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    hiya, just wanted to know is barts gcse heavy?? they haven't stated in the 2017 entry requirement if they are going to look at gcses. they've only said AAA predicted and AAA a-level
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    Thanks for the replies guys,

    I am also wondering if I can get onto a 5 year medical programme on the basis of a BTEC ? I was going to apply to the 4 year graduate medical programme (as I have a upper second class Bsc in psychology with criminology) but they tend to want A levels, the only 2 that don't are Newcastle and warwick and they are quite UKCAT heavy and I only scored 630, and then I was thinking about applying to the 6 year programme with a foundation year but they tend not to like graduates applying! I feel quite stuck, does anyone have any suggestions?
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    (Original post by .......Jeff458)
    Yeah Newcastle is pretty heavy on UKCAT and I do believe Warwick look at your VR score for interview selection and then your overall average after that.


    Great score! I am aware King's is HEAVY for UKCAT. People tend to have 700+ plus but I would check cut offs as your score is very good and very close, just make sure you are careful.

    mbradley I am aware that Barts is very UKCAT heavy so make on their website or have a look at the cut offs. I have heard Barts being 700+ before but your score is good so I would check.
    You guys all got such amazing scores!!!

    If you don't mind me asking, what was so easy about the QR? In Medify I can't break 600 in QR :'( Like I just did the last mock and got 550 on it for QR.

    What made it easier in the exam and what scores did you get in mocks if I can ask pls?

    Well done once again.
    Hi I just thought I would add that although I didn't score great in QR (690), it is much higher than what I did in the mocks and it was my most dreaded section but then turned out to be my best - the questions I had were all quite straightforward. I had the 1000 ukcat practice question book by ICS medical and the questions in the exam were much easier than the ones in the book. I was scoring less than 500 in my mocks.
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    Hi there! Just did my UKCAT today! I got an average of 780 and band 2 in sjt.

    Here's the breakdown of my scores and take on each section:

    VR: 760
    Tbh I expected it to be wayyyy harder after reading the posts on here, but for me it was about the same standard as medify and slightly easier than the isc medical 1000 questions. Just keep track of time (for me I made sure i was on the 6th passage by the 10 minute mark) and scan for keywords! Don't bother reading the passage because you'll waste too much time.

    QR: 900
    SO MUCH EASIER THAN EVERYTHING I'VE EVER DONE. a majority of the questions was just basic addition, answered like 5 from just looking at the data. Don't worry too much about it! But I finished right on the dot so I had no time to check the ones I guessed (about 2 or 3)

    AR: 670
    this section really threw me off.... it was so much more difficult than any mock I've ever done. (I was used to getting 700s or above) Couldn't figure out like 5 sets and spent too much time on each of them so I didn't have much time left for the easy ones. I'm quite disappointed with my score because AR was the section I spent most time and effort on.

    SJT: Band 2
    I kind of underestimated this section because everyone was telling me how easy it was to get band 1 here that I neglected it after I got band 1 on a medify mock.

    resources used: Kaplan 1000 questions (good for exam tips, qr was closest to the actual), isc medical 1000q (okay-ish for ar and vr, qr is WAY too hard), ukcat ninja (i didn't like it tbh. the design of the site was faulty and kept erasing my data, mock results aren't scaled for you), medify

    I think medify was the most useful resource for me, I bought it 12 days before my exam and didn't regretted a single moment! The mocks gave me a rough idea of what i needed to improve on. (I got 633, 677 and 800)

    I only started studying seriously a few days before I bought medify (about 3 hours a day), so to the worried last minute crammers, don't worry! you still have some time left

    I'm planning to apply to King's, Newcastle, Edinburgh and St Georges/ Bristol for UG med.

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask! As for those who are taking their UKCAT soon, good luck!!!
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    (Original post by hayott)
    Hi there! Just did my UKCAT today! I got an average of 780 and band 2 in sjt.

    Here's the breakdown of my scores and take on each section:

    VR: 760
    Tbh I expected it to be wayyyy harder after reading the posts on here, but for me it was about the same standard as medify and slightly easier than the isc medical 1000 questions. Just keep track of time (for me I made sure i was on the 6th passage by the 10 minute mark) and scan for keywords! Don't bother reading the passage because you'll waste too much time.

    QR: 900
    SO MUCH EASIER THAN EVERYTHING I'VE EVER DONE. a majority of the questions was just basic addition, answered like 5 from just looking at the data. Don't worry too much about it! But I finished right on the dot so I had no time to check the ones I guessed (about 2 or 3)

    AR: 670
    this section really threw me off.... it was so much more difficult than any mock I've ever done. (I was used to getting 700s or above) Couldn't figure out like 5 sets and spent too much time on each of them so I didn't have much time left for the easy ones. I'm quite disappointed with my score because AR was the section I spent most time and effort on.

    SJT: Band 2
    I kind of underestimated this section because everyone was telling me how easy it was to get band 1 here that I neglected it after I got band 1 on a medify mock. Just make sure to read the good medical practice document!

    resources used: Kaplan 1000 questions (good for exam tips, qr was closest to the actual), isc medical 1000q (okay-ish for ar and vr, qr is WAY too hard), ukcat ninja (i didn't like it tbh. the design of the site was faulty and kept erasing my data, mock results aren't scaled for you), medify

    I think medify was the most useful resource for me, I bought it 12 days before my exam and didn't regretted a single moment! The mocks gave me a rough idea of what i needed to improve on. (I got 633, 677 and 800)

    I'm planning to apply to King's, Newcastle, Edinburgh and St Georges/ Bristol for UG med.

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask! As for those who are taking their UKCAT soon, good luck!!!
    can you sort of go through your VR technique please?? like as soon as you read the question, what do you ? well done on the score!!!
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    (Original post by Lostperson)
    mine is on the same day how long have you been prepping for? x
    I've used three weeks of medify and tried to use the 1000 practice questions book. Just started doing mocks and the AR seems too easy in Mock 2 and last year it was unbelievably difficult and I guessed everything so my main focus is AR. My VR is also weak, I got 570 last year . Hopefully, I do better this year! Good luck to you next week too! What resources are you using and how are you finding practice?
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    (Original post by masterscientist2)
    My UKCAT's on the 3rd October, next Monday. I am using Medify and 1000 UKCAT questions by ISCMedical
    Great. Good luck. I did UKCAT last year and got 615... really poor... but will change it tomorrow hehe.
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    (Original post by deathbeforeimmortality)
    Great. Good luck. I did UKCAT last year and got 615... really poor... but will change it tomorrow hehe.
    Good luck!
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    (Original post by masterscientist2)
    I've used three weeks of medify and tried to use the 1000 practice questions book. Just started doing mocks and the AR seems too easy in Mock 2 and last year it was unbelievably difficult and I guessed everything so my main focus is AR. My VR is also weak, I got 570 last year . Hopefully, I do better this year! Good luck to you next week too! What resources are you using and how are you finding practice?
    I'm exactly the same as you. I HATE AR! I have got better at it though, I've been finding AR easier on medify. last year my mistake was i wasted a long time trying to figure out sets in the beginning and all the easy ones were at the end!!!
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    (Original post by Lostperson)
    can you sort of go through your VR technique please?? like as soon as you read the question, what do you ? well done on the score!!!
    Thank you! Once I read the question I'll pick 1 keyword (usually a name, number or a distinct word) and scan the passage for it. If I can't find anything after 20 seconds, I'll just choose a random option and move on.

    As for those questions that ask for a author's stance or summary of the passage, I'll scan read the first and last paragraph.

    Just remember to practice scanning for keywords! Once you get better at it, you'll find your scores improving by a lot
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    (Original post by Lostperson)
    warwick is a good option , they screen on VR scored first IMO if you don't have a 1st or a masters...avoid barts x

    what was your VR Technique?? x
    Thanks for the advice

    For verbal reasoning, at first, I was very daunted by this section. Initially i really struggled for time here before I developed a technique for skim reading!
    Try holding your hand in front of the screen with :bl:your fingers like the banana here.. and run your hand down the text. While doing so, let your eye follow your first to your second finger along the line of the text and jump from word to word. Do not read full phrases - This should help you fragment the substance of the text, so that when you move to the question, you can immediately jump to the paragraph where you saw the keyword and deduce the most appropriate answer.

    I also tended to read the first question before I started skimming the text so that I could give a focused answer for at least one question!

    When I saw that I was running out of time or if I found a question particularly difficult I would guess the answer using my knowledge of the content, flag the question and skip.

    You may already know this but -

    Keyboard shortcuts:
    alt + f = flag
    alt + n = next
    alt + p = previous
    alt + c = calculator
    backspace = AC on calculator

    Regarding QR, it would be really helpful to learn how to use the MR function but I couldnt figure it out!!

    Best of luck! x
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    (Original post by hayott)
    Hi there! Just did my UKCAT today! I got an average of 780 and band 2 in sjt.

    Here's the breakdown of my scores and take on each section:

    VR: 760
    Tbh I expected it to be wayyyy harder after reading the posts on here, but for me it was about the same standard as medify and slightly easier than the isc medical 1000 questions. Just keep track of time (for me I made sure i was on the 6th passage by the 10 minute mark) and scan for keywords! Don't bother reading the passage because you'll waste too much time.

    QR: 900
    SO MUCH EASIER THAN EVERYTHING I'VE EVER DONE. a majority of the questions was just basic addition, answered like 5 from just looking at the data. Don't worry too much about it! But I finished right on the dot so I had no time to check the ones I guessed (about 2 or 3)

    AR: 670
    this section really threw me off.... it was so much more difficult than any mock I've ever done. (I was used to getting 700s or above) Couldn't figure out like 5 sets and spent too much time on each of them so I didn't have much time left for the easy ones. I'm quite disappointed with my score because AR was the section I spent most time and effort on.

    SJT: Band 2
    I kind of underestimated this section because everyone was telling me how easy it was to get band 1 here that I neglected it after I got band 1 on a medify mock. Just make sure to read the good medical practice document!

    resources used: Kaplan 1000 questions (good for exam tips, qr was closest to the actual), isc medical 1000q (okay-ish for ar and vr, qr is WAY too hard), ukcat ninja (i didn't like it tbh. the design of the site was faulty and kept erasing my data, mock results aren't scaled for you), medify

    I think medify was the most useful resource for me, I bought it 12 days before my exam and didn't regretted a single moment! The mocks gave me a rough idea of what i needed to improve on. (I got 633, 677 and 800)

    I only started studying seriously a few days before I bought medify (about 3 hours a day), so to the worried last minute crammers, don't worry! you still have some time left

    I'm planning to apply to King's, Newcastle, Edinburgh and St Georges/ Bristol for UG med.

    If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask! As for those who are taking their UKCAT soon, good luck!!!
    Well done! That's a fantastic score! How similar was VR QR and AR to the official UKCAT mocks? I've just done the first one and I completely screwed up on QR
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    Hey guys!!

    I'm a graduate with a 2:1 - I sat my UKCAT for the first time ever last month and these were my results:

    VR - 590 (really put me down but the texts were so long!)
    QR - 720
    AR - 750

    Average: 686.7

    I found AR and QR way easier than all the mocks that I previously done, couldn't believe it!

    Do you think I have a chance if I was to apply to King's, Warwick and Newcastle? Does anyone know anything about cutoff scores?

    Good luck to the rest of you!
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    (Original post by aamin96)
    Well done! That's a fantastic score! How similar was VR QR and AR to the official UKCAT mocks? I've just done the first one and I completely screwed up on QR
    Thanks so much! I did mock a back in in early august and I got 6/36 for my QR!!! I don't remember much about the other sections but my friends and I all agreed that it's unrealistic and difficult. I think the most accurate one was mock c. mock b's VR was way too difficult.
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    (Original post by hayott)
    Thanks so much! I did mock a back in in early august and I got 6/36 for my QR!!! I don't remember much about the other sections but my friends and I all agreed that it's unrealistic and difficult. I think the most accurate one was mock c. mock b's VR was way too difficult.
    Thanks! Lol I got 10/36 it's ridiculous, also do you have a strategy when it comes to time management in VR? Do you target the true false questions first and then move to the difficult type 2 ones? I always seem to be in a rush in VR
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    (Original post by masterscientist2)
    Hi guys,

    I'm taking a gap year and reapplying to medicine for 2017 entry. I got 623.5 in my UKCAT last year which was awful ! I applied to UEA, Imperial, QMUL and Bristol. Even though people say UEA isn't that UKCAT heavy, I still didn't get an interview unfortunately. I also messed up on the BMAT, so Imperial rejected me straight away. QMUL also rejected me and that genuinely was a bad choice and I only found out after I put down QMUL as one of my options. Bristol was the only uni that gave me an interview and it's MMI which some people find difficult, but I didn't think it went too badly, but ended up getting rejected after interview . I'm doing the UKCAT again this year and hopefully I perform better this year. I didn't think of the UKCAT as much last year which was such a bad mistake! If you guys have any questions about applications or Bristol interview advice, I'm here to help!
    sorry to hear that! can i ask what your gcse and as and a2 grades were?
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    (Original post by rehmanator)
    sorry to hear that! can i ask what your gcse and as and a2 grades were?
    My GCSEs were 5A* 5As, my AS was 4A's and my A-Level total was 1A* 3As.

    How are you prepping for UKCAT if you haven't done it already and how's it going? If you've done it already, do you have any tips for all the sections as it would be very helpful?
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    (Original post by mbradley42)
    Thanks for the advice

    For verbal reasoning, at first, I was very daunted by this section. Initially i really struggled for time here before I developed a technique for skim reading!
    Try holding your hand in front of the screen with :bl:your fingers like the banana here.. and run your hand down the text. While doing so, let your eye follow your first to your second finger along the line of the text and jump from word to word. Do not read full phrases - This should help you fragment the substance of the text, so that when you move to the question, you can immediately jump to the paragraph where you saw the keyword and deduce the most appropriate answer.

    I also tended to read the first question before I started skimming the text so that I could give a focused answer for at least one question!

    When I saw that I was running out of time or if I found a question particularly difficult I would guess the answer using my knowledge of the content, flag the question and skip.

    You may already know this but -

    Keyboard shortcuts:
    alt + f = flag
    alt + n = next
    alt + p = previous
    alt + c = calculator
    backspace = AC on calculator

    Regarding QR, it would be really helpful to learn how to use the MR function but I couldnt figure it out!!

    Best of luck! x
    awesome thanks! do you mean sort of use your fingers to fragment the text and than within each fragment , jump word to word to get a gist of what it is saying? xx
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    (Original post by aamin96)
    Thanks! Lol I got 10/36 it's ridiculous, also do you have a strategy when it comes to time management in VR? Do you target the true false questions first and then move to the difficult type 2 ones? I always seem to be in a rush in VR
    Not really because I found that I was too slow when I flagged and came back to the type 2 questions. I think it would help if you kept track of time and spend a max of 30 seconds on any one question. Also, don't be afraid to just click a random answer when you're really unsure.
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    (Original post by mbradley42)
    Thanks for the advice

    For verbal reasoning, at first, I was very daunted by this section. Initially i really struggled for time here before I developed a technique for skim reading!
    Try holding your hand in front of the screen with :bl:your fingers like the banana here.. and run your hand down the text. While doing so, let your eye follow your first to your second finger along the line of the text and jump from word to word. Do not read full phrases - This should help you fragment the substance of the text, so that when you move to the question, you can immediately jump to the paragraph where you saw the keyword and deduce the most appropriate answer.

    I also tended to read the first question before I started skimming the text so that I could give a focused answer for at least one question!

    When I saw that I was running out of time or if I found a question particularly difficult I would guess the answer using my knowledge of the content, flag the question and skip.

    You may already know this but -

    Keyboard shortcuts:
    alt + f = flag
    alt + n = next
    alt + p = previous
    alt + c = calculator
    backspace = AC on calculator

    Regarding QR, it would be really helpful to learn how to use the MR function but I couldnt figure it out!!

    Best of luck! x
    SO helpful. My test is tomorrow - do you suggest it's ok for me to do a mock? What is the MR function for by the way?

    Thanks.
 
 
 
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