NOTICE for AKUites

Notice for AKUites

All students from AKU who wish to help their juniors clear the rigorous AKU admission process are encouraged to submit a written piece about their AKU interview/test experience at theakuchallenge@gmail.com! We are sure the readers (prospective AKUites) would love to have your contribution on this blog.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

The AKU Challenge Legacy

Hey guys!

A lot has changed with regards to AKU admissions and the way to go about them.

This blog was originally created by Sohaib Qadri (who has graduated from AKU by now) and was then run by me (Lubaina Ehsan). But, I am going to be graduating soon. So, we have brought in new blood to handle and update this blog from now on.

This blog post is to welcome Mohammad Yasrab.
He's dedicated towards helping out those who are looking for a place to answer their queries regarding the AKU admission process.

Power to you, Yasrab!
Take good care of this blog.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Updated Information for 2015

The links below can also be found at http://www.aku.edu/admissions/undergraduate/medicine/Pages/MBBS-Programme.aspx

Information and Eligibility Criteria for 2015 can be found here:
http://www.aku.edu/admissions/registraroffice/Documents/programme-information-MBBS.PDF

Sample Paper for 2015 can be found here, this is to give an idea about the pattern of the test to the candidates:
http://www.aku.edu/admissions/registraroffice/Documents/sample-paper-MBBS.pdf

Curriculum of Biology, Chemistry and Physics for 2015 can be found here:
http://www.aku.edu/admissions/undergraduate/medicine/Pages/curriculum.aspx

Let us know if you guys have any further queries,
Best of luck! :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Advice for FSC Students

Hey guys.

This blog post is to answer all the queries we have been receiving with regards to preparation for AKU Admission Test that FSc students are to do.

Well, a few students of an FSc background currently studying at AKU were asked the following questions and their responses were noted.

Question #1. What Books and Resources did you use to prepare for the AKU Aptitude Test?
Question #2. Did you take any tuition or the likes for the Test?
Question #3. Any other advice for FSc Students appearing for the AKU Aptitude Test?

Paras's Response

Hi!
1) I used Sindh board books for chem, bio and physics and SAT 1 books for math and english. Didn't use any specific book for scientific reasoning. Scientific reasoning mostly tests your common sense but it had a lot of time consuming paragraphs. The advice i'll give for this section is to study the other subjects really well so you can do them quickly and have time for this section in the end.
2) I didn't take any tution specifically for the AKU test. The tutions I used to take were for the general MCAT conducted by NTS.
3) Instead of wasting your time trying to study A level books at the last minute, re-read your own books FSc books. However, avoid rattafying them and work on building your concept. The majority of mcqs test the big picture, not the details.

Bilal Mirza's response:
1) Sat 2 barons for basic sciences and fsc books. Maths from Sat official study guide and Barron's. 2) Nope. No tuitions 3) FSc students should focus more on science reasoning and the maths section. Umm... Organic chemistry is very important and most of it is covered in FSc. Students ought to practice physics questions from sat 2 tests. Well, basically, learn to apply the concepts that they have learned.
Noayna's response:

1) Well, the fsc books are more than enough to prepare for the science section but I did go through the practice tests given in the SAT bio/phy/chem books. Maths is fairly easy and its all the basic stuff so I just practised from the SAT book, 3-4 tests per day(for a week) were enough to reacquiant me with maths 😛 Googled practice tests for reasoning on the last day! oh and SAT se english mcqs, along with some random fsc books. 2) No, I didn't. 3) Not really. The test is easy, just remember what you were thought over the two years and practice as much as possible. The more you practice, the lesser are your chances of messing this up!


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Hope this blog post was of help. Feel free to ask any other questions or forward any queries present. Cheers!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

AKU OPEN DAY 2015

Open Day is here!
Many of you have been inquiring us about this so decided to put it up here.

Here's the link for the details regarding the Open Day:
http://www.aku.edu/admissions/registraroffice/Pages/Outreach.aspx

Date: Sunday, 22nd February, 2015
Venue: Sports and Rehabilitation Centre, The Aga Khan University, Karachi.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Interview Situation

Congratulations to all those who cleared the AKU Aptitude Test!
Now comes Step #2; The Dreaded AKU Interview that has so many myths associated with it.

Last night my friends and I were discussing about this year's test, interview, those who cleared the test and stuff when one of them said a truly quotable quote:
"Know what, Lubaina, the AKU Blog that you guys run is sort of counter-productive when it comes to the interview prep because a lot of people are reading your interview and if all of them answer the way you answered then their interview won't stand out."

And, my friend was absolutely right. So, before any further ado here's lesson #1 for the AKU Interview:
Show them how you STAND OUT.
Show them how your spark is DIFFERENT from the rest.
Show them that you DESERVE to come to AKU.
After all, out of all the applicants ONLY 100 are selected and if you want that to be you than you have to show them how you're unique. Everybody debates and everybody plays football but not everybody can make debating and swimming seem as if they are more than just talking out loud and splashing in the water.

The interviews put up at this blog are just to give the readers an idea about how it goes.

For further tips about the AKU interview, read our previous posts:
- AKU Interview Guidelines
- Sohaib's AKU Interview
- Lubaina's First AKU Interview (Just realised how I never got around to writing about my second interview)
- Mayera Tufail's AKU Interview


Feel free to ask any questions or sort out any queries that are bothering you.
This will be it for now.
Cheers!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

For the 2014 Applicants


Hey there prospective AKU-ites/AKU-ians (Yeah, we don't have a specific 'name' for the AKU students)

This blog aims to help out all those who wish to apply to AKU's Medical College. If you're confused about how to prepare for the AKU test or the AKU admission procedure then you have come to the right place.

Getting to the point, the dates for this year have been updated.
For now just focus on clearing the aptitude test and the rest comes later.
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First comes your application form, then your aptitude test followed by interview and Form II only if the aptitude test is cleared.

In the aptitude test one has to get a percentage higher then the passing percentage which changes every year. For 2013, the passing percentage for Paper 1 was 55% and for Paper 2 was 66%.

Here is the a brief outline of the AKU aptitude test pattern:



The above is just a brief outline regarding the admission procedure. Do view the links below for detailed information.

1) Important 2014 admission dates for AKU Undergraduate programme 
2) AKU Test prep Tips
3) AKU Test prep guidelines by subject
4) AKU Test format and time management
5) AKU Application form - Tips and words of caution
6) Curriculum for AKU Test

Best of luck!
Feel free to comment with questions and queries.


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