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1. I've asked for this to be moved to the Medicine forum - you'll find all sorts of threads and help available over there
2. (Original post by isabella1999)
Okay that's good, better slightly harder than slightly easier. You can't use the keyboard for the calculator?! even on num lock? Damn. And that is quite annoying Ah well, I only really need it for more questions, pretty much drained medify at this point except the mocks.
My laptop doesn't have the actual number pad so I have used the numbers that are on top of the letters and they didn't work in the medic portal, so yeah the calculator there is a complete pain! For more questions it should be a good resource though. I let myself use a normal calculator because I didn't want to become so frustrated that I'd throw my computer out of the window
3. How do partial marks work in SJT. I'm getting around 40/69 correct with the rest partial marks but I'm still getting band 2 on the medify mock.
4. (Original post by Pra99)
2-4 steps? Wow, most people have been saying only about 1-2 steps. Also, are there any area equations that we need to know? Thanks for the advice btw.
Yep, although the ones with more steps were pretty simple. Stuff like multiplying two times two numbers with each other and calculating the difference between them, and one time I eg had to look up a number that was 50, calculate 50-5=45, then 45/5=9, and then 9x3=27. So the longer ones were usually really easy to do in the end. as for the equations, I think that knowing the basics is enough (areas, volumes and perimeters of the basic shapes etc)
5. (Original post by clairebear101)
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
I only did one mock, so it's hard to say, but for VR i ended up doing worse in the actual thing, but that's probably where i was still getting warmed up and i was still nervous. The rest of the results went up, but that's mainly where i looked to improve on my mistakes, i think.

(Original post by clairebear101)
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?
I wouldn't say i memorised them, and i did sometimes go back to look at them again, but just reading them once you become familiar with them, but maybe i just have good short term memory.

(Original post by StationToStation)
Yay
(Original post by Orlanda)
Woo Wooo!! It's over!!
Congratulations, you both got amazing scores! You should both be really chuffed

(Original post by Pra99)
Thanks for the advice, but whats the point of guessing at the start. Surely it wastes time? Also do you do A level maths (I'm wondering if this might help with QR).
Not really, you should already be looking at the questions, so with T/F/CT it isn't much extra time to click CT (what if you run out of time mid way through the question?)
And you often need to look at the given answers for the questions also, since just 'which is the author most likely to agree with' doesn't really let you look for anything specifically.
Also, I'm naturally good at maths, so that helps. I did AS maths and further maths, but they don't really help, since QR is all about the timing, really. As long as you're decent with extracting information and mental maths, you should be fine. Don't be afraid to use the calculator, but do use the keyboard all the shortcuts ( I think shift C for the calculator to pop up).
6. I'm 16 and about to start AS... Should I start preparing now for the best results?
When did everyone else start preparing?

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7. (Original post by StationToStation)
My laptop doesn't have the actual number pad so I have used the numbers that are on top of the letters and they didn't work in the medic portal, so yeah the calculator there is a complete pain! For more questions it should be a good resource though. I let myself use a normal calculator because I didn't want to become so frustrated that I'd throw my computer out of the window
Hahah yeah igy, that is really annoying. Idk of any other online questions banks though apart from medic portal and medify so guess I am stuck with it
8. (Original post by BackLumbarJack)
I'm 16 and about to start AS... Should I start preparing now for the best results?
When did everyone else start preparing?

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I only started a month and a half before.. Have not sat mine yet though. I would say like 2 months before as it is aptitude really, there is no physical content to learn and you have your AS to focus on before that. Maybe try a few questions now, see how comfortable you are and make a plan from there
9. (Original post by BackLumbarJack)
I'm 16 and about to start AS... Should I start preparing now for the best results?
When did everyone else start preparing?

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No. Focus on your AS exams because those are waaaaayyyyy more important, and then after all your AS exams are over and you've booked a place, it's upto you when you start preparing.

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10. (Original post by BackLumbarJack)
I'm 16 and about to start AS... Should I start preparing now for the best results?
When did everyone else start preparing?

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Don't start preparing now. Start preparing after you've finished all your AS exams as the very earliest. You only need at the most a month of practice before you take it.
11. Hi,
I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for courses for the UKCAT exam (or places to avoid!)? I've got my exam in just over a month and want to make sure I'm not missing out if I don't do a course.
12. (Original post by Pra99)
He could try and diffuse the situation and talk to the patient about a completely different topic. He could also elaborate more, instead of just saying that he doesn't know.
Elaborate and say what? He can't say ANYTHING related to the test result.
13. (Original post by Hannah003)
i have my ukcat soon, im so nervous!!
Any tips for me?
And what resources are the best to use - in terms of levels of difficulty which is similar to the actual test?
thank you so much
Hey there!

Good luck for your exam - try not to let nerves get the better of you on the day (although we know this is hard to do!).

Check out these free blogs which have general tips for each section:

UKCAT Decision Making: What's it all about?
UKCAT Situational Judgement Top Tips
UKCAT Abstract Reasoning Top Tips
UKCAT 5 Top Dos
UKCAT 5 Top Don'ts

Have you seen all the free practice and revision material on the official UKCAT website? If not, definitely go through the Candidate Toolkit. It's packed full of practice questions, video tutorials and tips - all for free!

We also have a UKCAT Question Bank, where you can access the first 50 questions for free!

Good luck

The Medic Portal
14. (Original post by orangeee22)
Hi,
I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for courses for the UKCAT exam (or places to avoid!)? I've got my exam in just over a month and want to make sure I'm not missing out if I don't do a course.
Hi orangeee22

Of course I am going to suggest our course as being an excellent choice! Our UKCAT intense course is £115 and you can find more information about what we offer here. We have dates running at various locations throughout August and September. Happy to answer any questions you may have about it.

It can be a difficult decision and obviously you are doing the right thing by asking for recommendations. The other thing that I would consider when choosing is what resources do you have access to as part of the course. You want to make sure that you are getting the most for you money and this can vary largely.

As I say, do let me know if you have any specific questions about our course, or if you would just like some tips for preparing for your UKCAT... always happy to help!

15. Done, and very happy with a 710 average! My experience was consistent with some trends posted here in that the VR passages were longer than medify and the official mocks, about the same as 1000Q, and there were more comprehension than T/F/CT type questions. HOWEVER, I'd also suggest the questions themselves were less involved than in 1000Q, so it wasn't quite as hard. QR was easier than 1000Q, perhaps in line with medify, perhaps a bit easier. As always, everyone can have a different experience, so take this with a pinch of salt.
16. (Original post by Chikkinn)
Done, and very happy with a 710 average! My experience was consistent with some trends posted here in that the VR passages were longer than medify and the official mocks, about the same as 1000Q, and there were more comprehension than T/F/CT type questions. HOWEVER, I'd also suggest the questions themselves were less involved than in 1000Q, so it wasn't quite as hard. QR was easier than 1000Q, perhaps in line with medify, perhaps a bit easier. As always, everyone can have a different experience, so take this with a pinch of salt.
Is the VR in the 1000Q book easier than the VR in the 600Q?
17. (Original post by isabella1999)
Ahh mines 5th of September, and yeah me neither apart from in Verbal. Thought I was good at situational too but only got Band 2 in mock Been pretty chill about practising so far though, been doing 30 minutes- an hour each day. Need to up my game. Hopefully we have plenty of time.

I'm aiming for 700 plus in all three and band one in SJ, hopefully we manage it
Mines 5th September too! Good luck, lets Both do this how are you preparing

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18. (Original post by Pra99)
Is the VR in the 1000Q book easier than the VR in the 600Q?
Sorry, I couldn't tell you, I only have the 1000Q and I don't know how they organised the older questions from the 600Q book in this one. For what it's worth, I think the VR questions were quite consistent in difficulty throughout the book.
19. Hey guys, quick question, is there an equal amount of true, false and can't tell questions as there are reading comprehension questions in the exam for VR? Or is there a difference?
20. (Original post by Chikkinn)
Done, and very happy with a 710 average! My experience was consistent with some trends posted here in that the VR passages were longer than medify and the official mocks, about the same as 1000Q, and there were more comprehension than T/F/CT type questions. HOWEVER, I'd also suggest the questions themselves were less involved than in 1000Q, so it wasn't quite as hard. QR was easier than 1000Q, perhaps in line with medify, perhaps a bit easier. As always, everyone can have a different experience, so take this with a pinch of salt.
Ayy well done, how were you doing in the Medify mocks? I did one I got an average of 710 as well!! So did you do better on medify or the real thing?

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