Dissecting the UCAT Verbal Reasoning Subtest

The Verbal Reasoning subtest is the first section of the UCAT.  It includes 44 questions and is scored out of 900. In this article, we will look at the subtest in more detail. What to Expect The subtest tests your ability to evaluate information in written form. You’ll be given 11 passages with four accompanying questions. For some items you’ll need to answer either ‘true’, ‘false’ or ‘can’t tell’, and for others, you’ll need to select one correct option out of four choices. Question-types The VR questions can be split into five broad categories. True/False/Can’t Tell: These are questions where you are given a statement and must decide, based on [Read More]


Dissecting the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Subtest

The Quantitative Reasoning subtest is the third section of the UCAT.  It includes 36 questions and is scored out of 900. In this article, we will look at the subtest in more detail. What to Expect You will be presented with 36 questions, many of the questions are connected to the same data (or stimulus), whilst some questions are standalone. Students are required to solve problems by extracting relevant information from tables, charts and graphs. A simple on-screen calculator is available for use in this section.  You may also need to use the whiteboards and pen provided. Question types Questions cover a broad range of topics covered at GCSE level. [Read More]


Avoid These Common Mistakes When Using Medify (2020 updated)

The Medify UCAT Course is used by 1-in-3 candidates to prepare for the exam. In this article, I share common mistakes to avoid when using the online course during preparation. There is no doubt that the Medify UCAT online course is an excellent resource, with thousands of past candidates recommending it to prepare for the exam. I bought it myself and gave it a 9 out of 10 (read the review). Nonetheless, In this article, I share some of the most common mistakes to avoid when preparing for the UCAT with Medify. If you like, you can check out their free UCAT questions. Without further adieu, let’s begin. Mistake #1 – [Read More]


UCAT conversion table (2020 updated)

Use the UCAT conversion tables below to convert raw marks to scaled UCAT scores in each subtest.  The UCAT conversion tables below should be used to convert your raw practice marks in each section. Please note that our scoring system is for approximation purposes only and is NOT endorsed by the official UCAT exam. However, we have designed each table to bark on the side of caution, so that in most cases, a similar performance on the UCAT should result in a slightly higher score.  For more on how to go about using the conversion tables for UCAT study, download our free 30-day UCAT challenge. It is a free guide designed to [Read More]


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]


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 say 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]


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]


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]


A Step-by-Step Walk-through a Decision Making Puzzle

This is a UCAT guide from UniAdmissions, they provide courses to prepare for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) and provide support for entrance into competitive courses like Medicine and Dentistry. Logical puzzles are one type of question that you can come across in the Decision Making subtest (for other Decision Making question-types read more). These types of questions require you to make an inference based on the available information to get to an answer.  It will usually be presented with a general statement, than more specific statements. Both should be combined to make a conclusion and find the answer. The question we will look at is an interesting one. Step 1 As [Read More]


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]