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    Heya, I'm currently in Year 12 and the year is going so quickly, and I know I'll have to do these exams sooner or later.
    Can someone please guide me on when to start preparing for them, as well as my PS and CV? Thanks x
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    UKCAT maybe a month or two before the test, BMAT maybe a bit earlier, depending on how confident you are with your basic sciences. It's not about the time though, it's about starting early enough to get enough routine but late enough to not run out of questions. personally I think it's good to start writing your ps pretty early, like maybe in early summer - it gives your thoughts some time to mature and you'll probably be able to express them in a clearer and simpler way.
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    After exams! It's too early now! Concentrate on your AS stuff.
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    (Original post by ahlaladolly)
    Heya, I'm currently in Year 12 and the year is going so quickly, and I know I'll have to do these exams sooner or later.
    Can someone please guide me on when to start preparing for them, as well as my PS and CV? Thanks x
    We usually tell our students that 4-5 weeks practice (~2 solid hours a day) is about right for the UKCAT and a little longer for BMAT preparation. I would start drafting your personal statement at the beginning of the summer and be continually refining it up until the application deadline. I.e. don't worry about any of that stuff atm! Just focus on your schoolwork and trying to organise some work experience for the time being.

    Let me know if I can be of any more help

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    For the ukcat
    I did a medic portal course around easter and used medify, started practicing in the summer , took the exam at the end of the summer and got average 700 ( mostly because i panicked a lot at the beginning and couldn't read at all)
    so you can do 1 hour every day for 2 months or like 8 hours a day for a week ( this is what i did but maybe not the best idea)

    BMAT
    I did the medic portal and 6med course in the beginning of october
    I did about 2 hours every week and revised all though the october half term and got around 6-7 average ( kinda forgot now)


    Personal statement
    write down everything you have done now
    i started in september- this is a bad idea as you need at least 9 drafts before you get a good ps
    so start to write down work experience, volunteering etc and what you have learnt from them
    maybe write 1-2 drafts in the summer and you should be fine

    at the moment concentrate on predicted grades and AS otherwise you may not even be able to apply to medicine ( I've seen this happen sadly )

    I mean asking med students would probably be best as I'm just applying this year
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    I started in bang on August and did my test at the end of September, I did around 1 hour of revision a day with 3-5 hours a day 1 week before it.

    Medify and Kaplan were good resources.
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    You don't need a CV unless you're applying for a job, although for my personal statement, I had a format which was given to me by a KCL dentistry admissions representative, I was along the lines of PEEE (I can't remember properly) your teachers at school may have a similar one
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    Im not a medic but us dental students suffered as much as the medics 😂
 
 
 
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