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Passing the UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) and BMAT (Student Guides to University Entrance) Paperback – 30 May 2007
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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)
About the Author
Felicity Taylor 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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If you want a book that will give you a thorough practice on the exam to help mould your mindset to the way UKCAT is supposed be approached, then I recommend Get into Medical School - 600 UKCAT Practice Questions. Includes Full Mock Exam, comprehensive tips, techniques and explanations. It really helped me get a good score, when I used to get lower than 500 before.
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.
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.
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!
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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Note on cover appreciated =)
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