UCAT Test Tips & Preparation

The intensive, one-day course run by medical students.

Part of the 6med Crash Courses network. This course is being run online for 2020 due to COVID-19.

UCAT Crash Course In A Nutshell

We know you’re busy. So here’s the essential information about the 6med UCAT Crash Course.

  1. It’s a one-day course, which runs from 10am – 5:30pm most weekends from June – September each year. We are running our UCAT Crash Course online in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
  2. Each class has around 30 students, with 1 instructor who is a medical student at one of the top universities in the country. The course is priced at £129 per student. See our reviews.
  3. Each student gets a copy of our 300-page A4 course e-book.
  1. We spend around 1.5 hours on each of the 4 main UCAT sections (Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgment). We spend 30 minutes going over strategy and technique, and an hour on doing timed practice questions in an interactive fashion. See course details & timetable.
  2. Our experienced instructors (all current medical students) make sure that everyone’s clear on how to tackle the questions using the best strategies.

We’ve been running these courses for the last 6 years, and have taught over 10,000 students. Check out our Reviews to see what some of them had to say. We also run courses for the BMAT and Interviews, if either of those tickle your fancy.

If all this sounds good and you’d like to register, please select a date and venue on the Register page. If you’d like to find out more about The Course or About Us, please do have a browse around our website.

UCAT Crash Course Overview

7 hours of intense tuition in all five sections of the UKCAT. It’s the perfect foundation upon which to build your own revision.

Verbal Reasoning

44 questions | 21 minutes

This section tests your ability to critically reason statements and how they relate to the passages given. The questions themselves aren’t necessarily difficult, but the strict time limit is what makes this the section with the lowest average mark.

On the course, we’ll be introducing you to the different types of statements that always come up, and going over techniques that’ll speed up your comprehension of the text and help you find the right answer in the shortest amount of time.

Quantitative Reasoning

36 questions | 24 minutes

Although there’s nothing in this section beyond the level of GCSE Maths, we find that students often use inefficient methods and therefore waste valuable time.

The good news is that they ask the same types of questions over and over again. We’ll go over the common question formats and teach you some important formulae, mental maths tricks and how to use the on-screen calculator effectively. Finally, we’ll show you the common traps that people always fall into so you don’t.

Abstract Reasoning

55 questions | 13 minutes

With a solid system in place, you can really raise your score here. Unfortunately, this section is known to be highly unpredictable.

Thankfully though, there are only so many patterns they can throw at you before they run out. We’ll show you the basics first, then challenge you with some of the tougher ones, and train you to spot similarities and differences with ease. Our aim for this section is to give you a system that works 90% of the time no matter how nervous or tired you are.

Decision Making

29 questions | 31 minutes

You will have to use a number of different techniques to answer the different types of questions, and it can be difficult to juggle all these different methods. More than in any other section, the question types in this section can vary a large amount.

We have carefully taken apart this section and created a set of techniques for each question type. This section isn’t easy, but we’ll make it as bearable as possible and give you the best shot at doing well in this section.

Situational Judgement Test

69 questions | 26 minutes

For 2016, removal of Decision Analysis makes the Situational Judgement section of the UKCAT more important than ever before. Although your performance doesn’t contribute to your overall UKCAT score, your raw score will be expressed in one of four bands, with band 1 being the highest.

Similar to before, universities use the result of this section in different ways and even though it might seem like common sense, make sure you don’t underestimate its importance. SJTs are used all the time in medical selection, notably in applications for foundation programme jobs.

We’ll go through the correct approach for all SJT questions and how to work with a strategic framework that will help you become more confident in putting down an ethically robust answer. Of course, we’ll go through lots of questions during the course and highlight the important things you need to know.

Booking for our 2020 UCAT Crash Courses is now open. If you’d like to know more about the course or about us, feel free to browse around this website, and please do check out our knowledge base if you have any questions. Hope to see you soon!

Why You Should Book Your Place

We think the course is pretty good. Here are a few reasons why you should think so too!

Efficient Techniques

We’ll teach you the best methods for getting through each section as quickly as possible.

Practice Questions

Sample questions to help you apply our methods to tackle exam-like problems.

Strategy Guide

Contains advanced techniques, tips from high scorers, example questions and much more.

Tips & Tricks

High scorers share their secrets for preparation, practice and the exam itself.

Experienced Teachers

All our teachers have years of experience in private tutoring, so you know you’ll be in good hands.

Personal Support

Our team will be happy to help with anything, from tricky UKCAT questions to personal statements and interview advice.

Crash Course Dates and Venues

We run our 2020 UCAT Crash Courses almost every weekend from June until September. We are running our UCAT Crash Course online in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. You can check and book your place by clicking the button below.

Refund Policy: If you change your mind about attending the course (or even taking the UCAT altogether), just let us know at least 14 days before the course and we’ll give you a full refund. If there’s less than 14 days to go before the course, we can transfer your registration to another student (if you know someone who’d like to take your place) for a small admin fee, but sadly we won’t be able to refund you.

Crash Course Reviews

Tons of students have attended our courses and loved them. In this page, you can find their unedited reviews of our courses. Here’s one of our favourites.

“My advice to any UCAT candidate is to attend one of these courses! I was really struggling with my whole UCAT preparation, and had entered the panic stage where I was so stressed out about everything. On the course everything I couldn’t do was explained so well, with examples and questions to practice on. The tutors had prepared a booklet of notes and questions for us to take home as well, which meant that we could go over everything again at home. The tutors themselves were really friendly and knowledgeable, and were happy to help, and to slow down and recap things that people weren’t sure of. Overall it was a really great experience and helped me to achieve a score of 747.5.”
Medical Applicant

About Us

We’re a team of medical students who set up this company (6med) to disrupt a market dominated by exploitative corporations. Over the past 6 years, we’ve taught over 10,000 students, and we’re expanding further this year to reach an even wider audience. Our mission is simple – to provide the most effective yet most affordable preparation courses in the world.