2nd October 2021
5 Easy Ways to Start Preparing for Medical Interviews Now
1. Don't Forget UCAT Situational Judgement The UCAT Situational Judgement section tests similar skills to the medical interview. Unlike the other parts of the UCAT exam, the Situational Judgement subtest analyses your ability to handle potentially difficult situations. This is an excellent foundation with which to begin your medical interview preparation. Remember the types of scenar ...
1st October 2021
How to choose a medical school
Choosing a medical school is a really important decision. It is where you will study for the next 4, 5 or 6 years, and may also influence where you practice medicine in future. The decision on where to study will eventually come down to where you are offered a place and then your personal preferences. Deciding on where you wish to study is a very personal decision. However, deciding on the ...
20th September 2021
UCAT UK 2021 Preliminary Test Statistics Now Available!
Interim test statistics for UCAT UK 2021 are now available on the UCAT UK website. This blog describes what they mean and how to interpret them. What data is shown? The UCAT UK 2021 preliminary test statistics displays the following data: the mean total overall cognitive UCAT score (2570): this is the sum of your subtest scores for UCAT Verbal Reasoning, UCAT Decision Making, UC ...
17th September 2021
6 Common UCAT Verbal Reasoning Pitfalls
Without a doubt, most UCAT test takers find Verbal Reasoning to be the most challenging subtest. The combination of the stringent timing (~30s per question), the information dense passages and of course, testing nerves (being the first UCAT section!), can often result in lower scores in this subtest. It is important to note that participants tend to score lower Mean in UCAT Verbal Reasoning &n ...
16th September 2021
Optimising your performance in UCAT: 5 Lessons from Sports Psychology
Preparing for the UCAT is like preparing for a marathon: it requires training, persistence and strategies to optimise your performance on UCAT test day. Just as an athlete prepares for a major sporting event, so you must prepare yourself to sit UCAT, which is one of the most important exams that you will face in your career. We can learn much from athletes about optimising performance in UC ...
15th September 2021
Is UCAT Stressing You Out? Here's How to Use Stress to Your Advantage
You may have heard that stress negatively impacts on performance, particularly in an intellectually challenging test such as UCAT. You may have been told that if you are too stressed in the lead up to an important exam such as UCAT, you won’t do well. You may have been advised to look for ways to relieve your UCAT-related stress. While this may be true, in some cases trying to get rid of UC ...
12th September 2021
5 Tips for UCAT Exam Day
Huiyi scored 99th percentile in UCAT (overall cognitive score 3160 / average 790). In this blog, she describes her top 5 tips for UCAT test day. 1. Don’t panic This might sound like another one of those easier said than done things that people around you might say, but it’s actually so important on the day itself! Plan ahead in advance for transportation to and from ...
8th September 2021
How I Scored 900 in UCAT Abstract Reasoning
The Abstract Reasoning UCAT subtest is one that candidates often find very difficult. Not only is it extremely time pressured, but it is unlike any other test you’ve ever taken. Candidates are often unsure how to prepare for and do well in the Abstract Reasoning section of the UCAT. To succeed in this subtest, you need to develop effective strategies to tackle any Abstract Reasoning q ...
2nd September 2021
How to Interpret Your UCAT Scores and Feedback
So you’ve completed a UCAT practice exam and are unsure how to interpret your results and feedback. This blog has some tips to help you gain a better grasp of your UCAT progress. Look at percentile, not the number of UCAT questions you got right. The UCAT is a test designed to compare students against each other, thereby giving the universities a clearer indication of the ...
29th August 2021
3 Top Tips For Creating Your Personal Statement
Writing your personal statement can be daunting. It is challenging to craft an original and personal document which effectively communicates your experiences and achievements. Note that while it is normal to want to perfect every aspect of your application in order to maximise your chances of obtaining an offer, personal statement is just one piece of the broader medical entry puzzle. Mo ...