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June 24, 2015 by Emedica

It’s been very busy for the team over the last couple of weeks!

We have literally traveled the length and breadth of the country delivering UKCAT preparation sessions in schools. We’ve explained the ins and outs of the UKCAT, practiced timed questions, sympathised with the plight of the aspiring medics and dentists, argued about SJT scenarios and enjoyed a lot of laughs!

As always – students find UKCAT hard. We have to remind them that the UKCAT would be a pointless exercise if everyone (or anyone!) found it easy! Students who are accustomed to percentage scores in tests of 80%+ suddenly realise they got under 50% in our timed practice and feel pretty disheartened so we remind them, again, that everyone taking this test is clever and that they will see improvement in their scores as they prepare and practice.

Again we saw how the excellent mathematicians before us had forgotten basic numeracy! (Including a whole lot of students using scientific calculators to work out how to convert 0.8 into a percentage!) I hope the BBC notice an unexpected summertime surge in the use of their GCSE Bitesize service for maths! That’s what we recommended they spend their summers doing to brush up on those basic skills and get faster at mental maths.

Abstract Reasoning always makes the vast majority of students look either ashen, tearful or hysterical! We observed a couple of years ago that almost every group has an ‘Abstract Reasoning Genius’ who simply ‘gets it’ and is mildly bewildered by the frustration of their classmates! This was true this year as one Type 3 AR question was correctly interpreted for the first time (in several hundred students) and one student correctly spotting the rule in all three Type 1 sets we practiced with.

It’s great to see more and more schools helping students maximise their UKCAT preparation and assisting them in it. UKCAT seems to be getting more and more important if you want to be a doctor or a dentist with both Birmingham and Liverpool universities joining the UKCAT consortium this year.

If you think your school would benefit from one of our sessions then you can find details on our website of the prices, session lengths and other details. Or call us at the office!

We have over 100 free UKCAT questions for you to try. We also have over 2000 fully updated UKCAT questions, with the same screen layout as the real thing. The service reflects all the new changes for the current year.

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