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    h_paws is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Need opinions on applying!


    I live in the United States, and I just started my senior year of high school. I have been really thinking of going to PUMS. I need to start studying now in order to prepare for the exam, seeing as how I barely now any physics and chemistry is a blur (lol). I need specific details on how the interview went: what exactly did they ask, how long it was, what do I need to be aware of etc. I also would like to know what kind of questions they ask for the exam. Now, I am aware of the fact that there is a study guide online, but how can they fit three subjects into 48 questions?! I am also planning on buying the recommended books, but first I would like to know if they actually helped. Were they easy to understand? Did they have practice problems? Did they help prepare for the test? Were the study guide questions similar to the ones on the exam? Or maybe exactly the same?

    I would also appreciate it if someone could tell me what my chances of getting in are, seeing as how I have NEVER taken a physics class, took a basic chemistry class, and am now taking an IB biology class.

    I would deeply appreciate it and be grateful if someone who took the exam last year (so incoming 2014 or 2015) students answered because the information will be most valid, reliable, and up to date

    ALSO, if you can please direct me to someone that you know if you do not know the answers, I will be forever grateful.

    Thank you!

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    G48030 is offline Member 511 points
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    The interview process for this has changed slightly. The test is now 60 questions from biology, chemistry, and physics. Each section has 20 questions. For physics you get a formula sheet. If you go on the PUMS website under admissions you will find a list of possible topics for the exam. There is no need buying the recommended books, just use your senior science course books to study. The test itself is used to evaluate your knowledge, and there isn't any minimum score you must get. You can get practice problems through the online application. The interview is around 2-3 hours long. The written portion including the ethics test is an hour n half. Then you might have to wait around for a bit. The interview itself is 30-45 mins.

    Your chances on being accepted are highly dependent on you. With each passing year it is becoming more competitive, and harder to gain acceptance. I would recommend having an average between 80-85% in senior biology, chemistry, or physics/math before applying. Go over the topics, and most importantly learn how to verbalize your answers since during the interview you will be asked to answer 3 science questions verbally.

    If you want more info you can pm me

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