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    Apart from the Verbal Reasoning webinar, is there more webinars available for the rest of the sections or is it just for Verbal Reasoning?
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    I have completed the 600Q book by ISC, except for the mocks, I am saving those... I am now currently using medify. I think the second method is more accurate simply bescause the first method is a far too low score and i have seen some people on here calling 60% and anything over a good mark.

    How are you finding it? What are you percentages like for each subsection?
    I've been getting around 80-90% on DA in emedica but the mock test has huge codes compared to emedica.

    I think I might save the 600q last, I hate that book, it's too hard and I keep looking at the back
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    How long does it realistically take to prepare for UKCAT would you say from experience. I did UKCAT last year but only got 725, I need 750+ for Edinburgh this year.
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    (Original post by solarplexus)
    How long does it realistically take to prepare for UKCAT would you say from experience. I did UKCAT last year but only got 725, I need 750+ for Edinburgh this year.
    Hi Solarplexus,

    I have to admit that's a difficult one to answer! It very much depends on what an individual's strengths and weaker areas are in the subtests. As you did UKCAT last year (that was a good mark by the way, so you must know how to handle the questions), I guess you'll know which test you're more confident with and those which you'll need to do more practice on. Remember there is a new style of VR question this year, so definitely practice those.

    When I've talked with students about this, they do seem to vary a lot with their preparation. Some do a couple of hours a day for several weeks running up to their test date whilst others work solidly all day for a shorter period. I think you have to find a way that suits your learning style. Are you fresher minded in the mornings or evenings? Do you prefer to work in short bursts or settle in for hours? One thing the students never do is cram it in during the last couple of days before the test!

    There isn't a right way - UKCAT is just another exam - which prep techniques have worked for you best in other exams? Sorry I can't be more specific but I wish you the best of luck.
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    (Original post by zed963)
    Hi,

    I'm just wondering what has changed this year in the styling of questions. I've heard there's something new in VR but I'm not quite sure. Is there any other changes to DA,QR,AR,SJT this year?

    Also some of the codes in the UKCAT mock test which is provided by themselves online has some huge DA codes, is this usual in the proper exam?

    Any ways to get better at AR?


    And is it better to read the whole extract in VR then answer the questions or skim and select?

    Sorry for so many questions.
    Hi Zed963,

    I will do my best to answer them!

    First, VR: yes, there is a new style question. You'll be given a passage of text similarly to the "old" style. Then, rather than choose True, False or Can't Tell, you'll be asked to draw conclusions or inferences or definitions (for example) from the text. There'll several of these lead in questions for each passage and you'll select from 4 options.

    Regarding your question on the strategy for reading VR passages, most students I speak to seem to use the "skim and search" method. I.e., they skim read the passage, then look at the questions and find the relevant bit in the passage. This can work well but do be careful that you don't miss a little detail that actually contradicts the rest of the passage - it might catch you out!

    You may want to register for our free live seminar on VR, which we're running at lunchtime on Monday 4th August. If you can't make that time, if you still register, you'll be able to access the seminar from our archive soon after.

    With regard to the other tests, there isn't anything new as such. In DA last year there was a pilot of confidence limits, which is being trialled again this year. When you've answered the question, you have to select your level of confidence in your answer. You won't be able to move to the next question until you do this. Your results won't contribute to your score this year. The reason for including confidence limits is so UKCAT/Universities can assess how students self-monitor their judgements and decisions.

    Long strings of code in DA? Yes, very likely if UKCAT's own test papers have them. But there will be some shorter ones too! Don't panic about long codes, just make sure your answer includes all of them.

    Getting better in AR: again, we have a free seminar in our archive which may help - we ran it on 7th July. You'll need to register on the apply2medicine website then go to this link:

    http://www.apply2medicine.co.uk/practical-guide/


    In the meantime, here's something to get you started:

    Start by checking for the simplest rules first, then build up towards theories of multiple conditional elements. Sometimes it is just too hard to identify the pattern, in which case you should go with gut feeling. Triangles are often actually used as arrows, so pay attention to the direction they are pointing.

    Hope all this lot helps!
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    (Original post by zed963)
    I've been getting around 80-90% on DA in emedica but the mock test has huge codes compared to emedica.

    I think I might save the 600q last, I hate that book, it's too hard and I keep looking at the back
    The book is great practise but incredibly difficult and boring compared to the real thing! I have started hating it as well!
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    (Original post by Crazzyyy)
    I went to above mentioned link but I could not access the practical guide. Please help
    Hello again Crazzyyy,

    I'm sorry you weren't able to access the practical guide. I've just been on the website and it's listed under course modules right at the bottom of the title panels. Did you register first? (it's free). Have another go and if you don't have any luck, I'll ask our techie team to investigate.
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    (Original post by Gerry Kitchingman)
    Hello again Crazzyyy,

    I'm sorry you weren't able to access the practical guide. I've just been on the website and it's listed under course modules right at the bottom of the title panels. Did you register first? (it's free). Have another go and if you don't have any luck, I'll ask our techie team to investigate.
    I'm also unable to access the practical guide. I have registered and successfully logged in and am able to view my profile but I don't know where to go next.

    Can you provide a link to the 7th July webinar?
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    I have tried to get and answer from many people but to no luck so i was wandering if you could help. If i am getting 60% in each topic what UKCAT score would this equate to? Is it good or bad? What percentage will be around the 700 mark?

    I am only looking for an estimation. Nothing precise.

    Thank you!
    Hello Jatyization - and anyone else who sees this post!

    I guess you are all eager to know how you are doing in your practice tests in preparation for the big day!

    I can't say whether or not the various formulae people use to convert their scores are reliable or not.

    I can say that the way your scores are converted by UKCAT into your final mark is a closely guarded secret! There are many factors at play so it isn't easy to work it out for yourself. This is because the subtests all have different numbers of questions and the overall performance of the cohort taking each run of the test also (somehow) has some bearing on the outcome.

    If you know you are getting good scores per test in practice, i.e you finish all the questions and get over 3/4 correct, then this will translate to good scores in the real thing.

    So your best bet is to just do the very best you can by getting in plenty of practice - learn how to answer the questions before you start timing yourself - and a good night's sleep before the exam!

    Good luck everyone.
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    (Original post by Gerry Kitchingman)
    Hi Zed963,

    I will do my best to answer them!

    First, VR: yes, there is a new style question. You'll be given a passage of text similarly to the "old" style. Then, rather than choose True, False or Can't Tell, you'll be asked to draw conclusions or inferences or definitions (for example) from the text. There'll several of these lead in questions for each passage and you'll select from 4 options.

    Regarding your question on the strategy for reading VR passages, most students I speak to seem to use the "skim and search" method. I.e., they skim read the passage, then look at the questions and find the relevant bit in the passage. This can work well but do be careful that you don't miss a little detail that actually contradicts the rest of the passage - it might catch you out!

    You may want to register for our free live seminar on VR, which we're running at lunchtime on Monday 4th August. If you can't make that time, if you still register, you'll be able to access the seminar from our archive soon after.

    With regard to the other tests, there isn't anything new as such. In DA last year there was a pilot of confidence limits, which is being trialled again this year. When you've answered the question, you have to select your level of confidence in your answer. You won't be able to move to the next question until you do this. Your results won't contribute to your score this year. The reason for including confidence limits is so UKCAT/Universities can assess how students self-monitor their judgements and decisions.

    Long strings of code in DA? Yes, very likely if UKCAT's own test papers have them. But there will be some shorter ones too! Don't panic about long codes, just make sure your answer includes all of them.

    Getting better in AR: again, we have a free seminar in our archive which may help - we ran it on 7th July. You'll need to register on the apply2medicine website then go to this link:

    http://www.apply2medicine.co.uk/practical-guide/


    In the meantime, here's something to get you started:

    Start by checking for the simplest rules first, then build up towards theories of multiple conditional elements. Sometimes it is just too hard to identify the pattern, in which case you should go with gut feeling. Triangles are often actually used as arrows, so pay attention to the direction they are pointing.

    Hope all this lot helps!
    Thank you for taking the time to reply, it's appreciated.

    I've noticed that you mention confidence limits, is extra time provided for this as I'm assuming selecting a confidence limit for the 28 questions will take a min or 2 all together.
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    (Original post by Gerry Kitchingman)
    Hello Jatyization - and anyone else who sees this post!

    I guess you are all eager to know how you are doing in your practice tests in preparation for the big day!

    I can't say whether or not the various formulae people use to convert their scores are reliable or not.

    I can say that the way your scores are converted by UKCAT into your final mark is a closely guarded secret! There are many factors at play so it isn't easy to work it out for yourself. This is because the subtests all have different numbers of questions and the overall performance of the cohort taking each run of the test also (somehow) has some bearing on the outcome.

    If you know you are getting good scores per test in practice, i.e you finish all the questions and get over 3/4 correct, then this will translate to good scores in the real thing.

    So your best bet is to just do the very best you can by getting in plenty of practice - learn how to answer the questions before you start timing yourself - and a good night's sleep before the exam!

    Good luck everyone.
    Thanks for your help! I heard they mark it according to the best and worst scores in 2006 during the trials.

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    (Original post by Gerry Kitchingman)
    Hello again Crazzyyy,

    I'm sorry you weren't able to access the practical guide. I've just been on the website and it's listed under course modules right at the bottom of the title panels. Did you register first? (it's free). Have another go and if you don't have any luck, I'll ask our techie team to investigate.
    I have registered but still cant access. Whats all I can see is My profile, settings, my activities and sorry I could not find course modules

    Thank you for all the help
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    The book is great practise but incredibly difficult and boring compared to the real thing! I have started hating it as well!
    Yeah, I'm not saying it's a bad book but it's a really demotivating book to use at the start when you're trying to develop your skills.

    For example I barely got any of the AR correct without looking at the back.

    DA in there is fine and I think VR in there is somewhat easy, short extracts and straightforward questions.

    QR is impossible to do in the time limit, I don't know how they do it.
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    I got 710 last time but this time I want to get 750 or over. I got 480 in vr so it lowered my score I signed up for the seminar and completed the bok but I still struggle with the new style questions I only have over a week what would you recommend I do to read faster?

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    (Original post by zed963)
    Yeah, I'm not saying it's a bad book but it's a really demotivating book to use at the start when you're trying to develop your skills.

    For example I barely got any of the AR correct without looking at the back.

    DA in there is fine and I think VR in there is somewhat easy, short extracts and straightforward questions.

    QR is impossible to do in the time limit, I don't know how they do it.
    I totally agree! Very demotivating indeed, and yes I found QR virtually impossible and AR was very difficult. I also agree about DA and VR. My weakest area is definitely QR and VR, even though at first VR was my strongest to the point where i found it easy, No idea what happened along the way
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    I totally agree! Very demotivating indeed, and yes I found QR virtually impossible and AR was very difficult. I also agree about DA and VR. My weakest area is definitely QR and VR, even though at first VR was my strongest to the point where i found it easy, No idea what happened along the way
    My weakest is probably AR - Will probably get better with practise
    and VR I seem to have to read the text a few times to get everything into my head and understood. Timing is a big issue here.
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    (Original post by zed963)
    My weakest is probably AR - Will probably get better with practise
    and VR I seem to have to read the text a few times to get everything into my head and understood. Timing is a big issue here.
    I think you will do just fine! AR you will definitely see improvement in yourself before the actual UKCAT with enough practise. If i can give you a tip with the UKCAT VR, for the true or false questions and to some extent the reading comprehension try and read the question before and read the text very fast (but don't skim) and then answer the question when you find the relevant bit of text, after the first 3 questions of doing this, you should be able to answer the rest of the questions without needing to read the text or if you needed to read it you will know precisely where the information you need is located within the text. I hope that makes sense. I used to find VR easy and this was my method but lately have been finding it harder.
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    I think you will do just fine! AR you will definitely see improvement in yourself before the actual UKCAT with enough practise. If i can give you a tip with the UKCAT VR, for the true or false questions and to some extent the reading comprehension try and read the question before and read the text very fast (but don't skim) and then answer the question when you find the relevant bit of text, after the first 3 questions of doing this, you should be able to answer the rest of the questions without needing to read the text or if you needed to read it you will know precisely where the information you need is located within the text. I hope that makes sense. I used to find VR easy and this was my method but lately have been finding it harder.
    Thanks for the tip but that technique doesn't work effectively for the new question introduced this year.

    When's your exam?
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    (Original post by zed963)
    Thanks for the tip but that technique doesn't work effectively for the new question introduced this year.

    When's your exam?
    Yes, that may be the case, it could explain why my marks have fell dramatically. What is your specific technique?

    My exam is on August the 15th, but i doubt that was a wise move because of the emotions of the results day the day before, if i am not prepared I may rebook. When is yours?
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    Yes, that may be the case, it could explain why my marks have fell dramatically. What is your specific technique?

    My exam is on August the 15th, but i doubt that was a wise move because of the emotions of the results day the day before, if i am not prepared I may rebook. When is yours?
    3rd September, a week before sixth form begins.

    I'm still trying to find a technique which works for me. I tried reading the extract then answering, this method works fine but takes too long.

    Isn't it something like 1 min to read the extract then 10s to answer the other 4 questions or something?

    I'm worried about results day, not sure if the EMPA will go to plan.
 
 
 
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