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Many prospective medical students find the Verbal Reasoning section the hardest part of their University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) preparation, because it is so time-pressured. In this blog, we introduce the approach to the Verbal Reasoning section of the test by making you aware of many of these patterns that often come up and share some UCAT Verbal Reasoning tips for test day.
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The most common exam used by UK medical schools is the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT). The way in which the medical school uses the UKCAT score is hugely variable, and cut-offs (if such are used) can vary considerably each year depending on cohort performance. The UKCAT does not contain any curriculum or science content and instead focuses on exploring the cognitive powers, reasoning skills, and logical thinking of applicants - all of which are vital attributes for a doctor to possess.
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A new opt-out system for organ donation will be in place in England by 2020 if approved by parliament. One already exists in Wales, where adults are presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be. The government has claimed that introducing a similar system in the UK will save 700 lives a year. 5,000 people are on the transplant waiting list, resulting in an estimated three people dying every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant.
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