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Welcome to JobTestPrep's UKCAT Preparation Hub

Here you will find everything you need to prepare for the 2017 UKCAT—including an explanation of our preparation services, information about the test, and practice tips.


What Is the UKCAT?

The UK Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) is a timed, multiple choice aptitude test used for medical and dental school admissions in the UK. It is comprised of five sub-tests designed to evaluate one’s cognitive abilities.

The test is not based on scientific or curriculum material. The UKCAT is provided by Pearson Vue and is taken at Pearson Vue’s centres. Score results are provided immediately upon completion of the exam. Scores are sent directly to the university or universities to which you are applying.


The UKCAT Format 

Here is a breakdown of the five UKCAT sections, as seen on the 2017 edition:

Subtest

Time* Items
Verbal Reasoning 22 minutes 44
Quantitative Reasoning 25 minutes 36
Abstract Reasoning 14 minutes 55
Decision Making 32 minutes 29
Situational Judgement 27 minutes 68
Total 120 minutes 232

*Includes one minute for instructions

  • Verbal Reasoning - On this test, you are given a short text to read followed by a statement. There are two types of questions on this test: The first type is based on the information provided in the text from which you must decide if the statement is true, false, or you cannot say. The second question type is based on reading a list of options and then determining the correct answer from that list. You are only allowed to use the information in the text and not your outside knowledge. The test contains 11 texts, with four questions on each of them.
  • Quantitative Reasoning - On this test, you are given numerical data in a table, chart, or graph, and you are asked questions on the information provided. Solving the questions usually involves some form of basic calculation. The same set of information may be used for more than one question.
  • Abstract Reasoning - On this test, you are asked to identify the correct shape in order to complete the question. There are four types of questions you may experience. This is a fast-paced test with less than 20 seconds to answer each question. It is a nonverbal test as it does not use words or numbers, and it is often considered to be like an IQ test.
  • Decision Making - On this test, your ability to implement logic in order to assess arguments, evaluate statistical data, and make a decision will be assessed. This section replaced Decision Analysis in 2016.
  • Situational Judgement - On this test, you are asked to identify the correct responses to a series of scenarios relating to the life of a medical or dentistry student. There are two types of scenario responses asked: the appropriateness of a behaviour and the importance of a set of options. You are given 19 scenarios; each one contains between two and five questions.

 


UKCAT Scores

Upon completing the UKCAT test and leaving the test centre, you will receive a copy of your UKCAT Score Report. The results are valid for admission to medical or dental schools during the 2017 UCAS Admissions cycle (for entry in 2018 or deferred entry in 2019). Read more about UKCAT Scores.


Who Should Take the UKCAT?

Last year, 26 UK universities required the UKCAT in order to study medicine or dentistry. All UK, EU, and international applicants need to take the test before submitting their UCAS form. The required grade on the UKCAT depends on the university you have applied to. Applicants should take the test in 2017 when applying for 2018 or for a deferred place in 2019.


The UKCAT Timetable 2017

UKCAT 2017
Registration opens 2nd May
Testing begins 3rd July
Registration closes 19th September
Bursary deadline 19th September
Booking/ rescheduling closes 2nd October
Last testing date 3rd October
UCAS application deadline 15th October

 


Why Is Preparation for the UKCAT So Important?

Preparing for any test is vital to your chances of success. In a test such as the UKCAT, where you are tested on skills rather than on knowledge, practising can have real benefits when you enter that test room:

  1. Practising helps you get familiar with the types of questions you can expect in the test. This reduces the surprise element and allows you to master the necessary skills per section, without wasting time on understanding the basic mechanism of each question or section. 
  2. Practice helps you identify your strengths and weaknesses, which will helps focus your preparation.
  3. Working under time constraints reduces stress and give you confidence on testing day. 
  4. practice improves your response times. The faster you work through each question the more questions you will answer, giving you the opportunity to get a better score in the test. 
  5. Practising also improves your accuracy when answering questions, also leading to a better score. 

Make sure that you give yourself a long enough preparation period so you can the most out of your practice. 


How to Prepare for the UKCAT

Since admission to medical and dental school is so competitive (over 80,000 applicants for under 8,000 spots), preparing for the UKCAT is essential. Furthermore, as the UKCAT may only be taken once each year, practising in advance is essential. Here are some tips to help you get ready for testing day:

  1. Ease in: Look over all of the practice materials in a relaxed, but focused, atmosphere. Read the study guides and tips and watch the videos.
  2. Get serious: Take a practice test in a quiet, comfortable room in the same time constraint as the real test.
  3. Check yourself: Look for your weak spots in the test, and make a note of them. Read the explanations and solving tips.
  4. Don't waste time: Practise the extra exercises of the sections for which you need help. For example, if you aced the verbal section, don't bother practising it again.
  5. Take another test: Utilise our second mock test, and try again under the same conditions as the real test. You should see better results this time.
  6. Rinse and repeat: If you still feel that you could do better, re-read all the materials, go over the explanations and study tips, and practise the exercises.

Get more UKCAT tips from our expert tutors.


UKCAT Online Practice Tests & Answers

JobTestPrep has created a practice pack complete with full-length tests, practice drills, and study guides. All of the practice materials found in the PrepPack™ have been carefully selected to reflect the difficulty levels, concepts, and styles of the 2017 UKCAT. We will walk you through through all of the sections of the test, so you are at your best for test day. You will use our ourtwo-pronged interface which allows practising tests in two modes:

  • Step-by-Step – In this training setting, you will receive feedback and explanations upon completing each question. This setting is especially useful for practising difficult questions.
  • Timed – This setting simulates test-like conditions by allowing you to answer questions under a time constraint. Upon test completion, a score report will be displayed.

In both modes, your test history is saved to track your progress. For more information and to start practising, check our UKCAT PrepPack.


UKCAT Live Tutoring  

JobTestPrep offers a new unique service—live tutoring. Our dedicated team of UKCAT tutors have all gone through our careful in-house UKCAT tuition selection process. This included verification of a high UKCAT test result and/or top percentile scores in science-based courses, passing a series of interviews, and delivering simulated lessons. In addition, our pricing structure is flexible and transparent; we have a competitive price per hour, assuring you that the tutor you meet will help you as much as possible. Check our UKCAT tutoring options 


JobTestPrep’s UKCAT Preparation Advantage

Since JobTestPrep’s business has, for years, been preparing people for psychometric tests, it seemed only natural in 2009 to add the UKCAT to the list of preparation services we offer. Our online preparation service currently provides the following unique features:

  1. The highest level of questions available web-wide, each section containing material geared to prepare you for the toughest questions on the UKCAT.
  2. Three study guides for the UKCAT, including invaluable tips and advice.
  3. Didactic and extensive solving tips and explanations.
  4. Real-time UKCAT test simulation in which you will practise timed tests similar to the actual UKCAT. Upon completion, you will receive feedback and a score report.

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