How To Prepare For The UCAT: Top 3 Tips

Updated: Mar 3

Akash is an experienced and trained UCAT tutor who scored in the top 1% on his own UKCAT exam. Now a qualified Doctor, Akash has accumulated over nine years of UCAT, BMAT, Personal Statement and Interview Practice experience, teaching classes and private tuition with great success.

Are you wondering how to prepare for UCAT? Is the UCAT test hard? What is the UCAT score out of? How is the UCAT scored?

With 5 different sections and 1000s of questions, effective planning is necessary to navigate through to your exam successfully.

1. How to begin your UCAT revision

I recommend that you begin your UCAT preparation by compiling all of your resources and material and ranking them from easiest to most challenging (TheUKCATPeople's question book is a great place to start for revision material).

Starting your preparation this way allows you to begin with the easier questions and then, as you develop your UCAT techniques and tips, challenge yourself with the harder questions. One very important thing to consider is that there will be some questions that are almost impossible to answer, regardless of how much practice you put in - don’t be disheartened, but do take away any learning points that you can!

2. How To Revise For UCAT

Give yourself plenty of breaks. If you overwork yourself right up to the date of your exam, you will likely take the test in a stressed and anxious state. By giving yourself breaks, you will allow your brain to relax and even compile all of the tips and techniques you’ve picked up into an organised arrangement. If you find yourself getting tired of revising UCAT verbal reasoning, spend some time focusing on another section such as UCAT Abstract Reasoning before revisiting the original one.

Each section of the UCAT uses a different part of your brain, so it’s good to rest each area equally. My top tip: Many students find it useful to give themselves a complete rest on the day before their test. This will completely relax your mind and allow it to be most efficient during the UKCAT exam itself.

3. Make notes!

Finally, make notes! Very few students preparing for this test tend to make notes, yet it would be very strange to prepare for any other exam without making notes. Try to find patterns and common questions, especially for the Quantitative and Abstract Reasoning section. While the shapes in these questions might always be different, once you recognise the patterns, you’ll see that they tend to be the same. Grasping a general understanding of medical law and ethics is also very important for the Situational Judgement Test. If you are struggling to find any points worthy of making notes, do not hesitate to contact a member of our team. We are more than happy to point you in the right direction!

So there you have it: a brief but informative checklist from one of our experts to help you on your way to UKCAT success. Keep checking theUKCATPeople's blog for more in-depth coverage of each section and the most successful way to tackle them! Find out more about how we can help you here.


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