09-06-2012, 07:33 PM #1
- Join Date
- Sep 2011
- West Midlands
So many questions about UKCAT but no answers. Please help? :(
I'm hoping to take the UKCAT test this summer but I have so many questions and don't know where to start. :'(
1. When you register, can you pick what day you want to do it or do they allocate you a day? I'd like to take the test near the end of August to have max time to revise before school starts...
2. Have I left the revision for it too late? How much revision do you need to do per day?
3. Which books are the best to use? I've read on some threads that the 600q book seems to be the most helpful... are there any others?
4. Do Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester or Sheffield have cut off points with UKCAT scores during the selection process? :/
5. What score should we ideally aim for, 680? <- is this achievable given the limited time I have left? :|
6. I'm worried about the timing issue during the test. It seems like there are so many questions and not enough time. What's the best way of dealing with this- practising till you only spend 30 seconds on each q? <- is this achieveable?
Eeeeeeep, I feel so frazzled now.
Thanks for taking the time to read this essay of a message. I would be forever grateful to any repliers.
09-06-2012, 09:40 PM #2
- Join Date
- Jul 2011
1. Yes you can pick what day you want to take the test, however, I would do it soon as most people book up places late august for the same reasons as you have, therefore limited spaces may be remaining.
2. No you haven't, most people I've read have done 2weeks revision and some come out with >700. If you feel you are going to struggle start as soon as possible. I have booked mine for late August and are going to start once i have finished my 2nd year (2weeks away).
3. 600q book is the most helpful and many use websites as practice questions.
4.Birmingham do not use the UKCAT, only require a 1st at Degree Level if graduate. Leicester, manchester and sheffield all do yes. Read through forums and many dictate what the cut-off is yearly.
5. 680 or greater is a good score that open you up to most universities. However i think Sheffield may be greater, anyone please correct me if I'm wrong.
6. Start off trying to complete the questions first, and then as you get more competent, then start timing yourself. Questions on the UKCAT website will help you.
2nd Year Physio
10-06-2012, 12:52 AM #3
Hi purplesky123, I agree with what jhallam9 has said, but to add...
1. I definitely agree with this point. I ended up having to drive about 40 miles the morning of the test to get to the only test centre with a free slot! Book it early, don't forget when it is, make sure you know where you're going, and get there nice and early. If you can, take someone with you. Its not something you can cram for so leave your stuff in the car and just chat with someone to calm down before the exam.
2. Its never too late. If you decide to not apply this year you'll have to wait a whole year for the next round of applications. Just do as much as possible in the time between now and the exam.
3. 600q book was great. I have a copy that i no longer need, so if you (or someone reading) wants it, let me know and i'll send it to you. (just pay me for P&P!)
4. Leicester give a mark out of 30 for UKCAT score. 3000+ points = 30, 2900-2999 = 29, 2800-2899 = 28 etc. Then they do similar scores for A-level/GCSEs. The lowest total scores are rejected, the others are presumably invited for interview. Sheffield's lowest UKCAT with an offer was 697.5 (according to someone in the sheffield thread).
The cut-offs change year on year, and some unis put more weight on UKCAT and therefore command much higher scores. If its graduate entry, these courses generally have higher cut-offs.
5. I wouldn't aim for a particular score. Just work your nuts off preparing for it and aim for the best you can do. When I was practising, the scores I got were consistently lower than what I got on the exam day.
6. It can be a bit depressing not finishing the practice test in the allotted time and getting a crap score, but keep at it and you'll get much faster at picking out the important information and answering the questions. Once you've read the text, some questions will only take 5 seconds max. All you'll have to do is look at a number in the table...or there will only be one logical answer. I think these are to break you in, but I couldn't help but think they were trick questions. Others involve a bit more work and take a lot longer. If you get stuck on the day, move on and maybe come back to it at the end. There might be a 5 part question later on that you can answer fully in the 30 seconds that you're struggling with that one previous question.
The UKCAT website should still have a downloadable example programme with some questions on with a timer to get you used to using the test programme. It will be exactly the same as you have on the day. The calculator we had to use was on the computer so check to see if its the same as before, and get used to using it. A few people ive spoken to got really held up trying the work to calculator. (you should be able to use the numbers on the keyboard which is MUCH quicker than using the mouse...just make sure NUM lock is on )
Hope that helps!- Warwick 2016 -
2nd year medic
10-06-2012, 03:57 AM #4
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- Sep 2011
- West Midlands
Thank you so much jhallam9 and Medic_88 I appreciate your help so much!
jhallam9 you're right, I've done some research and it appears Sheffield do expect high scores.
Medic_88, after thinking about it, I think that what you suggested (not focusing on getting a particular score but just trying your best) is a v good approach.
Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions, have a lovely day. (:
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