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    I'm getting so impatient I know it's going to be a fail. But just want to see it
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    Last year I got an email bang on 5pm so thinking it's more likely tomorrow now. The whole schedule of this year has been delayed so think they're just making it up as they go along
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    (Original post by Olly_scientist)
    Last year I got an email bang on 5pm so thinking it's more likely tomorrow now. The whole schedule of this year has been delayed so think they're just making it up as they go along
    You're probably right, but damn, I hate not knowing
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    I already know the answer will be no, but you guys are right this waiting is painful, I just want to be put out of my misery! :ashamed2:
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    Don't count yourself out, it's deliberately horrible. Last year it went terribly for me, I ieft plenty blank and ran out of time for some I was adamant I had failed but I passed
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    (Original post by Olly_scientist)
    Don't count yourself out, it's deliberately horrible. Last year it went terribly for me, I ieft plenty blank and ran out of time for some I was adamant I had failed but I passed
    What happens after? Do you see a score of some kind or the ones you got wrong?
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    Yeah, Do we get told what we came out of everyone? Like a score? Or just longlisted/ longlisted unsuccesful ?
    Thanks very much for all the help guys
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    (Original post by librarygirl)
    What happens after? Do you see a score of some kind or the ones you got wrong?
    No, if you pass the tests your status changes to 'longlist successful'. Then you wait around a month to see if you are 'shortlist successful' i.e offered an interview. You never find out your online test score or the answers.
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    That's so annoying, i'd have liked to know my test results!
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    (Original post by Olly_scientist)
    No, if you pass the tests your status changes to 'longlist successful'. Then you wait around a month to see if you are 'shortlist successful' i.e offered an interview. You never find out your online test score or the answers.
    Ah I see. Well, you must have done ok even if you did leave some blank. Numerical reasoning was my personal hell. All that would have to happen to complete that hell is it comes up with a massive FAIL message and countless live tarantulas crawl out of the screen.
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    (Original post by orcalove93)
    That's so annoying, i'd have liked to know my test results!
    But the results aren't a straight "8 out of 12" since the tests are adaptive so your 8/12 might be better or worse than someone else's. Plus I doubt the NSHCS get your actual results, it's probably like the GAMSAT where you get ranked as a normalised percentile of the group. Then they can just reject the bottom 30% or however many.
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    (Original post by Bagsworth)
    But the results aren't a straight "8 out of 12" since the tests are adaptive so your 8/12 might be better or worse than someone else's. Plus I doubt the NSHCS get your actual results, it's probably like the GAMSAT where you get ranked as a normalised percentile of the group. Then they can just reject the bottom 30% or however many.
    By results i mean, i would have liked to know where i came in ranking of everyone else! Out of 7500 people where did i come Apologies for not being clear about that! I hope you get in this year, i read through the other pages for STP over the years and you've been unsuccessful each time, but you've got so so much experience, i have everything crossed for you this year! Good luck !
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    (Original post by orcalove93)
    By results i mean, i would have liked to know where i came in ranking of everyone else! Out of 7500 people where did i come Apologies for not being clear about that! I hope you get in this year, i read through the other pages for STP over the years and you've been unsuccessful each time, but you've got so so much experience, i have everything crossed for you this year! Good luck !
    Ahh no worries! Not sure if that's a good thing that you know me as the guy who failed to get on the STP This is my only my second (and hopefully last) attempt though. I have a pretty good job at the minute but someone at work convinced me to reapply or I'd probably regret it. From speaking to some trainee biochemists at my hospital they say it's partially convincing them you can motivate yourself to do work and partially pulling names out of a hat.
    Thanks for the vote of confidence! Although this year is different and I can only realistically accept a London offer so even beating the majority to an interview, I still have to try to come out in the top 4 people to have a solid chance of staying in London. Best of luck to you as well!
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    Haha, i just recognised your username! I remember reading about your current job and the experience you have and thinking if you couldn't pass the tests than i have no chance what so ever! Hopefully we'll know by tomorrow, i hate waiting for results should be instantly emailed to us after the deadline!
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    (Original post by orcalove93)
    Haha, i just recognised your username! I remember reading about your current job and the experience you have and thinking if you couldn't pass the tests than i have no chance what so ever! Hopefully we'll know by tomorrow, i hate waiting for results should be instantly emailed to us after the deadline!
    The tests are brutal and really have no bearing on how good you'd be as a clinical scientist. I thought the tests were easier than last year but from what everyone's saying here maybe It's wishful thinking. They should email us straight away but the fact it takes 3 days to get back to us indicates that they're moving the goalposts after we've all submitted our applications.
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    (Original post by Bagsworth)
    The tests are brutal and really have no bearing on how good you'd be as a clinical scientist. I thought the tests were easier than last year but from what everyone's saying here maybe It's wishful thinking. They should email us straight away but the fact it takes 3 days to get back to us indicates that they're moving the goalposts after we've all submitted our applications.
    I didn't think my questions were necessarily getting harder each time, which was a bad sign. That was just numerical, felt a bit 50/50 on logical.
    What you said about them having no bearing, it just goes to show they know plenty of candidates could do the job, but there's simply too many capable people.
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    (Original post by librarygirl)
    I didn't think my questions were necessarily getting harder each time, which was a bad sign. That was just numerical, felt a bit 50/50 on logical.
    What you said about them having no bearing, it just goes to show they know plenty of candidates could do the job, but there's simply too many capable people.
    It's by no means the perfect system. They want people they can rely on to become good clinical scientists, who aren't doing it for a free MSc and who won't bottle it when confronted with having to do the vast amount of work for the competences with little support from their department. In Biochem this year there has already been 1 or 2 people drop out because of the work involved - they were also writing up their PhDs though.
    They will inevitably lose a lot of good candidates who don't meet the standard in the tests but as you say, there are many others to take their place. In their minds, they can justify doing it because they are recruiting the "best" who passed the tests and the interview.
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    (Original post by Bagsworth)
    It's by no means the perfect system. They want people they can rely on to become good clinical scientists, who aren't doing it for a free MSc and who won't bottle it when confronted with having to do the vast amount of work for the competences with little support from their department. In Biochem this year there has already been 1 or 2 people drop out because of the work involved - they were also writing up their PhDs though.
    They will inevitably lose a lot of good candidates who don't meet the standard in the tests but as you say, there are many others to take their place. In their minds, they can justify doing it because they are recruiting the "best" who passed the tests and the interview.
    Seems ridiculous that anyone would do it for a free MSc, such an important position. But whoever gets it gets it.
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    Well good night all, hopefully tomorrow is the day
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    ''For 2016, shortlisting for all specialisms will take place from Thursday 18th February 2016 toFriday 11th March 2016.''

    Surely this means we will hear about the longlist today? This waiting game is painful!
 
 
 
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