Medify is one of the most popular UCAT courses with 1-in-3 candidates using it to prepare for the UCAT. In this article, I share a step-by-step guide in preparing with their online UCAT course.
Step 1 – Attempt the official question banks & at least one practice test
Before using the Medify course, attempt the official questions. The official website includes a set of question banks and practice tests that covers all the question-types in the exam. The most reliable way to spot weak areas is by attempting these first. By spotting where your natural capabilities lie, you can use Medify more strategically by doing more practice of weak areas.
Step 2 – Review your official practice test results
A common mistake is to assume that your lowest scoring subtest is your weakest. For example, let’s assume you scored 570 on the verbal reasoning subtest and 600 on the decision making, you might think that the verbal reasoning subtest was your weaker section. But when you compare both scores to the 2019 UCAT averages, 570 is above the VR average and 600 is below the DM average. Thus, the DM subtest is the weaker subtest out of the two. Before jumping into Medify, make sure to use the official test statistics to identify your true weakness.
Step 3 – Go through the Medify UCAT tutorials, skip liberally but do so intelligently
I do not recommend reading any material from start-to-finish (my UCAT study guide included). I would argue it is not an effective use of revision time. Perhaps, at the beginning gloss over the Medify tutorials and only go through the tutorials that directly focus on the weak areas that you identified from attempting the official questions. You can always go back to other topics if any new issues come up and later find more efficient ways to deal with your strengths.
New: Medify now provides video guidance on how to answer each UCAT question-type properly. They are valuable for improving your understanding of key UCAT concepts, especially if you are a visual learner. Through this visual learning process, you can benefit from increased engagement and knowledge retention. See an example tutorial below:
Step 4 – Do specific practice (prioritise the weakest question-types in each subtest).
Medify’s practice section includes thousands of questions split up according to each subtest and question-types. I recommend priortising the weakest question-types in each subtest. Feel free to implement advice from the Medify tutorials and other UCAT resources.
Step 5 – Attempt mini-mocks & review performance
Once you feel you’ve made some progress with practice. Attempt one of Medify’s mini-mocks and review your performance. Please note that during step 4 you do not have to practice all the question-types before attempting a mini-mock. At the very least, aim to improve performance on your weakest question-type. Once you have done so, you are ready to take a mini-mock.
Step 6 – Attempt a full mock
Take a full mock under timed conditions once you have done enough questions and mini-mocks. Aim to do at least one mock per week.
Step 7 – Review Medify Reports
Use the reports from the Medify to see how mock scores compare to other candidates. Things to consider when viewing reports:
- What areas are below average?
- What areas are above average?
- What is my weakest subtest?
- What is my strongest subtest?
- How mock score compares to the official test score?
Step 8 – Reflect, Plan and Repeat
Once you have reviewed mock results, repeat steps 3 to 7. Make sure to prioritise weak areas and where appropriate use other resources to learn content.