Best Online UCAT Courses (2019 updated)

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The UCAT is a computer-based exam so using an online  course during preparation is absolutely critical. After buying all the popular courses out there, we’ve shortlisted our final picks to prepare for the exam.

In this guide, you’ll learn which online UCAT courses are the best to prepare for the exam, how to pick the right course for you and how to use them for effective studying.

This article is pretty detailed, so here are reference links you can use to jump directly to different parts of the guide. That said, I recommend reading the whole article if you can!

Best All-in-One Online UCAT Courses
Best Online UCAT Course for Practice Questions
Best Online UCAT Course for Tutorials
Most Recommended UCAT Course by Past Candidates
How to pick the right online UCAT Course for you
How to use online UCAT Courses during preparation
Recap: Best Online UCAT courses for Every Category

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Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s move on to our list of online UCAT courses:

Best All-in-One Online UCAT Courses

The online courses recommended in this category provide both practice questions and video tutorials to prepare for the UCAT. We shortlisted courses based on the spectrum of questions they provide and how closely they resembled the exam. In addition, we factored in overall usability, their learning features and performance tracking, and compared their overall service to pricing. The following courses  were our final picks:

Medify UCAT Online Course

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Website: www.medify.co.uk; www.medify.com.au
Starting Price: £30 / $60 AUD / $60 NZD

Medify is our pick for the year because it offers the best value. It includes over 10,000 UCAT practice questions, video tutorials, 8 full mocks, in-depth explanations and helpful performance tracking metrics to assess progress.  We were particularly impressed with the interface of the course as it mimics closely to the real test, making it a great tool for attempting practise questions. The authors also include 18 mini-mocks for each section of the UCAT for more targeted preparation. Read our full Medify review for comprehensive insight into its key features, usability and overall interface.

Pros 

  • Over 10,239+ practice questions
  • In-depth explanations and analysis
  • Free demo (Click here to access)
  • Performance Tracking
  • Great interface that mimics the testing environment
  • 8 Full Mocks and 18 mini-mocks
  • 18 Mini-mocks for each section
  • Very Flexible pricing packages – From 1 week (£30) to 12 months (£95)
  • They also offer extensions on their course, might come in handy if you reschedule your UCAT.
  • It is UKCATSEN Supported

Cons

  • Video tutorials could be more in-depth
  • Not as many Decision Making questions compared to the other sections
  • Would have loved to see more lessons on the Situational Judgement section.

Kaplan Self-Study UCAT Online Course

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Website: www.kaplantest.co.uk
Starting Price: £170 / $310 AUD

The Kaplan self-study UCAT Course is another great self-study online course. The course offers extensive preparation material covering a free live channel for extra UCAT lessons from Kaplan experts, 10-hr video lessons covering all sections of the exam, 6 full-length practice tests and more.

PROS 

  • Thousands of practice questions including 6 practice tests.
  • 10hrs worth of video lessons
  • Focused quizzes for targeted preparation & “Mastery questions” to work on understanding of each subtest
  • Future Doctor Channel – extra UCAT prep streamed whenever you want
  • Great preparation content on the Decision Making subtest
  • 2 months access to course
  • Extensions are available if you would like additional access.
  • Personalised reports to assess progress over time
  • ‘Prep till your ready’ guarantee – which means if you do not feel ready after completion of course you can opt-in again for FREE.

CONS

  • 2 month is the minimum duration of the course if you are looking for a short course. so wont be ideal if your test is in 2 – 4 weeks.

The Medic Portal UCAT Online Course

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Website: www.themedicportal.com; au.themedicportal.com
Starting Price: £100 (4 weeks) / $99 AUD (2 Weeks)

The Medic Portal UCAT online courses is another good online course for attempting UKCAT practice tests,  the course includes 7 hours of video lessons split into bite-size modules that cover in-depth strategies and exam techniques for each section of the UKCAT. Have a look at a sample tutorial from one of their abstract reasoning lessons. The course is heavily focused on exam techniques such as time saving techniques and pattern finding strategies.

PROS

  • Thousands of UCAT Practice questions 
  • Free demo (Click here to access)
  • Video Lessons for each section
  • Great interface that mimics the testing environment
  • 2 fully timed mocks
  • Performance tracked over time
  • UKCATSEN supported

CONS

  • Not much flexibility in course duration.
  • No extension package if you decide to re-schedule test.

Best Online UCAT Course for Practice Questions

All the courses covered are great. However, if you are looking for the one with the most practice questions then look no further than Medify. The company has done a good job at providing  a good spectrum of questions one can expect on test day. 

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Best Online UCAT Courses for Tutorials

If you are looking for an online course that is more ‘tutorial-heavy’, then  Kaplan and Medic Mind are good options. Kaplan really go above and beyond to include online classes, a channel dedicated to UCAT prep, video tutorials and more. 

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Another great online UCAT course for tutorials is Medic Mind. The authors have done a great job providing over 100+ tutorials where they work through problems in the UCAT and break down how to approach each question-type. 

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You can watch some of Medic Mind’s UCAT tutorials for free on YouTube. Enjoy!

Every year we do a poll in our Facebook UCAT Study group (It’s free to join) and ask past candidates which online UCAT course would they recommend to future candidates. The winner of last year’s poll was Medify.

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How to Pick the Right Online UCAT Course For You

Ok so we’ve done the hard work in shortlisting the best ones, who how do you pick the right one for you? Here are a few factors to take into consideration when picking a course:

#1 Number and Quality of Practice Questions & Mocks

The more questions an online course offers the better, but make sure the quality of questions are reflective of what you can expect in the exam. You want to pick an online course that covers the same breadth and depth of questions you can expect in the exam. A great way to find this out is buy looking on forums such as The Student Room or speaking with past applicants that have used the course you are enquiring about. 

#2 Learning Feature

The online courses above all include online tutorials and additional preparation material (some more than others) to help with preparing for the UCAT. These resources usually include worked through examples, explanations, and techniques for answering the various kinds of questions you can expect in the UCAT in the form of video tutorials. The idea is that you learn exam techniques to later put into practice when you attempt their question bank. 

#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. Online courses provide full-length mock exams to simulate the testing environment. The mocks should feel like the actual UKCAT, helping you experience the real test before your big day.

#4 Third Party Customer Feedback & Reviews

There are some bad online courses out there, so be sure to check customer reviews before making your final pick. If you can get a recommendation from a past applicant that would be ideal. If not, check on forums and third-party review sites.

#5 Pricing 

Pricing is another important factor, that might influence your decision. The more expensive courses tend to have a ton of additional resources that can give you the edge. Be sure to go through all the features before making your pick – it might not be for you.

#6 Flexibility

The flexibility of the pricing package is also an important factor, some companies offer flexibility in the pricing, where you can pay for a 2-week package or 1-month package etc, whilst some offer only one fixed package. Depending on your plans and how soon you want to take the UCAT it is a factor to take into consideration.

#7 UKCATSEN Supported

If you intend on taking the UKCATSEN then you want to ensure the course you pick is UKCATSEN supported. Not every online course offer this. 

How to use Online UCAT Courses During Prep

Online courses are the most efficient way to prepare for the UCAT as they  mimic the testing environment, the UCAT is a computer-administered test so practising questions in the UCAT layout on a computer screen can help hone techniques and strategies to improve accuracy and pace. Here is our advice on how to use online UCAT courses during prep…

Advice for using online ucat courses

We created the first ever book solely focused on strategies you can implement during preparation and the live test. Our UCAT study Guide includes over 200+ exam strategies, tips and techniques for each subtest. From pattern finding strategies in the abstract reasoning subtest to reading strategies in the verbal reasoning section. The book goes in-depth to explain step-by-step how and when to impelment strategies.

Recap: Best Online UCATCourses for Every Category

Here is our summary of the best online UCAT courses for the year, complete with links:

Best All-in-One UCAT Courses

Best For Practice Questions

  • Medify

Best for Tutorials

Most Recommended by Past Candidates

  • Medify