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:
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:
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.
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.
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 20,000 questions, 21 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.
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.