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12th May 2022
UCAT preparation can be overwhelming if you don’t plan your time effectively. Here are some tips for making a study plan that will help you avoid unnecessary stress and last-minute cramming.

Decide on your test date

The 2022 UCAT testing period runs from 11th July to 29th September. It always helps to have a test date in mind when you start planning your prep and creating your revision plan. After all, it gives you a specific date to work towards!

8 weeks is a good amount of time to prepare for UCAT test day – ensuring you don’t give yourself too little time to prepare, and also don’t study for such a long time that you burn out.

Before choosing your test date, it’s wise to get an idea of what the actual exam is like first by checking out the format of the UCAT and looking at some free practice questions.

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Be realistic with your time management

Many people start out thinking they’ll be able to spend several hours every day preparing for the UCAT – but this is very optimistic and often just isn’t feasible.

When you’re making your UCAT study timetable, begin by thinking about your normal routine and any other commitments you have during the prep period – then plan your revision around all of this. Don’t make your timetable first and then try to fit it amongst everything else, because you’ll only end up stressed with too much to do!

If you start your prep early enough, an hour or two per day is fine for the first few weeks. After that, you can escalate it to more hours per day if needed in the weeks leading up to your test. The UCAT exam is important, but so are your other studies and commitments, so try to be organised and maintain a balance.

Don’t just focus on what you’re good at

When you start your UCAT prep, it’s likely that you’ll find some sections of the test more difficult than others. It can be tempting to spend lots of time on your strongest areas while neglecting the harder sections, but you need to try and avoid doing this!

Once you’ve figured out where your strengths and weaknesses lie, make sure your UCAT timetable reflects this. You might want to devote an equal amount of time to each section in your prep, or it might be wise to spend more time focusing on the sections you’re particularly struggling with – especially when it’s getting closer to your test date.

Don’t use up all your practice materials early on

When you’re putting together your revision timetable, remember that there are only a certain amount of UCAT practice tests available – so try not to rush through them early on, because you’ll run out!

Spacing out the mock exams in your timetable will help you to monitor your progress and figure out your strengths and weaknesses at different stages in your prep.

Be flexible

Once you’ve made your UCAT study plan, don’t be afraid to change it if you get into your prep and find that the schedule isn’t working for you.

If you find that you learn better in shorter or longer prep sessions than what you’d originally planned, adapt your timetable to suit you. And don’t be afraid to take some time off every now and then!

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