Prepare your mind

Here are some tips for removing possible cognitive friction in taking the UKCAT.

Study for your UKCAT at the same time of day you’ll be taking your test. This helps build a routine, helps ensure you are awake during your test, and trains your brain to be at its best when you need it most.

Familiarise yourself with the layout of the questions on the screen. Processing how everything looks beforehand saves time (and brainpower) on the day. You can do this with the official UKCAT preparation material, and also our UKCAT online course.

Practise the test with a computer, rather than with books or notes. On test day you’ll be using a computer, so try to replicate the UKCAT environment as much as possible. Otherwise your brain has to process the “new” way of answering questions.

Remember to rest. You risk burn-out if you study too hard. Your motivation could drop, or you might find you’ve already “peaked” before the test.

Remember your body needs rest too! Avoid missing meals, make sure you get a good night’s sleep (avoid late-night cramming or staying awake into the early hours) and keep yourself hydrated.

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 *

* UKCAT course purchase required