How I Scored 900 in UCAT with a UCAT Question Bank and a UCAT Tutor
Hi there, my name is Kunal and today I’m going to tell you how I scored 900 (Maximum Score) in the UCAT using UCAT Questions, a UCAT Tutor and lots of UCAT practice!
I’m currently a 6th Year Medical Student at UCL, and it is absolutely brilliant. The opportunities you get at university, both socially and in terms of Medicine as a course, make it the most exciting time of your life.
That is why your UKCAT (UCAT) revision now is so worth it.
I used to panic about the UKCAT (UCAT) every day of summer, just like most students. I somehow managed to score 900 and Band 1 in four sections of the UCAT.
Some of this is definitely down to luck, of course. But when I sat my UKCAT (UCAT) I had come leaps and bounds from when I first started. I felt as if I had “worked out” the exam.
Using the right resources – UCAT Question Bank, a UCAT Tutor and working hard I managed to get there. Using certain techniques an impossible exam soon turned very manageable and almost, dare I say it, enjoyable.
There are so many shortcuts in the UKCAT (UCAT):
- In VR you can often answer based on just the type of language in the question.
- With QR there are tricks to speed up your use of the UKCAT calculator. In AR there are 12 key triggers to spot certain patterns.
- When it comes to SJT make sure you don’t fall into common traps they set.
- In DM technique is more important than ever.
In this blog I will go through my experience and how you can drastically improve your revision.
What UCAT resources did I use? (UCAT Question Bank and UCAT Tutor)
Everyone uses different revision material. Some students go on 3 different courses. Some students just use UCAT Questions. I personally used three things: the official UKCAT (UCAT) questions, a UCAT question bank, and a UKCAT (UCAT) tutor.
I was reluctant to use a UCAT tutor at first. I mean everyone says that you can’t revise for the UCAT can you? To begin with it was more to help me sit down and collate my progress continually, but I found it much more useful than I could imagine.
My advice is to be very careful about who you pick. I went through 3 tutors before finding the right one. Many can just be inexperienced university students tutoring in their summer holidays, whilst others can be teachers or even full time tutors.
What are my top tips?
Do the UCAT Test before you go back to school.
I was always tempted to delay my UCAT), especially as it grew closer. One of my friends had pushed it back 4 times believe it or not. Personally, the last week of August is the best time. Give yourself maximum time to revise, but get it done before a busy year kickstarts at school.
Get used to the UCAT test conditions
So many candidates go in unprepared. You can’t highlight Verbal Reasoning passages like you can in a book. As well as this, you haven’t got a scientific calculator. Don’t forget you only get a whiteboard, an on screen calculator, and a small stuffy room. Practice doing a 2 hour test in your local library to get used to the conditions.
If you are using the Medic Mind Question Bank, you’ll be able to try out the flagging function, UCAT Calculator, UCATSEN and other realistic timing features. The official UCAT bank also has this, as do other question banks such as Medify (although these other banks often vary significantly in how realistic they are!).
Don’t neglect UCAT theory.
UCAT Questions are invaluable, yes, but without proper theory you really are limiting yourself. I improved initially by just doing 100 UKCAT UCAT questions per day. But I soon stagnated.
Working with my tutor and reading around, I started to actually break down my technique. Step by step. For example, for Verbal Reasoning statement questions, do you look at the statements in a random order and always run out of time?
Well you are wasting your time! You can look at certain factors such as ‘Extreme Language’ to make your life 100x easier (see my free Youtube Tutorials below)
Focus on timing from the beginning.
Time is marks in the UCAT. So your approach needs to be time efficient. You need to work on timing from the get-go, because otherwise you will be in for a real shock further down the line.
Don’t panic if you do badly
If you do well, congratulations and well done. If you do badly, then do not panic. Apply to universities which focus less on UKCAT (UCAT), and strongly consider sitting the BMAT.
I know it might feel like you are not improving. But do not panic. You will get there with practice. But make sure you are using the correct techniques – it has to be quality practice. I wish you the best of luck.