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    (Original post by Gogregg)
    1. DA was usually a section that dragged peoples scores up.
    2. TSR is not representative at all.
    3. People are more likely to share their score if it is good (I'm guilty of this myself)
    4. People have been finding VR even more difficult that usual, so we may see a decrease in the average there.
    5. There is no point in speculating until we have the official statistics in early October
    So you may not be interviewed at one medical school. It is not the end of the world. You can still apply if you want, on the off chance that you do get an interview. Just make sure to apply to places where you think you are more likely to get an interview to make up for the one risky option. Medical school is the aim, yes, it would be nice to get into our preference, but you need to be practical here.
    (Original post by studentsixth)
    This has been discussed repeatedly. Anything from 600 upwards is not a 'worrying score', especially considering you got a score which is considered 'competitive' for 90% of the unis out there. SJT is not even considered that seriously apart from Edinburgh and a couple of other universities. Yes there is a chance that the average might go up but just a loss of one section this year isn't going to have a dramatic impact is it?
    Thanks for that guys, it's quite reassuring, BTW does imperial use UKCAT anymore I didn't see anything about it on their website, fingers crossed for the BMAT :crossedf:
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    (Original post by Jitesh)
    For QR are calculations sometimes used in further parts of the question?
    In the real exam do the calculators wipe their memory for each new question?
    I had one carry-over question (I had to calculate the mean in one question which involved adding up and I needed to use those totals again in the following question when it asked me how many more Xs than Ys were there)

    The best thing to do is write down calculations as you go along, otherwise you'll lose time adding it all up again!
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    I did medify mock 1 and got a really bad score.
    I got:
    VR-550
    AR-650
    QR-600
    SJT-Band 2
    I've been preparing for almost 2 months now and my exam is in 3 days.
    I honestly thought I would do a lot better.
    I don't know what to do. I only have 3 days and my scores are so low.
    How similar is medify mock 1 to the real exam? I'm really struggling with vr but I thought my AR would pull up my grade but I didn't do well in that either. I'm really stuck. Help?!
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    (Original post by Jitesh)
    For QR are calculations sometimes used in further parts of the question?
    In the real exam do the calculators wipe their memory for each new question?
    No they don't, but you sometime you might need to use the answer from a previous part in another question.
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    (Original post by Not_a_horse)
    Thanks for that guys, it's quite reassuring, BTW does imperial use UKCAT anymore I didn't see anything about it on their website, fingers crossed for the BMAT :crossedf:
    Imperial takes the BMAT. They tend to have cut-off scores for each section
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    (Original post by Not_a_horse)
    Thanks for that guys, it's quite reassuring, BTW does imperial use UKCAT anymore I didn't see anything about it on their website, fingers crossed for the BMAT :crossedf:
    They use the BMAT.
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    is there any point in revising decision analysis if it isn't getting marked
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    Hi guys,
    What do you think is the best technique for identifying patterns in the AR section? I know a few people have a mnemonic for the things they look out for so if you could please help me out I would be very grateful.
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    Is there any point in revising decision making as it is not getting marked
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    What did people get in medify mock 1?
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    hey guys how did people find official mock B? I got 63% on VR, 50% on AR and QR. I made some really stupid mistakes on QR I wont make again but I heard there are screaming patterns in AR without many secondary rules. How true is this? And is QR easier than the mocks in the real thing?
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    (Original post by Pinder_xx)
    Is there any point in revising decision making as it is not getting marked
    not really
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    (Original post by Pinder_xx)
    is there any point in revising decision analysis if it isn't getting marked
    I have yet to see a person on TSR who took it seriously, I used 10 minutes of it for a quick break and practised a few QR questions and wrote down a few things for AR, then skipped all the questions and ended the review.
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    (Original post by Pinder_xx)
    is there any point in revising decision analysis if it isn't getting marked
    Not really much point, much more important to focus on the other sections ☺️ on the day you can either spend the 30 minutes or so relaxing, or trying out the decision analysis questions. Obviously ukcat want people to take it seriously but it's about what makes you feel best on the day


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    (Original post by studentleah)
    Hi guys,
    What do you think is the best technique for identifying patterns in the AR section? I know a few people have a mnemonic for the things they look out for so if you could please help me out I would be very grateful.
    Use this method:

    (S)hape
    (C)olour
    (A)rrangement
    (N)umber
    (S)ize

    Prioritise them in order of Shape, Colour, Size, Arrangement and Size.

    When looking at a set, look at the simplest box to avoid allowing distractor shapes to get in the way of you identifying the pattern. Then say to yourself, is there something which is being repeated in all the other boxes for that set? Is there a particular shape? Is there always a shape arranged in the top right hand corner? Is the triangle always bigger than the circle?

    Sometimes looking at the two simplest boxes between set A and B can help you identify a difference in the pattern. Remember, it's always possible to find similarities in the pattern between both sets but don't let it put you off, keep looking for a difference.

    Then after say, you've completed all the AR questions in your book, construct a mind map of all the patterns you've come across (give each pattern a section that corresponds with SCANS) and make sure you memorise the sh*t out of them. Every time to come across a new pattern add it to this mind map too; ideally use an A3 piece of paper so you have a lot of space. Memorising the patterns might not seem like it helps much; but I watched a lecture once by a psychologist who said that sometimes if you've learnt something off by heart and you see something that triggers your memory of it, you will remember what it is even though you may not have consciously been thinking about it. So for example, if you're looking through a set and you're not thinking of a particular pattern you've come across before, your brain will remember it and remind you of if! Pretty cool, huh?

    One last piece of advice. Start off by trying to identify patters in untimed conditions, there's no need to rush yourself so much otherwise you won't be able to identify patterns. Then, slowly, ease yourself into timed conditions. IMO don't start timed conditions until you've got a mind map of at least 30 different patterns in total.

    Hope this helps.
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    (Original post by Pinder_xx)
    is there any point in revising decision analysis if it isn't getting marked
    no. a lot of people who have done the ukcat already have used it for toilet breaks and to get their head around QR which is the next section. no point wasting time revisiong for something you wont be scored on
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    (Original post by michaela__)
    Not really much point, much more important to focus on the other sections ☺️ on the day you can either spend the 30 minutes or so relaxing, or trying out the decision analysis questions. Obviously ukcat want people to take it seriously but it's about what makes you feel best on the day


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    100% agreed
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    (Original post by xJessScott)
    no. a lot of people who have done the ukcat already have used it for toilet breaks and to get their head around QR which is the next section. no point wasting time revisiong for something you wont be scored on
    thanks
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    can you get a good ukcat score just by using the ukcat website or do you have to use medify, kkaplan etc.
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    got a 700 roughly on mock C. is this on course for higher in real thing or about same? QR I found very hard and heard its easier and AR has less convoluted patterns?
 
 
 
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