How much UKCAT preparation should I do?

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July 27, 2014 by Emedica

We get asked this question a lot!

I suspect people are secretly hoping we’ll say ‘Only a few hours’ or (even better) ‘None – you’re clever enough to ace it without any preparation at all!’

We never say either of these! The fact is that the UKCAT is designed to differentiate between the cleverest of the clever so it is HARD. Almost everyone finds it impossibly hard to begin with and after extensive prepartion they find it very hard!

It is hard to set down a ‘rule’ for how much preparation you will need but you know how you work best by now.

  • If you’re a last minute crammer then maybe 9 – 10 hours a day for a week would get you to optimum UKCAT level (66 hours prep)
  • If you’re a more steady learner then maybe a fortnight of 4 – 5 hours a day would be good (63 hours prep)
  • If you like to take your time to establish your knowledge then 2 – 3 hours a day for a month (75 hours prep)
  • If you’re really serious then an hour a day for 3 months really would help get you up to speed. (90 hours prep)


Our website has over 2000 questions. If you were to work through them all – to UKCAT timings – it would take over 19 hours! Assuming you’ll want to look through the answers as well as do the tests then there’s at least 40 hours of preparation right there! If you want to begin your preparation in a less pressurised environment and use the untimed or SEN timing options then it will take even longer!

Remember – that whilst practice questions might make up the bulk of your preparation there are other things you can do to prepare for your UKCAT as well as plough on through them. Have a read of our other blog posts for loads of hints, tips and strategies.


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.

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