Yes! Even high achieving students can stumble in the UCAT.
Some students with perfect secondary school scores have missed out on a place in medicine and related courses due to their low UCAT scores. In some cases, your UCAT score is more important than your secondary school grades in securing a university place in Medicine or the health sciences.
Research shows training can significantly improve UCAT score by familiarising you with the types of questions that will be asked and developing strategies to tackle them.
An all-too-common fallacy about preparing for UCAT is that all you need to do is 'familiarise' yourself with the test by doing some practice questions. That's like saying the way to become a great basketball player is to familiarise yourself with a basketball court and practice taking a few shots.
You might be familiar with the quote by Benjamin Franklin: "by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail". These words definitely ring true for the two-hour, gruelling marathon that is the UCAT.
"Kids take prep courses to ace tests that are supposed to measure inborn aptitude," (page 100, Time Magazine, December 20, 2004).
The UCAT is a skills based test: you cannot ‘cram’ information the night before. You have to overlearn the strategies to solve UCAT style problems so that thinking becomes automatic and fast.
So start preparing now!