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UCAT Q&A with Omar Tabaqchali – Episode 008

We reach out to past candidates that took the UCAT to get their thoughts on the test and give their insight into how to prepare for the exam. Today’s Q&A session is with Dentistry offer holder at King’s College London, Omar Tabaqchali, he offers advice and insight into how he prepared for the exam to achieve an overall score of 2960. Short Bio: Omar is a Year 13 student, who took the UCAT last year in 2019, and has a conditional offer to study Dentistry at King’s College London. You can find him on Instagram as @the.medic.mindset where he posts tips about the medicine/dentistry application process, and answer questions from [Read More]

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How Universities Use the UCAT (2020 updated)

If you’ve already picked up our study guide, thank you! If you stumbled upon this article without getting the book first, I highly recommend you click here to pick up a copy of the UCAT Study Guide to make sense of  the information provided. Medical and dental schools part of the UCAT consortium use the exam differently – some look at your overall score, others look at individual marks, whilst a few consider the band score in the situational judgement section. The key to increasing your chances of getting invited for an interview is by understanding how they use the UCAT. In this article we will explore the different approaches used by [Read More]

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UCAT Keyboard Shortcuts (2020 updated)

UCAT Keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate each subtest if you find it preferable. Nevertheless, with limited time in the exam, they can be essential and help save a bit of time. The UCAT keyboard shortcuts can be used at any time depending on the current screen being viewed. However, they cannot be used to pick your answer, this can only be done with a mouse to select an option or in some cases drag and drop. I strongly recommend practising shortcuts when attempting questions on the UCAT platform. This might help with overall pace in each subtest. You can explore all the above shortcuts in the tour tutorial provided [Read More]

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How to use the UCAT flag function (2020 updated)

You can mark questions and come back to them later using the flagging function. It is an extremely beneficial tool to come back to specific questions in the exam. I think the flagging function is one of the most underrated tools in the exam. When I took the UCAT back in the day, I had a flagging strategy for each subtest. It played a key role in my triage strategy for the test, I would only flag a question that I either blindly guessed or were too complex questions that I needed more time. For the blind guesses, I also wrote the number of the question down on my whiteboard [Read More]

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5 free ways to prepare for the UCAT in your spare time

You do not have to wait until your exam is around the corner before you start preparing for the UCAT. There are some things you can do in your spare time to prepare for the UCAT and improve the reasoning skills needed for the exam. In this article I’ll share some of the best ways to prepare for the UCAT that take no longer than 5 -10 minutes. You can do this in your spare time and improve the skills needed in the exam.  #1. Official UCAT Mobile App This is a very helpful app to prepare for the UCAT. I recommend adjusting the settings so that you are prompted to attempt [Read More]

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How to find out your UCAT percentile (and what it means)

The UCAT exam board uses a statistical approach called deciles (or percentiles) to report the overall performance of candidates each year. In this article we will explore how to find out your percentile and how to use it. A decile is any of nine values that divide data into ten equal parts so that each part represents 10% of the sample population. This statistical approach is descriptive and gives the exam board a good overview of the overall test performance each year. You can use this data to find out the strength of your UCAT compared to the current application pool. I recommend you viewing this report before applying to medical or [Read More]

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Smart tips to pass the UCAT abstract reasoning subtest

The Abstract reasoning subtest was my strongest section in the exam and I was able to achieve a score in the 9th decile, with the right preparation and approach you too can achieve a score in the top percentile. The following are my UCAT abstract reasoning tips 1. Start with the Simplest Box and Use the Three Square Rule The three square method is a really effective strategy for identifying patterns, it involves solving patterns by starting with the simplest box and comparing the two other boxes either side of it.  Find the simplest box out of either set – normally the one with the fewest things inside it. (You [Read More]

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