You need to sit the UKCAT test to apply for most UK medical schools.
The UKCAT test is not a difficult exam, and it’s easy enough to get a good score provided you put in the effort when the time is right. There’s no need to spend months preparing. Typically, a month or three weeks is all you need.
Where is the UKCAT test sat?
The test is administered by Pearson, the same company that administers the driving theory test, so both exams occur in the same building. If you’ve taken your theory test, you’ll know what to expect; an old school CRT monitor and keyboard. We recommend making use of the headphones provided due to other candidates making noise.
If you book earlier you will have the option of a more convenient test centre. This can be very beneficial since we recommend sitting the test in the morning, reducing travel time to the centre will keep you fresh.
When to book your UKCAT test?
Assuming you’re applying to medicine as an undergraduate going into upper sixth, we would recommend booking the test for after your AS Level results come out. This way you hedge your bets on the fee. If, regrettably, your results aren’t the best, you may want to reconsider applying for medicine this year but if you’d already taken your test the results wouldn’t mean much – by booking the test for after results you buy yourself a cancellation window.
You should also book your test for before your new academic year starts. Any potential medical student should be throwing themselves into performing well in their upper sixth year, so it’s best to avoid juggling both A2 material and the little tricks of the ukcat. The ideal window is after results and before the new academic year.
Unfortunately, a lot of people recognise the benefits of this window, and spaces are limited, so book early! Also, if your local testing centre is booked up, the benefits of the window mean it’s probably worth looking at other centres.
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Side note: it’s also essential to make sure you have the right ID for the test. Take no risks, double check the website.
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