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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (20 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1119965845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1119965848
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The expert advice, instruction, review and practice you need to score high on the UKCAT

If you′re planning on applying to medical or dental school, the first step to proving you′ve got the right stuff is scoring well on the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test. Co–authored by the founders of a popular tutoring firm for medical school applicants, UKCAT For Dummies provides you with a proven formula for success on the UKCAT. Packed with hundreds of practice questions and explanations, in–depth reviews and sure–fire test–taking strategies, this book is your key to conquering the test and embarking on a brilliant career in medicine.

  • Know thy enemy get the lowdown on the UKCAT, its role in the application process, what′s in it, how much time you′ll have to take it, what it′s really testing for, how it′s scored and much more

  • Maximise your test–taking prowess learn proven strategies and techniques for improving your performance on the UKCAT

  • Know what to expect benefit from in–depth reviews and analyses of the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Decision Analysis subtests

  • Study more effectively learn tested–in–the–trenches techniques for boosting your productivity and studying efficiency

  • Practise, practise, practise prepare yourself to score high with two full–length, timed practice tests worked–through solutions included

Open the book and find:

  • What the UKCAT is, how it works and what it tests for

  • Which skills each component of the UKCAT tests

  • Hundreds of sample questions with worked–through answers

  • Explanations of the correct answers to test questions

  • Two complete, timed practice tests

  • Proven test–taking strategies

  • Expert tips on managing test anxiety and minimising stress

  • Tips on navigating the medical school application process

Learn to:

  • Score well on the UKCAT

  • Make medical school a reality

  • Use proven strategies and tactics on the day of the test

  • Anticipate the unexpected with hundreds of practice questions

About the Author

Dr Chris Chopdar and Dr Neel Burton are the founders and directors of Get into Medical School (getintomedicalschool.org) an organisation serving individuals aspiring to study medicine. Dr Chopdar studied at Lincoln College, Oxford. In addition to his work at GeMS, he also works as an independent psychiatrist and life coach. Dr Burton trained at Guy′s, King′s and St. Thomas′ School of Medicine in London. He specialised in psychiatry in Oxford, where he regularly tutors medical students. He is the author of two medical textbooks and has won the British Medical Association Young Authors′ Award.


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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By James on 13 May 2012
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As a UKCAT tutor, I must say that I was very impressed by this book. It is written by the founders of Get into Medical School in Oxford who are both qualified doctors with lots of experience both of teaching UKCAT and of writing books.

`UKCAT for Dummies' provides a lot of background information on the UKCAT and how it is used in the selection process. There is an entire chapter on `UKCAT strategies that work' followed by four chapters dissecting each of the subtests. Each of these four chapters contains in depth teaching and further, more specific tips and tricks for each subtest. At the back of the book there are two full-length practice tests, together with full answers and explanations. If you are able to do them under timed conditions, they should give you a very good feel for the real exam.

The authors have done a very good job in choosing interesting questions, in so far as this is possible! Overall, the questions are probably on the tougher side of what you will actually get, but that is no bad thing in terms of maximizing your score.

Another positive point is the layout, which -- in common with most books in the `For Dummies' series with its team of professional editors and designers -- is simply superb. Boxed asides and even a few cartoons that help to break the monotony of revision.

In addition to all this, the book includes quite a bit of broad advice on the application process: choosing a medical school, writing a good personal statement, working on your soft skills, and so on. This might not go far enough, but this, after all, is a book on UKCAT and not a more general book on getting into medical school (of which there are many good ones -- I would especially recommend the most recent edition of `The Essential Guide to Becoming a Doctor').

In conclusion, this is a very solid book that will prepare you very well for the UKCAT.

I wish you all the best of luck with it.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A K-S on 14 May 2012
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As a parent of a son who is hoping to get into med school, not only did he find this book extremely helpful, I have also been able to understand a process and time scales for supporting him. This book is clear and easy to follow. My son has found the reasoning tests and questions both helpful and enlightening. I now have a better understanding of the expectations that are required for med school. I note it has been written by 2 Drs, which makes complete sense unlike some of the other books I viewed which are written by non medical professionals.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. Cook VINE VOICE on 13 July 2012
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My daughter is hoping to train as a midwife so I think this will be very helpful. Well laid out and easy to follow. Lots of information and practice test. If you are getting ready for a medical career I think it would be very useful
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By SW on 14 May 2012
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My daughter is hoping to get into medical school and we bought this to help her prepare. We have not been disappointed. The book is very well set out and user friendly even for people who are unfamiliar with the UKCAT. It has been extremely helpful and after reading the book, my daughter now feels prepared and confident in completing the test. As the authors are both doctors who regularly run courses helping people get into med school you can expect top notch advice. Essential reading and highly recommended.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on 5 May 2012
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After working through 'UKCAT for Dummies' I felt far more suitably prepared to tackle the UKCAT, this book really helps you to learn a technique to tackle the questions. The questions provided have a good range of difficulty similar to those on the UKCAT, and the answers are well explained. My only minor reservation would be that although the Verbal Reasoning section is a similar difficulty to the UKCAT (if not marginally harder, helping you to be suitably prepared) the texts are shorter than in the actual exam. I believe that with using this book to master the technique and doing as many practise questions as possible you will have a winning formula!
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By SH on 13 May 2012
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This book provides coverage of all the important aspects of preparation for the UKCAT. It is well written and focused. I would recommend this book to anyone who is planning to tackle the UKCAT.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By D Marsden on 29 Jun. 2012
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This book was exceedingly helpful and useful in providing essential information, help and support for the ukcat test. It is intelligently written and the layout was easy to read. The book clearly displayed that although challenging and off-putting the UKCAT could be easily mastered and completed with a helpful array of useful tips, questions and answers and contained many ways to help answer the challenging questions. The book was also highly comical and had many entertaining cartoons and anecdotes. It was well worth the read and was an extremely useful and interesting piece of literature.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. Docea on 30 Jun. 2012
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This book is extremely helpful. Previously, I did not understand some of the subtests of he UKCAT. Through the approach taken throughout the book, the subtests were broken down individually and through examples I came to understand what was required of me. The language used by the authors is entertaining and easy to understand and the structure of the book meant that there is always a clear sense of direction, progress. Numerous strategies for each subtest are suggested and by implementing these strategies in the practice tests my confidence was built up. I now feel much better prepared to sit the exam, which I owe to this brilliant book!
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