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Testimony

Successful Medical School Applicant and TAP Scholar

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What kind of Secondary School did you attend?
AState grammar school
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How did your School support your application?
ASchool had a tutor with the position of overseeing all medicine applications, providing tips for our CV, UCAS advice, reviewing our personal statements and conducting practice interviews. Also carried out UKCAT practice sessions
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How many students go on to Study Medicine from your school in a typical year? What about in your year group?
AIn a typical year group, 5. In my year group, about 15. Year group size is about 230.
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What were your grades at the time of application?
AGCSE: 9A* and 1A. IB: 38 points, HL 666
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What aspect of the application process were you most worried about?
AMMI interviews
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How helpful did you find the interview preparation on the Top Achievers’ Programme?
AI found the programme to be very helpful in preparing me for my medical school interviews. I was given an informative insight on how to effectively and coherently structure my answers, which was an initial weak point of mine. Naturally it wasn’t that I did not have the things to say, rather that I wasn’t clear on how to structure my thoughts. Nevertheless this aspect of my interview skills visibly improved through the training I received.

Secondly I received comprehensive and beneficial advice for MMIs, particularly in terms of understanding how to deal with questions that assess your qualities through indirect means eg. asking you to describe a picture to test your communication skills.

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