TESTS4ALL: Aptitude, Psychometric and Entrance tests

Books by Chris Tyreman (Kogan Page Testing and Elite series)
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(includes UKCAT, BMAT, GMAT, GAMSAT, LNAT etc)

The UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test) is a compulsory test for applicants to Medical and Dentistry schools. The test is split into four sections and lasts about 90 minutes. It is entirely on-screen and multiple choice. Verbal Reasoning (VR) is taken first, followed by Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Abstract Reasoning (AR) and Decision Analysis (DA). There is no pass mark. Instead, only the highest scoring candidates are invited to an interview. UKCAT score requirements vary depending on the University. To learn more about UKCAT scores please vist Student Room wiki . When registering for the UKCAT two key websites are UKCAT official site and Pearsonvue test centres (as for driving theory tests). Below are selected UKCAT, BMAT and Medical School entrance tests sites e.g. those offering free practice questions, as well as subscription sites, pages that offer help in key subjects, books and general interest pages.


(IELTS & TEFL etc)

The IELTS is the world’s most popular test with over 1.5 million people taking the test each year.
You can sit the test in more than 130 countries at 800 test centres. Please visit the IELTS website at
IELTS Centres to find a test centre near to you. You have the choice of two modules. The Academic module is for university degree course applicants. The General Training module is for people intending to migrate. The IELTS is scored from 0 to 9. You need to check with your university or college what band score they need. University degree course applicants should aim for a score of 7.0 (Good user)or higher. The band score for people who wish to work in another country is usually 5.0 (Modest user) or higher. More information on band scores can be found at ielts band scores Tests are available every month of the year on fixed dates. There are 48 test dates for the Academic module and 24 test dates for the General module, but this does not mean that every centre offers a test on every date. The listening, reading and writing tests are taken on the same day. The speaking test may be on the same day as the other 3 tests or it can be up to 7 days before or 7 days after.
Download sample questions and print them out
then play the audio file at youtube



All trainee teachers seeking Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) must pass the Numeracy and Literacy
Skills tests. From September 2012 only two resits will be allowed and the pass mark is being raised. Please visit the following DoE page: QTS Skills Tests - DoE (FAQ's and on-line practice). Lack of mathematics skills and time restraints are two of the main reasons for failure. The problem is simple: you want to teach art but failed your GCSE in maths; you might even have a maths phobia. Like all the tests described on the tests4all page you should not expect to pass unless without adequate preparation. If you have a grade B or higher in GCSE maths you might just scrape over the winning line of 60% (17 correct answers out of 28 questions in 48 minutes at the time of writing) but a little preparation would make the task a lot easier. You can very nearly pass the test with the mental arithmetic section alone so this is the most important skill to practice.

LIFE IN THE UK TEST (British Citizenship)

You must pass the 'Life in the UK Test' if you wish to live in the UK or become a British citizen. The test checks your knowledge of life in Britain and your understanding of the English language (ESOL level 3 standard). The test covers important information about the UK, including its nations, history, geography, population, society, religions, government, women and family life, education, jobs and everyday needs.
For more information please visit the official Home Office page: UK Life Test (official Life in the UK website).

Life in the UK knowledge check questions (answers in the yellow column)

1.Many people living in Britain today can trace their roots to which regions of the world?
A.USA and Canada
B.Europe, Asia and Africa
C.Australia and New Zealand
D.China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

2.In the early part of the 20th century, women were expected to leave their jobs when they got married.

3.When do some young people take a 'gap year'?
A.after completing GCSE's
B.before starting AGCE's
C.before starting university
D.before finding a job

4.A Scouse dialect is spoken in which city?

5.What percentage of the UK population attend religious services?

6.Who is the Queens' eldest son?
A.Prince Edward
B.Prince Harry
C.Prince Charles
D.Prince Andrew

7.The three main political parties in the UK are the Conservative Party, the Labour Party and which other Party?
C.Plaid Cymru

8.Education is free and compulsory in the UK

9.At what age can you drive a car or motorcycle?

10.A woman doing the same job as a man will receive less pay.



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My UKCAT day.
"On the morning of the test day I woke up feeling bad with a headache. I should have cancelled the test but I didn't want to waste the fee. I arrived at the venue in good time but could not find any free parking, nor could I locate the entrance to the building, causing unnecessary anxiety. I got off to a poor start, attempting a long VR passage that I should have skipped and come back to later. When I got to the QR section I found that the dry-wipe marker pen had dried up and I had to put up my hand to request another pen, wasting precious time; also I was slow with the on-screen calculator until I got the hang of it. Being a basic calculator I found that I needed to write down partial answers (hence the pen and whiteboard). had not spent enough time practicing DA and AR questions and found myself having to guess too many answers. With a strong QR section I managed to achieve 30 but know it could have been 720 if I had been better prepared and feeling up to the task."
1. Book a test early in the year to allow you to re-book if you are unwell and have to cancel.
2. Locate the test centre in advance so that you can arrive early.
3. Take your UKCAT registration document to the test centre with your photo i.d.
4. Check that the marker pen will write on the whiteboard.
5. Ask for headphones or ear plugs if you find the room too noisy.
6. Never leave any questions unanswered.
7. If in doubt, trust your intuition and stick with your first answer.
8. Practice your mental arithmetic skills because they save time.
9. Identify your weakest section and keep practicing.
10. Devote plenty of time to UKCAT preparation.

UKCAT books (all)
BMAT books (all)
Check out onexamination from BMJ Learning for FAQ's and more UKCAT practice questions.

My first IELTS
"You might think that a native English speaker could sit the IELTS without any practice and achieve a score of 9.0. This is not true. Like all tests, the IELTS requires practice. I found it easy to make a simple mistake, like answering with two words instead of one. I lost marks by falling behind in in the listening test and not being able to catch up. The speaking test should be easy for a native speaker but not if you are unsure about the topic question. The writing test was more difficult than it should have been because I did not have a plan of action and was unsure of the wordcount. So the IELTs is not easy even for a native English speaker like me. To make matters worse, many IELTS books appear complicated and difficult to follow. If you can understand the text in some books then your English is probably good enough for Band 7.5 already! One problem common to many books is how hard it it to find the answers at the back. I wasted a lot of time looking for an answer or group of answers. If any of my answers were wrong I wondered if I was looking in the right place! If you find it difficult to locate the answers then I recommend the book shown below. The questions are numbered from 1 to 400 and the answers are numbered from 1 to 400. Nothing could be simpler."

IELTS books (all)

Numeracy problem?
"Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the views and notions which they form concerning things. When we are hindered, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles. A person lacking information or instruction will lay the fault of his own bad condition upon others. Someone just starting instruction will lay the fault on himself. Someone who is well informed and instructed will place blame neither on others nor on himself."
Epictetus (55 AD)

"The UK, the British Isles, Great Britain and Britain are not one and the same same thing. The UK is an abbreviated form of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The British Isles is the cluster of islands that include the two main islands that encompass England, Wales and Scotland and the whole of the island of Ireland. Great Britain is England, Wales and Scotland but not Northern Ireland. Britain is often used to mean Great Britain though strictly speaking Britain covers England and Wales but not Scotland because Britain stems from Roman word Britannia that did not include the area now called Scotland that was never conquered. Finally, the term British Islands includes the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey) and the Isle of Man (as well as the UK). These small islands are not part of Great Britain, the UK or Europe but are self-governing British Crown Dependencies."

The following book is popular in UK libraries (5635 loans in 2011):-

Answers to the questions
1.B Europe, Asia and Africa
2.A True
3.C Before university
4.D Liverpool
5.A 10%
6.C Prince Charles
7.D Liberal
8.A True
9.C Age 17
10.B False

The best boss
"There are plenty of well-known websites if you are searching for a new job or career on line, for example monster.co.uk, including help with CV's and interviews. Try searching for self employed or franchise because whilst your ideal job might not appear, one thing is certain, you'll never find a better boss than yourself."

Failing to prepare
"A lack of test or interview preparation is a recipe for failure. For aptitude and psychometric tests, try to find out exactly what you will be tested on and master the key skills. For interviews, write down the types of questions you might expect to be asked and jot down key words or phrases. Record your answers on a mobile phone or dictaphone and play them back to see how much you can remember, and how confident and fluent you sound."