UCAT Top Tips: When is the best time to sit the UCAT exam?

Updated: Mar 3

Shahab is an experienced and trained UCAT tutor who successfully scored 800 on his own UCAT exam. Now a qualified Dentist, Shahab has accumulated over nine years of UCAT experience, teaching classes and private tuition with great success.

Too many pupils end up picking a date that isn't necessarily the most effective in aiding their revision. Don't fall into the same trap as them! Are you wondering what a good ucat score is 2021? Or are you wondering how the ucat is scored?

Before picking a date, we must first understand how much time we need to invest into our revision, and the first issue to tackle is the amount of revision required. Obviously, every student is different, with some requiring less time and others more time to grasp the concepts or techniques necessary to answer questions. Therefore, the amount of revision you do will depend on how confident you feel. One thing that is for certain, however, is that revision is needed.

Our research at TheUKCATPeople, both through the classes and the one-to-one tuition we provide, proves that those who complete sufficient revision to a high enough standard consistently score higher on the UCAT. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!” So, now that we’ve established we need revision to succeed on the UCAT, how do we go about it effectively?

The majority of students tend to take their exam towards the end of August or in early September. This gives most students the entire summer holiday to prepare. Remember, the more time you spend preparing, the more likely it is you will do well. I recommend you start preparing as early as you feel is necessary (I usually recommend 3 to 4 weeks before your exam date), and you should start by creating a study plan.

My top tip: Taking your exam at the end of August/start of September means you will not be distracted by school work, university interviews, or writing your personal statement – you can focus fully on the UCAT!

Remember, even if you have already booked your test, you can still change it for free!

Check out our future blog posts for more UCAT tips on how to score well in the UCAT, or have a look at how our expert UCAT tutors can help you.


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Cambridge University

"I travelled from Dublin to London for the UKCAT course run by Sonal from The UKCAT People, and it was definitely worthwhile! I'm now looking to continue with some UKCAT Skype lessons closer to my exam."

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