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    (Original post by neuronerd)
    Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't Southampton and Newcastle both UKCAT uni's? I have also done the GAMSAT this year to apply to Nottingham and Liverpool and am considering the UKCAT to open up Newcastle
    Ah sorry I'm on the train and punctuated that badly. That's what I'm trying to say, a levels (Chem) counted at Newcastle and Southampton.

    Gamsat unis that need Chem are liverpool I believe. Cardiff also use gamsat but you have to have done one of a few,very specific degrees to be counted. Only 3 or 4 I think and most are in Wales.

    If you only sit the gamsat I think most people apply to all 3 of Swansea, notts and sgul.
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    (Original post by Lxh524)
    Ah sorry I'm on the train and punctuated that badly. That's what I'm trying to say, a levels (Chem) counted at Newcastle and Southampton.

    Gamsat unis that need Chem are liverpool I believe. Cardiff also use gamsat but you have to have done one of a few,very specific degrees to be counted. Only 3 or 4 I think and most are in Wales.

    If you only sit the gamsat I think most people apply to all 3 of Swansea, notts and sgul.
    Ah ok. In that case Newcastle does not require A-level "A Level and GCSE results for graduate applicants will have no direct bearing on the decision to interview or offer a place. This also applies for Masters qualifications."
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    (Original post by Lxh524)
    Ah sorry I'm on the train and punctuated that badly. That's what I'm trying to say, a levels (Chem) counted at Newcastle and Southampton.

    Gamsat unis that need Chem are liverpool I believe. Cardiff also use gamsat but you have to have done one of a few,very specific degrees to be counted. Only 3 or 4 I think and most are in Wales.

    If you only sit the gamsat I think most people apply to all 3 of Swansea, notts and sgul.
    For future reference to be eligible for the Cardiff GEM you need to be on one of their special feeder courses at Cardiff uni


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    Ah ok. In that case Newcastle does not require A-level "A Level and GCSE results for graduate applicants will have no direct bearing on the decision to interview or offer a place. This also applies for Masters qualifications."
    Few to no GEMs have A level requirements. Save yourself the expense of sitting the exam. Cambridge, Southampton and Bristol spring to mind. Not certain of any others.

    Also with a First classification a postgraduate masters would make little to no difference to your application. Only Warwick may favour it, in accepting a lower UKCAT though this is unconfirmed. Save yourself the time and money. You'd be better placed to expand your work experience and volunteer work so that you smash it at interviews.
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    Just sorting out my UKCAT registration/booking right now - do people generally take it as early as possible (i.e. July/August)? I'm also revising for GAMSAT so it makes sense to get the UKCAT out of the way ASAP but if I take it in July that gives me 2 months prep and I'm not sure that's enough. Everyone seems to say it only requires a few weeks prep but I opened up the 600Q book and I couldn't even answer the numerical reasoning questions because my GCSE Maths was 9 years ago and I need to go back to basics and re-learn GCSE Maths before I can even answer the 600Q questions. Anyone else in this position?
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    That's given me a bit of confidence and sounds similar to what I'll be doing because I'm still working full time. I was initially planning to do the UKCAT as late as possible but it seems like a better option to work harder now and get it out of the way in early July so that I still have time to make back up plans for the GAMSAT or for A level chemistry if need be. Although by July I think I'd be pushing it to do well on GAMSAT for this years application. Praying for a good score to even make it past the UCAS stage!! Average 800 is amazing!


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    Ditto!

    Just booked my UKCAT for 2nd of July so that I have plenty of time for GAMSAT - nerves are setting in now... Good luck to all x
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    (Original post by somethingbeautiful)
    Just sorting out my UKCAT registration/booking right now - do people generally take it as early as possible (i.e. July/August)? I'm also revising for GAMSAT so it makes sense to get the UKCAT out of the way ASAP but if I take it in July that gives me 2 months prep and I'm not sure that's enough. Everyone seems to say it only requires a few weeks prep but I opened up the 600Q book and I couldn't even answer the numerical reasoning questions because my GCSE Maths was 9 years ago and I need to go back to basics and re-learn GCSE Maths before I can even answer the 600Q questions. Anyone else in this position?
    I was (same position - and way longer than the 9 years you've mentioned since GCSE!) , but 2 months really is enough (in my opinion) use Khan to brush up on some basic maths then just practice practice practice- you'll be ok (I think) - GAMSAT there is a LOT of ground to cover so in my opinion it would be good to have the UKCAT out of the way. In anycase - book your UKCAT and see how you feel 1 week before it - that one is easy to postpone and change. But I think you'll be ok... good luck x
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    (Original post by somethingbeautiful)
    Just sorting out my UKCAT registration/booking right now - do people generally take it as early as possible (i.e. July/August)? I'm also revising for GAMSAT so it makes sense to get the UKCAT out of the way ASAP but if I take it in July that gives me 2 months prep and I'm not sure that's enough. Everyone seems to say it only requires a few weeks prep but I opened up the 600Q book and I couldn't even answer the numerical reasoning questions because my GCSE Maths was 9 years ago and I need to go back to basics and re-learn GCSE Maths before I can even answer the 600Q questions. Anyone else in this position?
    If you're planning on taking the GAMSAT, that will take far more prep than the UKCAT.

    UKCAT prep honestly won't take you two months. Once you get used to the style of questions and start seeing the repeated themes you will get the hang of UKCAT pretty quick.
    What you can do though is start prepping the skills for ukcat. Brush up on your basic maths using GCSE bitesize. Get used to doing mental maths as it will make QR much easier if you can do some of the maths in your head(the on screen calc is a bit of a pain). For VR read newspaper articles/ a page or two of a textbook/non fiction book and get used to summarising the key points quickly, and also look at the style of writing etc.

    I suppose it also depends on which test is more important to you? Are you mainly hoping to apply to all ukcat or mainly GAMSAT schools or a mix?
    Personally I've only ever sat the UKCAT, but judging from what I've read on here, the GAMSAT needs a much bigger time investment. If you can get the ukcat out of the way its probably a good idea.

    Oh and the maths in the 600q book is notoriously hard and not really representative of the real thing.
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    If you're planning on taking the GAMSAT, that will take far more prep than the UKCAT.

    UKCAT prep honestly won't take you two months. Once you get used to the style of questions and start seeing the repeated themes you will get the hang of UKCAT pretty quick.
    What you can do though is start prepping the skills for ukcat. Brush up on your basic maths using GCSE bitesize. Get used to doing mental maths as it will make QR much easier if you can do some of the maths in your head(the on screen calc is a bit of a pain). For VR read newspaper articles/ a page or two of a textbook/non fiction book and get used to summarising the key points quickly, and also look at the style of writing etc.

    I suppose it also depends on which test is more important to you? Are you mainly hoping to apply to all ukcat or mainly GAMSAT schools or a mix?
    Personally I've only ever sat the UKCAT, but judging from what I've read on here, the GAMSAT needs a much bigger time investment. If you can get the ukcat out of the way its probably a good idea.

    Oh and the maths in the 600q book is notoriously hard and not really representative of the real thing.
    Spot on advice.

    I booked the UKCAT for the first day of testing last year, because I knew I as applying to more GAMSAT schools.
    I fell quite ill in the run up to the UKCAT and decided not to reschedule as the only dates available were much too close to GAMSAT. You can do well in both exams, but you'll need to be smart about it and prioritise.
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    I'm considering doing a practice run for ukcat, but not sure if it's worth the money or time commitment. Has anyone here done a test for practice and then done one for real?
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    (Original post by somethingbeautiful)
    Just sorting out my UKCAT registration/booking right now - do people generally take it as early as possible (i.e. July/August)? I'm also revising for GAMSAT so it makes sense to get the UKCAT out of the way ASAP but if I take it in July that gives me 2 months prep and I'm not sure that's enough. Everyone seems to say it only requires a few weeks prep but I opened up the 600Q book and I couldn't even answer the numerical reasoning questions because my GCSE Maths was 9 years ago and I need to go back to basics and re-learn GCSE Maths before I can even answer the 600Q questions. Anyone else in this position?
    I'm with you there. I didn't even do GCSE. I did my Intermediate 2 maths 2005 or 2006, so I need to go back to basics too. I'm not doing GAMSAT, so I was thinking I'll do my UKCAT in August/September to give myself some time to get up to scratch with the basics.
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    Is anyone else having a mini panic attack over the new VR part or am I going through this on my own... The timing is so tight
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    (Original post by Gazoula)
    Is anyone else having a mini panic attack over the new VR part or am I going through this on my own... The timing is so tight
    New VR part? Has it changed from last year?

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    New VR part? Has it changed from last year?

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    That is what I meant - if it is similar to last years - apparently the newer version of VR questions are more frequent. ie; less "T / F / CT" and more comprehension type questions - did you take it last year and was that your experience? I am a little afraid about the comprehension type questions...


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    (Original post by Gazoula)
    That is what I meant - if it is similar to last years - apparently the newer version of VR questions are more frequent. ie; less "T / F / CT" and more comprehension type questions - did you take it last year and was that your experience? I am a little afraid about the comprehension type questions...


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    It was like that last year and I had quite a few of them the year before. I actually preferred the comprehension questions, rather than t/f/ct.

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    (Original post by Gazoula)
    That is what I meant - if it is similar to last years - apparently the newer version of VR questions are more frequent. ie; less "T / F / CT" and more comprehension type questions - did you take it last year and was that your experience? I am a little afraid about the comprehension type questions...


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    It was like that last year and I had quite a few of them the year before. I actually preferred the comprehension questions, rather than t/f/ct.

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    Yup. Actually my UKCAT for 2015 entry had just one/two sets of T/F/CT with the rest being reading comprehension. The UKCAT I sat for 2014 entry had about 3 or 4 sets of T/F/CT with the rest being reading comprehension. I know they said they're introducing the reading comprehension style but could it be that the T/F/CT questions are being phased out completely?

    A word of advice would probably be to learn to speed read but to do so effectively (actually absorbing and retaining the information).
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    Thanks for the advice - that is what I am trying to do but failing so far hopefully practice will make perfect
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    If you are struggling with the speed reading then I would recommend Tony Buzan: the speed reading book. It's a lot of pseudoscience but it did help with my speed reading and comprehension. I picked it up for around £2 I think.
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    Thanks again - will definitely look into it. I've even paid for the "7 Speed Reading" software (I am at that point in my revision that if you told me that doing a hand stand worked, I'd be giving that a try). So far the faster I read the less I understand and when I slow it down to understand time runs out - frustration through the roof! hopefully I'll get there though...
    (I havent yet been able to simmer the sub-vocalisation many talk about)
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    As far as i know it's quite common that your comprehension will drop initially but stick with it, it should be well worth it come test day!
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    Thank you again so much - crossing everything that it does all come together
 
 
 
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