UCAT Preparation with Medify
2-in-3 UCAT takers relied on the Medify Method in 2020. It has three parts:
- Learning about the test with comprehensive text and video tutorials
- Practising across our extensive Question Bank
- Simulating with test-day accurate Mock Exams
This video will serve as a user guide on how to get the most out of Medify’s UCAT online course.
Learn through video tutorials
We provide video tutorials for each section. The advice will support your gradual improvement during the course. Diligently working through the advice alongside the questions and their explanations will help you to make great progress in a short space of time.
One would assume time constraints to be the major focus whilst practising. However, our experience has shown that technique is more important in the early stages of practice. Technique is learnt by applying the advice we give you in the form of tutorials, but also in the form of detailed explanations for each question.
Practise by question type
The Practice area lets you pick which question-type to practise. Each practice set delivers a stem and its five questions, for example a Verbal Reasoning passage and five questions about the passage.
In the initial stages of practice, time restrictions do not apply while practising. You can do a quick session of 5 questions or more by stringing many sets together. Use this to reinforce what you have learnt from the tutorials, making sure that you appreciate the test environment and the questions.
We believe the “incremental progress” approach is the best way to improve in the UCAT. It has proven effective for thousands of Medify users. With time you’ll notice that you will naturally build up your accuracy with more pace.
When you feel more comfortable, you can jump in a Time Trial. Here, we give you a certain number of sets to do within a limited time. It is similar to a mock, but not for the full two hours.
Simulate full-length mocks
Many of us dive straight into the deep end by taking a full-length mock, then realise half-way through that it’s probably better to save it for later! Save your Mocks until you feel ready to complete one seriously. Learn and practise in tandem and when you feel you’re ready to attempt a mock do so.
Be careful not to waste the mocks. Well-designed mock tests involve more than just delivering questions in time-limited stages. A good mock is built in a similar fashion to the real test – selecting questions that test a range of skills, and ordering questions in a specific way to adjust the overall difficulty. We do more than provide a random assortment of questions and call them mock tests.
Preparation prior to taking a mock is also key. You want to simulate the test environment as much as possible.
We mean this in the strictest sense: no distractions, no food or drink, in silence, and each subtest one after the other again without breaks, just like in the real thing. You may feel like giving up. It is better to feel this now than for the first time in the exam; so persevere. This will battle-harden you, and reduce some of the test anxiety that you’ll face on the day. This method for acclimatising yourself helps to remove any unnecessary thoughts and distractions in the test environment so that you can focus on just answering the questions.
Throughout the process, you’ll need to be more self-aware of your weaknesses so that you can maximise your progress. To help you we collect data from your practice and then provide you with performance analysis. Here we’ve categorised your strengths and weaknesses into the various types of questions.
When you’ve practised a few hundred questions, take a look and gain insight into any potential improvement areas.
Making the most of Medify and getting a high score on the UCAT requires you to direct your own practice. This means switching from honing your technique to stretching and pacing yourself within the time constraints of the Mocks. Fortunately, you have the most up-to-date resource to do this!
We wish you the best of luck, but also encourage you to take practising seriously. Your effort will be rewarded by performing to the best of your abilities in the real test!