UCAT Preparation and Tips

Want UCAT tips? Wondering how you can prepare for each section? This page will guide you through your UCAT preparation – from completing practice papers to section-specific ways to prepare. 

Please note that UCAT was renamed from UKCAT in 2019. However, the UCAT Consortium has stated that the test content will remain the same, so UKCAT tips will be applicable to the UCAT test. Read more about the UKCAT to UCAT changeover here.

How to Prepare for UCAT

1. Try Section-Specific Revision Techniques

Using section-specific revision techniques is one UCAT tip that will help you revise for the exam even before you start on the practice questions. Think about what each section is assessing – and try to build your skills in that area.

For example, Quantitative Reasoning is assessing your numerical skills and problem-solving, as well as your ability to interpret data from graphs, tables and charts, so a good revision technique might be to practice drawing conclusions from this kind of data. You could find some A-Level Maths, Biology or Chemistry past papers online to familiarise yourself with recognising trends and patterns.

You can also visit each page on Verbal Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Situational Judgement and Decision Making for section-specific UCAT tips. 

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2. Use Different Forms of UCAT Preparation

Tired of going through different UCAT questions alone? A key UCAT tip is to try practising with a friend, testing each other on different sections, answering questions together or going through the answer explanations to make your revision more interesting!

If you learn best by tutorial, you could also boost your UCAT revision with our Online UCAT Course. It includes seven hours of video tutorials with expert guidance on how to answer each section of the UCAT, designed to give you strategies and techniques to tackle Abstract Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning, Situational Judgement, Quantitative Reasoning and Decision Making.

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3. Manage Your Timing

Don’t waste time panicking! Timing in the test can be difficult to manage, but one of the most important UCAT tips is not to spend ages on one question. If you’re struggling with a question and notice yourself allocating a lot of time to it, make an educated guess and move on.

Read the question first. This is crucial for Verbal Reasoning – it will save you reading the passage without a focused idea of what you’re looking for. Since this is considered the most time-pressured of the sections, timing is crucial here, so give yourself a head start.

Practice! Practice will help with your efficiency. If you familiarise yourself with the tricks and question formats, and practice in timed conditions, you’ll be far more likely to do well.

For more tips on how to manage your time, read our UCAT Timing Tips blog. 

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Want to hear from current medical students on how they scored highly in the UCAT? In the video below, you can watch Toyin, a medical student at Aberdeen, give her top UCAT tips on how to score in the top decile!


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