UCAT · June 05, 2019
Create a Successful UCAT Revision Timetable
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT), previously known as the UKCAT, is one of the most widely required entrance exams for both medical and dental schools. As a prospective dental or medical student, therefore, chances are you will have heard of the UCAT already and you might already be preparing to sit it prior to submitting your application before this application cycle’s deadline (October 15). While preparation is key when it comes to a successful performance at the UCAT, having a well-structured study plan is also of high importance, which will help keep you on track in your progress and goals. Continue reading below for our best tips on how to create an effective revision timetable for the UCAT.
Register and pick a test date
Create a realistic UCAT study plan
Make sure you set time aside for full practice exams
Don’t cram last minute and give yourself a break
Practice for the UCAT with a real exam simulation
Again, everyone will need a different amount of time to prepare, but on average if you set aside a committed time period a few times a week over the summer, you should have plenty of time to prepare for the UCAT. As the UCAT resembles an IQ test more than it tests actual knowledge, there isn’t any material you need to be pre-reading or familiarising yourself per se, so starting any earlier or continuing studying for it way past the summer won’t necessarily give you any advantage but what it could do is interfere with your other commitments.
Especially if you’re a school leaver or a final year university student, don’t forget that your grades are still very important and you need to make sure you keep them up in your final year. With the application deadline for medicine and dentistry being October 15, that will fast approach you once summer is over and you would ideally want to have the UCAT done and dusted by then in order to focus on the remaining parts of your application.
Remember though, nothing is set in stone, so if your circumstances change and you need to make adjustments to your schedule, don’t feel scared to do so. If you find that another strategy works better for you halfway through, it’s better to switch at the time instead of carrying on with a study plan that is not ideal. While preparation is key and planning out your steps in advance is usually recommended, you also need to be flexible and play it by ear when it comes to finding out what actually works for you.
We hope these tips regarding your UCAT revision were helpful. All the best in your preparation and if you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at hello@theMSAG.com.
Miss Giulia Bankov
Giulia is a graduate medical student at the University of Glasgow. She previously studied Neuroscience at King's College London and completed her Cognitive Neurobiology and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Amsterdam