Test-day Preparation

You’re expected to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled test time, so you have time to check-in at reception.

You’ll need to bring:

  • Your test confirmation email
  • Photographic ID from the approved list

Make sure you know how to get to the test centre.
Consider taking a map, and if you’re using GPS or your smartphone’s maps app make sure it’s charged and has data credit.

Remember that buses and trains can be late, especially when you need them not to be.

Food and drink

No food or drink is allowed in the test room, so consider your pre-test diet. Foods that release energy slowly will stop you from feeling hungry during the test. Try to eat proteins and high GI carbohydrates: meat or baked beans, brown (wholegrain) rice or pasta, or wholegrain breakfast cereals or muesli. However, don’t stray far from your usual diet on the day of the test in case you feel sick. You may want to try these foods out at the same time of day a few weeks in advance.

Be wary of energy drinks and coffee. If you aren’t used to them, don’t drink them, especially in large quantities. Caffeine can acutely increase anxiety, and sugar rushes are soon followed by insulin slamming on the brakes leaving you feeling worse than before, far from ideal for a long test. They are no substitute for a good night’s sleep, eating properly, and a bit of exercise.

Also make sure you aren’t going into the test dehydrated. Drink water, but don’t overdo it, you don’t want to be going to the bathroom when the timer is ticking.

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