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UKCAT Preparation and UKCAT Tips

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


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UKCAT Tips: Try Section-Specific Revision Techniques

This can be a good method for UKCAT revision before starting 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 UKCAT tips. 

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UKCAT Tips: Use Different Forms of UKCAT Preparation

Tired of going through different UKCAT questions alone? 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!

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UKCAT Tips: Manage Your Timing

Don’t waste time panicking! UKCAT timing can be difficult to manage, but don’t spend ages on one question panicking. 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.

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