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How important are the Maths and English tests on interview day for Paramedic Science and what sort of questions are asked? Helen, Billericay


Our Answer:

Hi Helen, thanks for your question and for your interest in studying BSc Paramedic Science here at UEA. As you know, the strongest candidates are invited to an interview. This typically lasts around 30 minutes and gives you the opportunity to talk about why you want to study the course and your understanding of the role, as well as any prior work experience you may have.

You will also be required to take a short numeracy and literacy test. Although this may seem like a daunting prospect, I can assure you there is no need to worry as these do not form part of our decision making process.

Instead, the tests are a requirement of Health Education England and are designed to help us assess:

  • Whether our candidates have the necessary skills to successfully complete the course, and;
  • Whether any additional numeracy and literacy support will need to be provided

The numeracy test is a non-calculator exam, which assesses your ability to work with numbers, ranging from basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through to interpreting graphs and using formula. There is an emphasis on working with differing units of measurement, specifically volume, weight and length. An example question might be:

“A bottle contains 250ml, how many 5ml teaspoons does the bottle contain?”

The literacy test focuses on comprehension and quality of written communication. You will be provided with a piece of text and a number of questions based on its content. You can find an example of this, along with further examples of numeracy questions, in our Numeracy and Literacy guidance document. For more information about the interview process for courses based in the School of Health Sciences, check out our handy FAQ.

Good luck!

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