The UKCAT (UCAT from 2019) is an examination that must be prepared for. The score is a major factor influencing your choice of medical school.
Whilst learning from a book – providing it is not outdated – will give you a good background knowledge of what can be asked in interviews, we believe the best way to prepare for this is to be taught, just like at sixth form, and practice with live feedback from medical school tutors. It’s also the most enjoyable way to prepare!
Lets go over motivation for medicine. We discuss some of the reasons in our experience candidates list as motivating factors for choosing medicine and how to write these on your UCAS personal statement.
Some students have been asking us about the actors that are used in MMI stations. They can simulate any third party, for example a patient, a friend or even a stranger. The subject of the station might not even be medical. Remember St Georges have indicated on their website they have a station involving you speaking to your neighbour having run over her cat.
How to write your personal statement for medical school applications
With spaces being available again through UCAS clearing, let’s have a look at the St George’s clearing interview – it is likely to be the same as the interview done earlier in the year
International candidates can come from different educational, cultural and linguistic backgrounds and this raises some challenges, mainly in medical school interviews.
You can almost take it for granted that an Oxbridge applicant will have the relevant predicted grades and work experience. As for the actual college, if you decide to indicate a preference, make sure you have done some research and ideally visited the university, as you are highly likely to be asked about your choice in the interview.
A-level results are going to be released in a few days time. Last year on results day students reported to us not being able to get through on medical school clearing lines in the morning, and reported applications had been closed in some universities by the afternoon due to the sheer number of applicants
In order to get a place at medical school, it is essential that you pick the right A-levels (or equivalent). You should be thinking about a combination that allows you the maximum choice of medical schools. This is important as unfortunately not every student gets a place in his or her preferred choice of medical school.
Do you think this is a well-written or poor personal statement? Why?
What is the motivation for this student’s reason for applying for medicine? Do you think it is reasonable?
Do you think this student has demonstrated adequate work experience?
Do you think this student has demonstrated that he or she has some of the qualities and skills that would be useful as a medical student?
Can this personal statement be improved and how?