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    (Original post by zed963)
    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.
    I normally take it as 2:12 seconds to answer 5 questions or about 26.4 seconds to answer a single question about the text
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    (Original post by zed963)
    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?
    Hi!

    Sorry, just to clarify Gerry's response - the link to the practical guide is sent out by email. You should get it within 24 hrs of registering your request. Drop a line to [email protected] if it doesn't turn up and we'll investigate.

    The 7th July webinar will be put up on the site shortly, and we'll post a link in this thread and on Twitter etc when it goes up.

    Thanks!

    A2M team
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    I normally take it as 2:12 seconds to answer 5 questions or about 26.4 seconds to answer a single question about the text
    It's 4 questions per text isn't it?
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    (Original post by zed963)
    It's 4 questions per text isn't it?
    Oh is it? I an using medify where it is 5 questions per text. So how many texts are there in the allocated amount of time?
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    Oh is it? I am using medify where it is 5 questions per text. So how many texts are there in the allocated amount of time?


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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    Oh is it? I an using medify where it is 5 questions per text. So how many texts are there in the allocated amount of time?
    11 texts with 4 questions each.
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    (Original post by zed963)
    11 texts with 4 questions each.

    Okay. Thats not too bad!
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    Okay. Thats not too bad!
    It is bad when you have a long text to read and then you have to answer 4 questions which aren't the simple true/false/can't tell.
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    Hello, do you have any advice for situational judgement section please ?

    My answer is always off by one. How do I make my answers more correct?
    For eg, I will answer that it is 'important, while the real answer will be 'very important'

    So far I have realised that, when patient care is being afftected, its usually very important.
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    The Situational Judgement questions are assessing non-cognitive abilities such as empathy, initiative and responsibility - you should respond to the immediate situation that is outlined in the question.
    It's probably best if you answer honestly and go with your 'gut' response - there really isn't time to think through your answers in this subtest. Treat each response independently - regardless of how you answered the other questions. Make sure that you answer all the questions - you are not negatively marked for incorrect answers.

    Hope this helps - and I'll pass your question on to our expert, Gerry (she'll be online later today).
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    (Original post by zed963)
    It is bad when you have a long text to read and then you have to answer 4 questions which aren't the simple true/false/can't tell.
    Okay, maybe thats quite bad!

    I really do think the UKCAT is unethical and pointless. I doubt its ability in assessing cognitive ability as well. It is time to replace it with something more accurate and fair.
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    (Original post by Jatyization)
    Okay, maybe thats quite bad!

    I really do think the UKCAT is unethical and pointless. I doubt its ability in assessing cognitive ability as well. It is time to replace it with something more accurate and fair.
    How's the BMAT compared to this?
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    (Original post by zed963)
    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.
    Hello Zed963,
    No there isn't extra time allocated for checking the confidence level box. However, to put your mind at rest, when I've run UKCAT workshops, I find that people manage their time very well in DA. If they don't manage to finish, they usually have only one or two questions to go. Remember as well, everyone will be in the same boat as you.
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    is it true that to convert your raw mark on a test into the UKCAT's 300-900 scale you:

    work out what fraction of the questions you got right. e.g. 15 divided by 25

    then multiply by 600
    thne add 300.

    Is this true??? or has someone been puling my sister's leg??? She has her exam soon and is panicking a bit!!!!!
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    (Original post by Crazzyyy)
    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
    Hi Crazzyyy,

    Here's something my colleague sent out today. It might help. Sorry if you've had a frustrating time!

    Sorry, just to clarify Gerry's response - the link to the practical guide is sent out by email. You should get it within 24 hrs of registering your request. Drop a line to
    [email protected] if it doesn't turn up and we'll investigate.

    The 7th July webinar will be put up on the site shortly, and we'll post a link in this thread and on Twitter etc when it goes up.
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    also, she wants to know..

    How to improve on situational judgement test??? She says that she always scores low. Are there any things she should be looking out for? e.g. whenever the question concerns patient care it si always very important???
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    (Original post by Gerry Kitchingman)
    Hi Crazzyyy,

    Here's something my colleague sent out today. It might help. Sorry if you've had a frustrating time!

    Sorry, just to clarify Gerry's response - the link to the practical guide is sent out by email. You should get it within 24 hrs of registering your request. Drop a line to
    [email protected] if it doesn't turn up and we'll investigate.

    The 7th July webinar will be put up on the site shortly, and we'll post a link in this thread and on Twitter etc when it goes up.
    Thank you so much. I have just emailed at this email id few minutes ago. Hoping to access the Seminar soon
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    (Original post by haappy17)
    Hello, do you have any advice for situational judgement section please ?

    My answer is always off by one. How do I make my answers more correct?
    For eg, I will answer that it is 'important, while the real answer will be 'very important'

    So far I have realised that, when patient care is being afftected, its usually very important.
    Hi Haappy17,

    As my colleague said earlier, this test has so many questions in the time allowed, you really do have to go with your "gut" response. The correct responses are determined by a panel of experts, however if your response does not hit the mark but is close to their correct answer, you will get partial marks. Going with gut response is surprisingly accurate, especially in this kind of test which is looking at qualities rather than mental agility as in the other 4 tests. So don't worry that it doesn't sound like much of a technique. Just trust your judgement.

    You are correct in thinking there are certain situations where you should select "very important" or "most appropriate" and these often involve patient care or safety, integrity, things that compromise professionalism or ethics and so on.

    A couple of other things that might help you when you answer these questions are:
    Choose an answer that reflects what someone should do rather than what they might do.
    Remember you can choose the same response for each part of the question.
    (e.g. choose very important for all the answers)
    Also, you might think, looking at the possible responses that you'd do one option straight away and another later. Ignore the timescale, just choose the best possible option.

    Hope this helps.
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    (Original post by zed963)
    How's the BMAT compared to this?
    I think BMAT is worse, what has GCSE science knowledge got to do with medical school admission???
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    (Original post by ~Zahra~)
    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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    Hello Zahra,

    These new style VR questions seem to be fazing a lot of people, so you're not alone!

    We are running a free seminar on Monday 4th August on VR (12.30 for about 30 minutes).

    If you can spare the time, it may be helpful to you. Go to the apply2medicine website and register - the link to the practical guide is sent out by email. Or, as this date is close, I suggest you drop a line to [email protected] first thing monday at the latest. If you're unable to attend, let us know and we can give you access to the seminar afterwards (but you won't be able to send in any questions then)

    We also did a seminar on AR in early July. It will be put up on the site shortly, and we'll post a link in this thread and on Twitter etc when it goes up.

    For the time being though, people use a range of techniques to get their head around the text passage in VR. The most common technique I've come across is to look at the questions first, then quickly but carefully read the passage, picking out the bits that are relevant to the questions.

    It's a similar technique with the new type of questions. However they are asking you to draw conclusions or inferences etc from the passage. For these questions, I would suggest that as you read the passage, ask yourself "so what are they getting at here?" or "what is this implying?" or even "what might be a counter argument?".

    If you haven't already done this, I recommend that you go on the UKCAT website and download the official guide for 2014. They have some sample questions in there that might help you to develop a quicker technique.

    Good luck with your test next week!
 
 
 
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