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    760 average. Will this be good for this year? Considering there's no DA
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    (Original post by M7133)
    Did UKCAT last week. Totalled 2110 I think and averaged 700 across the three scored sections; best score was QR at 750 and scored band 2 on SJ. The week before the test, I completely took my foot off the gas and can honestly say I didn't put 100% in as I was hoping to apply for foundation medicine at Durham; which no longer exists as this year will be the final intake. I still decided to take the test though as I'd already booked it and wanted to see what it was like after months of preparation!

    Bit of advice here if anyone is interested. Just a little background info, when I first started UKCAT practicing I was awful and was scoring a guesstimate 400-500 on all of the mocks I could find in November. I practiced approximately 2-4 hours a week from January until a month out, then upped it to about 12 a week including mocks. The last week, as I mentioned, was on and off as I knew I wouldn't be studying medicine after all.

    Sources used:
    - ISC Medical 600 questions book (very good, questions mostly harder than the real thing which is good)
    - ISC Medical 1000 questions book (bought this when it was released however a lot of the questions are repeated from the 600 edition, however, still a very good resource)
    - Kaplan free mock and practice questions
    - How to master the UKCAT (decent resource, bit dated now but extra questions came in handy at a later date in my revision)
    - Medify for 2 weeks (highly recommended as the interface is extremely similar)
    - UKCAT official site questions
    - Any AR and GCSE maths questions I could find on the net

    Thoughts on the actual test:
    VR - I hardly had any true/false/CT questions, most were sentences asking what could be inferred from the passage etc. I would recommend you use an up to date resource to practice these types as I thought the T/F/CT questions were easy to speed read and not worth revising as much as the other subtypes. Overall I found this section harder than revision for this reason and I'm better at English than maths! Practice speed reading whenever you can.

    QR - Easier than revision, had some very basic questions thrown in with some harder ones. The best advice I can give anyone for this section is to practice using the keyboard calculator, shortcuts and page down function as it saved me a hell of a lot of time during the real test being able to switch between keyboard and whiteboard and is far better than having to use the mouse and notepad. Practice this technique, I'm glad I did. 5 questions I would say were tricky to the point I guessed due to time reasons. I actually thought the calculator was worse than the Medify one and disappears when you press next.

    AR - probably similar to revision, most the patterns were recognisable. This was by far my worst section when I started and I was doing extremely bad in the mocks. I think the key is to use a variety of sources for this area as every resource seems to have their own little trends and common themes. I had to guess my last 5 or so which I was disappointed with. Best advice I can give is to resist looking at the test shape until you've found the pattern.





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    Can I ask what sort of technique you used for AR? I'm practising now on medify for tomorrow and they all seem really hard. I've practised this so much over the past few months and I seem to be struggling more than ever. Did you have a system where you looked at colours, amount of shapes, amount of sides, then moved on to angles etc? I just seem to be looking and thinking of things at random instead of in any particular order.

    Did you manage to answer all QR questions in the time?
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    760 average. Will this be good for this year? Considering there's no DA
    thats a brilliant score! do you have any tips for revision?
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    Guys, I'm genuinely paranoid! Is 760 good, for this upcoming cycle, considering there's no DA. I'm not looking for attention, I'm honestly quite worried!
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    Can anyone give me an idea of where to start with ones like this? What would you begin to look at first? I can get the answer at the end obviously, I'm more wondering how people go about it. I usually begin by counting sides, but that never really seems to come up that often?

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    (Original post by Joanne86)
    Can anyone give me an idea of where to start with ones like this? What would you begin to look at first? I can get the answer at the end obviously, I'm more wondering how people go about it. I usually begin by counting sides, but that never really seems to come up that often?

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    Take a step back, and you'll notice that in Set A, the triangle and the circle are repulsive like two like poles of magnets. In set B, they're inseparable.
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    (Original post by G.name)
    Guys, I'm genuinely paranoid! Is 760 good, for this upcoming cycle, considering there's no DA. I'm not looking for attention, I'm honestly quite worried!
    People! Will I be able to apply anywhere with this?
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    (Original post by G.name)
    People! Will I be able to apply anywhere with this?
    You will if you select UKCAT universities on your UCAS form and press submit.
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    (Original post by G.name)
    People! Will I be able to apply anywhere with this?
    Anything above 700 should give you no problem.
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    (Original post by Joanne86)
    Can I ask what sort of technique you used for AR? I'm practising now on medify for tomorrow and they all seem really hard. I've practised this so much over the past few months and I seem to be struggling more than ever. Did you have a system where you looked at colours, amount of shapes, amount of sides, then moved on to angles etc? I just seem to be looking and thinking of things at random instead of in any particular order.

    Did you manage to answer all QR questions in the time?
    Try and get an acronym in your head that works (e.g. NSPC) to signal what characteristic to look for. My AR score wasn't brilliant but it improved a lot from where it began months ago by looking at things like Number (angles, intersections, objects etc), Colour (count how many of each colour, is there an interfering object causing that colour, is one side filled with only one colour etc). Position (is one shape in the same position in every box, is a shape's position determined by something?)

    Also I started getting a lot more right once I started ignoring the test shape and trying to solve the pattern first.

    Look at the guide on Medify also under the Learn heading and try and apply the recommended principles for a few rounds to see how you go.


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    Hey guys i've got my ukcat booked for mid september, I've ordered the 1000q isc book and will get medify 2 weeks before the test. How did you guys go about revision? Did you use the 1000q isc untimed practicing the questions and getting used to the technique and then slowly increasing your speed? also are there any other sources that will help? im a bit worried about the DA section being gone because that will impact my average massively. Thanks!
    Wow you are starting early. After 3 or 4 weeks it will start doing your head in so don't spend month on it. What you are doing is exactly how I did my prep. Untimed practice on 1000q because the questions tend to be slightly harder than the average Ukcat question. And then Medify for practice.

    Personally I would start by doing untimed practice on official Ukcat website too just so you get a feel for the questions and your weaker points before you start preparing properly.
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    (Original post by G.name)
    People! Will I be able to apply anywhere with this?
    Yes. And if you want to find out which unis, check the ukcat courses and the cut off on the tsr wiki or the uni's website.

    Oh and if you read older posts, you will probably realise these are good scores so relax.
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    You will if you select UKCAT universities on your UCAS form and press submit.
    Lol. Adrenaline's quite high; so I'm afraid my questions wont be the clearest. But do you think I can apply anywhere AND be sure to get interview invitations? I'm specifically referring to UKCAT-heavy universities. You know, Kings, Newcastle, Sheffield, and so on.

    Thank you for your replies!
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    (Original post by G.name)
    Lol. Adrenaline's quite high; so I'm afraid my questions wont be the clearest. But do you think I can apply anywhere AND be sure to get interview invitations? I'm specifically referring to UKCAT-heavy universities. You know, Kings, Newcastle, Sheffield, and so on.

    Thank you for your replies!
    King's and Newcastle would be good choices. Sheffield place a good deal of emphasis on the PS too so be cautious about them. If your predicted grades are good then you should consider Barts too.
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    King's and Newcastle would be good choices. Sheffield place a good deal of emphasis on the PS too so be cautious about them. If your predicted grades are good then you should consider Barts too.
    I've taken another respondent's advice to read through old posts, to see how my score compares. And from what I've seen, it's not particularly outstanding. Why's that? I mean, I'm seeing a lot of 700+ scores
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    I've taken another respondent's advice to read through old posts, to see how my score compares. And from what I've seen, it's not particularly outstanding. Why's that? I mean, I'm seeing a lot of 700+ scores
    Are you joking? A mean sub-section score of 760 would put you in or around the top decile of all cohorts since the UKCAT was introduced.
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    (Original post by ah639)
    Are you joking? A mean sub-section score of 760 would put you in or around the top decile of all cohorts since the UKCAT was introduced.
    It's just that I think we're in uncharted terrain. This is the first cohort to have only 4 sub-tests examined. I think that may have affected averages because, now, each person has more time to attend each section in their prep.

    Another reason is, I thought I did terribly. Literally, I was on the verge to tears, in the exam. And miraculously, I seemed to have done fine. Doesn't add up. What do you think?

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    It's just that I think we're in uncharted terrain. This is the first cohort to have only 4 sub-tests examined. I think that may have affected averages because, now, each person has more time to attend each section in their prep.

    Another reason is, I thought I did terribly. Literally, I was on the verge to tears, in the exam. And miraculously, I seemed to have done fine. Doesn't add up. What do you think?

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    Decision Analysis was generally considered to be the 'easiest' of the subtests anyway, and typically brought averages up.

    The mean subtest score shouldn't be too different from past years. You will be fine.
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    People! Will I be able to apply anywhere with this?
    760 as an average?! You could apply to King's with that!
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    (Original post by raniafern)
    760 as an average?! You could apply to King's with that!
    Do you think I'm being unreasonable? Have a look at my older posts, to see why I'm a little worried
 
 
 
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