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More about this student
Sometimes students share information with us about their demographics, which may help put their application experience into a bit more perspective.
This student identifies as an British Asian woman who went to a fee-paying school.
Course: Standard undergraduate
Online MMI interview
Admissions Tests: UCAT
Before I made my application…
Choosing to apply
When did you decide you wanted to apply to medicine?
I was in Year 10
How did you choose what medical schools to apply to?
Based on location and grade requirements
Completing work experience
What types of work experience did you do?
GP surgery, Customer service role (voluntary), Customer service role (paid), Online work experience
How much work experience did you do?
Yearlong voluntary and paid work, shadowed a GP for 4hrs due to covid
During the application process…
What admissions test did you sit?
University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT): https://www.ucat.ac.uk/
Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT): Note that Keele doesn’t use BMAT for selection, and after 2023, BMAT will no longer be used for medicine admissions.
How did you prepare for your admissions test?
Prepared 3 months for both
What type of interview did you do?
MMI: Multiple Mini Interview. This type of interview usually includes several short interviews or ‘stations’ which may involve different types of questions and scenarios. This is different compared to a panel interview, which may cover the same scenarios/types of questions but be a more ‘traditional’ sit-down interview.
How did you prepare for your interview?
I read about the type of interviews Keele do and then did some interview courses. Also got help from my school.
What happened during your interview?
Had a role play scenario, given a source and had to discuss any problems that arose, talked about some features of my personal statement
Clinical work experience: Not every student will complete clinical work experience before they apply to medical school. Don’t worry, this is not required to be able to apply. You can use non-clinical work experience (e.g. a caring role, like in a care home) or even reflect on paid work you’ve done (e.g. in customer service) in a productive way.
Paid-for courses: Some students choose to pay for courses either online or in person to help them prepare for admissions tests and interviews. There is no evidence that they give you an advantage. There are good, free alternatives for preparation for admissions tests and interviews, and some offer bursaries and discounts to students who come from low income families. Check out our guides and uni websites for more details.
Support networks: While not every student will have a support network to help them prepare, there are plenty of other ways to prepare for your admissions tests and interviews, such as through free online resources, like on our website.
Role play: some interviews or interview stations may require you to engage in a bit of role play. You might have to act out being in a scenario where you might have to deliver bad news or a clinical decision.