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Comment One thing that most UKCAT candidates get wrong


I was looking through some results of UKCAT test questions the other day and I came across one question that had a surprisingly high rate of incorrect answers. So I thought I’d write a few words here to try and clarify things a little: which mistake should UKCAT candidates really avoid?
Some context first
Before answering this question, let’s put some context in place. A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words (although who ‘they’ are, is never made clear) and so is an example problem.

Comment This is how the best UKCAT candidates calculate ratios

Ever wondered how candidates achieve the highest score in the UKCAT quantitative reasoning section?

One answer may be that they are potential geniuses but the more plausible explanation is that they know some special methods and tricks for certain operations (in the mathematical and not medical sense, of course!).

So let’s see what they do and how when it comes to ratios!

Comment UKCAT Decision Analysis: Ging, Gang, Goolie by the Campfire

You are probably familiar with the UKCAT data analysis exam: you need to deduct certain information from a seemingly complex table and a related key to find the correct answers.

Let’s look at a fine example of how to do this the most efficient way!

Here is a tpyical code table (with some codes omitted) you could encounter in the UKCAT.

Comment UKCAT Magic Method: Speeding up the Averages

I’ve come across a lot of UKCAT questions that require you to calculate the average or mean of a set of data. This is not a difficult task but it is time consuming and time is a luxury you may find in short supply when you sit your Quantitative Reasoning section in the UKCAT. Any technique that will save you a few seconds could make the difference between finishing and not.

Comment How Big is Big?

I’ve come across a lot of UKCAT questions that require you to do a calculation which involves various values with ‘hidden’ zeroes. These hidden zeroes are often skulking at the top of a column of data, in a table heading, on a chart axis or in the wording used in the question. Between them they determine the order of magnitude of the answer.

Comment Can you solve this UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning test in 2 minutes?

Can you solve this UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning test in 2 minutes?
Speed is of the essence when doing your UKCAT Quantitative Reasoning test but you can’t afford to sacrifice quality if you’re rushing things too much. You need to keep a cool head, focus on the problem and don’t waste time doing unnecessary calculations. So, are you up to the task yet..?
See if you can solve the Quantitative Reasoning question below in less than 2 minutes. 
Don’t read beyond the question until you have finished. Check your watch and start now…!

Comment UKCAT Practice Series #002: A Fair Trade for All?

In this second part of our series, we provide a UKCAT-style Quantitative Reasoning problem that you will encounter at the UKCAT exam. We offer a detailed solution so you can learn practical insights and lessons that will help you score higher than anyone

Comment This is how your favourite med school uses your UKCAT score

Four Ways Med Schools Use Your UKCAT Score

A very interesting study details how the UKCAT score is used by medical and dental schools in picking candidates. We thought we'd share the findings with you.

We all know how important the UKCAT score is in getting into medical school. But how is it exactly used to select the students that will be admitted?

'There are a myriad ways of factoring in the UKCAT score - you might think. Well, there are exactly four ways, and we give you the low-down on each one of them.



Comment Confessions of Miss Satta - our UKCAT candidate guest blogger


Wow, today has been a long informative day. What a day to kick off with, had no sleep the previous night! Luckily I wasn't going to school!

Conference on Applying to Top Medical Schools

So today, me and three other students from my college, attended a grammar school local to our college. Here a conference was held on applying to the top universities. So universities like Cambridge, UCL, Oxford and Imperial College London. What a shock this was to me! I didn't understand why I had been selected to go! Other local grammar schools attended as well so being surrounded by more intelligent looking and sounding students intimidated me! From the moment I walked in, I knew they were just a small sample of the competition I was facing for a place in medical school.


Comment UKCAT is Piloting New Test Element: the Situational Judgement Test


UKCAT is planning to add a Situational Judgement Test (SJT) as the fifth element of its assessment process, complementing the current sections of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Decision Analysis. The Situational Judgement Test is a ‘behavioural’ type test and is used to assess applicants’ judgement ability to solve work-related problems.


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