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Passing the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and BMAT (Student Guides to University Entrance) [Paperback]

Felicity Taylor , Rosalie Hutton , Glenn Hutton
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30 Jun 2006 1846410371 978-1846410376 1
The UK Clinical Aptitude Test is now being used by the majority of UK university medical and dental schools to help select 2007 entrants. The test examines verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, abstract reasoning and problem solving skills. This new guide provides no nonsense explanation of the rationale behind the four parts to the test, together with practice questions and answers. The book also provides step-by-step guidance for your application for medicine or dentistry at university. There is an additional section for those required to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT), which includes a practice test and explanations of the answers.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Law Matters; 1 edition (30 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846410371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846410376
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.8 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 465,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The section on decision analysis is unique to this book and will be very useful to students taking the UKCAT test" (Amazon.co.uk Customer Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Felicity Walker-Buckton BSc (Hons) Oxon, is in the fifth year of her medical degree at Guys, King's and St Thomas' medical school in London. She has coached hundreds of prospective students through the application process to read medicine, and is currently a Tutor with Oxbridge Applications. Rosalie Hutton BSc, MSc, Chartered MIPD, is an Occupational Psychologist and Director of Psychometric Technology Limited, with 20 years' experience in the field of assessment and testing. She designs and publishes psychological assessment measures, and has co-authored a number of assessment books on multiple-choice questions. Glenn Hutton BA, Mphil, Chartered FIPD, is a private consultant to organisations concerned with recruitment and selection by way of assessment or examination. He was previously head of a national examining organisation.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Contains a few helpful pointers 25 July 2006
By Ant
The advice in this book on passing the UKCAT is fairly helpful, but it's only worth buying if you don't mind the fact that it's overpriced. Its main failing is that it doesn't offer enough practice material - only half of each test. It should offer 2 or 3 times as much material as the test in order to enable the reader to gain enough practice. The advice on the verbal and maths sections is poor compared to other study guides I've seen. Also, there's little guidance either on timing and test taking strategies.

I think the authors recognised the lack of practice material, hence their decision to crowbar a primer on the BMAT into the same volume, which suggests an attempt at padding out. There's already a book on the BMAT, which is superior to this new publication.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Really not worth it. 27 Sep 2008
By Dan
The guide kicks off with a lot of irrelevant information about general application to medical school, UCAS, personal statement writing etc - not useless by any means, but definitely not brilliant.

The real meat of the book is the practice questions, and I'm afraid to say that this is where it really falls over. The verbal reasoning questions are terrible, there are multiple typos, huge logical inconsistencies, many ambiguous questions and some of the answers are simply entirely wrong.

The other sections seem to be of a better quality, but on the basis of the second chapter, I really wouldn't bother with this book - no academic text (especially one with an emphasis on comprehension and critical thinking) should contain such elementary mistakes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So far, so bad 20 Sep 2008
I'm a magazine sub-editor and my flatmate is a patent attorney - we're both professional wordsmiths in our thirties. Following considerable analysis and debate (with diagrams!), we agree that there are flaws in the reasoning and the explanations of some of the verbal reasoning tests in this book. The logic applied also seems to be inconsistent across different questions. As a result, some of the questions seem ridiculously difficult.

The text also contains grammatical and typographic errors, which contribute to the sense of a badly produced guide.

The rest of the book may be more useful, but I am not impressed so far. It gets two stars because it could be worse!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Use it only for reference 6 Feb 2008
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This was a good book to start off your practice I would not recommend anyone to use it solely on its own, I would suggest that people use other psychometric testing practice books with it. It has a comprehensive guide to the test, but to be honest, just a little more than what is already on the website, and I did feel that the section the BMAT was not needed since the BMAT has it own official book- the section of the UCAT would have been covered better I feel if it had not been included. Also there is not a single full length practice paper in the book- which makes working out how much time you take on everything quite difficult. I think thus that my rating is justified
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for some sections 26 Aug 2008
By Iso
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The book will help you mainly for the abstract reasoning and decision analysis. However the verbal reasoning section is terrible. A lot of the answers are wrong and provide invalid explanations.
Helpful? Some parts
Worth the money? No
Better alternatives? Buy the succeeding the UKCAT book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK-ish 17 Aug 2008
I found the first section helpful, applying for Graduate Entry by myself means I haven't been told some of the things that I'm sure those applying straight from college will have about personal statements etc.

The questions were however too few and disproportionately difficult; though I guess being overprepared is better than under. There were also 3 errors (that I picked up on; there may in fact be more) but they were quie obvious ones so don't really impede on your learning.

Worth the 10 I paid just to feel a bit more prepared but not great.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 30 July 2008
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Like most people, I bought this book for the practice questions in order to supplement those already available on the UKCAT website, as well as some useful tips on tackling the questions, managing time etc.

However, I was dissapointed to see that the majority of the book was taken up with material irrelevant to the UKCAT (e.g. all the stuff about med school application in general, and the BMAT). I also found the practice questions VERY hard, which is odd as the test itself was comparitively easy and I scored well over 700 on each section.

If you're sitting the UKCAT and can borrow a copy of the book, then go for it, you might get something out of it, but not worth buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good book but lacks practice questions 1 July 2008
Although I found this book helpful I felt that it could have contained alot more practice questions. Half of the book talks about why you want to be a doctor and how to write your personal statement when really what I wanted was more practice questions which were in another book I bought.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars useful information
this book is amazing and has all hte info needed for students wishing to study any medical field ner future..
Published on 3 Jun 2011 by Esha
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book it helps you for the interview for medical studies. don t...
Great book it helps you for the interview for medical studies. don t go to the interview without reading it.
Published on 3 Aug 2010 by sherlock1
5.0 out of 5 stars UKCAT
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Published on 30 July 2010 by Amna
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than nothing, but certainly not worth paying for
The questions in both the UKCAT and BMAT sections were far to easy compared with the real thing and there aren't enough of them. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by Frances Collins
2.0 out of 5 stars Useful for Med School Application, but not for UKCAT.
As has been previously mentioned, the practice section questions/answers are full of typos and mistakes which is obviously quite frustrating. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2009 by C. Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrong title
This book would have been better titled "Applying to Medical School" or something similar. I suggest that to really feel as though you've given yourself the best chance at the... Read more
Published on 26 April 2009 by T. Pepper
1.0 out of 5 stars You just don't need a book for the UKCAT
I sat the UKCAT in september 2007 and retrospectively I realsie this and a couple of books like it were a huge waste. Read more
Published on 10 Dec 2008 by James Francis
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