Teachers’ Guide to Medicine #2: The UCAT Test

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2021-03-13

Help your students succeed in the UCAT, which is required by the majority of medical schools in the UK.

What is the UCAT? 

The UCAT (University Clinical Aptitude Test) is a test that assesses students on skills relevant to medicine/dentistry, and is taken by students when they are about to start their final year A-levels (July to September). 

It is a computer-based exam consisting entirely of multiple-choice questions that test a range of aptitudes:

For more information about this test, including how your students can prepare, read our article on the UCAT.

Which medical schools use the UCAT test? How do they use it?

The UCAT is used by the majority of medical schools in the UK but each medical school is different in the way they use the UCAT scores. 

The list of UCAT requirements will give you the ability to advise students on their best chances of acceptance. 

If the student has a stellar academic record but didn’t do so well in the UCAT, you might advise them to apply for medical schools that have a more generous UCAT score threshold. 

How can I help my students to prepare for the UCAT?

Here are top five ways to get your class ready for the UCAT: 

  1. Introduce the UCAT early, at the beginning of the year. Before your students even start to study, they should begin planning for the UCAT. Make sure they know the test's purpose and how it will be used to determine their medical school application.  
  1. Break the exam down to its sections. The UCAT is made up of five sections and 233 questions and it is important to understand how the UCAT is structured
  1. The UCAT requires a different approach to study. Studying for the UCAT will be different from A-levels because it doesn't require them to memorise facts. Instead, they need to: 
  • Learn the methodology of the sections   
  • Practice with high-quality questions  
  • Understand explanations to learn and improve. 
  1. Get students used to the UCAT testing conditions. Students will need to sit the exam in a Pearson Vue exam centre. Getting students familiar with the UCAT computer exam client gives them a reassuring familiarity during the exam. Medify’s Online UCAT Course is used by 2-in-3 medical and dental applicants studying for the UCAT and is known for its realistic UCAT exam simulation. It also includes a huge bank of over 10,000 questions, 8 unique full mock exams, question walkthroughs, extensive video tutorials, as well as performance feedback. Prices start from as little as £35. We also offer school discounts.
  1. Assess early and often. Give your students some practice tests earlier in the year so they can identify their stronger and weaker areas. This way, they can adjust their schedule to focus on their trouble spots instead of wasting time studying unnecessarily.  

Where can my students find UCAT preparation tips?

We have created an admissions guide, which is designed to walk students through the admissions process, including free UCAT tips and tricks.
In addition to the Online UCAT Course, Medify also offers free resources on the UCAT, including revision tips, exam information and section-specific advice.

UCAT blog categories

The official UCAT website features free practice tests, tips and candidate advice and is a great place to start

There are helpful YouTube channels run by medical students, which shares tips, know-hows and resources, including:

HeyOlivia


Journey2Med


Julia Bahja


Magda Weronika


Nurse to Medic


Sen Kath


Showercapsuf


Simply Fran


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