Free UCAT Preparation Materials

The UCAT is an important test for prospective medical students, and with the number of applications increased, it’s becoming more competitive. This means your UCAT score is vital to help secure you a place at your dream university. At UniAdmissions, we’re on hand to prepare applicants for the exam, ensuring you receive all the tuition and support you need to achieve the highest score.

What Is The UCAT Exam?

The UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test), previously called UKCAT, is a 2-hour computer-based assessment that tests a range of skills for medicine and dentistry degree programmes at many UK universities. It helps admissions tutors best select applicants based on the abilities, attitudes, and professional behaviours required in doctors and dentists.

The UCAT is split into 5 separate timed subtests — Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Situational Judgement — consisting of 228 multiple-choice questions in total.

How To Prepare For The UCAT Exam

Preparing for your UCAT exam is imperative in order for you to pass and increase your chances of getting into your first choice medical school. We recommend learning about the styles of questions involved in the test and understanding the theory behind them, as well as practicing questions at your own pace before attempting the timed conditions.

You can improve your chances of scoring highly by working with an expert tutor here at UniAdmissions, guiding you through the process and offering experienced insight into the UCAT.

Essential UCAT Guides

What Is The UCAT And How To Prepare

Before you can prepare for the UCAT, you need to know the basics. This guide will teach you everything you need to know before you take on your UCAT preparation. 

The UCAT Timings And Exam Structure

The UCAT has an unusual structure a lot of different timings and question amounts to remember. This guide breaks it all down and offers advice on how to tackle each subtest in the UCAT.

A Guide to UK UCAT Medical Schools

Every medical school in the UK now uses the UCAT, but they don’t all use it the same. This guide explains everything you need to know about how universities in the UK use your UCAT results.

What Is A Good UCAT Score?

The UCAT has an unusual structure a lot of different timings and question amounts to remember. This guide breaks it all down and offers advice on how to tackle each subtest in the UCAT.

UCAT Subtest Guides

There are five subtests within the UCAT, each of which requires a unique set of skills and techniques. Each of these guides will provide tips on how to best approach the various questions you will encounter.

UCAT Registration

One of the most important parts of preparing for the UCAT is ensuring you have booked your test slot. The process isn’t too difficult but does require you to complete a few steps, so this guide will detail everything you need to do to confirm your UCAT test date.

UCAT Preparation Materials

From books to courses, question banks to tuition, there are many ways to prepare for the UCAT, most of which require some type of practice material. This guide explains the options available and why it’s important to pick the right one for your needs. 

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UCAT Situational Judgement Top Tips

The aim of the Situational Judgement section is to assess your ability to understand situations you might encounter as a medical student or doctor and how you would deal with them. In this UCAT SJT guide, we set out the questions that may arise, how to respond to the appropriateness and importance of the options.

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9 UCAT Preparation Materials To Boost Your UCAT Performance

The UCAT is a test that can’t be revised for traditionally, so you will be relying on the materials you gather to support you through the majority of your preparation. In this guide, we’ll explore ten of the best options for materials and resources that you can use to get ready for the UCAT and improve your score.

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UCAT Preparation Programmes

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Our Complete Medicine Preparation Programme

Places at medical schools are very competitive, which is why at UniAdmissions, our complete preparation programme is an all-encompassing way of approaching your medical application for all universities. Providing you with everything you need to prep and complete your UCAT.

Alongside preparing you for your UCAT, we can teach you how to write a personal statement to boost your impression on the university and offer courses to help ace your medicine interviews. You’ll receive intensive group teaching and an online course too, enabling you to improve your chances of success and start your medical career.

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One-To-One UCAT Tuition

You’ll receive one-to-one sessions with an expert UCAT tutor who scored in the top 10% nationally during their own UCAT year. This specialist has a proven rate of success in UCAT tuition. The programme also offers an intensive course and online revision support to increase your chances of scoring highly.

If you are only looking for support with the UCAT exam, then this is the perfect Programme to help boost your score rapidly. If you are looking for wider support that covers more areas of your application, you should consider enrolling on the Oxbridge Medicine Programme.

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Oxford Medicine

“Working with UniAdmissions really boosted my confidence around the Interviews and Personal Statement due to feeling more aware of the process, such as what to expect during Interviews and what to include or leave out of my Personal Statement to make it Oxford quality.”

Cambridge Medicine

I was able to secure high marks in the UCAT and BMAT [former medicine admissions test] with the help of the courses, and I felt able to answer the questions in my Cambridge Interview with confidence. I definitely have UniAdmissions to thank for helping me to secure a Cambridge offer – without them, I would have struggled much more.”

Frequently Asked Questions

We work with a limited number of students each year to ensure we can provide the best support suited for their particular needs.

Our Programmes have a structured syllabus, however, we tweak elements of the syllabus so the student is able to gain the most out of our support.

As we work with a limited number of students, we have a limited number of places available for enrolment on each Programme.

The best way to find out whether there are still places available is by booking a free consultation here or contacting us via Livechat, where our expert Admissions Consultants will be able to advise you further.

We do have ideal start times at points throughout the year, however, the syllabus can be adapted to suit your particular start time if you are accepted onto the Programme. Our Admissions Consultants can help you understand the Programme timeline in your specific case – all you need to do is ask.

First and foremost, we assess whether the potential student has the right academic capabilities and profile to be realistically accepted to study at Oxford or Cambridge.

Secondly, we assess whether the student is capable and willing to put in the time required to create a strong application for Oxbridge.

Finally, we assess the student’s attitude and reasoning behind applying to Oxford or Cambridge. This is one of our most important considerations.

If a student has below-average (but still realistic) grades for Oxford and Cambridge, but the correct attitude, we would consider accepting them onto our Programme. Unfortunately, if the inverse is the case, it’s unlikely the student would be accepted onto the Programme.

UniAdmissions is committed to giving the very best service to every student. Our talented tutors are the key to the excellent service we pride ourselves on, passing on not only their expertise, but also their enthusiasm to inspire the next generation to succeed.

All tutors are either current senior students, recent graduates or from a professional background. Our selection process ensures only the best tutors work for us, in roles most suited to their skill-sets.

You’ll get access to all of our online resources, including various UniAdmissions published books, our masterclasses, admissions test question banks and much more. All of our resources are filled with powerful strategies and techniques to help you prepare, improve and boost your score. Learn all of the essential UCAT shortcuts in our comprehensive guide.

Tuition sessions are held online via video chat. Times for these sessions are arranged between you and your tutor to best meet your needs. 

In exceptional cases, in-person tuition may be offered. 

Absolutely, and we’d encourage you to do so.
 
Make sure you give your tutor enough notice (at least 5 days) for them to prepare the appropriate materials.

The UniAdmissions Portal is where you will find all of the support and resources for your Programme.

You can think of the Portal as the hub of all the materials included within your Programme. If you are ever looking for a relevant book, an online course, course dates or anything along those lines, the Portal is very likely to be your answer.

However, the Portal also houses your programme curriculum, which guides you through each stage of the admissions process through the use of your resources. The Portal automatically tracks what you’ve completed and provides support if you’re falling behind in certain areas. 

You can also use the Portal to get in touch with our team at any point.