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    (Original post by SuziieB)
    Has anyone used the Score higher on the UKCAT Kaplan book on amazon before? Is it any good? I unfortunately cannot afford the cost of a Kaplan course.

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    It doesn't have any SJT in it but apart from that it's good.
    The kaplan course book is very good too ...it has a bunch of useful tip in it .. If you could get your hands on one of those that'd be good. Also try ask your school if they would be willing to pay for it for you
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    (Original post by jojo1995)
    It doesn't have any SJT in it but apart from that it's good.
    The kaplan course book is very good too ...it has a bunch of useful tip in it .. If you could get your hands on one of those that'd be good. Also try ask your school if they would be willing to pay for it for you
    Thanks! What's that one called?

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    hey everyone, just wondering if anyone knows whether we have to write our personal statements from scratch again or if we can use our old ones with some changes? I'm planning on reapplying to one of the med schools that I applied to last year. Also do we have to acknowledge that we are reapplicants in the ps or can we just not mention it?
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    (Original post by SuziieB)
    Thanks! What's that one called?

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    you can't buy it in shops, you'd probably have to buy it off ebay or something because kaplan dont sell them ... I cant find mine atm but I think its called kaplan course material or something .... its a blue a4 chunky booklet. Sorry I couldn't be of more help
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    (Original post by MadamePuddifoot)
    hey everyone, just wondering if anyone knows whether we have to write our personal statements from scratch again or if we can use our old ones with some changes? I'm planning on reapplying to one of the med schools that I applied to last year. Also do we have to acknowledge that we are reapplicants in the ps or can we just not mention it?
    You can use parts of your old personal statement. (even if you used the EXACT statement, there wouldn't be a problem in terms of plagiarism, as it is your work) However, if you believe that the quality of your previous PS resulted in you getting rejections, I would seriously consider improving several aspects of it. In addition in including your GAP year plans whilst making it flow. As I said before, using your own PS will not be classed as plagiarism.

    You don't need to acknowledge the fact that you are a reapplicant. I have seen several applicants that did this to show commitment to the course, but it depends in what you want to include in it. I personally did not mention that I'm a re-applicant, as this allowed me to expand on other aspects due to the word limit
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    (Original post by frogs r everywhere)
    You can use parts of your old personal statement. (even if you used the EXACT statement, there wouldn't be a problem in terms of plagiarism, as it is your work) However, if you believe that the quality of your previous PS resulted in you getting rejections, I would seriously consider improving several aspects of it. In addition in including your GAP year plans whilst making it flow. As I said before, using your own PS will not be classed as plagiarism.

    You don't need to acknowledge the fact that you are a reapplicant. I have seen several applicants that did this to show commitment to the course, but it depends in what you want to include in it. I personally did not mention that I'm a re-applicant, as this allowed me to expand on other aspects due to the word limit
    Ah thank you!
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    (Original post by mubashir9995)
    Apparently there's a new 600 UKCAT book out this year. Did anyone buy/use this? And if they did, was it helpful and better than the older 600 UKCAT questions book.

    Secondly, of the people who have done the KAPLAN course, do you think it's worth your time? (ignoring the money) And should other people go for it?
    I have just done a bit of the verbal reasoning section. It seems very easy in comparison to the real thing (too easy I would say) but I still got 36/60 on it XD

    Some of the questions and answers are strange like some are obviously "can't tell" yet they put them as false or true with doesn't make sense. But that's only for a few questions.


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    Hey guys I was wondering if there is any books you can recommend for wider reading around medicine. Also if anybody knows a book or a website where I can learn how the NHS works, I know very basic things but not detailed things such as PCTs, how GPs actually make money, privatization of the NHS like virgin care. Stuff like that
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    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    I have just done a bit of the verbal reasoning section. It seems very easy in comparison to the real thing (too easy I would say) but I still got 36/60 on it XD

    Some of the questions and answers are strange like some are obviously "can't tell" yet they put them as false or true with doesn't make sense. But that's only for a few questions.


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    So is it a decent upgrade from the old 600 questions book? Is it worth buying?
    I just got medify subscription today and just by first impressions it looks great!!
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    (Original post by mubashir9995)
    So is it a decent upgrade from the old 600 questions book? Is it worth buying?
    I just got medify subscription today and just by first impressions it looks great!!
    Medify is good, the new book is ok (imo) but remember its not an upgrade from the previous one because it's just a different author mimicking the same name, the old one is by ISC medical and the new one is somebody else, they just have a similar name
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    (Original post by mubashir9995)
    So is it a decent upgrade from the old 600 questions book? Is it worth buying?
    I just got medify subscription today and just by first impressions it looks great!!
    The old one is better and a different group of people made this one. They just name it the same lol.

    I would say its really good to start off with to get into the mode of preparing but it doesn't seem anything like the real thing. I'm gonna be using the old 600Q book as well


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    (Original post by raveen789)
    Hey guys I was wondering if there is any books you can recommend for wider reading around medicine. Also if anybody knows a book or a website where I can learn how the NHS works, I know very basic things but not detailed things such as PCTs, how GPs actually make money, privatization of the NHS like virgin care. Stuff like that
    I went on a interview course by ACE medicine which taught me all of it within a day (I mean ALL of it). I would recommend going on that course, it really helped me with my confidence on the understanding of the NHS and laws etc. my school paid but its £120 normally


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    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    I went on a interview course by ACE medicine which taught me all of it within a day (I mean ALL of it). I would recommend going on that course, it really helped me with my confidence on the understanding of the NHS and laws etc. my school paid but its £120 normally


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    Ok cheers Dr U, I was going to go on an interview course even if it costs money because I don't want to leave anything to chance But I only found the ISC medical one so far!
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    (Original post by raveen789)
    Ok cheers Dr U, I was going to go on an interview course even if it costs money because I don't want to leave anything to chance But I only found the ISC medical one so far!
    Apparently the ISC one is crap coz you have to work in a group and figure thins out yourself lol. I haven't heard good feedback for that


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    Just applied to be a hospital volunteer as there's been no luck on the paid job front. At least if a paid job in the NHS comes up (i.e. HCA) I might be more likely to get it with more experience. I'll just be poor in the meantime ( or should I apply for Job Seeker's Allowance?). And more voluntary work for Med School is always good. My experience so far is a week of shadowing various departments in hospitals, a week in a primary school as teaching assistant and 6 years volunteering a youth club leader/mentor; so I hope this works out, I need more relevant experience quickly!
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    (Original post by SusieShire)
    My experience so far is a week of shadowing various departments in hospitals, a week in a primary school as teaching assistant and 6 years volunteering a youth club leader/mentor; so I hope this works out, I need more relevant experience quickly!
    Try and find a job in retail/receptionist/resturant in the meanwhile, and continue applying through NHS jobs. You'll get one eventually, but its better to get an income whilst hunting for HCA vacancies, then staying at home, staring at the NHSjob website to update. Just to get a pot of money for the travel you'll be doing in the summer (or you might just save it up if you so desire)
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    (Original post by frogs r everywhere)
    Try and find a job in retail/receptionist/resturant in the meanwhile, and continue applying through NHS jobs. You'll get one eventually, but its better to get an income whilst hunting for HCA vacancies, then staying at home, staring at the NHSjob website to update. Just to get a pot of money for the travel you'll be doing in the summer (or you might just save it up if you so desire)
    Oh I've applied for pretty much every job going; fast food, supermarkets, call centres, cleaning, insurance, had some interviews but no luck yet apart from being on ASDA's waiting list for a job which might take months to come through. I'll be thankful for even voluntary work because it might stave of some of the unemployment boredom. Although UKCAT revision is doing that at the moment.
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    (Original post by SusieShire)
    Oh I've applied for pretty much every job going; fast food, supermarkets, call centres, cleaning, insurance, had some interviews but no luck yet apart from being on ASDA's waiting list for a job which might take months to come through. I'll be thankful for even voluntary work because it might stave of some of the unemployment boredom. Although UKCAT revision is doing that at the moment.
    Have you tried care homes and Retail jobs?

    I found lots of retail jobs next ect, and some of the smaller ones too avaliable. You'll get paid and should gain a fair degree of transferable skills and experiences which will help at interview
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    (Original post by Richyp22)
    Have you tried care homes and Retail jobs?

    I found lots of retail jobs next ect, and some of the smaller ones too avaliable. You'll get paid and should gain a fair degree of transferable skills and experiences which will help at interview
    I've applied to lots of retail jobs and I've looked at care homes but all the ones I've seen want at least 6 months care experience? Should I just ignore that and apply anyway? I think my area has quite a high unemployment rate. Minimum wage jobs get literally hundreds of applications around here.
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    (Original post by SusieShire)
    I've applied to lots of retail jobs and I've looked at care homes but all the ones I've seen want at least 6 months care experience? Should I just ignore that and apply anyway? I think my area has quite a high unemployment rate. Minimum wage jobs get literally hundreds of applications around here.
    Hmm i'm not sure why not I geuss , have you done any work experience in a care setting that you can draw upon? Even though it's not sixth months you can use your hospital work experience to draw upon reflection that can help show you know abit about caring for patients.

    Also keep applying on NHS jobs in the mean time, you'll get an interview eventually and just smash it. Took me 6 weeks to get 1 interview and thats all it took!

    In the mean time I'd advice start hospital volunteering and supplement that with any job you can find, thus you'll be earning and experiencing patient contact. (If you want more medical experience)
 
 
 
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