UCAT Resources: The Best To Help With UCAT Preparation

When preparing for the UCAT you may seem slightly overwhelming deciding which UCAT resource are going to best help you. This article will aim to guide you through all these resources, while advising you what UCAT resources may best suit your budget and the time scale you have to prepare.

The UCAT Website 

The best place to start with your UCAT preparation is the official UCAT website (https://www.ucat.ac.uk). This website will give you a full breakdown of what the test involves, the costs, the timings and suggested ways in which you can prepare for the UCAT. It also provides practise tests and question to help you prepare for the test day.

UCAT resources: Section breakdown
UCAT section breakdown

UCAT Resources: Courses 

One of the most useful UCAT resources out there are UCAT courses. These come in a variety of different formats and at several different price points. 

When picking a course, you need to think what the right options are for you. There are quite a few companies which offer in person options however in our experience these tend to be rushed and a one-size fits all model.

UCAT resource: Medic Mind online course
Medic Mind online course

Alternatively, you may want to opt for an online course such as those offered by Medic Mind. (https://www.medicmind.co.uk/ucat-online-course/) Which if you click through to you can find a useful video explaining how the course works. 

N.B. Due to the current COVID-19 situation in person courses are no longer running within the UK. 

UCAT Resources: Books 

There are a variety of different UCAT books out there. These books not only provide a helpful way of tackling each section but also a large number of practise questions.

There is an entire blog post you can read here (link), on which books will be most useful to add to your UCAT preparation resources. Some books just provide lots of practise questions, where as others help with the theory behind the test. Therefore, it is key to know what they cover before you buy.

The 1250 UKCAT Practice Question Book

UCAT Resources: Questions

When planning your UCAT resources for your preparation, you will undoubtedly come across a large number of question banks. There are some available on the UCAT website as mentioned above or you may be given access to them when you sign up to a course.

When using a question bank or a book the best method is to work through one section of the test using just one resource at a time. This will allow you to set clearer goals and should prevent you from getting confused by differing advise from different resources. 

UCAT Questions
Make sure to work through one section at a time

A further option is to search through older UKCAT question banks. Although the sections are slightly different, verbal, abstract, and quantitative reasoning question styles have remained unchanged. So these can potentially offer an alternative if you are struggling to find more questions to practise on. 

The most important thing with when using question banks as part of your UCAT resources is consistency. Working through each set of questions methodically and diligently will help you to make the best progress while hopefully seeing improvement in your progress. 

We’ve got over 250+ UCAT Practice Questions for absolutely free! We’ve compiled these by topic so you can accompany the theory from your UCAT Resources and apply it to the questions. You can find these by clicking here

UCAT Tutors 

One of the best and most personalised UCAT resources you can use are one to one UCAT tutors. This may be one of the more expensive UCAT resources out there, but it can offer you the most tailored help possible.

Tutors are particularly useful if there is one section of the UCAT you are struggling with, because they can through specific techniques for that section. And then you can work through questions in that section together to maximise your performance. 

UCAT Resources
Medic Mind Tutors vs. Classroom Days

UCAT tutors also can offer great advice on things such as tips for timings and taking you through mock exams. Which will allow you to experience the time constraints of the test before you have to sit it. While not necessarily for everyone, tutors can be the ultimate UCAT resource for those that need them. 

Conclusion

Knowing what resources are best for preparing you for the UCAT can be difficult and confusing. This article has guided you through the ones that we recommend. And will hopefully allow you to choose the best ones to help you to succeed!

If you have any further questions, please comment below and we will get back to you!

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