UCAT Resource Guide
Advice & Insight From UCAT Specialists
To revise effectively for the UCAT you must utilise all the resources available to you. Using a variety of resource types and sources will allow you to make the most of the time you spend revising. Many courses and resources are commercialised, so you may struggle to choose which company to work with. The benefit of using online courses and companies is that their preparation material is far more extensive than official resources. Resources contains worked through examples, explanations and technique advice. Using these resources, you can access thousands of practice questions and advice guides with strategies and exam techniques. It is important that with plenty of time before your UCAT date you work out a revision strategy; this should reference which resources you are going to use and buy. There are a variety of online courses, websites, questions banks and books out there. BlackStone Tutors’ UCAT resource bank is written by qualified doctors with extensive experience in tutoring the UCAT.
It is highly recommended that as part of your revision you use the UCAT free official practice material available on the UCAT website. The UCAT website provides students with 5 question banks, with a set of questions and answers for each subtest. Although limited in volume, this resource is extremely useful. Ensure you complete the mock tests in the conditions of the UCAT. This will help you to become accustomed to using the UCAT software and working onscreen. It is highly recommended to not save these resources until just before your test date but to use them repeatedly. It is advisable to spend at last 5 weeks preparing for your UCAT. You might decide to practice these questions in weeks 1,3 and 5 of your revision period.
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Having a tutor to guide you through the minefield of UCAT preparation can be extremely useful. Tutors are experts in the UCAT so can help you to gain a strong theoretical understanding of the exam. In sessions with a tutor, you can develop personalised lesson plans which might help you to feel more confident that you have practiced comprehensively. Tutors can teach you effective time saving strategies and offer alternative strategic approaches to each subsection which you might not be using. It can be easy to read strategy tips online without actively engaging with them. By asking your tutor questions and putting your strategies into practice you can develop personalised strategic techniques which you will remember. UCAT tutors can help you to progress with your preparations, setting you homework and signposting you to resources. This prevents you neglecting any one section. If you are a procrastinator, being held accountable to your tutor might help motivate you to commit to preparation. As well as just being teachers, your tutor can become a role model. It is always useful to be in contact with someone who is in the medical field, and they will be there to answer any of your queries and concerns throughout your application.
Subsection specific resources:
There are a variety of resources which can be used when preparing for each specific subsection.
- When preparing for verbal reasoning you must increase you reading speed and critical reasoning skills. We recommend using speed reading apps or reading newspaper passages to become accustomed to reading quickly. Consider asking your friends and family to test you on the content of what you have read.
- Additional quantitative reasoning style questions can be found on the BBC Bitesize website using their GCSE maths resources. Ensure you have revised the following common topics: Percentages and percentage change, rates, proportionality, averages, areas of shapes and fractions & conversions.
- Consider using online articles and videos to find mnemonics for Abstract reasoning question.
- For extra Decision-making practice look at BMAT Section 1 questions and OCR Thinking skills Assessment questions. When practising interpreting information questions, the Data Handling questions from the BMAT, and OCR Critical thinking Unit 2 questions can help you to target your revision.
- There are several useful learning resources for SJT. It is important you read the GMC guidelines: Medical student: professional values and fitness to practice. Furthermore. The BMA Ethics Toolkit for Medical Students provides brilliant summaries of 15 common topics such as consent and confidentiality. In order to put your knowledge into practice additional practice resources include the SJT Foundation Programme Practice Papers and the MRSA SJT Practice questions. These 2 resources are intended to be used by those further into their medicine career. Nonetheless, they cover the 5 core topics being assessed: integrity, perspective taking resilience, adaptability, and team involvement.
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