We reached out to past candidates that took the UCAT to get their thoughts on the test, and give their insight into how to prepare for the exam. Today’s Q&A session is with Esther (@Esteebeestudies on Instagram), she offers advice and insight into how she prepared for the exam to achieve an overall score of 2050.
Esther is a second year Pharmacy student hoping to get into Graduate medicine.
What year did you take the UCAT?
What was your overall UCAT score?
2050 (very bad I know)
#tip no 1: prepare well as much as you can it is no joke
What was your strongest subtest?
My strongest subtest was the abstract reasoning. It was one of the ones I struggled with mostly during my preparation
What was your weakest subtest?
My weakest point was SJT and the most surprising thing was that it was my strongest point during practice (funny isn’t it?)
What resources did you use to prepare for the test?
Medic Mind, they are new medical support company that just started and I also used Medic Portal questions bank to practice
How did you go about preparing for the UCAT?
I had few hours of one to one lessons to learn about how to approach the questions then I practiced using the medic portal questions bank.
How long did you prepare for the test?
I only had 22 days to prepare for the exam.
From a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being ‘really easy’ and 10 being ‘very hard’ How did you find the UCAT?
5 (it was 50/50 ), this is because I think if I gave myself more time to revise efficiently it wouldn’t have gone that bad. I know people might look at me as a failure but I am not because everyone has what they are good at and with my UCAT score I still got an interview and a medical school place at Queens University Belfast.
In hindsight, anything you wish you had done differently during Revision?
I wish I had more time to revise very efficient and not rush to sitting the exam.
What key advice would you give future candidates taking the exam?
Start as early as you can once you decide that medicine is the career for you. If you are struggling, ask for help from people or better still your school teachers. Use all of the questions available for practice you can get the medic portal ones at affordable prices. As you can practice for as long as you subscribe for. DO not over exert yourself, take a break when you need. You can only do your best and not do more than your best. Never worry about your score after doing the exam. This is why it is always advisable to get the exam done before you submit your application because your UCAT score will help you to decide which university you want to apply to and potentially consider universities that do not pay too much attention to the UCAT such as Queens University Belfast.
Did you enroll on any UCAT course or tuition?
Yes I enrolled with Medic Mind for a 10hr one to one session on how to approach each question type.
How many interviews did you get for Medicine?
I got 1 interview at Queen University Belfast
For more specific advice where can readers reach you?
You can send me a DM @esteebeestudies or email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to follow Esther on instagram to see how she gets on with her medicine journey! For more UCAT tips check out the rest of the blog.