A university lecturer of mine, once made the comment prior to us all about to sit an exam, that he would cry if we didn’t answer every question because: ‘guys, it’s a multiple choice paper, so even a monkey could get one in every four questions right’. Although I’ve never personally seen a monkey sit the UCAT exam, statistically speaking, it was a fair point to make, and for the record: not one student failed that paper.
To truly succeed in the UCAT and get top tier results you need to prepare. Because the UCAT does not test any specific area of knowledge, the most effective way to prepare for the test is by developing those skill sets required to answer the questions in the 5 different subtests. No matter how tedious this may be, the only way to do so is by doing practice exam, after practice exam, after practice exam. MedEntry provides a free sample UCAT with worked answers that offers a great starting point for your UCAT revision.
Preparation should begin as early as possible because you need to develop a new set of reasoning skills; you simply cannot learn new ways of thinking the night before. MedEntry allows you to begin preparation for the UCAT up to one year in advance to ensure you are sufficiently prepared for the UCAT exam. Further, by preparing earlier you will feel more confident when exam time comes and be in a better state of mind when you are sitting the actual exam.
The quality of the UCAT practice tests you use in your preparation for the UCAT is imperative to your own preparation and consequent success. These practice papers need to be reliable and up-to-date as the format of the UCAT can change slightly from year to year. Be forewarned that the format of the UCAT is different now compared to 2017 and thus the practice papers you complete need to reflect these changes.
It may be clichéd, but there is no denying that failure to prepare is preparation for failure.