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With UCAT rapidly approaching, it is important that you take a few moments to check whether you are UCAT ready. MedEntry has compiled a checklist of 10 essential tasks to complete before UCAT test day.



1. Register for UCAT and check your ID

Ensure you have registered for UCAT and scheduled a UCAT testing date/time. If you have done so, you will have received a confirmation email from Pearson VUE. Confirm that your identification document is acceptable and that the name and date of birth on the document exactly matches the details you provided to Pearson VUE.



2. Review Official UCAT information 

Ensure that you have thoroughly read the information in the UCAT Official guide (available here: and worked through the resources on the Official UCAT Consortium website:



3. Understand key strategies to optimise UCAT performance

Ensure you are aware of key strategies to boost your UCAT score, including how to:

  • Effectively make educated guesses for UCAT questions, and use the process of elimination
  • Flag and review UCAT questions efficiently
  • Manage your time for each UCAT subtest
  • Use your UCAT Noteboard and pen effectively (you will have received one from the MedEntry workshop)
  • Use UCAT keyboard shortcuts to save time, including use of the keyboard numberpad for the calculator



4. Learn key strategies for UCAT Verbal Reasoning

Ensure you are aware of key strategies for UCAT Verbal Reasoning, including speed reading, scanning for keywords, watching out for negatives and qualifiers, and developing a critical thinking mindset.



5. Brush up on UCAT Decision Making skills 

Check that you know how to approach each type of question in the UCAT Decision Making subtest, and that you understand basic probability, how Venn diagrams work and the principles of logical reasoning.



6. Know how to answer UCAT Quantitative Reasoning questions quickly 

Ensure that you are aware of key strategies for UCAT Quantitative Reasoning, including how to ‘eyeball’ data, make estimates, look for short cuts, use your mental maths skills and avoid over-reliance on the UCAT calculator.



7. Develop UCAT Abstract Reasoning skills

Check that you know the commonest patterns that arise in the UCAT Abstract Reasoning subtest, and have a mnemonic to help you remember them. Ensure you have a framework for approaching each type of UCAT Abstract Reasoning question.



8. Understand the principles of UCAT Situational Judgement

Ensure you are aware of key principles of medical ethics and professionalism. Check that you have read (or at least scanned through) a document such as the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (available here:



9. Complete UCAT practice exams under timed conditions

Make sure you have completed at least 3 UCAT practice exams under timed, simulated conditions on an accurate UCAT platform, such as the one MedEntry provides. Ensure you have completed all 4 of the Official UCAT exams.



10. Manage stress and optimise your UCAT performance 

Ensure you know and apply psychological strategies to manage UCAT stress and boost UCAT performance. These are covered in detail in MedEntry’s workshop and on the MedEntry Online Platform.

Good luck and happy preparing!

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