Medify is our recommended online course to prepare for the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT – formerly UKCAT) this year – but is it worth it? We bought the Medify course, and in this article, I’ll be deep-diving into it to give a comprehensive insight into its key features, usability, pros and cons.
What Is Medify?
For all aspiring doctors and dentists out there you’re going to need to do one or more admission tests to go hand-in-hand with your application. The UCAT is one of such exam. The UCAT is a 2-hour computer-based test required by most medical schools as part of their admission process. In a nutshell, the Medify UCAT online course is a huge bank of UCAT practice questions and mock exams that you can subscribe for access to prepare for the exam. Furthermore, the course closely mimics the exam environment and provides additional features to help further improve your reasoning skills (such as video lessons, exam advice and live performance tracking).
Key Features of the Medify UCAT Course
The Medify UCAT course has three key features that make it a great resource to prepare for the exam. They are as follows:
1. Learning Feature
Medify provides examples, explanations, and techniques for answering the various kinds of questions you can expect in the UCAT in the form of video and text tutorials. The idea is that you learn exam techniques to later put into practice at your own pace. The tutorials break down each UCAT subtest and thoroughly explains the kinds of questions found in each one with examples. For example, in their verbal reasoning tutorials, they provide expert advice and great tips on dealing with the different questions with worked through examples to teach strategies.
New: Medify now provides expert video guidance on how to answer each exam question-type properly. These include video tutorials and step-by-step work through videos for all of their mini-mock and mock exams.
See an example of a step-by-step work through video for one of the questions in their Decision Making mini mocks.
Step-by-step work through video (solution):
2. Practise Feature
Once you have completed the video tutorials and have a hand-full of strategies and techniques, you wish to adopt. The course offers over 10,239+ questions for you to put the strategies learned into practice. The great thing about Medify is that once you’ve completed enough questions, they give you statistical feedback on how you’re performing on the different type of UCAT questions. They also time how long you take on specific question types. This helps with identifying your weakness so that you can work on improving them early on.
The questions are split into the five subtests of the UCAT, namely: Verbal reasoning (VR), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Decision Making (DM), Abstract Reasoning (AR) and Situational Judgement (SJ). You can attempt questions either timed or untimed with detailed explanations provided for review. I recommend initially practising questions untimed to improve accuracy and honing new techniques. Overall, the Medify practice questions accurately replicate the breadth and depth of the different types of questions that can be asked in the UCAT as well as the spectrum of difficulties that can be expected (from easy to time-consuming), which makes it an ideal preparation tool.
During my VR practice, I found the length of the passages were similar to the real thing, but the difficulty of the questions was a bit easier. Nonetheless, the course does a great job covering both T/F/C questions and the free-text comprehension questions. I particularly like how Medify have structured the practice feature where you attempt about five questions then assess answers before you continue to the next set; this allows you to identify weakness and work smartly.
The QR section was also great, but I must admit I was a bit rusty with the onscreen calculator at the beginning and wasted so much time. It is annoying using the keyboard at first to input numbers on the calculator, and I didn’t like the fact that I had to press the “ON/C” button every single time the calculator was open and I wanted to input something new. However, the more you practice using it, the better you will get.
The remaining sections of the course were also good if you struggle on a particular question-type in a subtest Medify has included additional guides to help with tackling them. You can track how well you are doing in each section – therefore you’re able to concentrate on improving sections and particular question types you’re struggling with.
3. Simulation Feature
The UCAT is a 2-hour test, so it is natural anxiety, stress and fatigue could influence your score. However, the more you practice under real-life conditions, the less likely these factors will affect you on the live test. The Medify course provides eight full-length mock exams, and eighteen mini mocks to simulate the testing environment. The mocks do feel like the actual UCAT, helping you experience the real test many times before your big day.
- The course includes over 10,239+ practice questions. Including 8 full timed Mock Exams and 18 mini mocks that simulate real exam conditions.
- Expert tutorials for each section of the UCAT. Massive improvement from the 2019 course.
- You can track how well you are doing in each section – therefore you’re able to concentrate on improving each subtest and particular question types you’re struggling on.
- For those taking the UKCATSEN, you can simulate real exam condition when taking the mock exams (i.e. extra time).
- You’re able to study in your own time and keeps track of your progress (i.e. how you are improving).
- The test screen and shortcut keys (i.e. calculator) are the same as the real exam – which is a fantastic way to get used to actual exam conditions early on.
- Small subsets of timed questions mean you can start to figure out when to move on from tricky questions so that when you’re in the real exam, you’ll know by instinct when you NEED to put a hard question behind you and move on.
- A new checklist feature to track progress with UCAT revision.
- Excellent user experience and navigation.
New video guidance feature:
- 180+ in-depth animated videos for Medify’s UCAT tutorials.
- 3,100+ video explanations of step-by-step worked solutions for all of Medify’s mini-mock and mock exams.
- Over 56 hours of detailed mock questions video solutions.
- Simple yet effective whiteboard-style format.
- Clear, direct voiceovers with step-by-step explanations.
- Perfect for visual learners.
- These bite-size videos work alongside our UCAT Course, so you will need to purchase that first.
- The UCAT will be less intimidating when you know what to expect from the questions.
- Not as many decision making questions compared to the other sections.
- Slightly easier questions in the verbal reasoning subtest.
The great thing about Medify is that they are an affordable option, their subscription prices start from £35 ($80) and include flexible pricing. For instance, imagine if you needed to reschedule your UCAT, Medify offers extension packages (from £15) to accommodate this, or if you are last-minute applicant they offer ‘cram’ packages to prepare in 1- 2 weeks. You can find a breakdown of their prices here.
Overall, I give Medify a 9 out of 10. In my opinion, it’s the best online option for question banks and I highly recommend it if you are serious about passing the UCAT.