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1. (Original post by Gogregg)
I'd have to disagree. This is quick mental maths.
Maybe you should brush up on standard form?
True, I'll have to revise that.
2. (Original post by rose1234)
Hi,
Could anyone please provide an answer for the following questions, as they were not provided?
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SJT:

A. Very Appropriate.

QR:

Cost per hour = 100.
Cost for 6 hours = 600 pounds.

1.05% of 95 = 99.75

Thus, total cost = 600 + 99.75 = 699.75

I can't get the AR rule. If someone does get it, please tag me! Thanks
3. (Original post by osayukiigbinoba)
I was doing a quantitative reasoning question on Medify. It had data that involved powers such as 6 x 10^24. However there isn't a power button on the calculator so how would you go about these type of questions?
You could convert everything in terms of 10^24. Then ignore the exponent and carry on with your calculations, simply multiplying it by the exponent in the end. I hope you get my drift...
4. (Original post by rose1234)
Hi,
Could anyone please provide an answer for the following questions, as they were not provided?

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(Original post by raniafern)
SJT:A. Very Appropriate.QR:Cost per hour = 100.Cost for 6 hours = 600 pounds.1.05% of 95 = 99.75Thus, total cost = 600 + 99.75 = 699.75I can't get the AR rule. If someone does get it, please tag me! Thanks

As far as I can work out from the AR: Both sets start from a black square. A line travelling through a white circle splits into two, and a line travelling through a grey circle stays as one (excluding answers A, C and D; so answer B is correct). Lines splitting into two can lead to more circles (as can single lines), but those terminating with squares must have a black and a white square. Circle colours are reversed for set B.

Plus maybe something else, I sometimes miss patterns when there's more than one. Can't wait for this test to be done with tomorrow...
5. (Original post by Chikkinn)
As far as I can work out from the AR: Both sets start from a black square. A line travelling through a white circle splits into two, and a line travelling through a grey circle stays as one (excluding answers A, C and D; so answer B is correct). Lines splitting into two can lead to more circles (as can single lines), but those terminating with squares must have a black and a white square. Circle colours are reversed for set B.

Plus maybe something else, I sometimes miss patterns when there's more than one. Can't wait for this test to be done with tomorrow...
All the best! And thanks
6. (Original post by raniafern)
SJT:

A. Very Appropriate.

QR:

Cost per hour = 100.
Cost for 6 hours = 600 pounds.

1.05% of 95 = 99.75

Thus, total cost = 600 + 99.75 = 699.75

I can't get the AR rule. If someone does get it, please tag me! Thanks
Surely for the sjt it should be B as the patient is clearly worried and the student isn't doing anything to reassure the patient and help him feel better. Just saying that he doesn't know anything about the results is honest, thus it's appropriate, but he hasn't solved the situation.
7. (Original post by Gogregg)
So i just did my test today and i am so happy!
I got:
VR: 720
QR: 850
AR: 790
SJT band 1

Actually quite surprised about that, especially the QR since in the mock i did, i only got 650 in it

Guess i will be probably be able to apply to Newcastle
What was your technique for the comprehension questions in VR and what type of questions did you get in AR? Were there any questions in QR that you thought were really difficult? I really appreciate any help.
8. (Original post by doculmc7171)
what would you consider to be overpreparing? everyone says that 30-40 hours is the recommended time to revise but I have 3 weeks and i'm tempted to do around 2-3 hours everyday. I know it's a lot but I want to ensure I get a good mark. I've heard of some people who revised for months and did countless hours of revision and ended up with scores as low as 630. I'm aiming for 700ish. I don't want to overdo it with revision. Do you think 2-3 hours every day for 3 weeks is too much?
hi doculmc7171

Ideally you should be setting aside a few hours each day to prepare in the weeks leading up to your test date, so I think what you have in mind is fine.

The most important thing is that you go into your test feeling confident and fully prepared, so if 2-3 hours per day for the next three weeks will get you to that point, then do that.

You might be interested in reading this blog as it is all about getting ready for the big day!

I hope that is useful. Do let me know if you have any questions... always happy to help!

9. (Original post by Pra99)
What was your technique for the comprehension questions in VR and what type of questions did you get in AR? Were there any questions in QR that you thought were really difficult? I really appreciate any help.
For the statement questions, i would read the question and then make my best guess. Only then would i scan the text, so i could compare my answer, and usually, in the process of scanning i would find the correct answer if my guess was wrong. You never really actually have to fully read the passage

I think that it was a majority type 1 questions (which set does it belong to) but i can't really remember.

For QR there weren't any questions that were particularly difficult i thought, but with the time constraint and the awkward numbers you can sometimes get, it can be difficult.

Just remember in the exam to use the keyboard, whether it's for the calculator or for shortcuts. And don't be afraid to move onto a different question and to flag something!
10. (Original post by Pra99)
Surely for the sjt it should be B as the patient is clearly worried and the student isn't doing anything to reassure the patient and help him feel better. Just saying that he doesn't know anything about the results is honest, thus it's appropriate, but he hasn't solved the situation.
I thought A at first too but I agree that B is the most appropriate choice. The negative outcome would be that the patient will become more anxious and obviously that means it's not ideal
11. (Original post by Gogregg)
For the statement questions, i would read the question and then make my best guess. Only then would i scan the text, so i could compare my answer, and usually, in the process of scanning i would find the correct answer if my guess was wrong. You never really actually have to fully read the passage

I think that it was a majority type 1 questions (which set does it belong to) but i can't really remember.

For QR there weren't any questions that were particularly difficult i thought, but with the time constraint and the awkward numbers you can sometimes get, it can be difficult.

Just remember in the exam to use the keyboard, whether it's for the calculator or for shortcuts. And don't be afraid to move onto a different question and to flag something!
Did you get a lot of open questions (like which statement is false, true, the author most likely going to disagree with etc..)?
12. (Original post by studentsixth)
I was exactly the same a few days ago but what I found is that to get 700, you basically have to rely on instinct and fast reading. For example for which statement is true or false, I read each statement and check each one by scanning the text really quickly (only for the most likely to agree, disagree, true and false questions though). More often than not the answer is the second or third statement. keep to the 30 sec a question rule so if you're running out of time just rely on instinct and choose a statement which makes the most sense. If you get a complicated passage I would just guess them all and go because you don't want to run out of time doing these if there are much easier texts at the end of the test to get marks on. Extreme words such as always and never can be ruled out most of the time. Finally get an app like Spreader or Accelereader which will help you increase your speed of reading, it helps trust me!
Thanks i was doing okay but all of a sudden i started getting like 1/5 and cant improve and i dont know whats happening!? even some of the ones on medify i find very long and wordy and often just cannot work out what the passage is even saying let alone answer the question and i hear the real thing is even worse! I will try and cross out the extreme answers straight away and any that seem unlogical or anything and then go for a scan of the remaining choices like you suggested before moving on. I will get spreader, i got 2 weeks tomorrow tho so hopefully i can improve
13. (Original post by Gogregg)
For the statement questions, i would read the question and then make my best guess. Only then would i scan the text, so i could compare my answer, and usually, in the process of scanning i would find the correct answer if my guess was wrong. You never really actually have to fully read the passage

I think that it was a majority type 1 questions (which set does it belong to) but i can't really remember.

For QR there weren't any questions that were particularly difficult i thought, but with the time constraint and the awkward numbers you can sometimes get, it can be difficult.

Just remember in the exam to use the keyboard, whether it's for the calculator or for shortcuts. And don't be afraid to move onto a different question and to flag something!
When you say you read the question and then make your best guess, so you would make a primary guess without even scanning the passage? i guess on the basis of extreme answers and logical ones?
14. (Original post by clairebear101)
When you say you read the question and then make your best guess, so you would make a primary guess without even scanning the passage? i guess on the basis of extreme answers and logical ones?
For T/F/CT i would always guess CT, and for the statement questions, i would either just guess at random if it felt right, or if i had prior knowledge (which i know you're not supposed to do but oh so)

(Original post by studentsixth)
Did you get a lot of open questions (like which statement is false, true, the author most likely going to disagree with etc..)?
Doesn't it always ask open questions?
15. (Original post by Gogregg)
For T/F/CT i would always guess CT, and for the statement questions, i would either just guess at random if it felt right, or if i had prior knowledge (which i know you're not supposed to do but oh so)

Doesn't it always ask open questions?
okay and once you have a guess, then u scan the passage and go from there? i am trying to find diff techniques as i am struggling A LOT despite a lot of practice did you ever do well on the mocks - or did you do a lot better in the real thing? hope my mocks scores dont correlate
16. (Original post by Gogregg)
For the statement questions, i would read the question and then make my best guess. Only then would i scan the text, so i could compare my answer, and usually, in the process of scanning i would find the correct answer if my guess was wrong. You never really actually have to fully read the passage

I think that it was a majority type 1 questions (which set does it belong to) but i can't really remember.

For QR there weren't any questions that were particularly difficult i thought, but with the time constraint and the awkward numbers you can sometimes get, it can be difficult.

Just remember in the exam to use the keyboard, whether it's for the calculator or for shortcuts. And don't be afraid to move onto a different question and to flag something!
sorry for the questions! but you said that in the process of scanning you found the correct answer but how did you know this was correct, had you memorised all the other possible answer choices while scanning?
17. (Original post by Pra99)
Surely for the sjt it should be B as the patient is clearly worried and the student isn't doing anything to reassure the patient and help him feel better. Just saying that he doesn't know anything about the results is honest, thus it's appropriate, but he hasn't solved the situation.
(Original post by studentsixth)
I thought A at first too but I agree that B is the most appropriate choice. The negative outcome would be that the patient will become more anxious and obviously that means it's not ideal
Yup, that does make sense. But, what can the student do anyway?

You can't reassure the patient because that would be providing false hopes.

Perhaps it should be B, but then what would be an A?
18. (Original post by raniafern)
Yup, that does make sense. But, what can the student do anyway?

You can't reassure the patient because that would be providing false hopes.

Perhaps it should be B, but then what would be an A?
At the end of the day you have to ask yourself what the medical student can do at all. He certainly can't reassure the patient since he knows nothing. That would be a D for sure!

So A it is. In fact I recognise this question from the official practice questions. Has the person posting it bothered to look at the answer?
19. What's your main strategy in abstract reasoning? Do you just look at them and know the answer or do you have to spend a long time? I can usually never see it but I'm getting better with practice, what's your strategy?
20. (Original post by Uni12345678)
What's your main strategy in abstract reasoning? Do you just look at them and know the answer or do you have to spend a long time? I can usually never see it but I'm getting better with practice, what's your strategy?
There's a section in strategy and tips for each section including AR on my blog Www.scrubsnstilettos.wordpress.com , hope you find it helpful!

You get really fast at this section once you know how to find the patterns and can whizz through all the questions from one set in a few seconds. Just make sure you use the same strategy for all questions.

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