Boost your maths

You’ll need to be good at maths, both for the UKCAT and your career in medicine.

If you’re not studying the subject at A Level, you’ll need to make sure you know enough for the Quantitative Reasoning element of the UKCAT. Even if you are, you may want to take a break from calculus to increase your speed at basic arithmetic.

One way is to find online GCSE Maths exercises and exams, e.g. BBC Bitesize. Practising these will refresh your memory, preventing nasty surprises and forgotten techniques in the exam. It’ll also make you faster at extracting relevant data from test questions.

Consider boosting your mental arithmetic. You’ve got 24 minutes to answer 36 questions, so there’s potential to save seconds at every stage. Any sum you can do quickly in your head rather than long-hand or with the calculator will save you precious seconds to use on other questions.

If mental arithmetic isn’t your thing, you have the on-screen calculator. Try to practise with the keyboard shortcuts (and a keyboard with a numpad) to save time typing in the test.

Finally, don’t forget you have the laminated paper to write down intermediary results and any other calculations you want to track.

Medify UKCAT Tutorials

  1. Getting Started with the UKCAT
  2. UKCAT Preparation with Medify
  3. UKCAT Advice for VR *
  4. UKCAT Advice for DM *
  5. UKCAT Advice for QR *
  6. UKCAT Advice for AR *
  7. UKCAT Advice for SJT *
  8. UKCAT Keyboard Shortcuts *
  9. UKCAT Flagging *
  10. Free UKCAT guide
    1. What is the UKCAT?
    2. General information
    3. Apply for a bursary as soon as possible
    4. Get an afternoon UKCAT slot
    5. You CAN revise for the UKCAT
    6. All questions are weighted equally
    7. Results are relative
    8. Recognising the truth of UKCAT Verbal Reasoning statements
    9. Why reading comprehension is important for medicine
    10. Recognise qualifiers
    11. Boost your maths
    12. Understand pattern recognition
    13. Learn mnemonics
    14. First-order and second-order rules in Abstract Reasoning
    15. Introducing Decision Making
    16. Visualise and mentally rehearse
    17. Train your body and mind for peak UKCAT performance
    18. Prepare your mind
    19. Test-day Preparation
    20. In the test room
    21. What does your UKCAT score mean?
    22. What to do if you experience problems during a test
    23. How to appeal against the result of an investigation
    24. After the test
  11. Additional Text Tutorials *
    1. Getting Started with the UKCAT *
    2. UKCAT Preparation with MEDIFY *
    3. Verbal Reasoning: True, False or Can't Tell *
    4. Verbal Reasoning: Reading Comprehension *
    5. Verbal Reasoning: General Advice *
    6. Decision Analysis (has been removed from the UKCAT) *
    7. Quantitative Reasoning: General Advice *
    8. Abstract Reasoning: A/B/Neither and General Advice *
    9. Abstract Reasoning: Complete Series *
    10. Abstract Reasoning: Complete Statement *
    11. Abstract Reasoning: Set A or B *
    12. Situational Judgement: General Advice *
    13. Strategies by Question Types *
    14. GCSE Mathematics Revision *

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