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5 common mistakes to avoid when preparing for the UCAT

Niel Bohr,  Danish Physicist and Nobel prize winner in 1922 once said that ‘An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field’. I took the exam THREE times before scoring in the top 10%. In this article, we will discuss the five mistakes I made when preparing for the exam. The UCAT was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to overcome. I failed to get an offer for medical school twice before finally succeeding on my third attempt. Part of my success was because I was able to significantly improve my UCAT average and score in the top [Read More]

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How to take effective UCAT study notes

If you’ve already picked up our UCAT self-study prep coach book, thank you! If you stumbled upon this article without getting the book first, I highly recommend you grab a copy to get access to the study journal at the beginning of the book. Taking better notes helps with recall and organising information in your head. However, the challenge with making notes for the UCAT is that it is an aptitude test. In order words, it doesn’t test knowledge but rather innate skills. Unfortunately, this makes it more difficult to take notes. Furthermore, on test day you’ll be analysing information you have never seen before. So how should you take [Read More]

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Best UCAT Books (2020 updated)

There are a lot of UCAT books out there, thus there is a risk that you may waste money buying outdated books that may not be to the equivalent standard to what you can expect in the exam. As a result, we created this article to help you pick the right one for you. In this article, you’ll learn which UCAT books are most helpful for your preparation, which books you can use to improve your score in the individual subtest, and which books you’ll need to avoid. More importantly, you’ll learn how to use these UCAT prep books for effective studying. I recommend reading the whole guide if you [Read More]

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Dissecting the UCAT Decision Making Subtest

The Decision Making subtest is the second section of the UCAT.  It includes 29 questions and is scored out of 900. In this article, we will look at the subtest in more detail. The DM subtest is relatively new compared to the others. It was introduced in 2016 and replaced the Decision Analysis section. Though similar in some ways, the new DM subtest assesses a students ability to make sound decisions and judgements using complex information. What to expect You will be presented with a variety of information, in the form of text, charts, tables, graphs or diagrams and be required to analyse the information to answer the accompanying questions. This [Read More]

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Achieve 3 months GAMSAT prep in 1 month

At some point during your GAMSAT prep it might feel like you’re spending countless hours “studying” without getting much productive work done. This can be incredibly frustrating, and a drain on time and energy. It’s not easy preparing for the GAMSAT, and the truth of the matter is that for most students they will never ever feel “fully ready” to take the actual test. Nonetheless, imagine if you could accomplish 3 months worth of “studying” within a month? It sounds too good to be true but think about it for a second. Is it possible to design an efficient study plan where you spend less time studying but still get more done? that’s [Read More]

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GAMSAT

10 Great Alternatives to GAMSAT Khan Academy

The following are alternatives for the GAMSAT Khan Academy resource that have been recommended by students that took the exam, we encourage you to check them out during preparation for the GAMSAT. Khan academy is a great resource to prepare for the GAMSAT. However, we recommend also using multiple sources to learn concepts inorder to develop a well rounded understanding. 1. BBC Bitesize The BBC Bitesize is a great tool to to help with revision and learning for all the sciences. Find free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is a really good introductory resources for non-science students looking to build their foundation in [Read More]