Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

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Smallblonde02
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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by Smallblonde02 » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:20 pm

hjd118 wrote:
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:24 am
Does anyone know when we might hear from Surrey with an invitation to sit the tests? It seems from previous years not much notice is given?
I heard from UEL today with a test invite. Haven’t heard from Surrey yet so assume they will let us know next week.

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by Punkgirluk » Sat Feb 02, 2019 1:28 am

Salomons said they would let us know by the 8th. I am also working on assumption I will get invited as they say they invite everyone with minimum entry requirements 🤷‍♀️So I have also started going over all my research notes and textbooks

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by Jordan12354 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:07 pm

Hey guys, I received my invite for the Salomons pre-interview tests on the 16th, just wondered if anyone else here had received an invite as well?

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by nicoleks » Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:10 pm

I've received one for Surrey on the 16th :)

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by Tabitha » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:46 am

Unsure whether I can ask this, but any tips on surreys written task (not the stats MCQ or situational judgement) - they've moved it from interview phase to being pre-interview test- I never got the hang of it at last 2 interview phases. Any tips?

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by Smallblonde02 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:57 pm

Does anyone know how the courses actually pick individuals for interview based on test scores, because i'm sure out of approx. 500-600 people sitting the test there will be a high percentage who achieve the same score? Do they use personal statements as well?

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by ell » Sun Feb 10, 2019 7:27 pm

I believe it's the top x percent that get offered an interview, rather than those who reach a certain cut off.

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by hjd118 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:22 am

Would anyone be up for discussing Salomons/ Surrey past papers. It looks like people have gone through past papers together in the live chat in the past and this seems beneficial.

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by JB99 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:46 am

Smallblonde02 wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:57 pm
Does anyone know how the courses actually pick individuals for interview based on test scores, because i'm sure out of approx. 500-600 people sitting the test there will be a high percentage who achieve the same score? Do they use personal statements as well?
This is a major problem that I've also thought of. For Universities such as UEA and Bath, they both utilise scoring criteria for selection, which have a relatively low maximum, given the use of integers. In the context of Bath, where points are awarded based on A levels, undergrad degree classification, and existence of a masters and/or PhD, the range of possible scores is quite small. For example, if 500 people apply, you will have dozens achieving the same score (i.e. a 2:1 at undergrad, a master's degree, and AAB at A level).

Now lets say there are 12 people with the same score, which spans from the 47th to 53rd percentile. Bath applicants proceed to the next round if they score above the 50th percentile for the group. How are the applicants ordered here? Alphabetical order? Unless all applicants are jointly allowed through, I cannot see this system as being fair.

This is why I think it's mostly impossible to get shortlisted for Bath. With a 2:1 at undergrad, a masters, and AAB A-levels, I automatically go below all of the people with a first, the people with a PhD, and anyone with higher A levels. This means that, at best, my score would be joint with the 50th percentile, which then means I would only get shortlisted through luck. Not worth it.

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by Smallblonde02 » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:14 pm

Tabitha wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:46 am
Unsure whether I can ask this, but any tips on surreys written task (not the stats MCQ or situational judgement) - they've moved it from interview phase to being pre-interview test- I never got the hang of it at last 2 interview phases. Any tips?
Hi Tabitha, what did the written task entail previously? Is it an abstract type task?

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by hjd118 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:15 pm

How do people feel about the tests tomorrow?

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by Smallblonde02 » Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:28 pm

hjd118 wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:15 pm
How do people feel about the tests tomorrow?
Very nervous! Especially as the one last year was so hard. What about you?

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by Punkgirluk » Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:46 pm

Ugh that was not good. Consoling myself with a large glass of wine 🍷. How did everyone else find it?

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by Esuma » Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:26 am

Punkgirluk wrote:
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:46 pm
Ugh that was not good. Consoling myself with a large glass of wine 🍷. How did everyone else find it?
Pretty horrendous! But I guess it’s done ha! I forgot to ask when we’re likely to hear, anyone know?

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Re: Pre-interview tests UEL/Salomons

Post by JB99 » Sun Feb 17, 2019 2:07 pm

I botched the writing task. I catastrophically misinterpreted the task and had to restart 15 mins in :oops:
Hopefully my furious attempts to make up for lost time at least amounted to something..

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