• Question: what was the hardest exam you have ever taken?

    Asked by 249genk46 to Adrian, Ali, Charnelle, Deborah, Kit, Phil, Rob on 10 Nov 2017.
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      Deborah Draycott answered on 10 Nov 2017:


      my most recent ones to be a non-medical prescriber, very intense and some needed 100% to pass

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      Robert Cullum answered on 11 Nov 2017:


      That’s a tough question! In some ways the exams always get harder, but I think for me it probably has to be my final exams in my degree – I spent a whole year preparing for them with hours of work going into it. When it came to the actual exams they weren’t that bad but probably because of the amount of time I had to put in!

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      Kit Tigwell answered on 12 Nov 2017:


      I think every new set of exams seems the hardest until you do it! I found my 4th year uni exams some of the hardest as there was a lot of new knowledge to cover. I thought my final exams were easier because of the longer time we had to prepare.

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      Philip Williams answered on 12 Nov 2017:


      The last exam you sit in GP training is called the CSA. You have to see 13 patients (really they’re actors) in ten minute slots. I think the worst aspect of the exam is that it’s so realistic and all the patients have conditions you could see anytime as a GP. But the examiners assess everything: medical knowledge but also what you say, how you say it, and even your body language!

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      Adrian Taylor answered on 13 Nov 2017:


      All of them, I’ve never been any good at exams, better at course work!

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