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5 free ways to prepare for the UCAT in your spare time

You do not have to wait until your exam is around the corner before you start preparing for the UCAT. There are some things you can do in your spare time to prepare for the UCAT and improve the reasoning skills needed for the exam. In this article I’ll share some of the best ways to prepare for the UCAT that take no longer than 5 -10 minutes. You can do this in your spare time and improve the skills needed in the exam.  #1. Official UCAT Mobile App This is a very helpful app to prepare for the UCAT. I recommend adjusting the settings so that you are prompted to attempt [Read More]

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Do I need the UCAT Self-study Coach? Take a quick test to find out

To explain the benefit of the UCAT Self-study prep coach, please take the test below: Diagnostic Test (Duration: 2 mins) 1: Quickly glance at the problem below and identify the question type. See Answer Were you able to recognise the type of question correctly? No – The self-study prep coach would be worthwhile. The inability to recognise the type of problem you are solving will hinder your time-management skills. To ensure you complete a subtest on time, you will need to identify the question type before solving it and quickly determine whether you should solve accurately or skip. Yes – The self-study prep coach may not be worthwhile. However, if [Read More]

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How Universities Use the UCAT (2020 updated)

If you’ve already picked up our study guide, thank you! If you stumbled upon this article without getting the book first, I highly recommend you click here to pick up a copy of the UCAT Study Guide to make sense of  the information provided. Medical and dental schools part of the UCAT consortium use the exam differently – some look at your overall score, others look at individual marks, whilst a few consider the band score in the situational judgement section. The key to increasing your chances of getting invited for an interview is by understanding how they use the UCAT. In this article we will explore the different approaches used by [Read More]

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UCAT Keyboard Shortcuts (2020 updated)

UCAT Keyboard shortcuts can be used to navigate each subtest if you find it preferable. Nevertheless, with limited time in the exam, they can be essential and help save a bit of time. The UCAT keyboard shortcuts can be used at any time depending on the current screen being viewed. However, they cannot be used to pick your answer, this can only be done with a mouse to select an option or in some cases drag and drop. I strongly recommend practising shortcuts when attempting questions on the UCAT platform. This might help with overall pace in each subtest. You can explore all the above shortcuts in the tour tutorial provided [Read More]

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How to use the UCAT flag function (2020 updated)

You can mark questions and come back to them later using the flagging function. It is an extremely beneficial tool to come back to specific questions in the exam. I think the flagging function is one of the most underrated tools in the exam. When I took the UCAT back in the day, I had a flagging strategy for each subtest. It played a key role in my triage strategy for the test, I would only flag a question that I either blindly guessed or were too complex questions that I needed more time. For the blind guesses, I also wrote the number of the question down on my whiteboard [Read More]

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Join our free UCAT study group (plus tips on how to get started)

Study groups are very effective in enhancing learning. We created a UCAT study group on Facebook a few years ago and it has grown to over a thousand students helping each other to succeed. How to Join: Step 1: Read our study group rules. Step 2: Log in to Facebook and request to join. The secret word is MEDICWANNABEE That’s it! Here are some tips for getting started: Use the search bar to look for specific tips. Ask for resource recommendations or feedback on a course before buying it. Leave a post or comment if you have any preparation questions. Screenshot problems you have difficulty solving. Use the group in [Read More]

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5 common mistakes to avoid when preparing for the UCAT

Niel Bohr,  Danish Physicist and Nobel prize winner in 1922 once said that ‘An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field’. I took the exam THREE times before scoring in the top 10%. In this article, we will discuss the five mistakes I made when preparing for the exam. The UCAT was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever had to overcome. I failed to get an offer for medical school twice before finally succeeding on my third attempt. Part of my success was because I was able to significantly improve my UCAT average and score in the top [Read More]

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How to take effective UCAT study notes

If you’ve already picked up our UCAT self-study prep coach book, thank you! If you stumbled upon this article without getting the book first, I highly recommend you grab a copy to get access to the study journal at the beginning of the book. Taking better notes helps with recall and organising information in your head. However, the challenge with making notes for the UCAT is that it is an aptitude test. In order words, it doesn’t test knowledge but rather innate skills. Unfortunately, this makes it more difficult to take notes. Furthermore, on test day you’ll be analysing information you have never seen before. So how should you take [Read More]

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Achieved a Low UCAT Score? READ THIS

Let us start by saying that achieving a low UCAT score isn’t the end of the world. It just means you might have fewer options available. Universities with a high cut-off mark are probably out of the question. However, a UCAT score below the cut-off of one school may be good enough for admittance to another. The following are six things I recommend you do if you achieve a low UCAT score: 1. Research all Medical Schools (or Dental Schools) Start by looking into every medical school and picking out the ones that do not rely heavily on the UCAT. These will be schools that use a point-based system, or [Read More]

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How to develop a UCAT game plan

If you’ve already picked up our study guide, thank you! If you stumbled upon this article without getting the book first, I highly recommend you click here to pick up a copy of the UCAT Study Guide to make sense of  the information provided. Your UCAT Game plan is a list of techniques and strategies you intend to use on test day based on trial and error with a UCAT book or online UCAT Course. It should outline the techniques you intend to adopt based on what works in improving your error rate. Use the checklist below construct your game plan: Verbal Reasoning What technique will I use to attempt True/False/Cant tell [Read More]