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Key UCAT dates and timelines (incl. UCAT ANZ timelines)

We strongly recommend creating a study schedule* to ensure you complete your revision on time.  An important part of this is keeping a note of key UCAT dates and timelines. Find below the key timelines for each UCAT test. The dates do vary each year so we have provided links to the official ‘date and fee’ pages for the exact dates. *For step-by-step guidance on creating an effective study schedule for the UCAT, grab a copy of our UCAT self-study coach. Key UCAT UK Dates  Registration Opens:  Early May Bursary Scheme opens:  Early May Testing Begins:  Early July Registration Closes: Mid-September Bursary Deadline: Mid-September Booking/Rescheduling Closes:  Early October Last Testing [Read More]

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The pitfalls of using a UCAT book to study for the exam

In this article, we will explore some of the pitfalls of using a UCAT book for revision. This is not to mean they are not worth the investment, but it’s important to consider their cons before buying any book.  Generally speaking, UCAT books are an affordable option for most students, and they still do provide a lot of value. So what is the issue? To help explain, let’s first explore the different types of UCAT books that exist. Types of UCAT books There are three main types of books in the market at the moment. 1. Practice books: These were the first type of UCAT books,, and they focus on [Read More]

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List of every free UCAT practice questions we found online (2020 updated)

Every year we search the internet far and wide to find free UCAT practice questions and share them here in this article. Saving you time doing it yourself!  The official exam board does not endorse the UCAT practice questions below. However, they can still be helpful to hone the skills needed in the exam. *Please note the links are third-party sites. We check the links are working every 6-months. If you are not sure where to begin with UCAT prep, take our free 30-day UCAT challenge Passmedicine UCAT questions Medify free UCAT demo Job Test Prep free UCAT practice test The Medic Portal Demo UCAT test Prep Genie free UCAT [Read More]

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Dissecting the UCAT Abstract Reasoning Subtest

The Abstract Reasoning subtest is the fourth section of the UCAT.  It includes 55 questions and is scored out of 900. In this article, we will look at the subtest in more detail. The UCAT Abstract reasoning assesses how you infer relationships from abstract shapes and patterns.  Usually, examiners may include irrelevant and distracting shapes to mislead you into selecting the wrong answer.  What to expect You’ll be presented with a lot of shapes to analyse. With each problem, you will find yourself tracking and critically evaluating relationships as well as generating hypotheses. Also, querying your own judgement as you go along trying to work out the rules governing relationships. [Read More]

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Step-by-Step guide preparing with the UCAT Medify course (2020 updated)

Medify is one of the most popular UCAT courses with 1-in-3 candidates using it to prepare for the UCAT. In this article, I share a step-by-step guide in preparing with their online UCAT course. Step 1 – Attempt the official question banks & at least one practice test Before using the Medify course, attempt the official questions. The official website includes a set of question banks and practice tests that covers all the question-types in the exam. The most reliable way to spot weak areas is by attempting these first. By spotting where your natural capabilities lie, you can use Medify more strategically by doing more practice of weak areas. [Read More]

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Is the Medify BMAT course worth it? (2020 updated)

We were granted access to the Medify BMAT course, and in this article, I’ll be deep-diving into it to give detailed insight into its key features, usability, pros and cons. Who are Medify? For those that do not know Medify is an online medical school admissions company that provides arguably the best UCAT course on the market (read our review). Their online BMAT course is no exception; it is an excellent self-study option as it teaches BMAT content and provides over a thousand practice questions (see full features). Key features of the Medify BMAT course The Medify BMAT course has four key features that make it an excellent resource to [Read More]

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Key skills tested on the UCAT Situational Judgement subtest

When preparing for the UCAT Situational Judgement section it is a good idea to pay close attention to the skills that you are being tested. I propose when analysing questions, look beyond the scenario and the character’s role. Try to pinpoint the skills being tested. You may find a recurring theme with difficult questions. On the situational judgement, the skills being tested usually fall under two categories. 1. Competency skills This can be tested in many ways, but usually include hypothetical life and work scenarios from different perspectives that focus on: Conflict resolution Resilience Honesty and integrity Pressure and prioritisation Teamwork and leadership skills Communication skills Adaptability 2. Ethical reasoning [Read More]

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How to analyse wrong questions during BMAT practice

Getting a question wrong during BMAT practice offers the opportunity to learn something new about the exam and yourself. But improvement only happens if you are reviewing questions the right way. I recommend analysing questions at three levels. 1 – the Stimulus type (the material being analysed), 2 – the Question type (the kind of question presented) and, 3 – the Skill/Reasoning type (the skill/reasoning required to solve the problem). Most students only analyse the question type, and sadly this doesn’t paint the full picture. You can find a more detailed explanation here.

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How to cover content on the official BMAT specification

The specification provides an overview of the science and maths topics which BMAT Section 2 questions can draw on. Since time is limited, it is not efficient to work through the topics in the order they are presented. I would recommend first doing a comfortability test by skimming through the document and ticking the topics that you are confident in solving problems. Then, begin working on the unticked areas before moving onto ticked topics. You can find a more detailed step-by-step breakdown here.

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How to review BMAT past paper results

Reviewing past paper performance can be tedious at times. As a result, many students fail to review their results effectively. I would go as far as to say that it is almost not worth doing a BMAT paper unless you can spend an adequate amount of time reviewing results. One approach is the SWOT method. It works by identifying four key elements: Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunity and Threats. You can find a quick breakdown here. For detailed step-by-step guidance, check out my BMAT study guide.

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