July 24, 2014 by Emedica
We get asked this question a lot!
It’s a hard one to answer because we know we’re not unbiased – we think our online service is brilliant for UKCAT preparation and can’t see why anyone would want to use anything else! However – some facts are incontestable.
- The UKCAT is a screen test so screen practice is the ‘gold standard’ The way we interact with screens in terms of things like reading speed and data analysis is different to the way we interact with the same information on paper.
- Books will go out of date. Every year small tweaks (and sometimes large tweaks!) of the UKCAT format are made. Online questions can be tweaked in line with these whereas the book on your shelf cannot be.
- A screen test can time you far more accurately than you can time yourself with a book.
- A screen test will give you marks and save you having to go back and forth between question page and answer page to work out your score.
Any UKCAT practice is worthwhile – if you’re on a 12 hour flight then practicing using a book is going to be helpful. If you have books already then the preparation you do with them can only be useful. However – do bear in mind the points above and try to get some onscreen practice before your test day.
There are free practice questions at ukcat.ac.uk
Since this post was published UKCATprep.com have published their own book! It has multiple strategies, techniques and suggestions for how to maximise your UKCAT preparation and how to boost your UKCAT score. The book can be purchased via Amazon here:
We have over 100 free UKCAT questions for you to try. We also have over 2000 fully updated UKCAT questions, with the same screen layout as the real thing. The service reflects all the new changes for the current year. We also run a 1 day Crammer Course to help boost your UKCAT score – book here!