You can sit the 2023 UCAT between 10th July and 28th September, giving you a pretty big window to choose your preferred test date. The first thing you need to do is think about what else you already have planned during this time.
For example, if you know the date when you will be returning to sixth form and becoming busy with A-Level work, consider choosing a UCAT test day in the summer holidays. This way you can get the test done before you go back to school.
Also, if you have a family holiday planned during the summer, don’t book your UCAT test for the day after you get home! You won’t want to be revising on holiday and you won’t want it hanging over your head either.
Make sure you think about other aspects of your Medicine application too. For example, if you’re concerned about what sort of UCAT score you’ll get, doing your UCAT earlier will give you more time to choose your Medical Schools and think about how you can apply strategically.
There are many benefits to sitting the UCAT early. For example:
However, you might prefer to choose a later test date because:
Some people prefer to sit the UCAT in the middle of the test cycle (i.e. August), as it can offer the most balance between preparing for the test and enjoying your summer holidays.
Try to decide on your preferred date early and book it as soon as you can, otherwise you risk missing out if the date you want gets fully booked.
* At The Medic Portal, we recommend booking your test for earlier in the test period if possible – in case you become ill and need to reschedule to a later date.
It’s important that you have a go at some practice UCAT questions as soon as you can. That’s because you’ll need to get some idea of how challenging you find different subtests in order to effectively plan your prep.
Once you have tried some questions and chosen your test date, you can make a study plan that covers every section and will help you to manage your time.
Make sure you know how to prepare for the UCAT. Your plan should be broken into three stages:
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