my ukcat story

hi guys!!! after so long, we meet again. hahaha.

what is ukcat?

To those who never heard of it, UKCAT stands for UK Clinical Aptitude Test. Let’s just say that it is like an admission test, especially for those wanting to seek admission into medical/dental schools in the UK. As far as I’m concerned, most universities require UKCAT from their applicants nowadays. BMAT is another thing though. If you are planning to do medicine/dentistry in the UK, please please please prepare for this test, mentally and financially. I paid 100 pounds for it and that’s a lot of money. Yes, the test is not easy, especially when you have other things to focus on – studies, personal statement, IELTS, past years questions. When others were doing past years, I was stuck with UKCAT. The questions were so confusing; I even messed up with the timing during the real test. My scores turned out to be average, but it was ok alhamdulillah. It was better than what I have expected. Nevertheless, it taught me many things especially about the working ethics in the medical field. Here’s my advice for those who are planning to take the UKCAT:

  1. The exam consists of 5 major sections – verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning, decision analysis and situational judgement.

Every section has a specific number of questions and the time allocated. For example, for VB, you would need to answer 44 questions in 22 minutes. I made a huge mistake handling my time during the test. The invigilator won’t even allow you to wear a watch during the real test. Sigh. I thought that if I were to finish early, I could easily double check my answers in every section. HELL NO. The computer system didn’t allow me to do so, and that’s the end of my spirit of answering the test. EVIL. RULES. THEY. DIDN’T. TELL. YOU.

      2. You’ll be given 2 hours to answer 230 questions.

Yes, 230 questions. Multiple choice questions. You’ll sit in front of the computer for 120 minutes; no additional time is given if you want to go to the toilet. 2 hours may seem very long, but it’s not. Time flies like so fast during the test!

      3. Your judgement must be quick and precise. 

Fyi, the situational judgement section has around 67 questions to be answered in 27 minutes. Let me tell you, this section can either save you or kill you. There is no right or wrong answer actually, but your personality/judgement skills would be tested to the maximum. They’ll give you a scenario followed by some questions. Here’s an example:

A consultant is not sure the patient has fully understood what was being said at her last consultation. The follow-up meeting is due.

Q: At the next meeting, the consultant takes the first few minutes to go over the information again.

A. Very appropriate

B. Appropriate but not ideal

C. Inappropriate but not awful

D. A very inappropriate thing to do

So yeah, pick an answer.

*answer is provided at the bottom of the post

       4. You must practice answering the questions months before the test date.

Practice does make perfect. You’ll have more time to understand the tricks behind every section and you’ll be more confident answering. Trust me, confidence is the key to answering. One more tips, do buy a practice book for UKCAT. Not many bookstores sell them; I even had to call Kinokuniya to reserve the book because it is always sold out. Yes. Sold out. Not to mention the price – RM 74.90. Thank God that I had my book vouchers with me! I bought the How To Master the UKCAT (green book) which has over 700 practice questions together with the answer scheme. The best thing about the answer scheme is that every answer comes with explanations. Easy peasy but cannot answer also during the real test. Haih.

      5. My favourite most preferable section would be Decision Analysis.

It’s fun, though. It works like a puzzle and you really need to find the exact piece that matches the question. The questions aren’t that hard and many said that it’s the easiest section.

     6. If you love Maths, you’ll love Abstract Reasoning… and Quantitative Reasoning.

AR: They’ll give you 2 sets of shapes/patterns – Set A and Set B. There’ll be 5 test shapes and you’ll have to click on either A, B or C, to indicate whether the shape belongs to set A, set B or neither (C).

55 questions in 13 minutes. So yeah, 14 seconds for each question. #die

QR: The questions are mostly about calculations – multiplications, Venn diagrams, table reading, compound interests, etc. I did pretty well but I hated the fact that physical calculator isn’t allowed in the exam. ONLY. ONLINE. CALCULATORS. ALLOWED.

    7. If you love answering IELTS Reading questions, you’ll be fine in Verbal Reasoning.

Remember those options Yes, No, Can’t Tell?

    8. Be sure to aim 2000++ for your score.

I’m not pretty sure with how the marks are calculated for each section; but I’ll suggest you to answer all questions, be it hentam keromo or not. You have nothing to lose actually. Competitions are pretty intense nowadays and you need to perform well in order to support your application. High scores = high chances of securing interviews & placements.

    9. Give your best shot during the real test.

Given that you’ve prepared for the test, you’ll do fine insyaaAllah. Have faith in yourself – if others can ace it, why can’t you? 🙂

Hoping that these tips will help you! Good luck 😀

 

Love,

 

Saf

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*answer is D.

Explanation: this response is unlikely to improve the patient’s understanding because it does not address the cause of it. The likely outcome is that the patient will again fail to understand it.

copy paste from the practice book!! hahaha

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