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    (Original post by studentleah)
    Hi guys,
    I have 12 days left to my UKCAT and frankly, I am absolutely petrified. To begin with I have done very minimal preparation as I have only been using the UKCAT app and have gone through the UKCAT tutorial. I have not done any questions under timed conditions and haven't attempted a full mock. Please could someone help me by suggesting how I can manage these last few days to ensure I achieve a good score aswell as recommend some resources that you think are effective.
    Many thanks.
    Use Medify, best online resource and has timed questions and full mocks and is a fairly cheap price compared to other online courses. I would also say that during the test try to keep a clear mind and not use your own knowledge when answering verbal reasoning questions.
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    (Original post by Hannah003)
    Has anyone used Medic portal Ukcat questions?
    If so, are they an accurate representation of how the real exam is going to be like?
    Have not done UKCAT yet, but uses medify for a month and am now using medic portal. I would say, medic portal questions in general (apart from AR) are a bit harder than medify especially the maths. And everyone says medify is a similar but little harder than the exam so would assume medic portal is harder
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    [QUOTE=riayas;67075078]Use Medify, best online resource and has timed questions and full mocks and is a fairly cheap price compared to other online courses[/QUOT

    Thank you for the recommendation. How useful would you say Medify is? I mean there seems to be a lot of free resources floating about so I always thought they would be enough?
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    (Original post by studentleah)

    Thank you for the recommendation. How useful would you say Medify is? I mean there seems to be a lot of free resources floating about so I always thought they would be enough?
    After doing the test i can tell you that medify is slightly harder than the test when it comes to QR but other than that the layout and other subtests are pretty much spot on. Although if you are uneasy about paying the £30 or something for a week i would recommend doing the free trial questions to see if it suits you. Also don't worry about having done minimal practise as i only started revising a week before my test and only used medify and still came out with an above average score.
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    (Original post by studentleah)
    Hi guys,
    I have 12 days left to my UKCAT and frankly, I am absolutely petrified. To begin with I have done very minimal preparation as I have only been using the UKCAT app and have gone through the UKCAT tutorial. I have not done any questions under timed conditions and haven't attempted a full mock. Please could someone help me by suggesting how I can manage these last few days to ensure I achieve a good score aswell as recommend some resources that you think are effective.
    Many thanks.
    Honestly, if you're worried you've under-prepared, I'd say just move your test back a few weeks and prepare some more. Question banks like Medify are useful, as are online courses like UKCAT Ninja.

    Medify and UKCAT Ninja are both resources that you have to pay a small amount for (~£25), and I think the price is well worth it. Considering we spend £60,000 on a medical degree, spending a few pounds to get higher quality UKCAT resources doesn't sound like a bad idea Having said that, if money is an issue, we've got a huge bursary programme and basically give UKCAT Ninja bursaries to anyone who asks for them, so just drop us an email and we'll help you out

    Good luck!

    Ali
    5th year medic, Cambridge
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    (Original post by riayas)
    After doing the test i can tell you that medify is slightly harder than the test when it comes to QR but other than that the layout and other subtests are pretty much spot on. Although if you are uneasy about paying the £30 or something for a week i would recommend doing the free trial questions to see if it suits you. Also don't worry about having done minimal practise as i only started revising a week before my test and only used medify and still came out with an above average score.
    Yeah, I think I will definitely try the free questions and then go on to buy it if I find it helpful for me. Oh wow, that's great! I really want to get above average too and the fact that you managed to do that with a week's practise reassures me somewhat
    If you don't mind me asking how many hours did you practise each day within that week and do you have any tips on how to make the most of the days leading up to the test?
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    (Original post by Lewishier)
    I'm thinking of starting a Whatsapp group for 2017 entry medics. Would anyone be interested?
    How did you get such a high mark in qr in the official mocks? I thought the qr was way too hard
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    (Original post by studentleah)
    Yeah, I think I will definitely try the free questions and then go on to buy it if I find it helpful for me. Oh wow, that's great! I really want to get above average too and the fact that you managed to do that with a week's practise reassures me somewhat
    If you don't mind me asking how many hours did you practise each day within that week and do you have any tips on how to make the most of the days leading up to the test?
    I did about an hour each day which is a lot less than most people would recommend but i couldnt fit in any more time although it seemed to work out in the end.
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    My son is an International applicant. Took his UKCAT and got 717 avg (VR 700, QR 750, AR 700, SJT Band 1).
    However his IGCSEs are average - 4 A* 4A. And IB predicted might just about meet entry criterion or might be a little lower.
    Please advise which colleges he could apply to. Thanks.
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    (Original post by Pra99)
    How did you get such a high mark in qr in the official mocks? I thought the qr was way too hard
    QR is all about good quality practice under timed conditions.
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    (Original post by Lewishier)
    I'm thinking of starting a Whatsapp group for 2017 entry medics. Would anyone be interested?
    I would
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    (Original post by carpenoctem)
    I had that too when I was doing mocks, I'll just post what I sent someone else just now. With VR I was getting 830 one day and then 550 the next. The kaplan and medify VR sections were hard for me because I couldn't finish the entire section; actually choosing the right answer was never an issue with these. The actual VR exam was easy to finish in the time as long as you don't spend too long second-guessing your answers. BUT I did find it harder to choose the answer. I was pretty much 50% confident about most of my answers in the real thing and I can see that if I hadn't practised the time-pressured sections that were in the medify/kaplan mocks, I would have probably spent a lot longer wondering whether my answers were right. Because I was used to panicking about getting through the questions in mocks, I forced myself to keep moving and that got me through the entire section.If your main problem with VR is finishing all the questions (which subsequently makes you lose marks) then practice as much as you can! Learning to scan the text efficiently will improve your entire score in the real thing. VR is tricky and having the confidence to keep moving even if you doubt your answers will help you get those marks.

    AR patterns were fairly easy to spot after the first fifteen. There were a few simple patterns like the number of small shapes inside a big shape = the number of shapes outside the big shape minus one. There were a few Type 2 and 3 questions but not enough to throw you off.



    One of the sets was horrifically simple. Set A had a diagonal line of symmetry from top left to bottom right and the Set B had one from top right to bottom left. The reason I didn't see this earlier is because each box consisted of squares, with 5 types of shading, in a 7x7 grid and so I was more focused on counting how many types of each square there were than actually looking at the box as a whole. I'm afraid I don't remember the one for the second set and I never got the third one. Hopefully some of those Bs were correct
    Okay thank you! yeah i struggle with the timming but if i was given time i could get the answers. So its worth eliminating the extremely worded ones and ones that just dont seem right and then picking and moving on quickly? i always feel like i pick wrong lol but good advice as i may miss easier passages at the end if i dont do this
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    Should I still apply for medicine I didn't realise till I started looking at unis that my GCSEs matter so much I got 2 A* 4 A and 4 B should I just apply to something else and look at med as a grad?
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    Anyone got any good tips for revising for SIJ? My UKCAT is on monday and I'm still only getting band 2, starting to freak out!
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    (Original post by studentleah)
    Hi guys,
    I have 12 days left to my UKCAT and frankly, I am absolutely petrified. To begin with I have done very minimal preparation as I have only been using the UKCAT app and have gone through the UKCAT tutorial. I have not done any questions under timed conditions and haven't attempted a full mock. Please could someone help me by suggesting how I can manage these last few days to ensure I achieve a good score aswell as recommend some resources that you think are effective.
    Many thanks.
    Do not worry! I didn't start revision until 11 days before! I spent around 7 days doing 2-3 hours a day of doing untimed questions in the isc 1000 book and on medify. Then for the last 4 days I did about 7-8 hours a day of timed questions from the book, timed questions on medify and I did about 2 mocks every day in these days aswell. UKCAT recommends 20-30 hours for an above average score and with that I managed around 45 hours!!
    Also I got 630 750 700 band 1. You have loads of time!!! But use it wisely!!!
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    (Original post by jenninewton)
    Anyone got any good tips for revising for SIJ? My UKCAT is on monday and I'm still only getting band 2, starting to freak out!
    I would say keep doing questions and reading the explanations for the answers, also not to worry as in practise I never ever got higher than band 2 but in the real thing I ended up with band 1! (And I was still just as unsure about the answers in the real thing aswell)
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    (Original post by studentleah)
    Just had a look at UKCAT Ninja and I have signed up for my free account! Thank you so much. I will definitely consider a subscription to the course x
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    (Original post by jenninewton)
    Anyone got any good tips for revising for SIJ? My UKCAT is on monday and I'm still only getting band 2, starting to freak out!
    Band 2 is still really good, don't worry

    (Original post by r4ch43l)
    Should I still apply for medicine I didn't realise till I started looking at unis that my GCSEs matter so much I got 2 A* 4 A and 4 B should I just apply to something else and look at med as a grad?
    I'd suggest not applying as a grad, it's much more competitive and you have to fund it yourself. Just be really careful with where you apply and avoid the really GCSE heavy universities (Cardiff, Birmingham, Oxford, etc.)
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    (Original post by r4ch43l)
    Should I still apply for medicine I didn't realise till I started looking at unis that my GCSEs matter so much I got 2 A* 4 A and 4 B should I just apply to something else and look at med as a grad?
    I would say that you should as i'm applying for medicine with similar grades to you, 1A*,6A,2B, and you can still have backup choices if it doesn't work out.
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    i'm half way through the medify question bank and its only been a 2 weeks of on/off work (my exam is in September) has anyone else felt that they went through it too quickly? how do you deal with that? i'm only doing a few questions a day on it (20-30 mins or so) and am padding it out with official questions from the site and the remaining questions in my 1000q isc book.

    Also QR is still scary af. anyone felt like they were making no progress in this section and end up doing okay in the real thing? i'm getting 500-600 max in practice and just praying my VR score brings it all up.
 
 
 
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