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    (Original post by mahumk)
    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?
    Hi Mahumk,

    That's good that you feel more confident with the questions and timing. When you say there is no marked improvement, do you mean with the actual mark you achieve? If that's the case, I wonder if there is one particular section which pulls your mark down. Have you noticed this? If so, you could make use of your last few days and work on this section more than the others.

    Another thing you could try is to do a couple more practice tests. For the first one, just concentrate on getting the answers correct with no timing. Then do a second, timed practice. Check the difference in your marks between the two. This will tell you whether you are losing accuracy when working against the clock.

    What ever you do, keep on practising but give yourself a break and early bed the night before. There's only so much you can push into your brain before it starts falling out again!

    Hope this helps and Best of luck next week.
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    (Original post by Gerry Kitchingman)
    Hi Mahumk,

    That's good that you feel more confident with the questions and timing. When you say there is no marked improvement, do you mean with the actual mark you achieve? If that's the case, I wonder if there is one particular section which pulls your mark down. Have you noticed this? If so, you could make use of your last few days and work on this section more than the others.

    Another thing you could try is to do a couple more practice tests. For the first one, just concentrate on getting the answers correct with no timing. Then do a second, timed practice. Check the difference in your marks between the two. This will tell you whether you are losing accuracy when working against the clock.

    What ever you do, keep on practising but give yourself a break and early bed the night before. There's only so much you can push into your brain before it starts falling out again!

    Hope this helps and Best of luck next week.
    DA is my strongest section, but with the others I'm at a constant average of 50% and it hasn't been going up. Some of this is in timed conditions and others just as practice questions. I think the main struggle is the actual questions, especially in quantitative reasoning. In both Verbal and Abstract reasoning I feel as if I'm understanding but am still underperforming!

    Thank you for your help, I'll try out the suggestions
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    Hi,


    Thanks for all the great advice on this thread from the Apply2Medicine staff. I was on the edge of spending a lot of money which I don't have on a course but your advice brought me back from the bring and has helped restore some of my confidence.


    Can you post some general strategies for the Decision Analysis section? I feel that I'm improving with it by learning to make sure that the elements are in my choice but I could still use some pointers.


    Thank you!
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    (Original post by Crazzyyy)
    I have more than a month for my ukcat and I want to improve at my QR Section.
    Right I have downloaded an ebook and working through it, is there any other way I can improve on it other than the online subscription?

    Thank you for all the help
    hi could you tell me what e book this is?
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    (Original post by interwebme)
    Hi,


    Thanks for all the great advice on this thread from the Apply2Medicine staff. I was on the edge of spending a lot of money which I don't have on a course but your advice brought me back from the bring and has helped restore some of my confidence.


    Can you post some general strategies for the Decision Analysis section? I feel that I'm improving with it by learning to make sure that the elements are in my choice but I could still use some pointers.


    Thank you!
    Hi Interwebme,

    I’m glad we could help – and thank you for the feedback!

    You are doing the right thing to check your answer option includes all the codes. Do you use the same technique to eliminate incorrect answers? (i.e. not all the codes are used; not in the correct order etc).

    It sounds as though you know what you’re doing but here are a few more tips that might help:

    The use of tenses: check that your answer contains the correct tense (if there is one). When you’re translating sentence to code, this is a common thing that trips people up. The same applies to the use of “opposite” and “negative”. Especially “negative, because that can mean fewer, less, none or sometimes opposite.

    Translate the code literally first and if it doesn’t make sense or seems clumsy, look for a more fluently worded option.

    The meaning of words: as you’ve probably seen, the codes can stretch the meaning of words quite a bit. E.g. “shade” can mean a colour or shade as in shadow, shelter or even ghost. The word "person" is another tricksy one as it can mean you, me, he, she, my and so on.

    The use of brackets: this trick is used in the exam frequently. It’s when the words that in the code are joined or in brackets, have been split and then their meaning changes. For example, if you had the code (person, building), (wood, structure) it can mean “his house is a log cabin”. Whereas person, building (wood, structure) can mean “he is building a log cabin”. Watch out for these!

    Most students seem to find the code to sentence the easier one to do. It’s the sentence to code that is trickier. A tip here, as well as the ones above, which are still relevant, is to work out which words must be joined together or placed in brackets and eliminate any options that don’t contain these.

    Remember too that you must select a confidence limit before you can move on to the next question. These don’t count in your mark (at least not this year) but there is no extra time allowed to do this.

    Finally, and I hope this reassures you, most students tell me they find DA to be the least gruelling of the tests. They often finish all, or at least all but one or two, of the questions within the time.

    I hope this help and good luck with your exam.
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    (Original post by interwebme)
    Hi,


    Thanks for all the great advice on this thread from the Apply2Medicine staff. I was on the edge of spending a lot of money which I don't have on a course but your advice brought me back from the bring and has helped restore some of my confidence.


    Can you post some general strategies for the Decision Analysis section? I feel that I'm improving with it by learning to make sure that the elements are in my choice but I could still use some pointers.


    Thank you!
    Hi again Interwebme,

    I notice that Mahumk (see post above) says DA is their strongest section. Perhaps you can share some tips?
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    Follow @a101 on twitter for some tips
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    Follow @apply2medicine_ on twitter for some tips.
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    I missed the recent webinar but i have joined, is thee a link to listen to the webinar?
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    Hi, I wondered whether you had any tips for preparing the day before and on the day of the exam as my exam is in the afternoon. At the moment I am very stressed and unfortunately this has been exacerbated by the fact that I haven't practised as much as I'd wanted to in the last week, though rescheduling would be very inconvenient for me. Therefore I would greatly appreciate any tips on managing these last couple of days before the exam. Thanks.
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    do the medify ukcat course! blooody hell the advice they give you is just too good!
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    Hi! I was trying to watch the recorded AR seminar but for some reason it won't play?
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    (Original post by sharvarivadeyar)
    Hi! I was trying to watch the recorded AR seminar but for some reason it won't play?
    How did you get hold of the recorded seminar, even though I joined it won't direct me to AR seminar?
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    (Original post by Elhamm)
    I missed the recent webinar but i have joined, is thee a link to listen to the webinar?
    If you registered for the webinar you should be able to access the archives here:
    VR - https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/643578430
    AR - https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/530715446
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    750 score - whoop! Thanks for helping me crack those pesky abstracts!
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    Ok basically I messed up my ukcat big time. Its not my first sitting and btw am a graduate.
    Am absolutely confused I don't even know if I should apply to medicine or not. It seems pointless due to my low score...although its all I ever wanted to do. But it just doesn't seem to be working. I have set ukcat gamsat...no look. I seem to be rubbish ar admission tests but I have alot if experience in the health care and charity...but this doesn't seem to matter anymore. ..

    so should I or should I not apply??
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    (Original post by Apply2Medicine)
    If you registered for the webinar you should be able to access the archives here:
    VR - https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/643578430
    AR - https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/530715446
    Hi! So sorry, the AR webinar still won't play is there any way I could download the file?
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    Hi there,

    I'm not sure if this is the right place, however, I have a subscription for the UKCAT Apply 2 Medicine question bank, and i wondering if there is any way of doing the questions without the ones that you have already done reappearing?

    I'm currently having an issue of having to click past all the ones i have done in order to reach new questions which is extremely inconvenient!

    Thanks
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    (Original post by Apply2Medicine)
    If you registered for the webinar you should be able to access the archives here:
    VR - https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/643578430
    AR - https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/530715446
    I tried these links but it still won't let me play even though I signed up again, what should I do?
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    Thanks for the advice on the decision analysis. It's really helped boost my score in mocks.


    I've read the advice on the quantitate reasoning but there seems to be nothing on how to speed up. This is something that I've tried but I don't seem to be able to think fast enough! I either take the time to answer the questions and get them right but only get half way through or just guestimate and get none right!


    I'd appreciate any advice.
 
 
 
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