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6200+ questions, detailed explanations & full mocks


Our tutors score in the top 1-2% nationally

Are you planning to apply Medicine or Dentistry in the UK? If so, you'll need to take the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). At The MSAG, we understand that preparing for the UCAT can be challenging, which is why we've created our Live UCAT Course to help you achieve your best possible score. To do well in the UCAT - it's 30% knowledge and 70% strategy. Being smart with timing - answering some questions in 20 seconds rather than 40 - is what makes the difference between an average and a strong score. Our course is designed to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence you need to succeed on test day and we are not shy to say it is the most thorough and effective UCAT preparation course available.

What Makes Our Live UCAT Course Stand Out?


15 Hours of In-Depth Learning

Our Live UCAT Course stands out from the competition with its 15-hour length. While most competitor courses are only 1 day or 6-8 hours long, we understand that truly mastering the UCAT requires more time and in-depth study. The UCAT consists of 5 sections: Verbal Reasoning, Decision Making, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Situational Judgement Test. Each section comprises a variety of question types, each demanding a unique approach and strategy.

In a shorter course, it's simply not possible to cover all the sections with the necessary depth and to cover the best method for optimised speed and results for each question type. For example, we dedicate 4 hours of our course to the Decision Making section alone, which is essential when you consider the diversity of questions and approaches needed, including probability questions, Venn diagrams with 3 subtypes, conclusion drawing from data, syllogisms, and logic puzzles. A course that spends a maximum of 1.5 hours on the entire Decision Making section cannot genuinely help a student improve their skill level in that area.

Our course offers depth for every section. Although we call it a UCAT course, just like other companies, what we offer is quite different. Our 15 hours of in-depth learning ensure that you'll have the time, practice and guidance needed to truly enhance your skills and confidence across all sections of the UCAT.

All-Inclusive UCAT Prep

When you enroll in our Live UCAT Course, you'll gain access to our digital UCAT prep, including our UCAT question bank with 6,200 questions and a 9-hour interactive online UCAT course. Our video tutorials are linked to our question bank, allowing you to easily access relevant course content for questions you struggle with. These valuable resources are designed to support your learning journey from the live course all the way until you're fully prepared for your exam. Unlike other UCAT courses that charge separately for their question banks, we give these resources as part of our commitment to your success. Take full UCAT practice tests using our custom built online built platform, with results and personal advice to help you improve your UCAT score. We will be adding a few full mocks and new videos with UCAT tips throughout the summer.

You can explore the full details of our UCAT question bank and interactive online course to understand the depth and value of these resources.

Expert Instructors

One of the key factors that set our Live UCAT Course apart is that our teachers are UCAT experts. We believe that WHO teaches you matters greatly, and we're transparent about our instructors' qualifications and experience. Many courses do not disclose who your instructor will be, leaving you unsure if you'll be taught by a doctor, a student, or if the same person will teach all 5 sections.

Our course is taught by two highly qualified instructors:

  • Dr. Dibah Jiva, the founder of The MSAG, will teach the Verbal Reasoning and Situational Judgement Test sections. She created the mental mapping approach for Verbal Reasoning and has helped thousands of students achieve band 1 in the Situational Judgement Test.
  • Esha Gogna, a third-year medical student and top 1% UCAT scorer, will teach the Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, and Decision Making sections. Esha's exceptional UCAT scores (QR 880, AR 870, DM 860) and excellent teaching skills make her an ideal tutor for these challenging sections.

Having two expert instructors, each focusing on their areas of expertise, ensures that you receive the best possible guidance and support throughout the course.

Small Class Sizes

We keep our class sizes small, with a maximum of 10 students per class, to create a highly engaging and interactive learning environment. Rather than simply lecturing, our instructors work through questions together with students, thinking out loud and fostering a collaborative study group atmosphere. This hands-on approach encourages active participation and helps cement your understanding of the concepts and strategies.

The small class size also allows our instructors to get to know each student well over the course of the 8-day program. This enables us to personalise our approach and feedback to each student's starting level, ensuring that everyone is making progress and improving their skills. With this personalised attention, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions, receive targeted feedback, and interact closely with your instructors and classmates.

Interactive Mock Exams

Practice is a crucial component of UCAT preparation, and our Live UCAT Course incorporates interactive mock exams to help you apply the strategies you've learned. Using our EXAM simulator software, which mimics the real UCAT experience, you'll take 10-minute mock exams for each section. Immediately afterwards, you'll review your performance with the UCAT tutor, receiving valuable insights and feedback.

This interactive mock exam process is designed to reinforce your learning and help you develop the skills needed for UCAT success. By applying the strategies you've learned in a realistic, timed environment and going over your results right away, you'll identify areas for improvement and refine your approach. This is effective in helping students develop the skills and confidence to do well on the UCAT.

Ongoing Support

We believe in providing ongoing support to our students, even after the Live UCAT Course has ended. Our commitment to your success extends beyond the classroom, and we offer several ways to ensure you have the guidance you need throughout your UCAT preparation journey:

  • You can attend another session of the course for free within the same year if you'd like a refresher or additional support.
  • We're available to answer any questions you may have after the course via email.
  • Once you've completed a few timed practice sets or mock exams on our platform, you can request a personalised review of your performance. Dr Jiva will analyse your results and provide personal advice on areas for improvement and strategies to boost your score.
  • We proactively monitor student progress to identify any struggles or challenges. If we notice you're having difficulty, we'll reach out with targeted advice on where to focus your efforts to make your UCAT preparation more efficient and effective.

With our ongoing support, you'll never feel alone in your UCAT preparation. In addition to UCAT preparation, our expert tutors can help with reviewing your personal statement. We're here to walk you every step of the way, offering the resources, feedback, and encouragement you need to achieve your best possible result.

Track Record

Our Live UCAT Course has a proven track record of success, with outstanding results from previous years. We've been trusted by some of the UK's most prestigious schools, including Haberdashers' Aske's School for Boys, Haberdashers' Aske's School for Girls, Eton College, and Hymers College, to provide preparation for their students.

Our students have consistently achieved excellent scores on the UCAT, with many going on to secure places at top medical and dental schools. When you choose our Live UCAT Course, you can feel confident that you're investing in a program with a proven history of helping students succeed.

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Detailed Course Breakdown


2024 Schedule
  • 15-19 July, 2024

  • 5-9 August, 2024

  • 19-23 August, 2024

The course runs over 5 days, with 3-hour sessions held Monday to Friday at 2 pm UK time. This schedule allows you to maintain a consistent learning pace while providing flexibility for other commitments. If you cannot make a session in the course you picked, you are welcome to attend that session a different week. The 15 hours are split as follows:

  • 3 hours of verbal reasoning
  • 4 hours of decision making
  • 3 hours of quantitative reasoning
  • 3 hours of abstract reasoning
  • 2 hours of situational judgement
Strategy & Practice Sessions

Our Live UCAT Course spaces the learning over a full week, with daily sessions lasting 3 hours per session. Over the course of 15 hours, we will cover every section of the UCAT, covering the core techniques to answer the key types of questions.

  • 10 hours dedicated to in-depth exploration of strategies for each question type within the five UCAT sections.
  • 5 hours focused on guided practice, where you'll apply the strategies you've learned to UCAT questions.

Our expert instructors will walk you through the most effective approaches, helping you develop a toolbox of techniques to tackle even the toughest questions. After each mock exam, your instructor will lead a thorough review session, analysing the questions and explaining the correct answers. This immediate feedback helps you identify areas for improvement and refine your approach.

Acing VR, DM, QR, AR & SJT

Verbal Reasoning (VR)

The Verbal Reasoning section of the UCAT is largely one of the most feared subtests of the exam for many medical school candidates - in 2024, the average score was 572. In our VR sessions, we'll focus on the power of "mental mapping," a technique designed by Dr. Dibah Jiva to help you effectively navigate even the most challenging passages. The strategy is unique to theMSAG team, created by us and only taught in our live course. Through engaging exercises and real-world examples, you'll learn how to quickly identify key information and tackle the trickiest questions with confidence.

Decision Making (DM)

Our DM sessions are designed to accommodate different learning preferences, providing you with both quantitative and visual approaches to problem-solving. We are the only course in the UK that dedicates four whole hours to decision making review. Whether you're a "math brain" or someone who thrives on drawing and using tables, we'll equip you with specific methods for tackling each question type. We will walk you through the process of mastering logic puzzles, decoding syllogisms, and navigating the intricacies of probabilistic reasoning and Venn diagrams.

Quantitative Reasoning (QR)

Quantitative reasoning is the highest scoring section in the UCAT. In our QR sessions, we'll go beyond simple methods for each question type, focusing on the essential skills of quick recognition and strategic decision-making. We will teach you how to identify question types within seconds, decide when to skip a question, and employ smart estimation techniques to save valuable time. Through engaging practice questions and targeted feedback, you'll develop the mental agility and problem-solving prowess needed to excel in QR.

Abstract Reasoning (AR)

The abstract reasoning section of the UCAT is where we see the fastest improvement in our students. Developing a systematic approach and building confidence are the keys to success in AR. Our blended approach of using mnemonic and critical tips to recognise common patterns fast sets you up to excel in abstract reasoning. We will show you a step-by-step process for quickly identifying patterns, rules, and relationships within abstract shapes. Through a series of fun and challenging exercises, you'll train your brain to see things quickly at a glance, giving you a significant advantage when tackling new patterns.

Situational Judgement Test (SJT)

The Situational Judgement section has gained weight in importance over the last few years. Many medical schools now have selection algorithms that strongly prefer students who achieve a band 1 in the SJT. In our SJT sessions, we focus on bridging the gap between the GMC's 'Good Medical Practice' guidelines and their practical application. Through interactive discussions and carefully selected examples, we will help you develop a deeper understanding of how to apply the duties of a doctor to a wide range of scenarios. Our sessions give you a clear framework for approaching SJT questions so that you can answer correctly with a lot more confidence.

Timing Strategies

In our focused timing session, you'll receive guidance on pacing yourself effectively throughout the UCAT. We'll share proven strategies for quickly identifying and prioritizing key information, minimizing the impact of challenging questions, and maintaining a steady pace that keeps you feeling cool, calm, and collected on test day.

UCAT Tutors

Instructor Profiles

The skills of your instructors directly influences the quality of your learning experience. That's why we're proud to have two exceptional instructors leading our Live UCAT Course:

Dr. Dibah Jiva:

  • Founder of The MSAG and a qualified doctor with 17 years of experience in medical school admissions.

  • Created the innovative "mental mapping" methodology for the UCAT Verbal Reasoning section, which has helped thousands of students improve their scores.

  • Specialises in teaching Verbal Reasoning and Situational Judgement, using her deep understanding of these sections.

  • Has an exceptional track record, with most of her students achieving Band 1 (top 20%) scores in the Situational Judgement section.

  • Known for her supportive teaching style and ability to break down complex concepts into easily understandable components.

Esha Gogna:

  • A third-year dentistry student at the University of Birmingham and top 1% UCAT scorer, with a passion for helping aspiring medics succeed. Achieved 4A* at A-Level and received offers from multiple UK and Irish dental schools.

  • Top 1% UCAT scorer (99th percentile) with exceptional scores in Quantitative Reasoning (880), Abstract Reasoning (870), and Decision Making (860).

  • Specialises in teaching these three sections, drawing on her personal experience and in-depth knowledge to help students master even the most challenging question types. An engaging and approachable tutor, skilled at creating a positive learning environment and fostering student confidence.

  • Recognized for academic excellence, awarded commendations and shortlisted for the Junior Clinical Dental Scholarship.
  • In addition to her academic achievements, Esha is actively involved in various leadership roles and societies. She serves as the Year 3 student representative of the School of Dentistry, Co-Chair of the Staff Student Forum and the Vice-President of Toastmasters (UoB). Her involvement in the Birmingham Widening Access Medical Society show her commitment to supporting aspiring medical and dental students from diverse backgrounds.

  • Actively contributes to course improvement by initiating and managing extracurricular clinical observations in specialties like Cleft Lip and Palate and Oncology and chairing meetings with senior university and NHS members to implement actionable improvements to the dental course.

Our instructors work together seamlessly to give complete support and guidance throughout the Live UCAT Course. With their combined expertise and dedication to student success, you can feel confident that you're learning from the best in the field.

Interactive/Engaging Learning Experience

We believe that the best way to learn is by doing. That's why our Live UCAT Course is designed to be highly interactive and engaging, with a strong emphasis on hands-on practice and real-time feedback. Throughout the course, we work together through a variety of UCAT questions as a way to discover and later apply strategies and techniques. These interactive sessions provide a unique opportunity to solve problems collaboratively, explain your thought process, and receive immediate feedback to help you refine your approach. We also use an EXAM simulator software that mimics the real UCAT experience. You'll have the opportunity to take 10-minute mock exams for each section, followed by detailed reviews and discussions with your instructors.

In addition, our course uses professional, fully animated presentations with interactive quizzes that further enhance the learning experience and support visual learners. These engaging materials are designed to reinforce key concepts and keep you actively involved in the learning process. By combining various teaching methods and resources, we serve different learning styles and make sure that you're able to grasp and retain the information effectively.

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  • 5
    UCAT course live online class

    Posted by Nishka Patel on August 3, 2020

    It was really useful. They taught us a lot of techniques that helped to increase my speed.

  • 5
    Lots of helpful tips and food for thought

    Posted by Hannah Plom on August 2, 2020

    Great course delivered over Zoom using lots of great tools to aid interction. I definitely improved my scores over the course of the week. Thank you!

  • 5
    Amazing course

    Posted by Ermis S. on July 31, 2020

    It is a very useful course that thought me a lot about how approach each question and how to manage time. All the tutors were very kind and open to question and discussion, which made the course very interactive, which improved the learning experience. Overall, a very helpful and enjoyable course.

  • 5
    UCAT LIVE online classes. 10/10

    Posted by Iman A. on July 27, 2020

    I found the MSAG's UCAT Live Online Classes incredibly helpful and a great asset to build upon their web-based content. Learning new strategies, techniques and tactical approaches to answering questions gave me a much needed boost. The focused sessions were packed with on-point content and the classes were delivered by friendly, knowledgeable and engaging tutors. MSAG as a company definitely embodies a caring ethos and this is certainly reflected in their personal approach, content and fair prices. I was genuinely impressed by the live courses as well as their targeted online material. I found listening to how other students were approaching and answering questions particularly helpful. Dibah and the MSAG team are genuine, understanding and very approachable. I would absolutely recommend them for UCAT/BMAT preparation.

  • 5

    Posted by Varun Menon on July 24, 2020

    My overall experience with this UCAT crash course has indeed been very useful. it helped me know the different useful strategies that I could use to solve sections like VR, QR, AR, DM AND SJT. Very fruitful, five stars.

  • 5
    Such good tutors!

    Posted by Alison Bate on July 21, 2020

    The course was set out really well, very well thought out and the tutors were excellent! I was feeling quite overwhelmed by the UCAT from just doing an online (non-live) course, my own research and practice questions, but the live tutoring broke it all up into much more manageable sections, gave really good strategies and through all the interaction has made me feel a lot more confident

  • 5
    MSAG course for the UCAT exam

    Posted by Maria Susan on July 18, 2020

    I enjoyed every minute of it. The course really helped me understand where I could improve my approach for the different sections. I feel a lot more confident about the UCAT now. The MSAG strategy was really useful and helped me get better at managing my time more efficiently.

  • 5
    Fantastic, would recommend

    Posted by Tara doorley on July 15, 2020

    This course has been extremely helpful. The online classes are fantastic with great advice and a positive learning environment. The online lessons and resources are comprehensive and very helpful.

  • 5
    Ucat course

    Posted by Zita Graham on July 9, 2020

    Great It wAs so helpful . And many tips to start off my learning experience .

  • 5

    Posted by Athanasios G. on July 1, 2020

    I found this coarse very informative, and it definitely gave me a good insite/idea of how the ucat works, and what is needed and involved in achieving a good score. Thank you Lemonie

  • 5
    An amazing course

    Posted by Sunandhitha K. on June 26, 2020

    It was really useful and gave me a good insight to the different types of questions that appear in the UCAT. I learnt a lot of tips to overcome problems like time constraint. Our teacher , Dr Rachel also took time in explaining all the questions from the mini practice test we did in the end and also patiently elaborated on the topics I was struggling with. Overall, it was really beneficial and would definitely help me in making my further practice more efficient and also do the exam well!

  • 5
    The best UCAT course

    Posted by Sara on June 26, 2020

    This course truly changed my outlook on the UCAT and gave me incredible motivation and confidence. I now have a set plan about how I will continue my UCAT preparation and I have a clear idea of my strengths and weaknesses. Before this course, I was overwhelmed by the UCAT, but now after having every section broken down, I know how to approach it. The course was very interactive and that helped massively as I was able to ask questions whenever I needed to and I received feedback immediately after answering a question. Seeing the other students' thought processes also helped. The UCAT tutor was what truly made this course invaluable to me, she was so helpful, understanding, and friendly. She had excellent teaching methods and made sure that everyone understood before moving on. She made the environment so comfortable which encouraged me to ask questions and participate. Overall, this course has been the most vital part of my UCAT preparation and it engaged me fully.

  • 5
    Very beneficial course

    Posted by Shreya on June 15, 2020

    I did the live online UCAT course. I found it very useful- we covered how to approach all the different question types within each section of the UCAT, as well as time-saving tips and practice questions throughout each session. We did a mini-test at the end of each session and the teachers spent lots of time explaining the answers so that we could see where we went wrong. The very small group size was something which I liked as the teachers could take time to explain any questions I had. The teachers were very friendly and I liked having 3 different teachers throughout the 5-day course. The 5-day course was particularly useful as it allowed time for me to ask about anything that I struggled with across the week. In addition to the live online course, the online learning platform which they provide with it is very useful with lots of videos explaining different approaches to the questions and lots of practice questions. Overall, I learnt a lot from the course and really enjoyed it.

  • 5
    Best Ucat Course

    Posted by Durai P. on September 8, 2019

    I really enjoyed the UCAT preparation course. It gave me some very useful techniques and tips to use but the best thing about this course was how well it was organised and structured. It gave me reassurance that it is possible to do well by putting in effort and it's not just luck.

  • 5
    UCAT course 31/08-1/09

    Posted by Ross S. on September 1, 2019

    Really good learnt a lot and seen my areas on which to improve

  • 5
    Absolutely would recommend.

    Posted by Lena on September 1, 2019

    Such a great course, the people are incredible and the way it is set out and explained is great. All information is given easily and worked through with timed questions to help you understand where you need improvement. The tips and guidelines are really helpful and definitely will help when I take my test. I would recommend this to anyone and I was sad that is was over because I had such a nice time.

  • 5
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    Posted by Hugh on September 1, 2019

    It is really good at giving you a good base of understanding of the UCAT course and then helping you further improve your UCAT score.

  • 4
    Very beneficial experience

    Posted by Libby on September 1, 2019

    Overall the course was beneficial - it gave me a chance to understand the structure and timing of the exam, the different question types that could come up and the way in which to approach questions. I think the course could be improved with the structure, allowing more time to go over the harder concepts, and potentially more time to practice questions under time pressure. The staff were lovely and really helpful and kind throughout.

  • 5
    UCAT help

    Posted by Alice T. on August 12, 2019

    I found the two day UCAT course very helpful as every part of the exam was explained very clearly with worked examples and questions we did ourself. I also felt the small group size aided my learning as I needed to be engaged and listening at all times as to play an active role in the group.

  • 4

    Posted by Millie on August 11, 2019

    Very helpful, good tips

  • 5
    Great course

    Posted by Emma j. on August 4, 2019

    Very knowledgeable and insightful as to what to expect in the exam and also past the exam. Will be returning on another course. Thanks again!

  • 5
    Review of MSAG UCAT course

    Posted by Ben M. on August 4, 2019

    It was very informative and helped me with my preparation for the UCAT. I gained a lot of knowledge and the teaching was interesting and engaging.

  • 5
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    Posted by Amirah R. on August 4, 2019

    It was useful and the strategies we were taught were really helpful, also liked practicing under times conditions, overall really productive :)

  • 5
    MSAG UCAT Course

    Posted by William . on August 4, 2019

    It was really useful. We got an in depth look at every section and lots of tips for the different types of questions. The mini tests at the end were also really useful! Both the students and the instructor were very nice and were very welcoming.

  • 5
    Good course

    Posted by Basma K. on July 30, 2019

    Good two days learning about different types of questions and how to answer them in the most efficient manner. Took a lot from the course and now am more confident in using the techniques to answer questions.

  • 5
    Very Informative

    Posted by Hari J. on July 30, 2019

    The 2 day course covered many useful techniques to help me improve at answering all the different types of UCAT questions. Both the tutors were friendly and engaging making the course worthwhile.

  • 4
    Nice one

    Posted by Jivitesh Raju on July 28, 2019

    Thought it was really good, but maybe some more questions would make it even better

  • 5
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    Posted by Adrian S. on July 28, 2019

    I had a very productive two days in which I learned about new techniques to use and now have a much better understanding of the way questions are asked and how to answer them.

  • 5
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    Posted by Amanah I. on July 14, 2019

    Overall the experience was very good, learnt alot of new techniques that have made me more confident and I will apply to practice on the portal. Has given me a more tactical mindset that I can use to address the questions.

  • 4
    Very good for learning new techniques to answer hard questions

    Posted by Ishaan Rahman on July 14, 2019

    Overall, very good. Got some good help with techniques for answering tough questions, particularly on QR and AR sections. Good to be able to ask questions about what is on the online course. Some access to more practice questions would be helpful to review new methods.

15 hours Live UCAT Course

Taught by Esha Gogna (99 percentile score) and Dr Jiva (Founder of