As part of the preparation strategy in the UCAT Study Guide, you are required to do a lot of analysis. For example, after UCAT practice tests you must analyze your results to help identify weak and strong areas. However, I do not provide much information on the framework of how analysis must be done. One framework of analysis is the SWOT Method where you assess UCAT practice tests into the following: S – Strengths: Describes what subtest, skill or technique you are good at. It can also include learned tips or techniques that work well for you. W – Weakness: Describes skills, subtests and techniques that are limiting or holding [Read More]
Candidates often ask me how did I stay motivated and productive whilst preparing for the UCAT. I always recommend the pomodoro technique as it is something I still use today, breaking down revision into chunks has been proven to improve mental tenacity and reduce procrastination. The Pomodoro method is a time management system that encourages you to work with the time you have—rather than against it. Using this method, you break your work day into 25-minute chunks separated by five-minute breaks. These intervals are referred to as pomodoros. After about four pomodoros, you take a longer break of about 15 to 20 minutes. This method of studying is a great ucat productivity [Read More]
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]
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.
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.
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.
The official papers are more than enough to practice questions. However, if you are looking for step-by-step guidance in tackling the different question-types, then a course is a good option. Medify is great because it is affordable. Pros – the course provides tutorials to teach exam content and includes practice questions to put strategies to the test. The course also includes detailed essay plans for all section 3 past papers and an excellent user interface to go through official papers. Cons – tutorials are mostly text, no timing feature included when attempting past papers. Click here to visit Medify.