Important UCAT Test Dates 2020

by Dibah Jiva May 28, 2020 7 min read

We have compiled a list of all important UCAS test dates in 2019 that candidates taking the UCAT should be aware of, so have a read below and make sure you mark them in your calendar! 

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What is a good UCAT score for medicine?

by Dibah Jiva April 30, 2020 8 min read

The UCAT is offered by Pearson Vue and has become a requirement for the vast majority of medical and dental schools in the UK and abroad. What is a good UCAT score for medical school is an often asked question that applicants worry about a lot, so we have put together a quick guide to help you out navigating what the UCAT scores mean and what your options are, depending on your score.
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UCAT Scores - Everything you need to know

by Dibah Jiva April 28, 2020 9 min read

How does UCAT scoring work? What is a good UCAT score?  In this blog, Dr Dibah Jiva breaks down everything you need to know or have wondered about UCAT scoring.  This is a must-read before you even start your preparation, so you know exactly what top UCAT results look like!
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Unis to Apply with Low UCAT Score

by Shivani Sharma September 12, 2019 5 min read

All medical schools are looking for applicants who will make good doctors in the future, however each university has their own selection process. Considering how well any given school’s selection process matches your own strengths and weaknesses is key to making sure you have the greatest chance of a successful application.

Aside from your UCAT score there are many other important parameters in a medical application, including your GCSE grades, A-levels and personal statement; and applying to Universities which focus more on these criteria will help your application if you did not manage to achieve a high UCAT score.

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Where to apply with an average UCAT score

by Gerens Curnow July 22, 2019 5 min read

The UCAT is the most commonly used aptitude test for the medical admissions process for schools in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. How each school use these scores varies, as does the performance of candidates each year, but for the last two years, the overall average score has been around 620-635 (note that the 2019 results have not yet been released). In this blog post we will talk through the best options for you if you have achieved an average UCAT score.

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UCAT test - top tips and advice

by Caroline Olabisi July 15, 2019 5 min read

So you’ve decided you want to study medicine or dentistry? You realise that the medical school or dental school you want to apply for requires the UCAT test? Fear not, we are here to give you our six top tips to scoring well in the UCAT!
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How to Tackle the UCAT Abstract Reasoning Patterns

by Giulia Bankov June 30, 2019 3 min read

The Abstract Reasoning questions aim to test your ability to identify patterns amongst unfamiliar information and as such, can be particularly challenging, especially without prior practice. Fear not, however, as we have compiled a list of tips below to help you ace theUCAT Abstract Reasoning section!
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Best UCAT Preparation Resources 2019

by Giulia Bankov June 28, 2019 3 min read

Preparing for the UCAT and unsure where to start with all the UCAT preparation resources available? Don't worry we are here to help you narrow it down! Here we have compiled a list of the best UCAT prepraration resources for 2019 entry!
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UCAT Timing Tips to Manage Your Time Efficiently

by Giulia Bankov June 25, 2019 4 min read

The UCAT is a very time-pressured exam, often giving you no more than 20 seconds per question. This can be initially quite challenging and stressful but with good preparation and practice, you will be able to ace it in no time. Here are some of our best timing tips when it comes to successfully sitting the 2019 UCAT!

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UCAT Keyboard Shortcuts

by Giulia Bankov June 19, 2019 3 min read

While practising to answer questions accurately and fast is a big part of high performance at the UCAT, there are several other strategies that, if mastered well, will help you shave off valuable seconds on test day. Some of them are becoming familiar with and getting used to using the UCAT keyboard shortcuts, which are covered in this blog post!

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UCAT Techniques to Master

by Giulia Bankov June 14, 2019 5 min read

If you are a prospective dental or medical student, you probably know that there is a very high chance you might have to sit the UCAT as part of your application. So, we have compiled our best UCAT techniques to help you get a high score on the exam!
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Create a Successful UCAT Revision Timetable

by Giulia Bankov June 05, 2019 5 min read

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. Here we outline how to create a successful UCAT timetable so you are prepared!
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UCAT Exam Structure

by Giulia Bankov May 31, 2019 4 min read

For those of you who are currently applying to or thinking of applying to medicine, chances are that you might have to sit the UCAT, depending on the universities you are interested in applying for and as such, a good knowledge of the UCAT structure and content of the exam will be of great value for the start of a successful preparation. Continue reading for a full breakdown of the UCAT exam and what will be expected of you when you sit it.

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UCAT Medical Schools: A Complete Guide

by Giulia Bankov May 24, 2019 4 min read

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test required by the majority of medical schools in the UK, as well as a few medical schools abroad, too. If you are intending to apply to study medicine, you likely already know that the UCAT is an exam that tests your mental abilities across a wide variety of topics, but it is important to know what universities require it in order to help you narrow down your choice. Here you will find all UCAT/UKCAT Universities as well as the courses that the exam is required for! Take a look here!


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Final UCAT Results 2019 Application Cycle

by Giulia Bankov May 22, 2019 4 min read

Sitting the UCAT exam is an important part of your medical school application and you would have to have completed this before you submit your UCAS application. If you are a prospective medical student who has applied to universities for entry in 2019, you will likely have already sat the exam before October of 2018, and as such, you might be wondering where you stand in your score and how you compare to the rest of the cohort of applicants. In that case, have a read below, we have compiled this information for you to refer to.
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Where To Apply With High UCAT Scores 2019 Entry

by Gerens Curnow May 10, 2019 4 min read

The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is one of the key components of a medical school application for the majority of medical schools in the UK, and as of recently, in several other countries, too. Once you sit the UCAT and receive your results, you will be faced with an important decision that will likely set the tone for the next four to six years of your academic career - what universities to apply to. We have compiled a list of recommendations of several high UCAT score universities medical schools that might be a good fit for you.
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Top 10 UCAT Tips

by Giulia Bankov May 08, 2019 4 min read

If you are a prospective medical student preparing your application, you will have surely heard about the UCAT (UKCAT) by now. Getting a good UCAT result is one of the requirements, along with a personal statement, your grades and a letter of recommendation, that you will have to submit to be considered to be given an offer for a medical interview. We have prepared our Top 10 UCAT Tips for acing the exam here!

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Top 5 UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Tips

by Giulia Bankov May 03, 2019 4 min read

The UCAT Quantitative Reasoning section is the problem-solving part of the UCAT. For this subtest, you will have 24 minutes to answer 36 questions. The Quantitative Reasoning questions will vary greatly in nature, so familiarising yourself with all possible question types is a good idea before you tackle them. In this blog post we share our top tips to help you ace the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning subtest.
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Top 5 UCAT Situational Judgement Tips

by Giulia Bankov May 01, 2019 4 min read

The aim of the UCAT Situational Judgement section is to assess your ability to understand ethical situations you might well find yourself in at some point in your medical career and to identify what the ideal response in such a situation would be. We have compiled some tips for you on how to best prepare for this section, so have a read below!
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UKCAT to UCAT: Everything You Need to Know

by Giulia Bankov April 25, 2019 3 min read

If you are a medical or dental school candidate preparing to apply this academic cycle, you probably know that one of the requirements is to sit an entrance exam called the UKCAT. However, you might have noticed that recently that exam’s name was changed from UKCAT to UCAT. Here we cover all you need to know for what that means for you and how it might affect your application! 

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Top 5 UCAT Decision Making Tips

by Giulia Bankov April 17, 2019 4 min read

The UCAT Decision Making subtest was only included in the UCAT exam a few years ago and it is certainly one of the vaguest ones to study for. The aim of the Decision Making section is to assess your ability to apply logic, interpret information and evaluate arguments in order to identify the correct answer. Here you will find our best tips on how to perform well in the Decision Making subtest.

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Top 5 UCAT Abstract Reasoning Tips

by Giulia Bankov April 12, 2019 3 min read

The ability to spot patterns from a set of unknown information is an important skill for everyone looking to get into medical school or studies medicine and the UCAT Abstract Reasoning section of the exam tests exactly that ability. Here we cover our Top 5 UCAT Abstract Reasoning Tips to help you prepare for this section of the UCAT!
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How to get 900 in UCAT

by Giulia Bankov April 11, 2019 4 min read

The UCAT is a widely required exam for prospective medical students not only in the UK but abroad as well. The test aims to evaluate your capacity to understand and evaluate real-world situations and as such, it doesn’t cover any theory that you need to study for. However, there are still techniques and strategies you can develop to make sure you ace the UCAT exam. For that reason, we have compiled our best tips for you on how to score 900 in UCAT.

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UCAT Registration 2019: Everything You Need to Know

by Giulia Bankov April 04, 2019 4 min read

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 2019/20 medicine application cycle.

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UCAT Situational Judgement Overview

by Philip Linnell March 25, 2019 5 min read

The UCAT Situational Judgement (UKCAT SJT) section of the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) uses real-life scenarios to test your ability to understand real-world situations and assess appropriate behaviour when making decisions. In this blog post, we cover the types of questions to expect, how to think about your timings and how the scoring works, as well as top tips to help you improve.

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UCAT Abstract Reasoning Overview

by Philip Linnell March 18, 2019 5 min read

Abstract Reasoning is typically the most loved or feared section of the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). This part tests your ability to recognise patterns amongst abstract series of shapes. You may be surprised that many students falsely believe there is no point in studying for Abstract Reasoning, so you’re already at a huge advantage by reading this blog. In this post, we'll cover the types of questions to expect, as well as sharing some top tips. 

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UCAT Quantitative Reasoning Overview

by Philip Linnell March 10, 2019 5 min read

Some students believe that the UCAT Quantitative Reasoning section simply requires the maths skills developed at school and therefore cannot be helped by any further preparation. This is not true and in this post, we cover the Quantitative Reasoning test in detail, as well as our top UCAT tips to help you score well. 
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UCAT Decision Making Overview

by Philip Linnell March 04, 2019 3 min read

The UCAT Decision Making section can seem intimidating for some or even just plain strange to others. It has 29 questions that have to be answered in 31 minutesIt is a recently introduced section of the exam that mixes together text, charts, tables, graphs and diagrams, asking you to make decisions or conclusions based on the information given. In this post, we cover the type of questions to expect as well as some key strategies.
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UCAT Verbal Reasoning Overview

by Philip Linnell February 28, 2019 3 min read

Many prospective medical students find the UCAT Verbal Reasoning section the hardest part of their University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) preparation because it is so time-pressured. In this blog, we introduce the approach to the Verbal Reasoning section of the test by making you aware of many of these patterns that often come up and share some UCAT Verbal Reasoning tips for test day.
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UCAT Test: Essential Knowledge for the UCAT

by Gerens Curnow February 25, 2019 6 min read

The most common exam used by UK medical schools is the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). The way in which the medical school uses the UCAT score is hugely variable, and cut-offs (if such are used) can vary considerably each year depending on cohort performance. The UCAT does not contain any curriculum or science content and instead focuses on exploring the cognitive powers, reasoning skills, and logical thinking of applicants - all of which are vital attributes for a doctor to possess.
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