Yes, we’d all rather be on Facebook or YouTube, or twitter, or asos, but before you throw your hands up in exasperated defeat and open another tab in your internet browser, consider this…
If you do well in the UCAT exam, you will only have to sit it once. It’s 2 hours of your time which can open the door to a lifelong, rewarding and satisfying career in medicine and/or the health sciences.
If you do not study for the UCAT, you may have to re-sit it or be forced find alternative pathways to reach your health career goal. This will not only cost you more money and give you no guaranteed place in post-graduate medical courses, but further, it will cost you time, which is NOT something you can ever get back.
Completing an undergraduate degree in science first will leave you to sit the GAMSAT; a test totaling 6.5 hours with an extensive essay writing section and science/ medicine specific knowledge areas. The UCAT is almost half this amount of time and contains only multi-choice questions!
The UCAT does not require any specific knowledge so you are at no disadvantage if you do not have friends or family who work in the field of medicine.
Doing some UCAT study, no matter how little is better than doing nothing. Try doing a small amount of UCAT study every day: many students will benefit from UCAT preparation courses that help develop the various skill sets required to sit the UCAT.
Finally, NO REGRETS! The last thing you would want would be to walk out of the exam knowing you could’ve done more.
If you give the UCAT and UCAT preparation 110%, then no matter your result, you should not feel any remorse or guilt over your score.