7 hours of intense tuition in all five sections of the UKCAT. It’s the perfect foundation upon which to build your own revision.
How we do things
People often describe UKCAT as an exam that “cannot be prepared for”. We disagree. It’s true that the style of the test means that there aren’t any facts to learn (unlike BMAT), but you can absolutely familiarize yourself with the different sections, and practice techniques that will get you through each question in a timely fashion. These techniques are what we’ll be teaching you on the UKCAT Crash Course.
As a team of medical students from some of the UK’s top universities, we’ve been through every book and course on the market, and formulated practical strategies for each section of UKCAT. We’ll work through example questions with you, and teach you the methods that will get you the answer in the shortest amount of time.
That’ll be our primary focus on the day. In addition, you’ll get a copy of our UKCAT Strategy Guide, containing more practice questions, tips for each section and advanced techniques not covered on the course. Finally, you’ll have support from us until the day of the exam and beyond – whether you’re stuck on a question, want a critical analysis of your personal statement or need advice for interviews, our team will be just an email away, and happy to help.
Please be aware though, that our course isn’t a magic bullet that will instantly get you a score of 800 – UKCAT is a tough exam, and you’re going to have to put in many hours of preparation in your own time to do well. Our aim is simply to make that process as easy as possible for you.
We’ll teach you the best methods for getting through each section as quickly as possible.
Sample questions to help you apply our methods to tackle exam-like problems.
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.
All our teachers have years of experience in private tutoring, so you know you’ll be in good hands.
Our team will be happy to help with anything, from tricky UKCAT questions to personal statements and interview advice.
Below you’ll find a rough timetable of what we aim to cover during the course. Time is severely restricted, so we ask that students arrive at 9:45am so we can make a prompt start at 10:00 (or even before). The course ends at 6:00pm, but our instructors stay behind for half an hour or so to answer questions and chat about applications and the like. If you scroll down further you’ll find a more detailed breakdown of our strategy for each section of UKCAT. As always, if you’ve got any questions, please Contact Us and we’ll do our best to help.
Potential changes in timing
Please note: This 10am – 6pm timing holds true for the majority of our courses. However, there may be some (dependent on train times from London) where the timings are 10:30am – 6:30pm. As such, we’ll send an email out a few days before each course with confirmed details about the time, so please ensure you check your email before attending the course.
10:00 – 10:30
10:30 – 12:00
12:00 – 12:10
12:10 – 13:40
13:35 – 14:25
14:25 – 15:25
15:25 – 15:30
15:30 – 17:00
17:00 – 17 :05
17:05 – 17.45
17:45 – 18:00
Introduction + General Advice – Preparation, Practice, Strategy
Verbal Reasoning – Technique & Strategy Applications
Quantitative Reasoning – Technique & Strategy Application
Decision Making – Technique & Strategy Application
Abstract Reasoning – Technique & Strategy Application
Situational Judgment Test – Technique & Strategy Application
General Advice + Q&A **
* We ask that students attending our course bring their own packed lunch. You could feasibly bring money to buy something from shops nearby, but as time is so tight and we need to get through everything, we only schedule 25 minutes for lunch so you’ll have to be quick.
** While the course technically ends at 5:30pm, we anticipate overrunning slightly, so please arrange your transport with that in mind. Our instructors will be around until 6pm (or even later) for those who want to stay behind and ask about anything else, from personal statements to interviews.
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.
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, and make sure you that you won’t.
55 questions | 13 minutes
Identifying patterns in pretty shapes should be a welcome break from the stress of the previous two sections, and with a solid system in place, you can really raise your score here. Unfortunately, this section is known to be highly unpredictable. Patterns can be painfully obvious, or ridiculously obscure and as usual, the objective is to beat the clock.
Thankfully though, there are only so many patterns they can throw at you before they run out. We’ll show you the basics first, the simpler patterns that are always repeated. We’ll then challenge you with some of the tougher ones, and train you to spot similarities and differences with ease. Ultimately, 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.
29 questions | 31 minutes
In Decision Making, 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.