The best way to prepare for the UKCAT?

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August 9, 2012 by Emedica

What’s the best type of practice?

Anna Greathead

There’s two main ways you can practice the UKCAT – using a book or an online service.

The actual test is on a computer so it’s probably good to get at least some online practice.

Whilst you’re starting out it’s nice to not be under time pressure – whilst you learn the format and some techniques for approaching questions – but it is very important to do some practice under timed conditions because that’s what happens in the real test!

Studying with a friend is a great idea – some of the questions definitely benefit from some discussion to help you ‘get it’! It’s also a lot more fun so you’re likely to stick at it for longer (though this might depend on the friend!)

At some point reasonably close to the exam it would be good to do a whole paper in 2 hours to have a full practice. If this isn’t available from your online provider you might have to be very strict and time yourself!

Don’t get disheartened by poor results at the start, or by running out of time. I ran out of time on 3 out of 4 sections and still got a very respectable score (2810). They level it so that running out of time is probably the norm! Finding it hard has to be the norm if they’re to be able to differentiate between thousands of very able students!

The main thing is finding a method which works for you, working hard at it, pushing beyond your comfort zone and making sure you know you tried your very best.

Anna Greathead is part of the E-learning team at We have over 100 free UKCAT questions for you to try. We also have over 1700 UKCAT questions with the same screen layout as the real thing.

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