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    How many question sets are reading comprehension and how many are true/false type question sets in VR?
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    In the DA Section, are there more code to message questions or message to code questions more?

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    (Original post by Crazzyyy)
    In the DA Section, are there more code to message questions or message to code questions more?

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    Code to message generally, this is what I've experienced.
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    Gerry is presenting a free online seminar on Verbal Reasoning today at 12.30 'til 1.15pm (half an hour of hints and tips - then 15 minutes for a Q&A session). Here's the link if anyone would like to attend - https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/643578430
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    Our free online seminar on Verbal Reasoning is archived here. Thanks to everyone who attended - we're answering as many of the UKCAT questions you sent in as we can and we will email them out to all the attendees as soon as possible.
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    After doing the practice Quantitative Reasoning questions on the UKCAT website I'm really worried, I just can't seem to do them in the time! are they generally harder than in the actual test or is this not the case?
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    (Original post by Apply2Medicine)
    Our free online seminar on Verbal Reasoning is archived here. Thanks to everyone who attended - we're answering as many of the UKCAT questions you sent in as we can and we will email them out to all the attendees as soon as possible.
    By when will the abstract reasoning seminar link will be available?
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    Hi, firstly where is the best place to go for practice that is most like the questions that will be in the real thing this year i.e. the new style questions for 2014 (is 2014 exam different to 2013?) and a format similar to the actual computer exam.

    Also Is the Calculator we are given an on-screen computer Calculator or an actual physical calculator?

    My second query is that I've just started looking at the questions and finding them incredibly difficult it takes me around 10 minutes to do 6 QR questions instead of three minutes and for abstract reasoning I just can't find the relationships without looking at the answers after ages of staring blankly at the shapes should I be very worried or will this improve with practice?

    Thank you very much
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    (Original post by rachel479)
    Hi, firstly where is the best place to go for practice that is most like the questions that will be in the real thing this year i.e. the new style questions for 2014 (is 2014 exam different to 2013?) and a format similar to the actual computer exam.

    Also Is the Calculator we are given an on-screen computer Calculator or an actual physical calculator?

    My second query is that I've just started looking at the questions and finding them incredibly difficult it takes me around 10 minutes to do 6 QR questions instead of three minutes and for abstract reasoning I just can't find the relationships without looking at the answers after ages of staring blankly at the shapes should I be very worried or will this improve with practice?

    Thank you very much
    Hi Rachel479,

    First let me reassure you that you will improve your performance with practice! The more you can do before your test day, the better. Please don't try to cram the night before though. You'll need to be alert and fresh when you sit the test.

    At A2M, we have on line questions and if you're looking for something exactly like UKCAT, then do go to their website. They have practice tests on line there. The calculator is on screen, not handheld, so it would be worth visiting the UKCAT site just to get used to using it (you won't have time for practice on the day).

    Regarding the Abstract Reasoning, we are uploading our recent seminar on AR shortly. You'll be able to find it on our website under practical guide once you've registered. If you have any problems doing this, drop an e-mail to
    [email protected]

    Hope this helps
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    (Original post by Ross121212)
    After doing the practice Quantitative Reasoning questions on the UKCAT website I'm really worried, I just can't seem to do them in the time! are they generally harder than in the actual test or is this not the case?
    Hello Ross121212,

    If you are doing tests on the UKCAT website, then they are the genuine article!

    Can I suggest that you forget about timing yourself for the time being. Instead focus on getting to grips with the maths bit and build your confidence that way. You may find that you start to pick up ways of "short cutting" calculations and developing a more efficient technique that will help when you pit yourself against the clock!
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    Hi!

    Booked mine on 18th August since most resources advised to never take it during term-time but I wonder if it would be worth it to take it during the first week/s of term since I feel that I need more practise. Thoughts?

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    I always run out of time in VR Questions, how can I improve it?
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    (Original post by Gerry Kitchingman)
    Hello Ross121212,

    If you are doing tests on the UKCAT website, then they are the genuine article!

    Can I suggest that you forget about timing yourself for the time being. Instead focus on getting to grips with the maths bit and build your confidence that way. You may find that you start to pick up ways of "short cutting" calculations and developing a more efficient technique that will help when you pit yourself against the clock!
    Okay thanks! I find some I can do without using the calculator and some just take too long, not to mention that sometimes the questions are ambiguous in the data they provide. Though I've read it's worth guessing if you start to run out of time.

    Also should I read the question before reading the data, I've read that this helps as the data can 'bog you down' of you start analysing it? Or is this down to personal preference?

    Thanks !
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    Hi, I've been practising for the UKCAT intensively for the last few days as my test is next week. I'm not seeing any marked improvement although I feel I'm getting better with timing and understanding the questions. Any advice on what else I can do?
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    (Original post by n3ilsonfire)
    Hi!

    Booked mine on 18th August since most resources advised to never take it during term-time but I wonder if it would be worth it to take it during the first week/s of term since I feel that I need more practise. Thoughts?

    Cheers
    Hi N3ilsonfire,

    My thoughts: I think you're being very wise to consider rescheduling your test. If you feel you need more practice - and only you will know that! - then yes, why not wait. You have nothing to lose and much to gain. Imagine how you'd feel if you sat the test and it wasn't your best day. After all you only get one crack at it this year.

    If you do decide to change your date, remember to give plenty of notice or you could end up paying twice!
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    (Original post by Crazzyyy)
    I always run out of time in VR Questions, how can I improve it?
    Hello again Crazzyyy!

    Guess what I'm going to say? Keep practising! This is one of the more difficult, if not the most difficult, subtests in the UKCAT. Not many people complete the VR and get all the answers right.
    WHne you say you run out of time, how far behind are you? If you're working through at least 80% (and getting a high % of the answers right), that's pretty good going.
    Of the questions you complete, are you getting them correct? If not, work on getting them right before you start timing. If your answers are correct, then it's possible you need to force yourself to move through the questions faster. See our timescale below which you can use to keep yourself on track. If you haven't finished a question but need to move on, just use your gut instinct to answer - this can be quite accurate. And at least you'll have your answer in place should you run out of time.
    Also which technique for reading the passage do you use? Most people find that reading the questions first then finding the links in the passage works well for them.
    Hope this helps.
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    (Original post by Ross121212)
    Okay thanks! I find some I can do without using the calculator and some just take too long, not to mention that sometimes the questions are ambiguous in the data they provide. Though I've read it's worth guessing if you start to run out of time.

    Also should I read the question before reading the data, I've read that this helps as the data can 'bog you down' of you start analysing it? Or is this down to personal preference?

    Thanks !
    Hello again Ross121212,

    Yes, technique is down to personal preference but I agree, it is easy to get carried away with the amount of data. So the advice to read the questions carefully first and establish what you're being asked to do may work well for you. An example I've noticed is when you're asked to work out which "things" showed the greatest % change over, say, a time period. If you look at the answers, you might spot that you don't need to calculate % on all the "things", just the ones in the answer options. Again, if it's a graph or chart, you might be able to visually eliminate some answers too. I did once see a student laboriously calculate every single percentage. But if he'd read the question properly and looked at the answers, he'd have realised he needed to do only half the amount of work. Another tip - and you would need to read the questions first to do this - is to keep your interim answers. They might come in handy for another part of the question.

    Hope this helps a bit
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    HELP!!! Right this Friday me and 3 friends are all going to see Inbetweeners 2 this Friday well I say we're going to watch it but we might not get in as there's a problem...we're 13 going into Year 9 in September. One of the girls I'm going with is very tall and is 14 in October. I'm 14 this December and when I've got make-up on which is everyday and when I make an effort I look grown up. Another girl I'm going with is 14 in March but bloody hell she's grown up she's absaloutley beautiful to the point she actually looks old enough but can't take the risk. The other one is 14 in May she's very tall to but she don't look so grown up? Any suggestions what we can do? I've heard that for Inbetweeners 2 their asking for ID I mean it's not everyday you bring your passport to the Cinema it's not like it's the airport. And so what we all basically swear all the time I know it's bad but what teenager doesn't? There's not a swear word we don't know. And we know and have seen sex and billions of people have done it that's how there's so many people I mean if it was that bad why does thousand of people do it everyday. The gorgeous person holding the phone wouldn't of been here without it lol. There's nothing us girls haven't seen we've all got boyfriends and we've seen everything so I don't see what the problem is!! What can we do to persuade them or get in I'm a very persuasive person so I need to try please help me with this xxxx


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    (Original post by Gerry Kitchingman)
    Hello again Ross121212,

    Yes, technique is down to personal preference but I agree, it is easy to get carried away with the amount of data. So the advice to read the questions carefully first and establish what you're being asked to do may work well for you. An example I've noticed is when you're asked to work out which "things" showed the greatest % change over, say, a time period. If you look at the answers, you might spot that you don't need to calculate % on all the "things", just the ones in the answer options. Again, if it's a graph or chart, you might be able to visually eliminate some answers too. I did once see a student laboriously calculate every single percentage. But if he'd read the question properly and looked at the answers, he'd have realised he needed to do only half the amount of work. Another tip - and you would need to read the questions first to do this - is to keep your interim answers. They might come in handy for another part of the question.

    Hope this helps a bit
    Yeah that helps thanks
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    Has anyone got the 'Passing the UKCAT and BMAT 8th Edition' ?

    If so, has anyone noticed any mistakes? I've came across quite a few, particularly in the Quantitative Reasoning section where they once used CM^2 to measure the length of a side then CM to measure area and that confused me abit... Unless I'm missing something.

    Has anyone found anything similar to this in this book- though it is generally a good book?
 
 
 
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