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.
Thousands of past candidates recommend Medify UCAT course to prepare for the exam. I bought their online UCAT course and share my review as well as how to get the most out of it. In this article I share a step-by-step guide in preparing with the UCAT Medify course. It includes the following:
Step 1 – Attempt Official Practice Questions & tests
Before using the Medify course attempt the official questions. The UCAT is made up of 5 subtests, they include Verbal reasoning, Abstract reasoning, Decision Making, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement. The most reliable way to find out your weakness is by attempting the official practice questions and tests on the UCAT website, it is updated each year to reflect the same level of difficulty candidates can expect in the exam. I recommend you attempt the practice questions and tests before you start with Medify. The goal here is to get you familiar with the exam and identify which areas you need to work on the most. I remember when I took the UCAT I discovered that the verbal reasoning subtest was my weakest section.
Step 2 – Spot and Target Weak Areas
A lot of candidates fall into the trap of practising what they enjoy and are good at, whilst neglecting the areas they find more challenging!. Rather than make this mistake, use the results from the official UCAT questions to identify weak areas. Take a note of them and make them priority when practising questions and using Medify. The goal here is to compile a list of weaknesses, this could include skills or concepts you struggle with. Whilst it is important to practice ALL sections of the UCAT, make sure to allocate an appropriate amount of time to improving on weak areas! This step is carried out in THREE parts:
- Recognising your weakest subtest
- Recognising your weakest topic or skill within each subtest
- Recognising time management within each subtest (i.e your use of time)
Step 3 – Learn with the Medify UCAT tutorials
Learn tips, concepts, techniques and/or strategies to improve your score in each section of the exam using the Medify tutorials. Try to understand the type of questions in each subtest and take note of important tips and techniques that might help improve your error rate in each section. You may find it helpful to supplement with a practice book, if you would like more exam strategies check out the UKCAT Study Guide includes hundreds of exam tips, strategies and techniques.
Step 4 – Attempt a Medify mock or mini-mock
Rather than dive right into the practising questions straightaway do a mock exam, try adopting the tips and strategies learned in step 3. The goal here is to identify where your natural capabilities lie. The Medify UCAT course does a great job at providing insight and reports into your performance which you can use to plan your preparation appropriately. You want to replicate the same environment as the exam and assess a number of key performance indicators (KPIs). These are key metrics to assess your progress over time and they must be assessed regularly, they include:
- Error Rate/ Accuracy
- Mini-test Results (under timed conditions)
- Game plan evaluation
Error Rate/ Accuracy: It is a measure of the frequency at which you answer questions incorrectly. it is measured as a percentage.
Speed: It is a measure of how quickly you complete a section within its time limitations.
Mini or mock test Results: A comprehensive analysis and breakdown of mini-practice test results.
Game plan evaluation: An evaluation of how well the tips, techniques and strategies learned in step 3 have improved practice score.
Step 5 – Review Medify Reports
Use the report from the mock to structure your preparation. The goal is to review your performance and set a preparation plan that is consistently targeting your weak areas and improving your overall performance in the UCAT.
Things to spot for when viewing reports:
- What areas are below average?
- What areas are above average?
- What is my weakest subtest?
- What is my strongest subtest?
- What is my most difficult question-type in each subtest?
- Which question-type do I find easiest in each section?
Step 6 – Learn, Practice, Improve
This step involves learning more techniques and exam tips then putting them into practice by attempting practice questions and/or mini-tests, make sure to allocate an appropriate amount of time to practising questions on weak areas!
Other great resources to check out:
- Official UCAT mobile app (available for Apple or Android)
- Official UCAT YouTube Channel
- Official Guide from the UCAT
- Interactive questions tutorial from the UCAT
- Medify Instagram page (for useful UCAT infographics )
- UCAT Prep tips from THE MEDIC BLOG
Step 7 – Construct a Game plan
Your Game plan is a list of techniques and strategies you intend to use on test day based on trial and error with the Medify 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:
- What technique will I use to attempt True/False/Cant tell questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt incomplete questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt ‘According to the Passage’ questions
- What technique will I use to attempt ‘Most likely’ questions?
- What is my approach to making inference?
- What is my technique for ensuring I read/skim passages quickly without losing comprehension?
- What techniques will I adopt to ensure I finish the subtest in 21 minutes?
- What technique will I use to attempt text questions?
- What technique will I adopt to attempt charts and graph questions?
- What basic arithmetic takes me longer to process mentally, and how will I combat this?
- What kind of operation will I use the onscreen calculator for?
- What type of operation will I NOT use the onscreen calculator for?
- What techniques will I adopt to ensure I finish the subtest in 24 minutes?
- What technique will I use to attempt syllogism questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt logical puzzles?
- What technique will I use to attempt assumption questions?
- What tips and techniques will I use to attempt probability questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt venn diagram questions?
- What techniques will I adopt to ensure I finish the subtest in 31 minutes?
- What technique will I use to attempt type 1 questions?
- What technique will i use to attempt type 2 questions?
- what technique will I use to attempt Type 3 questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt type 4 questions?
- What approach will I use for patterns I do not see straight away?
- What technique will I adopt to ensure I finish the subtest in 13 minutes?
- What technique or approach will I use to attempt appropriateness questions?
- What technique will I use to attempt importance questions?
- What technique will I adopt if I’m torn between two answer options?
- What technique will I adopt if I cannot identify the conflicting issue in the statement?
- What technique will I adopt to ensure I finish the subtest in 26 minutes?
Step 8 – Repeat Process
Recognise:Identify weak areas using official resources, practice books or results from mocks.
Improve:Use answers to practice questions/mocks to improve score. Learn tips, techniques and strategies from Medify tutorials, books and/or other resources to improve skills and knowledge of topic/concept.
Practice:Put new skills into practice with the 8,000+ practice questions from the UCAT Medify course. Do both timed and untimed practice.
Evaluate:Evaluate your progress regularly by doing a timed mock under exam conditions. Make sure to assess KPIs and use the Medify performance reports.