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How to Master the UKCAT: Over 700 Practice Questions for the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (Elite Students Series) Paperback – 3 May 2011


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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: 17.1 x 2.2 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,713 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.

About the Author

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 By Sheila Hendrix on 4 July 2011
Format: Paperback
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 By Yorda Smile on 2 Sep 2011
Format: Paperback
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 By Felix on 18 Aug 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By D. Terjung on 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 By jim on 21 Aug 2011
Format: Paperback
i first bought this book:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/into-Medical-School-comprehensive-explanations/dp/1905812094/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1313941279&sr=8-1

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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By London student on 9 Sep 2013
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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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By A&M on 19 July 2013
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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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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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