If you plan on taking the UCAT I recommend taking note of the below UCAT dates and plan appropriately before booking your test.
Key Dates – UCAT UK
Registration Opens: 01 May 2019
Bursary Scheme opens: 01 May 2019
Testing Begins: 01 July 2019
Registration Closes: 18 September 2019 at 5 pm
Bursary Deadline: 18 September 2019 at 5 pm
Booking/Rescheduling Closes: 01 October 2019 at midday
Last Testing Date: 01 October 2019
UCAS Application Deadline: 15 October 2018
Results Delivered to Universities: Early November 2019
Key Dates – UCAT ANZ
Registration Opens: 01 March 2019
Concession Scheme opens: 01 March 2019
Testing Begins: 01 July 2019
Registration Closes: 17 May 2019 at 11.59 pm AEST
Concession Deadline: 10 May 2019 at 5 pm AEST
Booking Deadline: 17 May 2019 at 11.59 pm AEST
Last Testing Date: 31 July 2019
Results Delivered to Universities: Early September 2019
When to Book Your UCAT test
The following are factors to consider before booking your UKCAT test:
1. Will you be working in the summer?
If you are working or volunteering, then you might need longer time to prepare for the exam. I recommend setting up study schedule, to ensure that you will have sufficient time to revise and practise before your test. Depending on your working hours, you might want to schedule your test for later in the summer.
2. Will you be travelling, whether for a week or two or even longer?
If you have travelling plans, how realistic is it for you prepare for the UCAT? You might find it challenging to get a bit of space and quiet to revise and practise for the UCAT whilst on holiday. Taking a practice test in one sitting (and being able to concentrate, even for a bit of quick practice) could be very difficult indeed. If a vacation is on the cards, then you might want to consider delaying your UCAT preparation until after the holiday. Depending how long you are away for you could consider getting up to speed by attending a UCAT seminar upon your return, with your test appointment to follow 2 to 4 weeks later
3. Are You Taking the BMAT or GAMSAT?
If you are planning on taking the BMAT ( in August/November) or GAMSAT ( in September) then you might want to schedule your test as early in the summer to give you time to prepare for the other exams.
4. How Prepared Are You?
I recommend booking your test depending on how easy you find the official UCAT practice tests. If you score well and find it easy I reckon 4 – 8 weeks is enough preparation. However, if you achieve a low score I recommend giving yourself longer.
5. How much time do you need To Prepare?
I personally do not think you need longer than 2 months to prepare for the exam. Typically students take between 2 weeks to a month to prepare for the UCAT. Attempt the official UCAT practice tests first then set a date depending on how easy you find it. I have written a step-by-step UCAT study guide to help with this, it contains the exact strategy I used to achieve a UCAT score in the 90th percentile.
6. What’s the best time of day for your test appointment?
The options to take the UCAT range from early morning – as early as 8am — to late in the afternoon — as late as 3 or 4pm, depending on the test centre. I strongly advise you consider past experiences taking tests, when are you the sharpest? A study recently published concluded that students are at the height of their cognitive abilities in the morning and perform better at exams. Remember, the UCAT will be a very intense 2 hours of staring at a monitor, while working incredibly quickly through a wide range of question types and completing over 200 questions, without a break, so you want to be at your best.