The UCAT is a test of your 'raw' abilities.
Think of it as 'the fundamentals of thinking', such as mental arithmetic and decision making, not outside knowledge. One exception to this is the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) section, which requires you to know about the conduct and professionalism of health care workers, including medical ethics.
So how is the BMAT different? The BMAT also assesses raw ability, but it in addition it tests your basic knowledge, much like your GCSEs and A-levels.
NOTE: the BMAT used to be pen and paper based, but due to the pandemic it will be entirely computer based in 2021.
Fluid intelligence relates to the ability to reason and solve problems in new situations (such as 3D spatial rotation).
Crystallised intelligence relates to the ability to use the knowledge that you have acquired through past learning or experience (such as capital cities).
Generally, the UCAT tests fluid, but the BMAT tests both.
To really get to know this exam, read this overview of the UCAT.
The UCAT is a two hour test with five sections that are all multiple choice and are computer-based.
There is no written component:
Find out how to prepare for the UCAT.
Similarly, our BMAT overview covers most of what you need to know about this test.
The BMAT is a two hour test with three sections and is paper-based.
The UCAT relates closely to Section 1 of the BMAT. It tests cognition rather than learned science.
The online BMAT Course has over 1,400 original practice questions, 5 unique mock exams, Section 1-3 tutorials, essay plans, and a past paper grader.
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