UKCAT Plus, Kaplan textbook (Red book), 1000Qs book

    I did one week with two hours a day followed by two weeks of constant revision.
    Was the VR as hard as the 1000Q comprehesion ones? i find that these are very hard to inference in 30 seconds, or is it similar to medify like my mate said? well done btw, how were u doing in each section in the mocks?
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    (Original post by MoshBosh)
    How did you guys do in the mocks?
    I literally just used Medify for my preparation I did worse in the mocks in general, though my verbal reasoning was normally higher. Let's see, in the first Medify mock I got VR: 750, AR: 600 QR: 650 and SJ band 2. In the second mock I got VR: 730 AR: 600 and QR: 570 (lol). In the last mock, I got VR:670, AR: 750 and QR: 700 with SJ band 1
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    Well, it depends really on how much you've practiced and how much resources you have left. Remember that many people do badly at practice tests (they're usually quite hard compared to the real thing). If you feel like there's still so much more you could do and you can't fit it all in these couple of days then maybe reschedule, but if you've already used up almost all of your resources then maybe practice hard the next days and just get the test over with. Almost everyone feels like they're not good enough as the test gets closer, but imo it's generally better to not reschedule because often it's just your nerves and not your ability and by rescheduling you're just pushing the problem further. Good luck!
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    Check when your centre has available slots first .
    I know the one near me is fully booked until October
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    Just a bit of reassurance for people who are panicking - I started using the 1000 Qs book about a week ago, panicked a lot and used a friend's medify login to do mock one. I got a 543 average with 430 in AR, so panic was really setting in. That was last night. This morning I did the real thing, got VR 700 QR 770 AR 890 and SJT Band 1. Obviously I'm delighted, but considering how stressed and worried I was 12 hours ago just remember that things can go a lot better in the real exam than in practice, stay calm and what happens happens.

    VR, I had almost all T/F/CT questions, and an awful lot of them were CT which did freak me out. I'd say don't be scared to hit CT, and of course the questions are taken randomly from a question bank so getting 8 (!) of them same answers in a row isn't necessarily a cause for concern. I ran out of time, leaving 5 questions unanswered.

    During Decision Making I relaxed, breathed deep, and did a few questions when I felt like it. Right in the middle of that section was a group of questions that looked very QR: interpreting data from a bar chart, comparing sales figures, percentage change, etc. I'd been clicking so fast I was worried that I'd clicked right through into the QR section, but no, it would be very difficult to do that. You're not allowed water in the room, so I took the opportunity to get a drink.

    QR, I think I was quite lucky as most of my questions seemed to be percentage oriented which is quick once you get in the groove. I had mostly short questions, and none of my most dreaded speed/distance/time ones. I don't own a desktop computer so hadn't practiced with the keypad, but it was a lifesaver. Definitely familiarise yourself with it if you can. I ran out of time, not sure how many questions were left but I know it was under 12.

    AR was almost all type 1, a few type 3 as well. They nearly all were simple patterns, only a couple had two conditions. It was a lot lot easier than in the 1000 Qs book and the medify mock 1 I did. I actually noticed when I was running out of time this time, and quickly guessed my remaining 5 or 6 questions. I think that is why my AR score is much higher than my others, so definitely aim to stop 30-45 seconds before you run out of time to guess the remaining questions.

    SJT was weird, not as many clear cut situations as I had seen before. I've never got higher than Band 2 before so I don't really know what happened there. I found that most the scenarios I had were very short, and the questions also were short, so I finished with time to spare.

    Good luck guys!
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    (Original post by kimsiclez)
    Amazing work, I'm sure it will prove useful! Ctrl+F flags the question *
    Aww hopefully thank you. Ahh I see are you sure the flag isn't Alt + F?
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    Would you say 650 average is an decent score?
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    (Original post by manlike99)
    That is Alt-F. He means Ctrl-F which in normal internet and word document, searches for a particular word, unfortunately this does not work in the exam
    Hi, are you sure it doesn't work? Like have you actually tried it recently?
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    Honestly, just go for it. The mocks can vary in difficulty. AR and QR are in easier the day of. VR is just constantly hard for most because of time.
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    Guys, I think it's alt F not ctrl...
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    (Original post by I <3 WORK)
    Hi, are you sure it doesn't work? Like have you actually tried it recently?
    Yes, that would be retarded of Pearson if it worked
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    (Original post by rayrk)
    Guys, I think it's alt F not ctrl...
    No, Alt-F is just to flag
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    Pretty sure alt+n also helped me go to the next question.
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    (Original post by manlike99)
    Yes, that would be retarded of Pearson if it worked
    Haha lool, but seeing all the inconsistencies with VR questions, I can see why it could've worked.
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    Hey so I've just finished my UKCAT and got :

    VR 630
    QR 710
    AR 680
    SJT BAND 1
    Total 2020

    Not sure what to make of it not amazing but not bad. Not sure what unis to focus on now? Any help would mean loads
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    Hi, I've got my UKCAT tomorrow, I've only done the pactice tests mocks but my QR is terrible, does anyone have any tips? Thanks
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    (Original post by Irukandji5)
    Hi, I've got my UKCAT tomorrow, I've only done the pactice tests mocks but my QR is terrible, does anyone have any tips? Thanks

    I'd say not to trust any of the mocks for QR - they're all significantly longer (especially those with tables). So basically don't worry.

    Most of the questions I have are brief with minimal calculations!
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    (Original post by studentsixth)
    What have people got in the first Medify mock?
    I got 633.33 (without applying any strategies)


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    (Original post by rayrk)
    I'd say not to trust any of the mocks for QR - they're all significantly longer (especially those with tables). So basically don't worry.

    Most of the questions I have are brief with minimal calculations!
    I'd back this up - I'd been getting between 570 and 670 on the mocks, and I got 830 in the real thing today! Just keep an eye on the time and stick to a quota - don't be afraid to flag and move on, I did just that
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    (Original post by Irukandji5)
    Hi, I've got my UKCAT tomorrow, I've only done the pactice tests mocks but my QR is terrible, does anyone have any tips? Thanks
    Hi Irukandji5

    Hoping I can help a little...

    Firstly, get familiar with the on screen calculator and use the calculator with the keyboard for speed, it's really important to practice this.

    Make sure you look for hard questions and skip these straight away, there is no point in wasting valuable time. If the question is hard to understand, the data you need is complex or there are many stages to the calculation, then it is a hard question and you are best to move on. If moving on, just guess an answer and flag for review in case you get extra time later. There is no negative marking so always worth having guess.

    I hope that is useful.

    Good luck for tomorrow!

    UniAdmissions
 
 
 
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