UCAT practice tests are full two-hour, computerised mock exams, created to emulate the experience of sitting the real test. These differ from Question Banks in that they provide the experience of sitting a full UCAT test and result in a score out of 3600, plus a band for Situational Judgement, rather than a continuous stream of practice questions.
Companies such as The Medic Portal, Medify and Medic Mind (amongst others) provide full mock exams for the UCAT. There’s more information below on how to choose the best mock exams for you.
It’s a good idea to start off your UCAT prep with a practice test (untimed) so that you know what to expect.
When you have an idea of what the UCAT entails, you can begin more intensive preparation – then revisit mocks under timed conditions a couple of weeks before your test date to see what level you are working at.
Some practice tests will have disadvantages. For example, practice tests that are too easy or too hard can lead to complacency or unnecessary anxiety and are a waste of both time and money.
Also, some may not accurately reflect the real format of the UCAT, leading to an unpleasant surprise on test day. The function of practice tests is to give you a feeling of preparedness – not to cause hesitancy and anxiety!
Multiple companies offer Question Bank subscriptions which include UCAT practice tests, and it can feel impossible to decide which one is the best for you.
Ultimately, a good practice test should have the following features:
So, which UCAT practice test is the best? Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this.
Luckily, many companies will provide a small number of free sample questions for you to try before you decide to subscribe and pay. Make sure you cross reference these free sample questions with the practice questions on the official UCAT website to ensure they are an accurate depiction of what to expect on the day (in terms of both layout and difficulty).
It is also a good idea to ask current medical students what resource they used and whether they would recommend it.
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