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    (Original post by Gogregg)
    That's a relief, but i still worry about my AS grades, since they're the foundation for my predictions...

    ISC 1000 Qs was way more difficult than the actual thing, but i found the SJT to be accurate, and the VR wasn't a whole lot harder, I thought.
    Medify is an amazing resource and was definitely in line with the difficulty of the exam. It was only slightly harder, i thought.

    You've got plenty of time before your exam, so i wouldn't suggest starting until at the earliest around results day (18th).

    VR is a pain, but you just need to practice loads. Practice skim reading and quickly extracting information and is really important that you find your own technique - one that works for you. Personally, i would try answer the question first (i always guessed CT) and then i would test it against the passage, looking for the relevant information as quickly as i could, without trying to take anything in. Sort of like trial and improvement.
    DM i decided to do it since it kept me semi-focussed ,i should have just gone on to the next section once i finished as i found that i had way too much time for it.
    QR is really about timing and quick mental maths. If there's a question that you're really struggling on, guess an answer, flag the question and move on, you don't want to get caught up with that. Make use of the whiteboard but doing rely on it too much. Just jot down numbers you won't remember during a calculation. Also, remember to use the keyboard for the calculator, before you start, make sure you can use the number pad and num lock is on. It will save you so much time!
    AR is just practice. When you start, it is so intimidating (especially if you use the ISC book :lol: ) but once you get used to it, it is actually pretty easy. The questions in the exam usually only have relationship between the sets, so bear that in mind. Timing isn't much of an issue once you get used to it, which you will after loads of practice (read what the ISC 1000 Qs says on AR, it is very useful!) But you should always just skip over questions and flag them when you don't know after a while. I think I had 2 sets of questions (18% of the section) which i had pretty much no clue on, which i ended up guessing, and i still got 790, so if there are a few that you have no idea with, it's not the end of the world, just move on and come back to later.
    SJT isn't bad, just practice and get used to what it wants. Do bear in mind that it's what you should do, not what you would do!

    Hope this helped
    Thank you so much.
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    (Original post by BlueSparkleDust)
    I'm also hoping to apply for GEM 2017. The UKCAT is my biggest concern though as I didn't do well in it at all last time. Preparation is going better this time but I am struggling with quantitative reasoning :/
    Hey BlueSparkleDust,

    Here is a couple of things I would suggest for improving your QR score:

    1) Answer EVERYTHING. (a complete guess has a 20% probability of being correct, but if you can eliminate 2 answers for being clearly incorrect a guess between the other answers will have a 33% probability of being correct)
    2) Appreciate that some questions are deliberately very long and that spending 2 minutes calculating one answer will lead to you running out of time later on
    3) Practice your mental arithmetic (BBC Bitesize GCSE actually covers most of the maths that you will likely encounter in the UKCAT)
    4) As the 'Decision Making' Subtest in unmarked, use this time to note down any formulas you may need to apply during the QR section to accelerate your speed of calculation.
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    Hey, just wondering if most AR relationships are single patterns or 2 or 3 per set. Im worried about finding 1 but the other one knocking 3 marks off per question! On 6med ukcat ninja i had 85% and now medify has dropped closer to 72% due to this problem. Also will the national average drop this year as VR makes up more of the average or will it go up as people focus their attention on less sections?

    Thanks
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    For the GEP- Is a UKCAT score of 700 too low? Also do graduates have to sit GAMSAT?
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    (Original post by Boss987)
    Anyone???
    Hey, I think I am going to apply this year aswell

    GCSE: 5A* 3A 1B 1C (design and tech )
    UKCAT: 740 AVG
    hopefully 3 A or A* predictions

    I dont know how good a chance i have of being accepted though

    how did you do on the UKCAT if youve sat it?
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    (Original post by medicapplicant)
    Hey, I think I am going to apply this year aswell

    GCSE: 5A* 3A 1B 1C (design and tech )
    UKCAT: 740 AVG
    hopefully 3 A or A* predictions

    I dont know how good a chance i have of being accepted though

    how did you do on the UKCAT if youve sat it?
    If you dont get an interview id be astounded
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    (Original post by megbarber2016)
    I definitely want to apply this year.

    GCSE: 6A* 4A 1B (art...)
    A-level: predicted A*A*AA
    UKCAT: 2310 (770 average)

    Does this give me a decent chance?
    Also, does anyone know if Newcastle looks at personal statement prior to interview?
    Very good chance - you'll likely almost definitely get an interview with that UKCAT (but obviously nothing is ever 100%). Newcastle don't use the personal statement at all for selection.
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    Wag1
    GCSEs: 7As 3Bs
    UKCAT: 2380 Band 1
    AS: BBBB
    Predictions: AAA
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    So I presume Newcastle is quite UKCAT heavy, do you think an average of 650 will get me in (honestly) considering everything else about my application is pretty average?
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    (Original post by jenni:))
    So I presume Newcastle is quite UKCAT heavy, do you think an average of 650 will get me in (honestly) considering everything else about my application is pretty average?
    I'm sorry, but i doing think it'll get you in. Unless the UKCAT average is very low this year, but i doubt it will be, sorry
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    (Original post by Gogregg)
    I'm sorry, but i doing think it'll get you in. Unless the UKCAT average is very low this year, but i doubt it will be, sorry
    That's okay, I thought not, thankyou
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    (Original post by Gogregg)
    I'm sorry, but i doing think it'll get you in. Unless the UKCAT average is very low this year, but i doubt it will be, sorry
    Do you think the national average will go up this year? Hence the Newcastle cut off too? I'm worried that 800 is the new 700
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    (Original post by manlike99)
    Do you think the national average will go up this year? Hence the Newcastle cut off too? I'm worried that 800 is the new 700
    It might do? It's hard to say, and TSR is not the most representative of resources.
    People have been finding QR to be quite good, but it is usually the highest section. But then again, people have said that VR is really difficult this year, but it is usually the lowest section.
    I can't see 800 being the 'new 700' no way. It's just people that want to share their scores will tend to have done better.

    TL;DR It's very difficult to say. Wait until the official statistics have been released to speculate.
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    (Original post by Gogregg)
    It might do? It's hard to say, and TSR is not the most representative of resources.
    People have been finding QR to be quite good, but it is usually the highest section. But then again, people have said that VR is really difficult this year, but it is usually the lowest section.
    I can't see 800 being the 'new 700' no way. It's just people that want to share their scores will tend to have done better.

    TL;DR It's very difficult to say. Wait until the official statistics have been released to speculate.
    I see, thanks a lot
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    (Original post by NatashaHall)
    For the GEP- Is a UKCAT score of 700 too low? Also do graduates have to sit GAMSAT?
    I've been wondering the same thing. Just got an average of 700 and an SJ band 1. Just graduated with a 2.1 in biomedical science and really want to apply for graduate entry here but not sure if I stand a good enough chance of getting an interview?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!
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    (Original post by NatashaHall)
    For the GEP- Is a UKCAT score of 700 too low? Also do graduates have to sit GAMSAT?
    You don't need to sit the GAMSAT for the GEP at Newcastle. Your UKCAT score would no doubt be good enough for the 5-year programme but last year they had more than 1100 applicants for 25 places on the 40year course and the UKCAT cut-off was very close to 700. This year's UKCAT cut-off may be above or below 700 depending on how the other Newcastle GEP applicants score, it would say that your score may not quite be enough for Newcastle, but it could land just on the right side of the cut-off this year. Have you considered a GEP with more applicant places? Warwick accepts about 170 students per year and tends to have a lower UKCAT cut-off as they have fewer applicants per place.
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    This year do you still think they'll accept a lower UKCAT if you're on the partners scheme?


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    (Original post by michaela__)
    This year do you still think they'll accept a lower UKCAT if you're on the partners scheme?


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    on their website theres a video about it. it said they sometimes accept a lower uckat if you have really high a levels. I dunno what to really make of that to be honest but they said its quite rare. although the website is yet to be updated for 2017 so I'm lost myself. we will have to wait and see I guess
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    (Original post by chrisdale98)
    on their website theres a video about it. it said they sometimes accept a lower uckat if you have really high a levels. I dunno what to really make of that to be honest but they said its quite rare. although the website is yet to be updated for 2017 so I'm lost myself. we will have to wait and see I guess
    That's annoying thank you though I guess we'll have to keep an eye out. Last year I remember a lot of partners scheme applicants getting in with a lower ukcat on the Newcastle thread though 😭


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    (Original post by michaela__)
    That's annoying thank you though I guess we'll have to keep an eye out. Last year I remember a lot of partners scheme applicants getting in with a lower ukcat on the Newcastle thread though 😭


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    I hope i get in with lower ukcat, i doubt ill average much over 700
 
 
 
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