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How to Master the UKCAT: Over 700 Practice Questions for the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (Elite Students Series) [Paperback]

Mike Bryon , Jim Clayden , Chris John Tyreman
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3 May 2011 0749463376 978-0749463373 3
Over the past few years there has been a shift towards more detailed assessment of students applying to university, particularly those wishing to read medicine or dentistry. The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is used by the majority of UK medical and dentistry schools to identify the brightest candidates, most suitable for training at their institutions. The UKCAT aims to test verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and decision analysis rather than scientific knowledge so, unlike your other exams, you can't revise for it. How to Master the UKCAT, from testing experts Mike Bryon, Chris Tyreman and Jim Clayden, allows you to familiarise yourself with the style of tests you will face, providing over 700 highly relevant practice questions for the UKCAT sub tests. Timed mini-test sections give you a chance to practice under realistic test conditions. How to Master the UKCAT will help you to work hard to perfect your exam technique and learn how to achieve the necessary balance between speed and accuracy. It will teach candidates about each of the five styles of questions involved and what they demand, showing how to develop a winning approach and get the desired results.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 3 edition (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749463376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749463373
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17.1 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Master the UKCAT uniquely offers over 700 practice questions and a winning program of self study for applicants to UK medical and dental schools.

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Mike Bryon is an expert in psychometric and training solutions. His many best selling testing books include How to Pass Graduate Psychometric Tests, The Advanced Numeracy Test Workbook, How to Pass the Civil Service Qualifying Tests and How to Pass Selection Tests.

Chris Tyreman is a practicing nurse and has many years of experience coaching candidates for Maths, English and IQ tests. He is the author of How to Master the BMAT, How to Pass the Life in the UK Test and the top-selling How to Master Nursing Calculations, all published by Kogan Page.

Jim Clayden has extensive pedagogical experience in analytical and numerical reasoning. He has developed learning and testing materials in higher and further education for various institutions.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not compliant with UKCAT format. 4 July 2011
10% of this book is dedictated to the non-cognitive test, which no longer features in the UKCAT. If you ignore that, it still remains that a lot of the questions in the book are not really anywhere close what the exam contains. For example, in the verbal reasoning section, the passages are far too small compared to the exam. That makes it far easier to find the correct information than at the UKCAT.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy, but not excellent 2 Sep 2011
This s a good book to use as part of your preparations for the UKCAT, but it is important to realise I am emphasising the "part of" part :-) In other words, do not think that you can just buy this book and totally prepare for the UKCAT because it will not happen. This book needs to be used in conjunction with other learning material in order to bring you some success.

Now about the technicalities of the book: the worst section has got to be the "Decision Analysis". It is so badly written - it is extremely confusing in terms of the way the text is written as well as how the questions are being asked. I did not find this section helpful at all. The best section was the "Abstract Reasoning". It was very clear what they wanted and it was also very well formatted in a way that I very obviously understood why they had selected the options that they had and if I had gone wrong why I was wrong and they were right. Second best for me was the "Verbal Reasoning", for similar reasons to the "Abstract Reasoning". Clearly written, the passages used in the verbal reasoning were not too complicated, nor too simplistic; however I found them to be less difficult compared to the actual UKCAT. Somewhere in the middle was the "Quantitative Reasoning" part - it was neither here nor there, it was very neutral - I have seen better, I have seen worse too.

In terms of the answers provided they rank the same way as do the actual chapters of the book dedicated to different parts of the UKCAT - the best answer sections (most explanative, most clearly written, best guidance given, most relevant to the actual questions asked in the UKCAT) were the "Abstract Reasoning", followed by the "Verbal Reasoning", then "Quantitative Reasoning" and last "Decision Analysis".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars How to master the UKCAT 18 Aug 2012
By Felix
This book is awful - i do not recommend anybody to buy it. The answers are very often wrong, and the style is nothing like the real UKCAT. The abstract reasoning section is unrealistically abstract (i.e you would never figure out the answer) and reads as though it was prepared by a child. Overall, a waste of money to a group of cowboys.

Shouldn't even be on Amazon in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fraught with mistakes 3 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
VR QR and AR are filled with mistakes, very confusing for someone who wants to train for this exam. Get 600 ukcat or succeeding in the ukcat (I got all three).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother 21 Aug 2011
By jim
i first bought this book:

I found it very helpful and somewhat challenging.

Then I bought this book and it felt like I was back tracking, the questions don't have the same feel to them as the UKCAT and the verbal reasoning felt like it was contradicting what i learn't in the first book.

I recommend the book linked above.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Decieved 9 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book itself is useful but I feel I have been deceived by the seller, the book has marking all over it, all the practice questions have the previous owners answers and it is very hard to study from. I have spent a considerable amount of time rubbing out markings that were made in pencil but many are also in pen!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars :( 19 July 2013
By A&M
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm not a fan of this book,, I prefer the 600 UKCAT questions book. The questions in this book I feel don't quite prepare.. slightly sway from the type of question seen in the actual exam.
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By B
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Verbal reasoning and Quantitative reasoning did reflect the questions on the actual test. Abstract reasoning and decision analysis need to be improved.
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