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.
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.
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The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is a widely recognised exam used by medical schools, as a tool to assess candidates applying to study medicine.
We at theMSAG recognise that the application process can be extremely stressful, so we have collected all the information you are going to need to complete your registration for the UCAT, should you be planning to sit the exam in time for the 2020/21 medicine application cycle.