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    (Original post by mercuryman)
    Yes. Look up UKCATSEN to see if you're applicable for extra time. it's 30 mins extra.
    Thanks so much
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    (Original post by Haaa101)
    Thanks so much
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    (Original post by clairebear101)
    How do peoples mock UKCAT scores compare to their real exam score?? I hear people do better in the real thing
    It really just depends on the day and the question set you receive, i personally don't think mock scores are a good indicator of performance as the real exam can be so different.


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    (Original post by Aamina_123)
    Hey, it would much be appreciated if anyone who has already sat the UKCAT exam to give any advice on the types of questions which would pop up? In particular the level of difficulty for each section. In addition, what tips would you give regarding revision and obtaining a good score?
    The questions you receive will be random from a question bank so everyone gets a different set of questions, hence it wouldnt really help you to know what came up in peoples tests. Just know that all types of questions from each section can come up and make yourself comfortable with them. And because the questions vary from test to test and everyone has a different strength and weakness in each section difficulty is hard to measure. I personally thought VR was the hardest, then AR and QR were pretty standard.

    As for revision just make sure you are comfortable with the online format of the exam and can tackle the questions which come your way. Medify is a saint!


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    (Original post by Natalierm2707)
    It really just depends on the day and the question set you receive, i personally don't think mock scores are a good indicator of performance as the real exam can be so different.


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    I agree. Mocks aren't sat in the exact same conditions. Also the scoring won't be the same as the real exam. It'll be as close as possible but they won't have the exact formula that Pearson use.


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    Hey so I've got my test on the 1st of August and I am stressing out.. My QR has been the worst up till now and I've done most of the mocks available online on Medify and the UKCAT website... Any tips for me? 😁
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    (Original post by spacedoc98)
    Seriously a massive congratulations on getting such an amazing score! My exam's tomorrow I'm so nervous
    Good luck! Do tell how it goes
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    (Original post by Orlanda)
    Hi y'all, got mine soon ish
    My exam is at 8AM, meaning I have to wake up at 6AM to get to the centre on time.
    I was stupid and booked late, meaning this was the only slot I could get.

    How on earth can I get myself to be fully brain functioning by then? Agghghghghgh
    Yoga? Meditation? Sleep ridiculously early the night before?
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    Hey guys I applied for Medicine this year and I did the UKCAT last year. I've just been flicking through this thread (it came up on recent discussions) and I think some of you are doing too much!

    I was like you last year and I spent a month on UKCAT prep and went on a few courses but I honestly don't think it helped that much. You should be prepared for the exam but don't overdo it. I would say the exam is unfortunately mainly down to luck

    The most important thing you can do is do lots of practice questions before the exam, sleep early the night before and then go and do your best. If it doesn't work out how you expected, DON'T WORRY. You just need to use your score to apply strategically by looking at all the uni requirements- this might been deciding to do the BMAT or applying to unis which require UKCAT but don't really look at your score much. I know quite a few people with low UKCAT scores who managed to get offers from medical schools this year- just stay positive and remember the interview is much more important than the UKCAT although it doesn't seem like it at the moment!

    Good luck!


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    Its funny you should say that.

    I am a dental student, looking back at the application process, the UKCAT seems so petty!

    It is important, dont get me wrong and practice hard.

    But equally dont pull your hair out.
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    A reminder that Bristol will be requiring UKCAT this year (for the first time) - no threshold, it just makes up 10% of your overall score.
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    ok so my UKCAT is in 2 weeks (15th aug) can i get some advice pls,

    whats the best way to prepare to get the highest possible score?

    have i left it too late?

    ive done little bits of prep but not much so im feeling quite ill prepared rn. done the kaplan course so have all of their resources, pls rate these from 1-10?

    what are the best sources to prepare from?

    my weakest point is VR: i did a few questions untimed and got them right, but with the time restraints i cant even read the question.

    whats the best way to brush up on gcse maths for the QR?

    ideally would be aiming for a score of 750 or over, is that achievable?
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    So I just did the ukcat.
    Got:
    VR:700
    QR:780
    AR:680
    Band 1
    Is this good enough for GEM? Please give honest opinions.
    In terms of advice:
    The VR section is harder than medify. It's mostly comprehension and the passages are longer so practice skim reading.
    For QR, the scoring seems to be very lenient as I found it awful yet got a good score. So I'd say you will do better in the real thing than in practice!
    AR: roughly the same as medify
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    Hi guys,I've been preparing for my UKCAT for 2 weeks now-I've been doing about an hour every day. I've been consistently getting them right on medify but when I did an official mock yesterday I got 562 I have 3 weeks left until my exam and I don't know what to do. I've worked on my timing but I still can't get through even half of the questions. I feel like the medify questions are slightly easier or maybe I just panic when I do a mock. I don't know how to improve my score. My weakest section is quantitative reasoning. Any advice?
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    Hi guys, I got 680 in my UKCAT the other day, band 2, do u think I will be okay in securing an interview, provided I get the grades?
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    Has anyone tried UKCAT ninja, medify, UKCAT prep, medic portal question banks?
    Also, if you have more than one of these, comparing them would be very useful
    Basically if you can give a review of any of these sites, it would be much appreciated.
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    Medify is excellent, I'd definitely recommend it. Kaplan is also good but very expensive. I haven't tried the others. Medify format is pretty much identical to the real thing.
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    Hi guys,I was wondering if you all thought a core of 650+ would be good enough for the dentistry universities ( excluding kings). I used to think a score of 650 + was good enough for universities such as: Sheffield, Plymouth and Bristol but everyone on tsr seems to think it isn't! Kings obviously require a higher ukcat, but would it be enough for other less ukcat heavy unis provided the grades were achieved.
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    (Original post by TSRuser8)
    I'll be taking my UKCAT this year, and I'm thinking of completely skipping the decision analysis section since it won't actually count towards anything for me, so by skipping I can use the time for the other sections. Would it be okay to do this?
    Hi TSRuser8

    As others have already said, the time that is allocated for the DA section can't be used to give you more time in the other sections.

    Whilst it is really tempting to just sit back and not bother with the DA section because as you correctly point out, the score doesn't count towards anything, there are a couple of reasons why I would advise against this.

    Firstly, it is never a good idea to switch off part way through a test. Far better to keep your mind focused so as not to lose momentum when you move on to the next section which will count.

    Also, whilst hopefully you will fly through the UKCAT this year and have no reason to even think about having to take it again next year, it is worth bearing in mind that if the worst were to happen and you were to find yourself in the situation of retaking it, you would be in a much better position next time having taken the DA section seriously this time.

    With all of that in mind, I would say that the best thing you can do is work through the section as you would if it did count, but just don't stress yourself out about it too much!

    Hope that helps... just shout if you have any questions.

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    (Original post by simply_a_ Δ)
    Has anyone tried UKCAT ninja, medify, UKCAT prep, medic portal question banks?
    Also, if you have more than one of these, comparing them would be very useful
    Basically if you can give a review of any of these sites, it would be much appreciated.
    I used medify and would definitely recommend it as it gave me a lot more confidence with AR in particular because they have a lot of AR questions and the more you do the better. However I wouldn't say getting medify for longer than 3 weeks should be advised. I spent 2 weeks doing it and did every question on their site.
    I can't speak for other sites or resources but I imagine they are all much of the same but medify seems to be commonly used?
 
 
 
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